Kansas City Kansas Fire Department – Station 20

Station 20 is located just south of Kansas Ave. and east of S. 78th St. The station faces north.

Station History

"In 1940 the townships of Wyandotte Co. (Quindaro, Shawnee, and Wyandotte) were informed that by Sept. 1, 1941, they would no longer be covered by the Kansas City Kansas Fire Dept. At that time, there was a 3-mile radius that had currently been used to cover parts of the townships just outside of the city limits, but the further outlying parts were not covered. The township would hold a special vote to ask the citizens to vote for a tax increase to help cover the expense of building what would house the fire dept., manning and supplying the 2 new township stations for each of the townships. One of the ways that the township presented it to the citizens was that if this was passed the hike in taxes to allow them to pay for the equipment would be offset by the reduction in their home owner’s insurance because of having a fire dept. in the township.
Wyandotte Township was able to establish two fire stations and staffed the rigs with volunteer firefighters. Station #1 off Reidy Rd and State Ave (Indian Springs) and the second station in Muncie, off of K-32 Hwy and it was in the Coffelt’s Garage, around 75th St and K-32 Hwy. This garage was rented out for a few months until they moved to Ford’s Garage, unknown location to me but was close to Coffelt's Garage. The Wyandotte Township moves Station #2 out of Ford’s Garage and moves it to the permanent place at Defries Rd and Stony Point Rd., later to become 78th and Kansas Ave in 1942. The reason for the move was that the firetrucks struggled to get up the hill during inclement weather. After this move the station stayed in service as the Wyandotte Township station #2 until 1972. That year, Kansas City, Ks annexed most of the Wyandotte Township and causing the Township to disband the Wyandotte Township Fire Dept. The Kansas City Kansas Fire Dept. renumbers this station to Station #20."
- Provided by Historical Society of the Kansas City Kansas Fire Department

 

Pumper 20

2006 HME/Ferrara
GPM: 1,500
Gallons: 750
Serial #: Unknown
Ex: KCKFD Pumper 5