The Overland Park Fire Department is a value-driven team of dedicated professionals committed to providing emergency, educational and specialized services for the purposes of saving lives and reducing property loss for the community we serve.
Deputy Chief Brad Cusick
Each year, our department responds to more than 22,600 calls for service. We protect 125 square miles, serving 216,000 residents within Overland Park, Merriam and unincorporated areas of Johnson and Miami counties.
OPFD has 218 paid staff members and three volunteers.
The department operates nine fire engines, eight advanced life support squads, three quints, two trucks, one rescue unit, one crash vehicle, four brush units, one water tender, and one all-terrain vehicle.
On any given day as an Overland Park firefighter, you may train or execute any of the following lifesaving tactics.
Visit the links above or watch the video to the right to see some of our latest saves and training features.
Overland Park firefighters work a 24-hour Berkeley shift schedule, which repeats at its conclusion.
Our newest fire station was dedicated in November 2021. Fire Station 48 is located on the Blue Valley Southwest High School campus near 175th Street and Quivira Road in southern Overland Park and serves residents living inside the city limits and those living within Johnson County limits. A new station was added to the area due to population growth, call volume, and emergency response times.
A unique partnership with the Blue Valley School District helped the City find land for Station 48. As part of an agreement with the school district, OPFD helped create a Fire Science program for high school students.
The station is staffed 24 hours a day with four employees. The on-duty crew operates a fire engine and brush truck, and at least one firefighter on duty is also a certified paramedic, which helps to provide advanced life support to the area.
The Overland Park Fire Department merged with Johnson County Fire District #2 in 2022. This merger was created because of declines in funding and in the district’s population. Our fire stations grew by two and 22 employees were added to OPFD as a result of the merger.
At the same time, unincorporated parts of Johnson and Miami counties were also added to OPFD’s coverage area. In total, more than 50 square miles have been added to OPFD’s purview, which enables the department to standardize services for more than 216,000 customers.
In 1919, a band of volunteers formed the Overland Park Fire Department. Looking back on more than 100 years of service, we reflect on some of the events and people who built the foundation upon which we stand as we serve this amazing community.
The Overland Park Fire Department is an accredited agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. This designation is not only a recognition of achievement, but proves OPFD is performing to industry best practices and is holding itself accountable through an external peer review process.
Accredited agencies are often described as being community-focused, data-driven, outcome-focused, strategic-minded, well organized, properly equipped, properly staffed and trained.