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Philip Police Department

Chief of Police:
  Kit Graham
Police Officer:  David Butler
Police Department Phone:  605.859.2850
Emergency Calls:  911

Haakon County Sheriff's Office

  Larry Hanes
Deputy Sheriff:  Mark Foley
Sheriff's Office Phone:  605.859.2741

Philip Volunteer Fire Department Building


The Philip Volunteer Fire Department reserve is made up of 42 members that donate their time and energy away from work and family to serve and protect the community.

Chief:  Marty Hansen
Assistant Chief:  Roger Williams
Secretary:  Mike Schultz
Treasurer:  Mike Moses
Firehall Phone:  605.859.2424
Emergency Phone:  911

The Philip Volunteer Fire Department is an outstanding group of people that volunteer their time and energy for the protection and safety of others. The unit is totally volunteer and takes pride in serving the community of Philip and the surrounding areas. They serve rural communities in Haakon, Jackson, and eastern Pennington Counties in western South Dakota. They are also known to respond to calls outside their coverage area in the capacity of “mutual aid” to help and assist neighboring fire departments. The Philip Volunteer Fire Department is responsible for fire protection of an area that covers approximately 1,750 square miles. The area includes two communities with a combined population of approximately 907 residents. 

The Philip Volunteer Fire Department responds to a wide variety of calls, including small grass fires, large prairie fires, structural fires, any hazardous material spills, and assists the local ambulance service with vehicle accidents where extraction and/or fire danger exists.

The members of the unit attend trainings and certifications each year to stay current with all of the fire codes and regulations. This also requires them to donate their time. Donations fund 80% of the Philip Fire Department’s income. To raise the donations, the Fire Department hosts numerous fundraisers throughout each year such as: Demolition Derbies, Mud Bogs, Fireman’s Ball (100th annual in 2009), 4th of July Fireworks Display, Drag Races, and community meals.

The Philip Volunteer Fire Department built a new Fire Hall in 1997 and donations were the main source of funding. In 2001, the Philip Volunteer Fire Department received a grant to purchase new and updated equipment along with a new fire truck. In 2004, a property lot was donated to the Fire Department for the current and life-long use to host their demolition derbies.

The members of the unit also donate their time to do all of the needed repairs and maintenance on the fire trucks and hall. The members can be called upon to assist local individuals in need of assistance, such as basement floods. The community is grateful for our local firefighters, a group of local heroes!

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