Welcome to the Shawnee Heights Fire District. Please take some time to
explore our web site and discover what we offer to our patrons.
"To provide a variety of services designed to protect the lives and property of the community we serve."
We will accomplish our mission by providing prompt and professional services to mitigate, respond to, and recover from any event that may threaten the public welfare. We stand ready to serve.
- To be a leader - setting the standards from which other departments will model their programs.
- To be recognized as a model of excellence - in the delivery of services to the patrons.
- To be responsive - to the needs and concerns of the community.
- To equip and train - our personnel with the best tools available to perform required tasks.
- To maintain the respect and trust of its stakeholders.
The Topeka-Tecumseh Fire District was founded in 1939 to protect
unincorporated areas in Shawnee County around the City of Topeka. Today
the District provides fire suppression and first responder medical services to
the residents of Topeka, Tecumseh, Monmouth and Williamsport Townships in
southeast Shawnee County. The District has three fire stations manned by
full-time personnel, which are supplemented by part-time personnel who respond
to alarms when needed. On January 5, 2005 the Board of Trustees changed
the fire district name to Shawnee Heights Fire District to better represent the
To help establish appropriate fire insurance premiums for residential and commercial properties, insurance companies need reliable, up-to-date information about a
community's fire-protection services. The Insurance Services Office (ISO) provides that information through the Public Protection Classification (PPC) program.
What is the PPC program? ISO collects information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. In each of those communities,
ISO analyzes the relevant data using a Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS). They then assign a Public Protection Classification
from 1 to 10. Class 1 generally represents superior property fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area's fire-suppression
program does not meet ISO?? minimum criteria. By classifying communities' ability to suppress fires, ISO helps the communities evaluate their public fire-protection services. The program
provides an objective, countrywide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment, and training.
And by securing lower fire insurance premiums for communities with better public protection, the PPC program provides incentives and rewards
for communities that choose to improve their firefighting services.
In September of 2007 the ISO awarded the Shawnee Heights Fire District a PPC reclassification of Class 4/10 for the district. Properties located within 5-road miles of the
recognized, responding fire station and with a needed fire flow of 3,500 gpm or less are eligible for a Class 4 rating. Properties located over 5-road miles
from the recognized, responding fire stations are classified as a Class 10. For a copy of the department Memorandum: click here.
The district has evaluated the number of properties that fall outside the Class 4 areas, and our Strategic Plan has addressed the additional stations
necessary to offer the Class 4 rating to as many of our patrons as possible. In addition, the department is taking appropriate steps to qualify for a
Class 3 reclassification during our next ISO evaluation.