The Lenexa Fire Department is divided into four divisions, each led by a division chief, answering directly to the fire chief. The four divisions are Administration, Fire Prevention, Operations and Professional Development.
Division Chief Travis Vaughn is responsible for the leadership and management of the administrative functions of the fire department. Responsibilities include:
Coordination of the City of Lenexa Domestic Preparedness Program
Oversight of Fire Department employment, risk management and budgetary activities
Facilitation of organizational and strategic planning processes
Appointment as designated Fire Department health and safety officer
Management of logistical services and business office staff and operations
The Fire Prevention Division is led by Division Chief Andrew “Butch” Diekemper. The Fire Prevention Division oversees a diverse collection of community risk reduction programs. These programs include thorough annual inspections of all commercial occupancies, plan reviews and inspections of all new construction, tenant finishes, and building remodels. Our team places an emphasis on community public education, led by passionate members of our organization. Fire scene investigators provide fire trending data through investigations that help drive our yearly educational programs. We take great pride in our business partnerships and the relationships we build with the members of our community. These relationships foster a pro-active mindset of safety for those who live, work, and visit our city.
The Operations Division is led by Division Chief Scott Hoch. The division provides all hazards incident response. It encompasses all operations personnel divided into three shifts: A, B and C that are managed by a battalion chief shift commander. This division also contains technical rescue teams comprised of select personnel from each shift:
Water rescue: We maintain a specialized water rescue team for use in both swift-water, standing-water and ice rescue emergencies. The water rescue team is made up of members who have extensive training and certification in swift water rescue, swift water boat operations and technical rope rescue. Additionally, every member of the Fire Department is trained in basic water rescue techniques and rescue team support. This team is also a regional and state resource, and has been activated for mutual aid rescue events.
Trail rescue: Some of our community’s beautiful miles of trails and parks are difficult to access with conventional emergency response vehicles. To assist with this, we have multiple four-wheel drive vehicles, some equipped with specialized water tanks and pumps for remote areas. Additionally, there are two all-terrain vehicles capable of off-road and trail use, which are set up to carry injured persons out of remote areas.
Confined space/cave rescue: This team handles high-angle rescue, confined space rescue and cave rescue emergencies. The members of the team are trained and certified in multiple rescue disciplines, train as a team once a quarter, and perform additional hours of individual training to maintain proficiency levels with all disciplines. We have a rescue apparatus outfitted with confined space rescue equipment, rope rescue equipment and cave/mine rescue equipment. To support this team, all members of the department are trained to the operations level in rope rigging and basic cave rescue.
Professional Development Division
The Professional Development Division is led by Division Chief Don Tinsley. This division oversees the management and coordination of the department’s training, professional development, and UAS programs. The professional development programs include fire operations training, emergency medical services training, technology influences and advancement, credentialing and fire analytics.