The Liberal Fire Department was established on June 5th 1906, and incorporated Liberal's 1st fire chief and 13 volunteer firefighters. Liberal's 1st Fire Department apparatus was a newly bought American LaFrance fire truck, this apparatus was purchased at a price of $3,000.

Then in 1968, Liberal's volunteer fire department became a combination fire department with 7 full-time employees, which consisted of a Fire Chief, 6 full-time firefighters, and 17 volunteers.