The Hays Fire Department's mission is to protect the lives and economic well being of the people of Hays from the effects of fires, accidents, and related emergencies.
The Fire Department proudly protects 21,000 people living in an area of approximately 8 square miles. They operate out of two stations that protect a primarily residential area. The department is a public department whose members are on a combination of paid and volunteer status. This department has an ISO rating of 2. In 2018 HFD started the construction of a regional fire/rescue training facility.
The Hays Fire Department is under the direction of Ryan Hagans, Fire Chief. This department has 21 full-time Firefighters working in three shifts supported by Paid Per Call members, one Deputy Chief and an Administrative Assistant.
The Fire Department provides emergency response activities and also handles a great deal of non-emergency work. Firefighters work a rotating shift of 24 hours on and 48 hours off.