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 63 employees; 18 career and 45 paid on call employees. This system has proven successful, providing professional all hazards response to the community while costing a fraction of the cost of comparable departments.
The city is split between six planning response zones with 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-three volunteer firefighters. Our Southside Station is staffed with thirteen 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 fifteen firefighters (career and paid on call) 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.