The Kingman Fire Department traces its roots to the post World War I era, long before Kingman was incorporated. As a result of the progressive thinking of a group of young men returning from World War I, the American Legion Post #14 was formed. One of this group's main goals was to establish an organized fire department to protect the community. At a public meeting held September 22, 1921, the Mohave County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to organize a fire department.
The Kingman Fire District was formed and 25 men were designated and elected to become members of the newly organized fire department. The department held its first meeting on October 6, 1921 and established an operation budget of $10,000.00. At this time, a new 1922 American La France pumper and eleven fire hydrants were ordered.
The next order of business for this busy group was building a fire station to house their new pumper. This issue was resolved when in June of 1922, a new fire station was completed at the corner of 5th Street and Beale Street. This building, as well as the 1922 American La France, are still part of our community and a living reminder of the Fire Department's beginnings.