The City of West Fargo Fire Department is actually two departments under one roof. There is the City Department that covers the City of West Fargo; which is an area that extends to Mapleton down to 52nd Avenue South and to the Harwood exchange. Then there is the Rural Department which covers the Townships of Reed, Raymond and Mapleton. They also cover the Cities of Reile’s Acres and North River. These two departments have all the same officers, members and directors so they are able to share personnel and equipment between both departments.
The City of West Fargo has expanded rapidly since the year 2000 and development south of I-94 has offered new challenges to the Fire Department. In order to reduce their response times, the Fire Department has acquired property located at the intersection of 29th Ave. & 5th St. West and built a second fire station. The building includes five truck bays, offices and space for future 24 hour staffing. The West Fargo Police Department is also utilizing the new Fire Department building by using it as a substation, occupying one bay and some of the office and storage areas. This facility is greatly reducing response times for both the Fire and Police Departments.
On the technological front, the Fire Department is in the process of purchasing and installing Mobile Data Computers, Automatic Vehicle Location and Global Positioning System in some of their fire trucks. The computers will have the capability of “mapping” locations, which will precisely identify the incident location for the firefighters while, “building information” will give the firefighter helpful information about the building and water supplies in the area. There have also been upgrades to the vehicles that they use to fight fires. The most recent Fire Engine purchase was in September 2008, this vehicle features a 6 person cab, full complement of ladders and hoses, 1250 gpm pump and also carries extrication and rescue equipment. This truck was built by Crimson Fire Apparatus and carried a price tag of $320,000. We now have a fleet of trucks that include four Engines, two tankers, a Rescue Truck and three administration vehicles.