History

Beginning of the Department
Organized fire fighting began in the City of Owasso in 1948. The establishment of the city fire department was preceded by the Owasso Community Fire Department, which was incorporated in June 1952. The Owasso Community Fire Department Board Members included Harry Worley, J.R. Glasgow, B.R. Green, R.O. Coonfied and W.E. Rice. The Owasso Community Fire Department's 1st Fire Chief was Harry Worley.

In 1965 the city took over the Fire Department and moved the station to Broadway and Main Street. This 2 bay station housed the city’s first new 1965 Ford Boardman pumper and a Dodge Power wagon wild land vehicle. Prior to the Boardman pumper, the Fire Department was operated with a 1946 Ford pumper, 1946 Dodge truck, and a 1955 Dodge truck.

The Johnson's
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Johnson answered the phones to dispatch the Fire Department to emergencies. However, in the event the Johnson's were not home, a switch was installed outside the local shoe store that the Johnson's owned. This allowed other personnel to report a fire and sound an alarm. In addition, cards were printed with names and phone numbers, including Tom Johnson, and 5 drivers.

Paid Officers

In Owasso in 1970 approximately 17 fire hydrants were serviced by the Fire Department, compared to the approximately 1,700 fire hydrants serviced by the fire department in the district today. In February 1973 the proposed Owasso civic building (currently fire station number 2), housing all primary functions of city government came before voters. The building is located at 207 South Cedar. In 1974 the transition of a combination volunteer / paid Fire Department occurred with Bob Baker being the first paid Fire Marshal.

Vernon Chase was appointed as the first paid Fire Chief effective July 1976. He was with the city since February 1976 and had 20 years experience through military services as a fireman. In August 1976 the first proposal was made that the Owasso Fire Department take over the ambulance service from Moore Funeral Chapel. Moore had stopped providing the ambulance service due to the high cost.

Locations
In 1976, Owasso began to make plans for its first 24 hour ambulance service. The first fire station was located at 12 North Main. The fire station located at 207 South Cedar (currently fire station number 2) was built in 1974. In 1994 it was closed and relocated to 8901 North Garnett Road. In 2001 the fire department became a fully paid department with no volunteers. Station 2 was later remodeled and opened again in June 2005 as the department continued to grow.

Current Fire Department
Today the Owasso Fire Department provides fire suppression over approximately 42 square miles and medical services over approximately 76 square miles. There are 3 manned fire stations, staffed with 14 firefighters on each of the 3 shifts. Firefighters work a 24 hour tour of duty and 48 hours off duty.