About Central Jackson County Fire Protection District in Blue Springs

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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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.

Respectfully,

FIRE CHIEF
JEFFREY A. GROTE

Welcome to Our Newest Team Members!

Welcome to our newest member: Luke Combs. Luke is a firefighter /EMT and came to came to CJC from Sni Valley Fire in Oak Grove MO. Luke is a graduate of the CJC Fire Academy and the CJC EMT program.

Board Members

John Hardy

Chairman

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

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

Secretary

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.

CJC is one of only 247 fire departments worldwide, and 6 in Missouri, recognized by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI).Additionally, CJC has 2 chief officers internationally credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing.