About Central Jackson County Fire Protection District in Blue Springs, Grain Valley and Lake Tapawingo

The Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJCFPD) is a full-service fire department in eastern Jackson County providing fire and emergency medical service (EMS) response, fire safety and life safety education, fire and EMS training and education, hazardous materials, and technical rescue. 

The CJCFPD serves the communities of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Lake Tapawingo, and some sections of surrounding Jackson County.  

Our Goal:

To provide the high quality, well trained and well-equipped response, education programming, and support our protected communities have come to expect and deserve.

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Board Members

Tim McDermed

Treasurer

Tim McDermed retired in 2013 as a captain with the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District after more than 30 years. Tim started with CJC as a volunteer in 1979 and was hired full time in 1984.  He has served as a board member since 2013.

Steve Westermann

Chairman

Director Westermann has been in the fire service for over 45 years, recently retiring after 28 years as the fire chief for CJC and spending nearly  40 total years serving the communities CJC protects. Director Westermann helped create an organization that has received unwavering support from the communities, passing a number of levy, sales tax, and bond elections, allowing CJC to become an organization recognized as a top tier fire department locally, regionally, and in some ways nationally.

John Gale

Secretary

Director Gale began his career of paid public service in 1982 by working for then, Blue Springs EMS and for other nearby EMS services as a Paramedic.  After serving the EMS Community for 6 years, John transitioned to law enforcement in 1986 .  Though no longer serving directly in the Emergency Medical Services, he maintained his Paramedic license for many years to come.  In 1988 he joined the Blue Springs Police Department and served the Community of Blue Springs for the next 32 years.  Additionally, during his time at BSPD John also served as a Fire Investigator, frequently partnering with CJC Investigators during investigations, especially those fires with potential criminal implications.  Director Gale joined the CJC Board of Directors in 2022.

Welcome to Our Newest Team Members!

 

CJC is one of only 258 fire departments worldwide, 6 in Missouri, and 7 in the Kansas City Metro, recognized by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), a division of the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE).  In 2018, CJC became one of fewer than 400 departments across the country to achieve Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 1 and one of only 78 departments to have achieved both an ISO 1 rating and be accredited.