Captain Doug Crockett’s fire service career began on February 5, 1985, when he joined the Merriam Fire Department. He served the department for 28 years, rising through the ranks to the position to Deputy Chief. After the Merriam/Overland Park Fire Department merger, Crockett served the remaining four years of his career providing leadership as a captain at the station in Merriam.
“Captain Crockett has served the citizens of Merriam and Overland Park with great professionalism and compassion,” Overland Park Fire Chief Bryan Dehner said. “He has undoubtedly affected hundreds of lives and we are grateful for his selfless service to our communities.”
Captain Crockett was honored by the Merriam City Council for his career during its December 10 meeting
Q&A with Captain Crockett
What’s it been like serving all 32 years in Merriam?
I'm fortunate to have been able to continue to be at the Merriam station for so long. Getting to know the community, it's streets, buildings, and people has helped me provide better service as a firefighter.
How has being a fireman changed over the years?
Technological changes in the equipment we use has improved safety and allowed us to increase the services we provide the community. The amount of knowledge required to do the job has increased significantly. It's not just about fighting fires and getting people to the hospital. The medical portion of the job is much more significant than when I started my career, along with aspects of technical rescue and hazardous materials response.
What made you want to continue to serve as a fireman for more than 30 years?
Serving the people is a major factor. I also enjoy the camaraderie among my crew, department, and the fire and EMS service in general. Outside of the military, there are few bonds between people in a professional setting that are stronger than the fire service. That bond definitely keeps us going.