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Bonner Springs Fire Department History
Today, the department is committed to recruiting and retaining loyal and dedicated members. The membership has a combined total of more than 325 years of service with the Department. More than one-third of the members have individually served the Bonner Springs Fire Department for over ten years with two members dedicating over 30 years to the fire service.
During the 1920s and 1930s, Bonner Springs experienced population growth due to industrial and commercial expansion. Movement into rural areas of the city, the railroad’s proximity, and more automobiles caused an increase in the number of calls for the volunteer department. By the mid 1940s, the Department was responding to over 100 calls a year.
Chief Walter Honeywell, during the 1950s, opened up the
Bonner Springs Fire Department members with a newly purchased 1941 Chevrolet Pumper in front of the old City Hall located at Second & Cedar.
Chief Dusil was instrumental in initiating advanced first-aid and, later, ambulance service for the Bonner Springs area. In January, 1975, the firefighters began taking advanced first aid, and emergency medical technician training was approved by the city council. The plan was to have an ambulance by 1976 for the new station. In January of 1976, the city manager found it prudent to separate fire and ambulance into two departments, and Chief Dusil was assigned to the ambulance department.
Bonner Springs Fire Department Circa 1976
Warren Hanks was promoted to Fire Chief in September of 1978 and served in this capacity until his retirement in 2003. During his twenty-five years of supervision, the Department saw significant growth and many changes. Chief Hanks’ tenure as Fire Chief was one of the longest in the state. In 2000, he was honored by the Kansas State Association of Fire Chiefs as Fire Chief of the Year.
Clinton Long, who has served the Bonner Springs Fire Department since 1975, was promoted from Deputy Chief to Fire Chief in 2003 after Hanks’ retirement. Chief Long's goal for the Fire Department is to continue to uphold the highest professional standards and maintain Bonner Springs Fire Department’s reputation for providing exceptional training to its firefighting personnel.
In July 2012 Dennis "Denny" Hubbel was promoted from Assistant Fire Chief and assumed the role of Fire Chief with the retirement of Clinton Long. Chief Hubbel lead efforts to consolidate the formally separate Fire Department and EMS Department into one Department leading to new and increased levels of professionalism and training.