Why doesn’t the fire dept. respond to rural fires?

By Megan Moser

Q. When did the Manhattan Fire Department quit responding to calls in the rest of Riley County? When someone has a car accident outside of town, they send a fire truck. When they have a fire and live outside of town, they don’t — instead, they call the rural fire districts. Doesn’t that seem backwards? Where I live north of town, it would take the Manhattan Fire Department maybe 5 minutes to get to my house from the station on Kimball. But it might take the rural fire district 45 minutes.

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