Riley County Fire District # 1

Our Mission

The mission of RCFD #1 is to provide superior fire protection, operational excellence and professionalism through all areas of our organization. Our ability to meet this goal is heavily supported by everyday individuals who help by answering the call to aid neighbors in need through volunteerism, commitment,  and dedication.

Contact Headquarters

115 N. 4th Street, 2nd Floor
Manhattan, KS 66502

Phone: 785-537-6333

Email Contact Form



Riley County Fire District #1 is looking for new members to join our family. Do you want to be a part of a new rewarding challenge full of passion, tradition, and a benefit to your Community? Regardless of your experience in public service or your background, if you are interested in a rewarding volunteer opportunity, we would like to talk to you. 

The lives and property of the citizens in our communities often depend on you. The training you receive will help you develop the valuable skills and knowledge necessary to be successful.

Read more and learn how you can get involved.

  1. 3 members of wildland fire crew wearing protective gear and carrying hand tools, flames visible

    Prairie Burning Season in Riley County

    Each spring and fall, burn permits are issued to property owners in Riley County to help maintain vegetation, fire fuel loads, and revive the prairie. When weather conditions allow, people with burn permits may conduct controlled burns on their property. Read on...
  2. two women walking fireline on a prairie field with firetruck in background

    RRCFD#1 and Kansas Forest Service Partner to Offer Free Fire Safety Class

    The organizations are pleased to announce a free Prescribed Fire & Controlled Burn class scheduled for Wednesday, February 28th. The class will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Pottorf Hall, located within CiCo Park in Manhattan. Read on...
  3. water donation-4

    Drinking water donated to RCFD#1 volunteer firefighters

    This afternoon, Ben Rowe and Jason Bruce with local distributor Flint Hills Beverage delivered a pallet of canned drinking water to Riley County Fire District #1 as part of Anheuser-Busch’s disaster relief program. Read on...
  4. father and son smiling for the camera while holding glass award trophies

    RCDFD#1 Honors John Wienck with Prestigious Harold Bellman Award

    In a special ceremony held at the Riley County Fire District #1 Annual Awards Banquet, John Wienck was presented with the prestigious Harold Bellman Award, the highest honor presented by the department. Read on...
  5. woman and man smiling while holding award certificate

    Celebrating Dedication and Leadership: Doug Russell – February’s Employee of the Month

    Deputy Fire Chief of Operations Doug Russell has spent most of his life in the tight-knit community of Riley County Fire District #1. His leadership and dedication have made a big impact, and we are excited to honor him as February’s EOTM. Read on...
  6. photo of fire truck and firefighters at night

    Randolph mobile home destroyed in fire

    Volunteer firefighters from Riley County Fire District #1 were dispatched to reports of a structure fire near Randolph last night at 5:30 PM. Upon arrival, crews found a mobile home mostly involved in fire with smoke and flames visible. Read on...
  7. view over the shoulder of a firefighter using hose to douse trailer fire

    One pet perished in structure fire that destroyed mobile home south of Manhattan

    At 7:15 PM on January 20, RCFD#1 was dispatched to reports of smoke and flames visible from a residence in the Hunter’s Island area south of Manhattan. A dog unfortunately perished in the fire. No other civilian injuries were reported. Read on...
  8. smoke rising from a stone foundation after a fire

    Structure fire at vacant farmhouse in northern Riley County

    Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to a possible structure fire November 20. Upon arrival, found an unoccupied farmhouse fully engulfed in flames. The cause of the fire at the century-old home is undetermined, but no foul play is suspected. Read on...
  9. Riley County fire truck parked with blue sky in background

    Arrest Made after Fire Threatens Structures in Hunters Island Area of Manhattan

    Daniel Lee, 39, of Manhattan was arrested today in association with a fire that threatened structures in a neighborhood south of Ft. Riley Blvd. and an aggravated battery earlier in the day. The fire is currently under investigation. Read on...
  10. stone office building with high archways

    Riley County 2024 Budget Update

    The Riley County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the 2024 budget to exceed the revenue neutral rate during their regular meeting Monday, August 28. Read on...
  11. flames visible from roof of home while firefighters spray water

    One Person Injured and One Pet Lost in Early Morning House Fire

    The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. One adult was injured while escaping an upstairs bedroom and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The family’s dog unfortunately perished in the fire. Read on...
  12. flames on hillside with emergency vehicles parked on road below

    Brush Fire SW of Tuttle Creek Dam Quickly Contained

    The blaze was contained by 11:15 a.m. and crews remained on scene to monitor conditions. One SB lane of Tuttle Creek Blvd was closed temporarily and an estimated total of 3 to 5 acres burned. No homes or structures were damaged and no injuries reported. Read on...
  13. exterior of burned structure at night with emergency lights and fire hoses

    Structure Fire at 12261 Walnut Creek Road in Leonardville

    At midnight on the morning of July 5th, Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to 12261 Walnut Creek Rd. for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a garage fully involved with fire. Extensive damage to home, no injuries reported. Read on...
  14. trainees in fire gear practicing with fire hose

    Fire training in Manhattan June 7-8

    Riley County Fire District #1 will conduct training exercises at the former Crestview Church in Manhattan starting at 6pm June 7 & 8. Expect to see fire apparatus, vehicles, equipment, and personnel in the area. There will be no live fire or flames. Read on...
  15. firetruck parked in residential area at night

    Early detection of attic fire prevents major damage to Riley County home

    The cause of the fire was determined to be a faulty bathroom ventilation fan that overheated, then spread fire to the attic and a portion of the bathroom. No injuries to people or pets were reported. Read on...
  16. front of red fire truck

    Several fires break out in Riley County over the weekend

    One utility task vehicle (UTV) was destroyed in a seven-acre burn north of Manhattan, and another, unpermitted burn resulted in a citation for the property owner. RCFD#1 also responded to a mutual aid call from Wabaunsee County. Read on...
  17. firefighters with headlamps walking near firetruck at night, burning hillside in background

    More than 50 firefighters battle wildfire near Tuttle Creek lakeshore in Northern Riley County

    Strong winds spread embers from a large fire burning on the Pottawatomie County side of the Big Blue River channel across the river and ignited grass and timber on the Riley County side. Read on...
  18. RCFD truck

    Riley County signs disaster declaration for wildfire near Indian Hill Road

    The declaration was issued because the fires near Indian Hill Road and Mariadahl Road imminently threaten to cause wide-spread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property in disaster proportion. Read on...
  19. flames burinng down steep hillside of grass

    Two out-of-control fires burn thousands of acres in Riley County

    Two major fires burned more than 3,500 acres last week. Both were prescribed burns that got out of control. Thankfully, no structures were lost and no injuries have been reported. Read on...
  20. fire fighters and fire truck parked on residential street

    Law enforcement investigates weekend structure fire at Riverchase Mobile Home Park

    A structure fire that destroyed a garden shed and damaged siding on neighboring mobile homes may have been caused by children playing with a lighter. No injuries have been reported. Read on...
  21. several people standing in a semi-circle listening to one man speak

    CANCELED: Volunteer Firefighters Training in Ogden

    The volunteer firefighter training planned tonight for Ogden has ben canceled. Crews are currently working to control several wildfires. We'll make an announcement when the new date is set. Read on...
  22. firefighter walking up a burned hillside

    Weekend fires threaten several areas of Riley County

    Riley County Fire District #1 battled three wildfires over the weekend. Thankfully no homes were lost and no injuries have been reported. Read on...
  23. fire truck parked near billowing smoke

    Illegal outdoor burn scorches 60 acres near Manhattan

    An estimated 60 acres burned and an Evergy electrical transformer junction box was damaged in the fire. No one is without power as a result of the damage to the junction box. Two homes were threatened but no evacuations were issued and no structures lost. Read on...
  24. tall flames and burning grasses

    Wildfire near HWY 177 threatens homes in SE Riley County

    An estimated 300 acres burned in two hours. “Fire conditions were extremely dangerous with high winds, low humidity, and warm temperatures. I’m thankful for the support of our volunteers and neighboring agencies,” said Deputy Chief John Martens. Read on...
  25. flames advancing along prairie hillside

    Two wildfires threaten Riley County during high winds

    Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to two fires during dangerous conditions Wednesday, March 15. Fort Riley Fire and Manhattan Fire Departments provided mutual aid. More than 400 acres burned but no structures were lost. Read on...
  26. aerial photo of red fire trucks driving along fireline in burned field

    Out-of-control prescribed burn threatens homes in SE Riley County

    On March 4th, a permitted outdoor burn in southeast Riley County got out of control, burning over 300 acres of grassland and threatening structures and outbuildings in the area of Deep Creek Road. Read on...
  27. wildland firefighters, flames, and tall grasses

    4/11/2022 Carlson Road Fire Update

    The Carlson Road fire was completely contained as of April 11, 2022. An estimated 2,000 acres burned. Read on...

Follow Us

Facebook logoTwitter logoInstagram logo