About The Central Jackson County Fire Protection District

The Central Jackson County Fire Protection District Protects Blue Springs, grain valley, and Lake Tapawingo.

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.



Board Members

John Hardy


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


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


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.

Welcome to Our Newest Team Members!

CJC welcomed 4 new firefighters to its family this week during a swearing in ceremony at the Board of Directors meeting.  Shown below are Firefighter Brandon Morris, Firefighter Marcus Nichelson, Firefighter Paramedic Josh Elkins, and Firefighter Paramedic Brandon Booth.

Brandon Morris has 9 years in the fire service, 9 with Johnson County MO Fire District, 7 of those also with Warrensburg, MO Fire Department. Brandon is a Firefighter / EMT and is married with one child. 

Josh Elkins started his career as a volunteer with Lotawana Fire District, coming to CJC after 9 and 1/2 years with Belton MO Fire Department. Josh is a Firefighter / Paramedic and is married with 2 children. 

Brandon Booth has 5 years in the fire service. He spent 1 year as a volunteer with Sni Valley Fire District in Oak Grove, 2 years as a reserve firefighter in Sugar Creek MO, and comes to CJC after 2 years as a firefighter with Lake City Fire Department. Brandon is a Firefighter / Paramedic.  

Marcus Nichelson came to CJC with one year in the fire service, Serving at Sni Valley Fire District in Oak Grove MO. Marcus is a Firefighter / EMT.

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). In 2018, CJC became one of fewer than 400 departments across the country to achieve ISO Class 1 and one of only 78 departments to both ISO 1 and Accredited.