The City of McCook utilizes a combination fire department. The McCook Fire Department consists of a full-time fire chief, seven full-time firefighters, a full-time administrative assistant, and 27 volunteer firefighter / EMS providers.
All full-time firefighters along with the fire chief and five volunteers are paramedics. The full-time positions are civil service positions by their job descriptions. Volunteers provide emergency fire and ambulance support and assistance.
McCook Fire Department responds to fire calls within the confines of the city limits. Our EMS response area covers approximately 320 square miles, ranging from the Kansas-Nebraska border to approximately 16 miles north of McCook. Our western border is the Red Willow-Hitchcock County line and our eastern border is approximately four miles east of McCook. We can respond to calls of service outside the confines of our jurisdiction by means of the local mutual aid agreements.
In the year 2018, we responded to 977 EMS calls and 194 fire calls.
McCook Fire Department has a current ISO rating of 4.