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

    Learn how Wichita's fire department resources and responsibilities stack up against other communities in the region.

    Wichita and Tulsa, OK are similar in area and population, but differ greatly in the responsibilities and budgets of their fire departments.

    Here's how Wichita's fire department resources and responsibilities stack up against other communities in the region, based on 2010/2011 figures:

    City Population Stations Sq Miles Firefighters Annual Budget Annual Alarms
    Wichita, KS 382,368 22 163.7 428 $38,368,494.00 44,988
    Tulsa, OK 391,906 30 196.75 678 $59,688,000.00 52,529
    Omaha, NE 438,646 24 131 640 $71,091,030.00 38,614
    Kansas City, KS 155,000 18 127 453 $40,096,328.00 24,619
    Kansas City, MO 459,787 34 316 940 $92,203,690.00 55,883
     

    Wichita firefighters are responsible for more citizens and square miles per firefighter than most of the following similar sized and smaller cities in the region. Remarkably, Wichita's fire department is by far the lowest funded, per capita, of comparable cities.

    City Citizens per FF Cost per Capita Sq miles per FF Sq miles per Station FF per 1000
    Wichita, KS 893.38 $89.26 0.38 7.44 1.12
    Tulsa, OK 578.03 $152.30 0.29 6.56 1.73
    Omaha, NE 685.38 $162.07 0.20 5.46 1.46
    Topeka, KS 495.77 $160.79 0.24 5.04 2.02
    Kansas City, KS 342.16 $258.69 0.28 7.06 2.92
    Kansas City, MO 489.14 $200.54 0.34 9.29 2.04
    Lincoln, NE 906.59 $105.39 0.32 6.49 1.10

    Firefighter staffing is not up to adequate levels for a city of Wichita's size. Tulsa, OK has a comparable population and square mileage but spends 40% more per capita on fire protection.


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