Wichita Firefighters IAFF Local 135
Protecting & Serving Since 1872
  • Updated On: Oct 01, 2014

    Inadequate funding has led to fewer firefighters, firefighting resources and much larger burdens.

    The number of calls and alarms requiring fire department response is nearly five times what it was in the 1970's, as Wichita has grown in size and population. Meanwhile, inadequate funding has led to fewer firefighters, firefighting resources and much larger burdens in emergency responsibilities:

    1976 2010 Difference
    Wichita Fire Department (WFD) Commissioned Firefighters 424 428 1%
    Wichita Population 265,455 382,368 44%
    Wichita Square Miles 97 163.7 49%
    Fire Stations 17 22 29%
    Fully Staffed Aerial / Truck Companies 8 4 -50%
    Population Protected per Commissioned Firefighter 626.07 893.38 43%
    Commissioned Personnel per Square Mile 4.37 2.61 -67.19%
    Commissioned Personnel per 1,000 Citizens 1.60 1.12 -29.92%
    Total Alarms 8,621 44,988 422%


    Source: 1972 and 2010 Annual fire reports. 2012 and 2013 City Budget
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