The West Fargo Fire Department is an “all hazards” combination fire department, responding to fires, rescues, hazmat, emergency medical, and technical rescue calls. The department has authorized strength of 58 personnel; 14 career and 44 volunteer staff. This system has proven successful, providing professional all hazards response to the community while costing a fraction of the cost of comparable departments. The fire department is actually two departments under one roof. There is the City Department that covers the City of West Fargo and the Rural Department, which covers the Townships of Reed, Raymond and Mapleton and the Cities of Relies Acres and North River. This unique combination of service allows the cross staffing of specialty apparatus between both districts.
The city is split between two response zones and two fire stations; Central Station serving the area north of I94 to city limits, and Southside Station, serving the area south of I94 to city limits. The Central Station is staffed with our Administrative Staff, Fire Prevention Division, and twenty-two volunteer firefighters. Our Southside Station is staffed with fourteen career firefighters (working in shifts of 4 with a daytime Battalion Chief) and twenty-two volunteer firefighters.
Our staffing plan calls for a minimum of thirteen firefighters (career and volunteer)available, 24 hours a day. For 1st Alarm calls (Fires, reports of smoke, large medical incidents, technical rescue) two engines, a tower ladder, a rescue, and a Battalion Chief/Duty Officer is dispatched. Other calls for service are met with the most efficient response possible, such as automatic fire alarms, car fires, no injury vehicle collisions, and carbon monoxide alarms, all receive one engine responses. All emergency medical service calls are answered with Rescue 7-5, a basic life support non-transporting vehicle that also carries most front line technical rescue resources.
Calls for emergency medical services are answered in a three tired system in West Fargo, with the police department responding to EMS calls as the 1st tier, the fire department responding with Basic Life Support services as the 2nd tier, and FM Ambulance responding with Advanced Life Support services as the 3rd tier and transport agency. This robust system allows for the efficient utilization of highly trained resources to all medical calls for service. The department also provides tactical medical support at intelligent or active aggressor calls.