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Message from the Fire Chief

Hello my name is Sandy Schiess and I represent the brave men and women of the Independence Fire Department. We protect Harry S. Truman's home town. In partnership with our Community, we strive to provide highly educated professionals and dedicated volunteers to saving lives and property through educational outreach programs, code enforcement, and emergency response.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our website. Please "click" through our links and learn how you can protect yourself, your family, and property. Learn about the Department's many services we provide in the areas of Fire Fighting, Emergency Medical Service, HazMat response, Community Emergency Response Team, Fire Prevention, Fire Safety Education, and Emergency Preparedness.

If you have questions or need additional information please contact us at or (816) 325-7123.

Please join our mission in protecting the community that we live in.

Thank you

History of the Fire Chief

Sandy Schiess began her career in life safety over 28 years ago with the Columbia, Missouri Fire Department. She served in every rank and division of that department and throughout those assignments maintained a particular dedication to life safety issues through prevention and public education.

In 2000 she was chosen as an Assistant Fire Chief for Independence, Missouri Fire Department and a little more than a year later when the department reorganized she became Deputy Fire Chief of Administration. She served as interim fire chief from December 2004 until July 6, 2005, when she was selected as Fire Chief. In July of 2006 in addition to her duties as Fire Chief she began officially overseeing the City of Independence, Missouri Emergency Preparedness activities as Coordinator.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and a Master’s in Teaching. Additionally she attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, the Kansas State University Leadership Academy and obtained her Executive Fire Officer Designation completing three of the four required applied research projects on crisis intervention and public education.

Her consistent involvement and support of a holistic approach to citizen involvement is indicative of the approach that has brought the City of Independence and the Kansas City Region significant recognition for best practices in taking action toward developing a disaster resist community.
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