Burrton Safety & Emergency Services

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Burrton Police Department
Emergency Preparedness Burrton Ambulance Service
Community Response Burrton Fire Department

In An Emergency, Dial 911

Police Department

The Burrton Police Chief is Dave Becker.  He has been involved in law enforcement since 1983.

Assisting Chief Becker are the part-time officers of the Police Department:  Michael French and Scott Perry.

Kim Ryan is Burrton's Police Clerk.  Royce Graber is Public Officer, and Kevin King is the Animal Control Officer for the City.

To view the KBI Offender Registry for Burrton, click HERE.

Ambulance Department

The Burrton Ambulance Service is a vital part of the City's commitment to the safety of the community.  The Department was organized in 1972 with a volunteer staff.  The equipment is housed in an 840 square foot heated brick building next to City Hall Auditorium.  The Department currently has two type III ambulances.

The Burrton department is rated as a BLS service by the State of Kansas.  It is manned by volunteers, Emergency Medical Technicians, three EMT IDS, two First Responders, and seven First-Aid CPR's.

The ambulance service provides service for five surrounding townships including one in Reno County, which comprises a 150 square mile service area.  Communications are coordinated through Harvey County's 911 system, supplemented by pagers to the volunteers.

Emergency Medical Services Director:  Melinda Bass

Emergency Medical Services Assistant Director:  Rusty Walter

Fire Department

The Burrton Consolidated Fire District #5 is housed in a 3,750 square foot metal building near Highway 50.  The building has four bays.  The Fire District vehicle fleet includes two brush trucks, a utility truck, a tanker, a commercial Freightliner pumper, two other pumper trucks, and a vacuum tender capable of getting water from any static water source at a rate of 1,000 gallons per minute.

Fire Chief:  Jon Roberts

Assistant Fire Chief:  Jim Redinger 

To view the Harvey County Control Burn Information, click HERE.

Community Response In the event of a catastrophic emergency in our area, stay tuned to the City Channel 7 and this website for updates and important information.  Every effort will be made to communicate and coordinate information through these means.

To print an Emergency Contact Card for Your Family, click HERE

The American Red Cross offers free volunteer classes to prepare you to assist in an emergency. The American Red Cross is required by Congressional charter to undertake disaster relief activities to ease the suffering caused by a disaster. Emergency assistance includes fixed/mobile feeding stations, shelter, cleaning supplies, comfort kits, first aid, blood and blood products, food, clothing, emergency transportation, rent, home repairs, household items, and medical supplies. Additional assistance for long-term recovery may be provided when other relief assistance and/or personal resources are not adequate to meet disaster-caused needs. The American Red Cross provides referrals to the government and other agencies providing disaster assistance.

Mennonite Disaster Services assists disaster victims by providing volunteer personnel to clean up and remove debris from damaged and destroyed homes and personal property and to repair or rebuild homes. Special emphasis is placed on assisting those less able to help themselves, such as the elderly and handicapped. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief provides more than 200 mobile feeding units staffed by volunteers who can prepare and distribute thousands of meals a day. Active in providing disaster childcare, the agency has several mobile childcare units. Southern Baptists also assist with clean-up activities, temporary repairs, reconstruction, counseling, and bilingual services. The United Methodist Committee on Relief provides funding for local units in response and recovery projects based on the needs of each situation. This agency also provides spiritual and emotional care to disaster victims and long-term care of children impacted by disaster. The Salvation Army and other relief organizations also work within our area when called upon.

To Learn More About Red Cross Volunteer Training, Click HERE

To Learn More About the Emergency Animal Rescue Service, Click HERE

Tornado Shelter In the event of a Tornado Warning, the community is welcome to go to the basement of the First Christian Church on the corner of Center Street & Burrton Avenue.  The front doors are opened by Pastor Charles Kerr whenever a warning is issued. 
Your Family Escape Plan

The American Red Cross recommends the following when creating your family escape plan:

  • Identify two ways to escape from every room in the home.
  • Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
  • Select a safe location away from the home where your family can meet after escaping.
  • Consider purchasing and storing escape ladders for rooms above ground level and make sure to learn how to use them.
  • If you see smoke or fire in your first escape route, use your second way out.
  • If you must exit through smoke, crawl low under the smoke.
  • Before escaping through a closed door, feel the door before opening it. If it is warm, use your second escape route.
  • If smoke, heat or flames block both of your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed. Place a rolled towel underneath the door. Signal for help by waving a brightly colored cloth or shining a flashlight at the window. If there is a telephone in the room, call the fire department and let them know your exact location inside the home.
  • Once you've escaped, stay out.


Your Pet Disaster Plan

The best way to protect your family from the effects of a disaster is to have a disaster plan. If you are a pet owner, that plan must include your pets. Being prepared can save their lives.  Different disasters require different responses. But whether the disaster is a hurricane or a hazardous spill, you may have to evacuate your home.

In the event of a disaster, if you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them, too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe place for them, is likely to result in their being injured, lost, or worse. So prepare now for the day when you and your pets may have to leave your home.  The Red Cross recommends the following:

Have a Safe Place To Take Your Pets

  • Local and state health and safety regulations do not permit the Red Cross to allow pets in disaster shelters. Service animals which assist people with disabilities are the only animals allowed in Red Cross shelters. It may be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for your animals in the midst of an evacuation, so plan ahead. Do not wait until disaster strikes!
  • Contact hotels and motels outside your local area to check their policies on accepting pets and restrictions on number, size and species. Ask if "no pet" policies could be waived in an emergency. Keep a list of "pet friendly" places, including phone numbers, with your other disaster information and supplies. If you are alerted to an impending disaster, call ahead for reservations.
  • Ask friends, relatives or others outside the affected area whether they could shelter your animals. If you have more than one pet, they may be more comfortable if kept together, but be prepared to house them separately.
  • Make a list of boarding facilities and veterinarians who could shelter animals in an emergency; include 24-hour phone numbers.
  • Ask local animal shelters if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets during a disaster. Animal shelters may be overwhelmed caring for the animals they already have as well as those displaced by a disaster, so this should be your last resort.

Assemble a Portable Pet Disaster Supplies Kit

  • Whether you are away from home for a day or a week, you'll need essential supplies. Keep items in an accessible place and store them in sturdy containers that can be carried easily (a duffle bag or covered trash containers, for example). Your pet disaster supplies kit should include:
  • Medications and medical records (stored in a waterproof container) and a first aid kit.
  • Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to transport pets safely and ensure that your animals can't escape.
  • Current photos of your pets in case they get lost.
  • Food, potable water, bowls, cat litter/pan, and can opener.
  • Information on feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, and the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to foster or board your pets.
  • Pet bed or toys if easily transportable.

For More Pet Preparedness Information From E.A.R.S., Click HERE

Red Cross Safety Checklists

Click The Following To View Each Checklist:

Preparation - Your Family Disaster Kit

Preparation - Your Pets In Disaster




Heat Warning



Wild Fire

Winter Storm


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