Kiowa Fire Protection District covers a 324 square mile area of north central Elbert County and is comprised of approximately 95% undeveloped land, 4% residential properties, and 1% commercial properties. The district runs to the the county line at County Road 194 on the North. The Eastern boundary is bordered by County Road 125, the Southern boundary is County Road 94, and the Western boundary is County Road 33.
Kiowa Fire Protection District has a population of approximately 3000 permanent residence with about two thirds of the population commuting out of county for work. The district is mainly comprised of rural agricultural lands with low density mixed value housing on lots ranging from three up to 35 acres. While the fire district is primary rural, it also encompasses a small downtown area of about half a square mile which includes single and multi-story commercial structures, small residential structures, a mobile home park, the Elbert County Justice Center, the Elbert County Administrative Building and the Elbert County Fairgrounds. It is anticipated that Elbert County will experience an annual growth of about 3.63% or an overall growth rate of 191.1% from 2000-2030. This is expected to exceed the growth rate of neighbor Douglas County.
Kiowa Fire District is covered by two fire stations. Station 221 is located at 403 County Road 45 in downtown Kiowa and Station 222 is located off of County Road 53 approximately 1.5 miles North of County Road 166. Additionally the Fire District maintains the Training Center just East of the Town of Kiowa on Highway 86!
2021 continued to present challenges brought on by a pandemic, political strife and increasing cost to run a full service fire department. Yet our members handled the challenges presented with professionalism, flexibility, and focus on safety for our community. As chief, I am extremely proud of the work the members of Kiowa Fire Protection District did this past year. It was busy with emergency calls, requests of service, and adapting to a changing world but our members responded to these challenges in a manner that can make our community proud. The coronavirus continued to put our department in a position where we had to evolve the way we deliver services. Unlike many other professionals we cannot work from home, nor can we close. Instead, we had to adapt and transform how we respond to emergencies in a manner that protects those that serve, treats those who need our help, and still protect firefighters and their families from contracting the virus. The members of our department have done an amazing job rising to the challenge and they showed a level of creativity and resilience that allows us to continue to provide excellent customer service.
Finally, it is impossible to fully capture in an annual report the many ways our department has positively impacted others. We continually look for ways to positively impact others on a daily basis and this report is intended to capture just some of those highlights. Whether by saving someone’s life, treating their medical problems, or simply helping a stranded motorist, we are here to serve the civilians of the District and our surrounding area. My entire team and I are grateful to serve you.
I am proud and honored to have members that continually demonstrate what it means to be servants to the community, and show compassion to those who depend on our proficiencies in times of need.