Butler County
Fire District # 3

911 N. Rose Hill Rd.
PO Box 383
Rose Hill, KS 67133

Emergency: 911



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Butler County, the largest county in the state of Kansas geographically with an area of 1,428 sq miles, is served by a total of nine Butler County Fire Districts, four City Fire Departments, one Cowley County Fire District, one Consolidated Fire District and Frontier Refinery Fire Department in El Dorado.

Butler County Fire District # 3 covers seventy square miles in southwestern Butler County, serving 8000 citizens in the rural areas of Pleasant and Richland Townships and the City of Rose Hill. We have automatic aid agreements with Andover Fire-Rescue to our north, Butler County Fire District # 8 to our east and Sedgwick County Fire District # 1 to our west, which adds 93 automatic aid square miles to our coverage area.
In an effort to keep service delivery costs within the means of the community, a sixteen member volunteer contingent is utilized. These volunteers are supported by a career staff of four individuals. The District's organizational philosophy is one of meeting the District mission by the effective use of skilled volunteers supported by a career staff. During weekday business hours, when volunteers are working, at school, or otherwise not available, the volunteer response group is supplemented by career staff response. The District responds to an average of 600 alarms annually.
Our Insurance Service Organization (ISO) ratings are: City of Rose Hill - ISO rating 5. Outside the City of Rose Hill - ISO rating 8b.

Our Mission:

To care for, protect and serve the citizens of Butler County Fire District # 3.

Important Information


October, 2013

Butler County Fire District #3 has received confirmation that the recent survey conducted by the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) has resulted in an improved Fire Insurance Rating for both the City of Rose Hill and Pleasant and Richland Townships. The new ratings of 5/8b may result in a significant decrease in fire insurance premiums for rural residents. City residences are mostly in a class that the improved rating of 5 over a previous rating of 6 may not see a significant change. The difference may affect businesses as they are rated differently than residences.

The rural ratings change is due mostly to the addition of the 2000 gallon Tender to the fleet in 2011. This Tender raised the amount of water arriving on first response to a level that met the requirements for the improved rating of 8b from the previous rating of 9.

“Decisions made by the Fire Board and the officers that made up the vehicle committee in 2010 and 2011 had the far reaching effect of changing this rating” said Chief Woydziak. “Our department is excited and proud of this accomplishment” he stated.

The ISO reviews records of water tests, fire responses, training and maintenance and inspects vehicles and facilities of the fire department, the Dispatch Center and the Water Department. The results of these inspections are used to set the fire insurance ratings of a fire district.

Residents – especially in the rural areas – are encouraged to contact their insurance agents to see if the improved ratings will affect their premiums.

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