About Central Jackson County Fire Protection District in Blue Springs
To provide the high quality, well trained and well-equipped response, education programming, and support our protected communities have come to expect and deserve.
Meet the Chief
I am honored to serve the District as the 5th Fire Chief in 56 years. Much like the values and perspectives of eastern Jackson County residents, we strive at CJCFPD to mirror those ideals of excellence.
CJCFPD embodies a proud and distinguished history that has provided for current day emergency, non-emergency, prevention, and accredited level educational programs. It is my personal pledge to continually monitor and provide flexible oversight that will allow for the continued growth of our District. Once again welcome to CJCFPD and if you would ever like to contact me please do not hesitate.
JEFFREY A. GROTE
Welcome to Our Newest Team Members!
Welcome to our newest members: Joe Deshautels, Sturgis Cumborford, Ryan Schwendemann, and Andrew Tierney. All four are firefighters recently hired to fill positions open due to retirements.
John Hardy is a local business owner with a love for the fire service. He has served the citizens of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District since 2002. A member of numerous organizations, Director Hardy is dedicated to making local communities the best they can be and has helped create an emergency service organization the residents and businesses can be proud of.
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 is the newest member of the CJC Board of Directors. 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.