Butler County, the largest county in the state of Kansas geographically with an area of 1,428 square miles, is served by a total of nine Butler County Fire Districts, four city Fire Departments, one Cowley County Fire District, one Consolidated Fire District and HF Sinclair Refinery Fire Department in El Dorado.
Butler County Fire District #3 covers seventy square miles in southwestern Butler County, serving 7,743 citizens in the rural areas of Pleasant and Richland Townships (3,705) and the City of Rose Hill (4,038). We have automatic aid agreements with Andover Fire-Rescue to our north, Butler County Fire District #8 to our east and Sedgwick County Fire District #1 to our west, which adds 93 automatic aid square miles to our coverage area.
The fire district is a combination fire department, with a mix of full-time paid staff and volunteer staff. There are currently six career full-time paid staff (1- Fire Chief, 1 – Fire Captain, 4 – Firefighters) and 15 volunteer staff (1 – Deputy Fire Chief, 1 – Fire Captain, 2 – Fire Lieutenants, 11 – Firefighters). The district’s organizational philosophy is one of meeting the district mission by the effective use of a combination of career and volunteer staff. The station is staffed 24/7/365.
Our ISO rating is: 5 in the City of Rose Hill and a 6/10 in the unincorporated areas of the district (depending on location).
The district responds to an average of 600 alarms annually.