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Firefighter Kimble Cowan sits with station dog Lucky.
Esther Honig / KCUR

Sirens flash and wail as the 17-ton fire engine barrels down Independence Avenue in Kansas City's Historic Northeast. The four firefighters on board gear up in their flame retardant boots and jackets as they rush to the scene of a call.

“After 25 years I’ve seen just about everything you can image,” says firefighter Dan Utt, shouting over the blaring sirens. “Probably more than I’d like to recall to be honest.”

Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Last week, Kansas City’s Fire Chief Smokey Dyer retired after twelve years at the helm.

Report: More Kansas Citians Surviving Cardiac Arrest

Jul 14, 2012
Dr. Joseph Salomone / KCFD

People in Kansas City, Mo. are more likely to survive cardiac arrest and have better long-term outcomes compared to many other cities. That’s according to new data from the Kansas City Missouri Fire Department.

Firefighter, Truck, Station Cuts Described

Mar 1, 2012
Dan Verbeck / KCUR

The guesswork is over. Kansas City’s fire chief has laid out which fire stations would have smaller staffs, fewer fire trucks and which will close as he faces orders to reduce the department budget by $7.6 million for 2013.

Exit May Ease For KC Chief

Feb 29, 2012

A financial deal is being worked out at city hall to allow Kansas City’s fire chief to retire early and with benefits.

KCCG, Channel 2

Kansas City Mayor Sly James proposed a bold program to renovate and replace crumbling infrastructure and declining neighborhoods in his budget recommendations yesterday.

Fire Chief Equates Job Cuts To Lifesave Lack

Feb 8, 2012

A legislator and the Kansas City fire chief said today it would be folly to cut ranks of firefighters to meet proposed budget constraints.

Kansas City, MO – A plan to give MAST ambulance employees better retirement benefits is on hold for at least another two weeks after four council members blocked a quick vote on it Thursday.

The non-profit MAST ambulance service became part of the Fire Department this spring. And the plan finally proposed offered full retirement benefits and credit for previous years of service.

The city manager said funding that could cost up to $40 million dollars that could be paid in over ten or more years and in the long run offset by savings.

Photo courtesy of KCCG, Channel 2. (Click to enlarge.)

Kansas City, MO – Ever since the city started talking about taking over the ambulance service about three years ago, it has promised MAST workers they would get a retirement system comparable to that of other public safety employees crediting the time they have worked for the non-profit ambulance service.

With 320 of those employees now working for the city, City Manager Troy Schulte says it could cost the city up to $40 million to fund that pension plan.

Child Dies In Apartment FIre: No Detectors Found

May 24, 2010

Kansas City, Mo. – A little girl died and a baby was badly injured in a fire today on Kansas City's northeast side.

Fire officials found not one working smoke alarm in the apartment, located above a commercial business near Independence Avenue and Prospect.

Battallion Fire Chief Joe Vitale says the mother and another man escaped with serious injuries.

"One (of the victims) was toddler age. Less than five. The other was an infant. The toddler has since passed. The infant is in critical condition."