Welcome to Shawnee Heights Fire District

Shawnee Heights Fire District protects 144 square miles, with a population of 19,000. Our district includes Tecumseh, Topeka, Monmouth, and Williamsport Townships. We are committed to the highest level of service to our community as we protect life, property, and the environment in a highly effective, efficient, and responsible manner.

Helpful Links

Below you will find helpful links to some of the programs Shawnee Heights Fire District offers.

burn permit

Request a burn permit.

Click the link below to fill out a short form and we will email you, your burn permit.

Get one now!

address signs

Reflective address signs

Help us find you! We sell reflective address signs, each sign cost only $5 per sign.

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Smoke detector install

Smoke detector install program

If you are in need of a smoke detector, please fill out the form below to request a free smoke detector and free installation.

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Mission Statement (1)

Mission Statement.

“It is the mission of the Shawnee heights Fire District to provide the best fire and EMS service and exceed the expectations of the community.” We will accomplish this through rapid safe response, quality training and effective community risk reduction programs.

Vision Statement

Our vision is to be the finest fire and EMS service organization by utilizing and developing our members to their fullest potential, maximizing our use of the resources available to us, and being responsive to the changing needs the community we protect.

Vision Statement
Run statistics

Run Statistics

In 2023, the firefighters of the Shawnee Heights Fire District responded to 1,608 calls for service. In our district, as in others nationwide, the increasing majority of calls emergency and non-emergency medical services. Over the past ten years, these calls have increased, making up two-thirds of our annual responses.


Monmouth Township Trustee

Chuck Gatewood

Monmouth Township Treasurer

Scott Deghand

Monmouth Township Clerk

Dale Bonjour

Tecumseh Township Trustee

Roy Malloy

Topeka Township Trustee

Chad Baldwin

Tecumseh Township Treasurer

Chad Price

Topeka Township Treasurer

Gilda Singleton

Tecumseh Township Clerk

Shane Hilton

Topeka Township Clerk

John Failor

Join our team

Our firefighters are part-time or career employees of the fire district. We recruit every 18 to 24 months and hire a group of around ten part-time firefighters to replace employees we have lost due to attrition. When we recruit part-time firefighters, we are hiring individuals who are willing to complete both Firefighter I and Emergency Medical Technician curriculum.


Meet our chief's

Fire Chief

Rick Deibert was appointed Chief of the Shawnee Heights Fire District in February of 2018.

Deibert started his service as a Volunteer Firefighter in Oberlin, Kansas in 1986. He was hired by the Great Bend Fire Department in 1986, where he progressed to the rank of Captain and obtained Paramedic certification.

In 2005, Deibert left Great Bend to become the Technical Rescue Program Manager for the Kansas Fire and Rescue Training Institute (KF&RTI) at the University of Kansas. Deibert was responsible for creating and managing the statewide technical rescue training program for KF&RTI.

Deibert later served as a contract Firefighter/Paramedic in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2012, Deibert was hired  as a Battalion Chief with the Shawnee Heights Fire District and was appointed Fire Chief in February, 2018.

Deibert earned an Associate Degree in EMS from Barton County Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Friends University and is currently a third year student in the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

Chief Deibert is married to Linda and they have two grown children and five grandchildren.

Assistant Fire Chief

Kevin Flory was hired as Assistant Fire Chief in February of 2022.

Flory started his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter in Lecompton, Kansas in 1986. In 1987, he was hi

red as a volunteer firefighter with the then Topeka-Tecumseh Fire District.

Flory attained his Emergency Medical Technician license in 1988. Flory progressed from Firefighter to a Lieutenant,
Captain, and finally a District Chief at Topeka-Tecumseh.

In 1998, Flory left full time employment with Topeka-Tecumseh Fire District to go to work at the City of Topeka Fire Department.  Flory worked through the ranks there from Firefighter to Lieutenant. He then transferred to the Training Division. Flory retired from Topeka Fire in 2021 as Division Chief of Training.

Flory stayed as a part time firefighter with Shawnee Height’s Fire District from 1998 until 2008. He then joined Soldier Township Fire Department as a part time firefighter and served there until 2018.

Flory also served on the Executive Board of the Kansas State Firefighters Association from 2004 until 2022.

Flory earned an Associates Degree in Fire Science from Hutchinson Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University. He is also a Kansas Certified Emergency Manager.

Chief Flory and his wife Pam have four grown children and one grandchild.