Currently, the HFD operates 6 stations strategically located throughout the city, manned by 91 sworn personnel split into 3 shifts. The department protects a population of 50,000+ people, within the City of Hutchinson and Reno County Fire District #2, that has a total response area of 108 square miles. The HFD also provides mutual aid response to all surrounding counties when requested. The HFD is an "all hazards" emergency service. We offer experienced, trained, and equipped crews to effectively deal with all fire, medical, man-made, and natural disaster emergencies that occur within its response area. Our service is comparable to those of the largest city fire departments in that services rendered to the community include quality fire prevention, code enforcement, public education programs, origin and cause fire investigations, effective and efficient fire suppression, basic emergency medical tandem response with Reno County EMS, hazardous material mitigation, command teams, and technical rescue. These responsibilities lead us to have an average call volume of 5,200 calls annually with a general increase in call volume each year. The HFD also actively participates in emergency assistance organizations in South Central Kansas Region, such as Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 5 and Fire Operations Resource Coordination (FORCe). All these disciplines focus on public safety and a better quality of life. While steeped in its vast tradition, the department embraces continuous improvement and being proactive in all its operations. It remains focused on the future through understanding the power of a strategic approach versus a reactive approach. The HFD shares a commonality with its community, understanding the needs and delivery the quality level of services demanded.