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About the Fire Department

The Kirksville Fire Department is a team of hardworking individuals who have served the community for over a century. When we aren't in the field providing fire and emergency response, we are constantly striving to make Kirksville a better place through our public programs. These programs include station tours, fire extinguisher training, Adopt a Child, and many more.


The vision of the Kirksville Fire Department is to become a premier emergency response agency in the region, enhancing the safety and quality of life of residents and visitors to Kirksville.


To protect lives and property through the delivery of rapid, safe, and efficient all-hazards emergency response, prevention and mitigation while displaying the highest level of customer service and upholding the Department Values.

Be Nice. Be Safe. Prevent Harm.


  • Professionalism: in conduct, appearance, attitude, and standards
  • Integrity: do what's right, legally, morally, and ethically
  • Compassion: demonstrate kindness and empathy to our customers and co-workers
  • Accountability: be professionally, personally, and fiscally responsible for our actions
  • Respect: each other, the Department, the City, and our Customers
  • Safety: every day, in training, in response
  • Service: the bedrock of our profession
  • Competence: through training, education, and experience

Automatic External Defibrillators  (AED)

The Kirksville Fire Department is proud to report an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is equipped on our apparatus! All of our Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are trained to use this machine and they are compatible with the equipment used by the ambulance district.

There are more than 40 AEDs located around the City of Kirksville, including at City Hall and the Kirksville Aquatic Center. To see where AEDs are located, download the PulsePoint AED app on your smartphone or device. That shows specific locations where the AED can be found. The map is frequently updated by A.T. Still University's Emergency Medicine Club.

Why the need for AEDs?

Most adults who can be saved from cardiac arrest are in ventricular fibrillation (VF) or pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Electrical defibrillation provides the single most important therapy for the treatment of these patients. Resuscitation science therefore places great emphasis on early defibrillation. The greatest chances of survival result when the interval between the start of VF and the delivery of defibrillation is as brief as possible.

What is ventricular fibrillation?

Ventricular fibrillation is a condition in which disordered electrical activity causes the ventricles to contract in a rapid, unsynchronized, uncoordinated fashion. When this occurs, little or no blood is pumped from the heart.

What is defibrillation?

Defibrillation is a process in which an electronic device helps reestablish normal contraction rhythms in a heart that is not functioning properly. The device does this by delivering an electric shock to the heart.

Fire Safety Programs

  • Stop Drop & Roll
  • EDITH (Exit Drills In The Home)
  • Fire Evacuation Planning
  • Fire Extinguisher Training
  • Home and Business Fire Safety Inspections 
  • Setting Up Programs in Pre-Schools
  • Fire Engine Visits
  • Station Tours
  • Student of the Month Ride-Along Program
    • Every month a boy and a girl from Ray Miller Elementary School (Kirksville) are selected "Student of the Month". These students are chosen by their teachers for their outstanding endeavors, and standing out through showing respect, and responsibility, practicing safety, kindness, and cooperativeness.  Through this process, one name from each grade is drawn from the chosen students, in which they can ride to school in a fire truck.  If a child lives in town the fire truck picks them up at home and takes them to school.  If the child lives in the county, the parent delivers the child to the Kirksville Fire Department and the truck takes them to school from there.  These children also receive a special gift from the Fire Department. 

For more information about programs, please call the Kirksville Fire Department at 660.665.3734.

Adopt-A-Child Program

The annual Adopt-A-Child Program began in 1985 and has been brightening the lives of families in our community ever since. In recent years, the program has reached over 400 children in Adair County with the help of generous community members.

Fire Safety Tips

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips 

Holiday Safety Tips

Residential fires during the holiday season are more frequent, more costly, and more deadly than at any other time of the year. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reports more than double the number of open-flame fires on Christmas Day and New Year's Day than on any average day. When those fires occur, they do more damage: property loss during a holiday fire is 34% greater than in an average fire, and the number of fatalities per thousand fires is nearly 70% higher.

Cooking Safety Tips 

Tree Safety Tips 

Decorative Light Safety Tips 

Candle Safety Tips

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Contact Information


401 N. Franklin St.
Kirksville, MO 63501  

Phone: 660.665.3734
Fax: 660.627.7011

Jon Cook, Fire Chief 

Travis Gregory, Deputy Chief