Records indicate that on March 22, 1884, a group of citizens formed a fire fighting force to give fire protection to the rest of the town's citizens. Their equipment consisted of buckets and axes. During that same year, they received a two-wheel hose cart, which was pulled by hand. A volunteer force was formed consisting of 25 citizens.
City fathers organized the fire department. William E. Parker was selected as the city's first Fire Chief. He would go on to hold that position with the city for 50 years. Chief Parker would become one of the nations longest reigning fire chiefs. Chief Parker also worked for the Pony Express and Wells Fargo Company as a telegrapher.