The Stillwater Fire Department (SFD) provides first-responder services with certified EMTs, EMTIs and paramedics.
SFD provides primary fire control and suppression within the City of Stillwater, Oklahoma State University campus and the Stillwater Municipal Airport. We have standing mutual-aid agreements with the six other fire departments within Payne County. We are further prepared to provide mutual-aid contingents wherever and whenever they may be requested.
In our part of Oklahoma, we have a somewhat unique wildland fire problem. Fuels consist of mainly prairie grass with some brush and timber. In most parts of the U.S. fuel load in a grass fire will be 1,000 to 2,000 lb. per acre. Grass fuel loads here will sometimes be 6,000 to 10,000 lb. per acre. Intermixed with this heavy fuel load are Eastern Red Cedar trees. These cedar trees will burn explosively if subjected to drought conditions. Burning embers will sometimes travel over 1,000 feet or more.
Normally we have three wildland fire seasons. The worst is usually February through April, when the grass fuels are dead, and spring weather brings low humidity, fairly high temperatures, and high winds (sometimes 50-70 mph). A moderate wildland fire season occurs in July or August, when some grasses are dormant or dead from the mid-summer heat. The third moderate fire season is during the fall, after a frost has killed the annual grasses
SFD is designated as a Region II Haz-Mat Response Team. The department is also trained in the following:
- ALS Medical Emergency First Response
- Non-emergency Service Calls
- Rescues Response
- Water Rescue