Welcome to the Lone Jack Fire Protection District

 

The Lone Jack Fire Protection District Board of Directors has dedicated a building at the fire station in memory of former Fire Chief and Board President Gary Brewington.  A bronze plaque has been mounted on the newest building to honor Mr. Brewington’s memory and his many years of service to the department.

Gary Brewington started with the LJFPD in 1988 as a volunteer firefighter.  He was promoted to Assistant Chief in 1990 and to Fire Chief in 1993.  Gary worked countless hours responding to fire calls, emergency situations, attending and conducting training, managing fire personnel and attending the many Fire Board meetings which were held to get projects rolling and completed.

Gary retired as acting Fire Chief in July of 2007.  However, he was not done with his service to LJFPD.  Gary was elected to serve on the Board of Directors right after he retired as Chief.  He served as President of the Board from 2009 to 2012.  As the department grew, Gary was involved in many projects:  the addition of the first ambulance to the district, the purchase of a new fire engine, upgrading the department’s computers, and overseeing the last building project at Fire Station Headquarters.  This latest building at 107 Main Street has three bays which houses two vehicles and a workout area.  It has private sleeping quarters for on duty staff and provides a spacious open concept living area and kitchen.  The building has been toured by other departments as they begin the process of updating their facilities. 

Gary passed away on April 7th, 2013.  He has been greatly missed by everyone at the department. His presence and name now remain forever at the station as others continue on the work and service of the fire district that Gary so unselfishly gave his time and energy to.

Some other smoke alarm tips:

  1. BulletHave a smoke alarm on every level of your home and be sure you can hear it from your bedrooms.

  2. BulletTo help eliminate false alarms, clean your alarm periodically by vacuuming the outside of it.

  3. BulletSmoke alarms have a ten year life span.  Check the manufacturer date printed on the back.

  4. BulletHave a meeting place outside your residence for when the smoke alarm goes off.

Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

When you change your clock, change the battery in your smoke alarms.  Quite simply, smoke alarms save lives.  But if the smoke alarm doesn’t have power, it won’t alert you of a potential fire in your home. Even home smoke alarms that run on a/c power have a battery backup in case your home loses power....such as in a severe thunderstorm or lightning strike.  We all know that batteries don’t last forever.  Don’t gamble with your life.  Make sure your alarms work by putting in a new battery!

Lone Jack Fire Helpful Tips

New Tool for Grass & Brush Fires

The Lone Jack Fire Protection District has a new truck to combat grass and brush fires. It replaced a 1986 GMC Utility/Brush Truck. The Fire District purchased a custom built Brush Truck from UNRUH FIRE. It’s built on a 2013 Ford F350 chassis, has a 200 gallon water tank, pump, 150’ hose reel and a remote controlled nozzle on the front bumper. The pump also has a Class A foam system which helps water penetrate deeper into trash, larger limbs, brush, and hay bales by reducing the water’s surface tension. The truck is equipped with a variety of hand and power tools, along with a portable winch. The truck was placed in service May of 2013.

Imagine trying to find a friend’s house that you’ve never been to in the dark at 3 AM. That’s what Fire, EMS and Police do on a daily basis when people dial 911 for help. On many occasions when minutes and sometimes seconds count, precious time is lost due to poor or no markings of the residence we are trying to locate. In neighborhoods where houses are close to the street your address numbers should be posted in a location visible from the street in 3” contrasting colors to the background paint. If you live in a rural setting and your house is built away from the street, your mailbox and driveway should be clearly marked with 3” numbers. Many residences in our district have 2 or more driveways which converge at the street and the mail boxes are all grouped together. There is no indication of which driveway leads to the house we are looking for. At that point it becomes a guessing game as to which way to go, many times that choice is wrong and valuable time is lost going house to house until finding the correct address.


Next time you return home and stop to pick up your mail, take a moment to look and think... could emergency personnel easily locate your house in the middle of the night? Make sure all numbers are present and legible on mail boxes and houses. The photos below are actual locations in the LJ Fire District. If you have questions or need assistance with marking your location, feel free to call the Fire Department at 816-697-2018.

Fireworks Safety Tips from Lone Jack Fire District

Each year, fireworks are to blame for personal injuries and fires.  Please be safe and consider the following:

  1. Never let young children play with or ignite fireworks.

  2. Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign the fireworks were made for professional displays that could be dangerous for consumers

  3. Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.  Realize that sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2000 degrees.

  4. Never put any part of your body directly over a fireworks device with lighting the fuse.  Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

  5. Never try to relight or pick up fireworks that have not ignited fully.

  6. Never point of throw fireworks at another person.

  7. Keep a bucket of water handy in case of fire or mishap.

  8. Light fireworks one at a time.

  9. Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.

  10. Douse spent fireworks with  plenty of water from a bucket or hose before placing in the trash.

Battle of Lone Jack 150 Year Anniversary

The Lone Jack Fire Protection District kept busy at the 150 year anniversary of the Battle of Lone Jack.  Weekend festivities included a parade, memorial services, and battle reenactments.


Lone Jack crews provided public information to the community as well as medical care to numerous attendees of the weekend celebration during the hot weather.

Please contact the Lone Jack Fire Protection District for information on open burning. Burning may only be conducted after obtaining a permit and on days that meet safe burning guidelines. Click here for more information or contact Lone Jack Headquarters at 816-697-2018.

Winter Fire Safety Tips from Lone Jack Fire District


With the summer heat behind us now and cold weather quickly moving in, the LJFPD wants to remind our citizens of a few simple Fire Safety Tips for your home.


  1. 1.Have your furnace cleaned and checked for hazards by a qualified technician. This includes cleaning, checking the heat exchanger for cracks, changing the air filter. Faulty furnaces can release deadly Carbon Monoxide gases into your home.

  2. 2.If you have a wood stove or fireplace have the flu pipe, chimney and liner tiles checked and cleaned by a professional chimney sweep. Blocked flu’s can lead to fires and smoke backing up into your home. Cracked ceramic tiles can allow fire to escape the chimney and spread into the walls and attic of your structure.

  3. 3.Ensure you have properly operating smoke detectors on each floor, and in each bedroom of your home. Batteries should be changed at minimum of once a year. A good time is when you change your clocks for daylight savings time.

  4. 4.Ensure you have at least one operational Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector in the house. This should be mounted near the sleeping areas of your home, to be able to wake the occupants in case of a problem. CO is a colorless odorless gas and is a by-product of incomplete combustion from any heat source with a flame. This includes furnaces, Kerosene heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves, cooking stoves, engine exhausts from cars or other power equipment such as emergency generators.

  5. 5.Holiday decorations, electric lights and cords should be checked and disposed of if wiring is cracked, frayed or exposed. Candles should be used with extreme caution around Drapes, furniture and other flammable decoration. Natural Christmas trees used indoors should be watered daily to maintain a moist hydrated tree. Tree’s that have needles falling off or cracking upon being bent should be removed.


The Firefighters of Lone Jack Fire Protection District want all of you to have a safe and happy Holiday Season. Anyone with questions should feel free to call our office at 816-697-2018..

Information provided by Chief David Kelsey

The Lone Jack Fire Protection District, in partnership with the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Energizer company, would like to remind you about the “Change you Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign. This campaign helps educate the public about fire safety and to encourage life-saving habits. As I am writing this article, the Firefighters of the L.J.F.P.D. have just finished up instructing the Lone Jack Elementary 4th graders on this very important subject matter. 


In the United Stated, three out of five fire deaths happen from fires in homes with NO smoke alarms or smoke alarms that were not in an operating condition.  Just connect to your local search engine and type in: “Fires with no working smoke detectors”, and your will be saddened with the repeated needless stories. However, there IS something we can do to help reduce these numbers.


In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, things fall to the way side.  We ask however that you take a few minutes out of every month to check to be sure your smoke detectors are operating properly. A properly working smoke detector can give you and your family the critical extra seconds to be able to safely escape from a fire. After a destructive fire is NOT the time to realize this task had been forgotten.


As we prepare for the fall season and a change in the weather, it’s also when we change our clocks back an hour from Daylight Savings Time (Nov 6th). We want to remind the patrons of the L.J. F.P.D.  when doing so to be sure to also change the batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors at this time.


So, what if your detector is not sounding? What should you do? First try and replace the battery with another new battery. While the battery you just put in may still be in the package, it doesn’t always mean it is good. After replacing the second battery and the detector still doesn’t sound, the detector is probably defective. Just like your groceries have a “born on” date, so does your smoke detector. The theme of this weeks “Fire Prevention Week” is “Don’t Wait, Check the Date.”  Meaning that a detector should be replaced after 10 years from the manufacturing date labeled somewhere on the detector itself. 


If you find yourself in need of a new detector, the L.J.F.P.D. received a grant to provide smoke detectors to our patrons. The program runs until all of the detectors are handed out, and provides up to 3 detectors per household.  Just bring a current ID to the fire station at 107 W. Main Street, Lone Jack MO to receive yours today.


In addition,  if you have any questions about the installation, operation, or locations of your smoke detectors please feel free to give us a call at (816) 697-2018