Fire Department

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Richmond Fire Department
101 E. Lexington St., Richmond, MO
Phone: 816-776-2115

The mission of the Richmond Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of the citizens of the City of Richmond and the surrounding area. It is the goal of each member of the fire department to take the necessary steps when presented with an emergency to render the situation safe.

Protecting the community since 1899, the Richmond Fire Department uses the latest in fire suppression and emergency medical technology to protect its citizens.

The department is comprised of nine career and 16 volunteer firefighters. Career firefighters participate in fire and medical training from local, state and national training entities. Volunteer firefighters bring a wealth of knowledge and abilities form their individual fields that allow the department to professionally and efficiently deal with situations ranging from hazardous materials, medical emergencies and fires to structural collapse and hazardous rescues.

In total, the Richmond Fire Department operates three pumpers, two brush trucks, a rescue unit, a 3500 gallon tanker and an 85 foot aerial apparatus. Also the department incorporates a fire safety trailer for the delivery of fire prevention training throughout the year.

The Richmond Fire Department has the equipment and ability to execute many types of rescues, from auto extrication with the Hurst Tool to cardiac resuscitation with automatic external defibrillators. Although small in size, the Richmond Fire Department continues to have the skills and technology to serve the needs of the Richmond community.

Fire Chief
Mark Sowder, badge 401

Jed Watkins, badge 402

Karl Carter, badge 403

Blaine Watkins, badge 404
Zeb Williams, badge 405

Matt Hollingsworth, badge 406

Alex Duling, badge 407

Daniel Pemberlin, badge 408

The City of Richmond is participating in an update process of a Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan which covers communities in Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri. The goal of the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan is to reduce loss of life, property, human suffering, economic disruption, and disaster assistance cost from natural and man-made disasters. Participating jurisdictions are required to identify the hazards that would have the greatest impact on their community. Participation in this place update process will allow Richmond to be eligible to apply for certain FEMA grant funds, should funding be appropriated in the future for those grant sources.

In 2015, the City of Richmond identified the following hazards as having the greatest impact: Tornadoes, Flooding, Severe Thunderstorms, and Severe Winter Weather. In order to address these hazards, Richmond developed goals and actions that will help the City incorporate mitigation strategies into their routine operations and their future plans. The following describes the mitigation activities proposed by Richmond:

• Ensure that systems are in place to communicate tornado warnings.

• Update plans to ensure that current resources and information is included for quick and effective response.

• Educate and raise awareness about the variety of roles and responsibilities needed before and after tornadoes.

• Increase public awareness and understanding about the hazards associated with thunderstorms such as lightning and winds.