FAQ's

    The Shawnee Fire Department has provided frequently asked questions with answers regarding:

    Fire Code
    Barbecue Grills
    Outdoor Fire Places
    Permit for Fireplace or Chiminea
    Blood Pressure Checks
    Fire Hydrants
    Swimming Pools
    Household Hazardous Materials
    Fire Extinguishers
    Firefighter Meals
    Rapid Entry Key Systems
    Child Car Seats



    What Fire Code is used by the Fire Department?
      In 2013, the City of Shawnee and the Shawnee Fire Department adopted by ordinance the 2012 edition of the International Fire Code and referenced standards found in Chapter 80.


    Barbecue GrillAm I allowed to use my Barbecue Grill on my apartment/condo balcony or deck?
      In 2013, the City of Shawnee adopted a new Fire Code. With the implementation of this code, the use and storage of charcoal and propane grills within 10 feet of combustible construction on the decks or patios of multi-family dwellings, such as apartment complexes, condominiums and townhomes with more than two attached units, are no longer allowed. Only single family homes or duplexes may use open flame devices on their decks or patios.






    Are Portable Outdoor Fireplaces and Chimineas allowed?
    Chiminea
      Chimeneas and portable outdoor fireplaces are allowed on decks and patios of single family homes or duplexes. As with charcoal and propane grills, the use of open flame devices on decks or patios of multi-family dwellings (apartment complexes, condominiums and townhomes with more than two attached units) are not permitted within 15 feet of combustible construction (wall of the building, wood deck above, fences, etc.).









    Do I need a Permit to use my Portable Outdoor Fireplace or Chiminea?
      Burning without a permit is allowed for outdoor personal enjoyment and non-commercial preparation of food provided that the fire is in an appliance approved by the Fire Department. Such appliances are: chimineas, pre-manufactured grills or smokers, and outdoor fireplaces. The approval of their use is based on the following conditions being met:
      Fire Pit
      • Residence is a single family home or duplex, or appliance is 15 feet from combustible construction;
      • All original guards and protective equipment shall be in place on all the appliances;
      • All burning shall be attended by a responsible resident of the property, 18 years of age or older, at all times;
      • When not attended, fires shall be completely extinguished;
      • No burning will be allowed between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.;
      • At no time shall yard waste (e.g., leaves, brush, or trimmings, etc.) be used as fuel. Only firewood or charcoal, in the case of non-commercial food preparation, may be used as a fuel source;
      • Appliances shall not be used to dispose of yard waste unless a Residential Burn Permit has been obtained by the property owner from the City of Shawnee Fire Department.


    Does the Fire Department do Blood Pressure Checks?
      Based on the availability of an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), the Shawnee Fire Department welcomes walk-ins who would like to have their blood pressure checked.



    Reporting fire hydrant problems?
      If you notice a problem with a fire hydrant such as leaking, damage, or you know it to be non-operational, please contact Johnson County Water District One 913-895-1800 with the address or cross streets (e.g. 55th and Johnson Drive) of the fire hydrant.


    Does the Fire Department fill swimming pools?
      The Shawnee Fire Department does not fill pools nor does it have fire hose to loan out. We are unaware of any area businesses who rent fire hose.
      Should homeowners have access to 3" hose, they may contact Johnson County Water District No. 1 at (913) 895-1800 and inquire about renting a fire hydrant meter and the costs. However, please be aware that the Water District does not loan or rent the 3” hose the meter requires. It is the Water District’s suggestion that, while it may be more time consuming, it is more economical to use a garden hose and the homes’ outside water spigot to fill swimming pools.


    What should I do with Old Paint and other Household Hazardous Materials?
      Johnson County, Kansas Environmental Department‘s Household Hazardous Materials Collection Program accepts many common household hazardous materials such as paint, motor oil, insecticides, cleaning products, car batteries, pool chemicals, and solvents. Open to Johnson County residents by appointment only. For additional information on the program or to schedule your appointment, call (913) 715-6900 (TDD 1-800-766-3777) or go on-line at http://jced.jocogov.org.


    Fire ExtinguisherWhere do I get my Fire Extinguisher(s) serviced?
      As a public entity the Fire Department is unable to recommend one company over another. We suggest checking the section in the Yellow Pages business section under “Fire Extinguishers” for a listing of companies that provide the service. In certain circumstances, as in residential situations, where only a small number of fire extinguishers need to be kept at hand, it may be more cost effective to purchase new extinguishers from an area home improvement/hardware store.




    Groceries
    Does the City of Shawnee pay for the firefighter’s groceries or furnish their meals?

      The City of Shawnee Fire Department’s Firefighters are responsible for providing for all their groceries and meals from their own pockets.

      Shawnee Firefighters work 24-hour shifts and the fire station is their home during this time. When they are out on fire department business and stop to purchase groceries, the firefighters are either shopping as individuals or they are buying items for the evening meal using funds from a pool to which they all contributed. The types of groceries purchased are determined by individual crew preference, the number of fire personnel contributing, and the agreed upon budget.





    How do I go about purchasing a Rapid Entry Key System for my business?
    Keys
      Developed for fire departments, a Rapid Entry Key System provides non-destructive access in emergencies to both commercial and residential property.

      Rapid Entry Key Systems may be ordered on-line at www.knoxbox.com or an application may be picked up at 6501 Quivira Road during regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays. For additional questions, contact Fire Marshal Corey Sands by E-Mail or phone (913) 742-6102.




    Does the Shawnee Fire Department install or inspect Child Car Seats?
      Child Car Seat
      The City of Shawnee Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is responsible for Child Car Seat installation and safety checks. Inspections/installations are held every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m., if personnel are available. Please note that it is necessary to call and schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, contact Sergeant Jim Baker at (913) 742-6881. Inspections take place at the Shawnee Justice Center located at 5850 Renner Road, Shawnee, Kansas (Johnson Drive and Renner Road).

      This service is available to Shawnee residents only. If you do not reside in Shawnee or are unable to attend the Wednesday 9:00 a.m. inspection, check with your local police department, the Kansas Highway Patrol (913) 782-8100, Safe Kids Johnson County (913) 477-8312, or Children's Mercy South Hospital (816) 234-3700. You can also try the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Child Safety Seat Inspection Station Locator

      For additional information regarding the Child Car Seat Safety, please review the Car Seat Safety information on the Police website.
    If you have other questions, contact Fire Marshal Corey Sands by E-Mail or phone (913) 742-6103.
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