The Wellington Fire/EMS Department provides both fire services and emergency medical services. The Department consists of the Fire/EMS Chief, 18 shift personnel and an Administrative/EMS Clerk. The Department works with three shifts. Shifts are comprised of six persons per shift. Assigned to each shift is an Assistant Chief, a Captain, and 4 Firefighters. All personnel are also certified as a Paramedic or EMT.
The Department operates out of one station and provides fire protection services to the City of Wellington, two fire districts, and 26 miles of the Kansas Turnpike/I-35. Included in the coverage area are main lines of the BNSF Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad. The Department has agreements for mutual aid with other area departments and three of those agreements are for structural fire automatic mutual aid. Personnel are trained in all aspects of fire protection and suppression, various personnel hold certifications in swift water rescue, technical rescue, fire/arson investigation, and hazardous materials management.
The Department provides emergency medical services for the citizens of Wellington, Oxford, Mayfield, Milan and many other smaller communities and rural areas in Sumner County, totaling 442 square miles. Emergency medical services provided is Type 1, Advanced Life Support, capability. As of November 2019, of the department’s firefighters, 11 are certified as Emergency Medical Technicians - Basic, 1 Emergency Medical Technician – Advanced, and 7 Paramedics. The Department maintains three ambulances, all of which are equipped to provide advanced life support.
The Insurance Services Organization (ISO) rating for the City of Wellington, and if a structure is within 5 miles of the fire station and 1000 feet of a fire hydrant is a 3. The ISO rating is a scale of 1 to 10, with a 1 rating being the best and a 10 being no fire protection. The ISO rating is what insurance companies base their fire insurance premiums on.