Joplin Professional Firefighters

  • We remember May 22nd, 2011 and the 161 people who lost their lives. We will recover and rebuild.

Wage Study 2018

This wage study was done to show a true comparison of Joplin and other fire departments using demographics, salary, staffing and services provided. Rarely will you find an identical match, however you can get an overall perspective of pay, staffing and services provided. If you have any suggestions or if you find errors in the study, please email

City Comparisons

Still in progress and not completed. A final document will be available by April 1st.



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Fire fighting is a science and having the right number of people respond when you call 911 shouldn’t be based on guesswork, politicians’ opinions or budget number crunchers. Watch and learn what the science has to say about keeping you and your family safe.


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Nothing else gives our elected officials a taste of the fire service like experiencing the Joplin Fire Ops 101. This day will show them the smoke, the sweat, the adrenaline rush and the physical stress and strain our fire fighters face on a daily basis, all while exposing them to the complex issues of the fire service, like staffing, adequate equipment, and presumptive health. Spending a hands-on day as a first responder is one of the most effective ways for our elected officials and our local media to learn about our job.



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Joplin Professional Firefighters  IAFF Local 59

You can make a difference in the lives of children by supporting the Joplin Professional Firefighters "Operation Warm" program. 

Children will be able to go to school on cold winter days. They will feel special in their very own brand new coat...maybe their first new coat ever. And with our American-Made coats, you'll be supporting American jobs too. 

Without this program, many local children will be left out in the cold. With your support, many will be happy and warm. Please help a child in need!


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Joplin Professional Firefighters Charitable Foundation

Non-Profit Organization

The Joplin Professional Firefighters are serving the Joplin community with Christmas for Kids program, cancer support, a children's relief fund and more!

Recently we have joined forces with the Ronald McDonald House in Joplin, MO to help them raise funds to sponsor a room for the entire year!

Please help you Local Firefighters and your community by donating to our Charitable Foundation.

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Do you have a WOD(workout of the day)?

Please submit it to the Local 59 President

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Smoke Detectors Save Lives!
Joplin Professional Firefighters would like to remind you to change your smoke detector batteries when you move your clocks forward.

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JoplinFire Department - Fire Chief

Posted on: January 16, 2015
City of Joplin names James Furgerson as new Fire Chief

Joplin City Manager Sam Anselm has announced James Furgerson as the new Fire Chief. Furgerson has been serving as Interim Fire Chief since Mitch Randles’ retirement in August 2014.

“Jimmy will be an excellent addition to the City’s leadership team,” said Anselm. “I am confident that he will serve the community well as we work to continue to meet the current and future needs of our city.”

Furgerson has 19 years of fire service experience, including 14 years with the Joplin Fire Department. Furgerson joined the Fire Department in 2001 and was promoted to Driver in July of 2004. In 2006 he was named Captain. Furgerson served as Deputy Fire Chief since February, 2014.

Furgerson is a Missouri State Certified Fire Investigator, Inspector and Instructor. Furgerson is also a paramedic and hazardous material (Haz-Mat) technician. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Missouri Southern State University and an Associate Degree in Fire Science.

“I look forward to serving the citizens and the City in this new role,” he said. “One of the priorities for the Fire Department will be to complete the Public Safety Training Center. This facility will be a great asset for our crews, as well as the Joplin Police Department. It will provide many opportunities for training exercises, a driving course and classroom settings for our staff. I’m excited about finishing this project to provide a safe environment for these types of maneuvers for our public safety staff.”

Furgerson’ s promotion was effective January 14, 2015. His starting salary is $75,000.

Chief Furgerson was a former Treasurer for the Joplin Professional Firefighters L59 and was an active member until he promoted to Deputy Chief.

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Your Joplin Firefighters work hard to protect you and your property 24 hours a day since 1882. We know how important you and your property is, that is why we serve you with honor and pride. We want you to be proud of the service we provide for you, you are who we work for, you decide on the tools we have to accomplish the job, you decide where your fire stations are to be located, and many other important issues, for that we Thank You!

Did you know how dangerous our job is?

Unique to the firefighter is his work environment. The dangers at a fire scene are obvious: fire, smoke, building collapse, explosions, and so forth. Firefighters can see and study these dangers and, thus, prepare for them. However, there is a big unseen danger—cancer.

Today’s fires involve plastics, which are in everything—carpeting, furniture, TVs, appliances, combs, bottles, and even pipes and other building materials. When plastics burn, they typically produce much more smoke and heat than comparable wood products. Plastic smoke is also more deadly and may include carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, nitrogen oxides, ammonia, phenol, benzene, hydrogen chloride, hydrochloric acid, methane, and even hydrogen cyanide. If breathed in large enough doses, these gases can lead to immediate death and even in the smallest of doses can lead to cancer.

Some important facts about the unknown risks we face.

Firefighters are more likely to have:
•Brain cancer: 3.5 times more likely in firefighters

•Leukemia/lymphoma: three times more likely.

•Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma: two times more likely.

•Multiple myeloma: 2.25 times more likely; after 30 years, 10 times.

•Bladder cancer: three times more likely.

•Kidney cancer: four times more likely.

•Prostate cancer: two times more likely.

•Testicular cancer: 2.5 times more likely.

•Colorectal cancer (large intestine): two times more likely.

•Liver cancer: two times more likely.

•Skin cancer: two times more likely.

Support your Local Firefighters and Cancer Awareness in our community.

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MEMBERS - Register Here For Access!

All Joplin members and retirees are invited to register for an account with the IAFF Local 2618. From here, you will get access to schedules, trades, online voting access, and much more. Keep up to date with your Local.

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