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     Why should I have a working smoke alarm?

        A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether youre awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.

      According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.  

       If you are a homeowner and live within the city limits, the Shawnee Fire Department will install a new smoke alarm at no charge?
Call 273-4282 to schedule an appointment.
      If you rent, your landlord is responsible to provide a working smoke alarm on every floor. If you need a 9 volt battery replaced in an existing smoke alarm, this service is provided free of charge to home owners by calling 273-4282.

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Telephone (405) 878-1671
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Shawnee Fire Department
PO BOX 1448/16 W. Ninth Street
Shawnee, Oklahoma, 74802-1448

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Dept: Fire Dept - City Hall

Position: Fire Chief

Dru Tischer is currently serving as the Fire Chief for the City of Shawnee. He has served with the City of Shawnee Fire Department since November of 1995 in the positions of Firefighter, Lieutenant, Deputy Fire Marshal and Deputy Fire Chief before promoting to the position of Fire Chief in September of 2015. Chief Tischer has earned Associate Degrees in Municipal Fire Protection and Fire Protection Technology from Oklahoma State University. He is a lifelong resident of Pottawatomie County growing up and attending school in Tecumseh, OK. Upon graduation from Tecumseh High School in 1991, he enlisted in the United States Army and served as an Infantryman from 1991 to 1995. He is married to Kristi Tischer formerly of Marion, KY.
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Job TitleProbationary Firefighter
DepartmentFire Dept - City Hall
Date Posted5/22/2017
Posting Expires6/2/2017
Job DescriptionPosition: Probationary Firefighter
This probationary position includes training for, and participating in, firefighting and rescue activities involving the protection of life and property.

Summary of Essential Duties:
•Works 24-hour shifts responding to emergency scenes as directed
•Performs firefighting and rescue operations as directed by the Chain of Command
•Observes and enforces departmental safety regulations
•Attends training courses as needed and/or required
•Participates in station and equipment cleaning and maintenance
•Participates in fire related public education activities
•Maintains a personal physical fitness level that allows for effective job performance
•Reports to Captain and performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements for Hiring:
•Must be between 18 and 45 years of age
•Must possess High school education or equivalent
•Must posses a valid Oklahoma drivers license and maintain a status of insurability with the City’s insurance carrier
•Must pass physical examination as required by Oklahoma State Firefighters Pension System

Preferred certifications:
•Prefer candidate to posses current Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician – Basic level (or higher) certification
•Firefighter I
•Firefighter II

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:
Essential functions are performed in and affected by the following environmental factors:
•Operates both as a member of a team and independently at incidents of uncertain duration
•Spends extensive time outside exposed to the elements
•Performs physically demanding work in hot (up to 400 degrees F), humid (up to 100%)atmospheres while wearing equipment that impairs body cooling mechanisms
•Performs varying tasks on slippery, hazardous surfaces such as on rooftops or ladders
•Works in wet, icy, or muddy areas and other areas where sustaining traumatic or thermal injuries are possible
•Makes rapid transitions from rest to near maximal exertion without warm-up periods
•Faces exposure through inhalation or skin contact to carcinogenic dusts (such as asbestos)and toxic substances (such as hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, or organic solvents)
•Faces exposure to infectious agents such as Hepatitis B or HIV
•Wears personal protective equipment that weighs up to 50 pounds
•Performs physically demanding work while wearing positive pressure breathing equipment with 1.5 inches of water column resistance to exhalation at a flow of 40 liters per minute
•Performs complex tasks and faces life or death decisions during life-threatening emergencies. Relies on speech, as well as senses of sight, hearing, smell, and touch to help determine the nature of the emergency. Maintains personal safety, and makes critical decisions in a confused, chaotic, and potentially life threatening environment
•Works for long periods of time, requiring sustained physical activity and intense concentration
•Lifts and carries varying weights for varying distances without stopping
•Operates in environments of high noise, poor visibility, limited mobility, at heights, and in enclosed or confined spaces
•Uses manual and power tools in the performance of duties
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Q:How can I find out how close a fire hydrant is to my home or business?
Use the Online Fire Hydrant lookup site to check for local hydrants. You can enter the address of your home or business in the Shawnee city limits and see any hydrants within 1000 feet of the pinned address.
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The mission of the shawnee fire department is to provide quality protection of life, property, and the environment to our community, through effective response, prevention, building and preparedness programs and customer service, while maintaining a high level of employee safety and professionalism.
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    City Requesting Feedback on Park Planning Designs
    There was a Public Meeting to discuss park planning efforts on May 18, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center, 1700 W. Independence. The City’s consulting landscape architect firm, CLS and Associates, presented the preliminary drawings for Boy Scout Park, KidSpace Park, Woodland Park, and other downtown park planning options. The City of Shawnee received feedback and participation from the public at this meeting. If you would like to provide your feedback please send us your comments by May 31, 2017, to jbryce AT or you can call 405-878-1529. The pdf drawings from the meeting can be viewed at the following link.

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    City Manager Report- April 2017
    The April 2017 City Manager report from City Manager, Justin Erickson, has been published. The full PDF report outlines various activities, projects and updates for the City of Shawnee and its local government operations. Follow the link to read the full document.

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    “I am pleased to announce the implementation of a new mass-notification system for the City of Shawnee, “Don Lynch Emergency Management Director announced today. “Our new Citizen Alerts program is now being implemented to make sure that our citizens know about public safety issues, City utility service interruptions and community events. Our citizens will be able to receive important messages via email, phone, text, and more, he added.”

    The success of this service relies on Shawnee citizens. “Having our citizens current contact information is the only way to ensure that we can contact them in an emergency, Lynch said.” We are encouraging our citizens to please sign up on the City of Shawnee Website –

    It only takes about a minute to enroll! Even if citizens were registered under the City’s previous mass notification system, they will need to re-register for this program since the City was not able to import any of the data from the previous system into this new system.

    “With Spring storm season upon us, it is important that we get the information to as many of our citizens as we can and encourage them to sign up,” Lynch commented.

    For those without access to the Internet, Emergency Management will also be placing manual sign-up materials at several locations around our community in the coming two weeks.

    The City of Shawnee will not share or distribute registrants’ personal information, unless required to do so by law. Additionally, the City will never use information for any purpose other than to send emergency notifications or official information pertaining to the City.

    Residents who sign up will automatically receive Tornado Warning messages at the same time as those messages are being sent by the National Weather Service to the news media and other informational outlets. Additionally, our citizens can opt-in to receive, watch and warning information about other hazardous weather including flooding, severe thunderstorms, winter storms, and fire warnings. For these messages, citizens can choose a period of quiet hours if they wish when those messages will not be sent. Tornado Warnings however, will always be sent as they occur.

    The alert process begins when The City of Shawnee issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. Next, our Citizen Alerts program sends a message to the primary contact path. If citizens dont confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach their second contact path and continue trying to reach them until they confirm receipt.


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    City Seeks Community Feedback on Strategic Plan
    The City of Shawnee is nearing completion of a strategic planning process that begin in late-2016 with the Shawnee Community Survey. The City Commission voted to establish a Strategic Planning Subcommittee comprised of Mayor Richard Finley, Vice-Mayor James Harrod and Commissioner Lesa Shaw on January 17, 2017. The subcommittee has spent considerable time and effort preparing the draft Strategic Plan that is now available for public review and comment. Adoption of the final plan is expected to occur in June.

    A series of public meetings have been scheduled to provide an opportunity for public review and comment of the draft plan. The dates, times, and locations are included in the link below.

    The format of each meeting is the same and will consist of a short introduction of the planning process, a summary of the Shawnee Community Survey, and a question and answer session. The events will also include visual displays where individuals can review parts of the plan and interact with staff and elected officials in an open-house format after the more formal portion.

    For more information please contact Justin Erickson, City Manager at 405-878-1601 or at Jerickson AT The draft Strategic Plan is available for viewing in the link below.


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