Riley County, KS

05/31/2023 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/31/2023 14:11

Fire training in Manhattan June 7-8

(Riley County, KS - May 31, 2023) Next Wednesday and Thursday evenings, June 7th and 8th, members of Riley County Fire District #1 will conduct training exercises at the former Crestview Church, located at 4761 Tuttle Creek Boulevard in Manhattan. Training will take place from 6:00 p.m. to approximately 8:00 p.m. The public should expect to see fire apparatus, vehicles, equipment, and personnel in the area. Please note, there will be no live fire or flames at the site.

"Icon Structures and Anderson Knight Architects have generously allowed us a window of time to train at the facility before it is demolished. We're always grateful for opportunities to train in different environments," said Deputy Fire Chief John Martens.

Training exercises will include fire attack methods, search and rescue, ventilation, forcible entry, water supply, pump ops, flowing nozzles, and advancing hoses.

RCFD#1 has more than 100 volunteer firefighters who respond to structure fires, wildfires, vehicle accidents, and medical emergencies in Riley County.

"We have volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life. We work well together, and it makes me proud to see how many people are willing to step up and go towards danger when others need help," said Deputy Chief Doug Russell. "Crews train every other week and we work hard to make sure they're prepared for a variety of challenges."

Learn more about RCFD#1 online at or by calling (785) 537-6333 during regular business hours. Follow RCFD#1 on Facebook /RCFD1, Twitter @RileyCoFire, and Instagram RileyCoFire.