The Fargo Fire Department’s mission is to protect lives and property from fire and other emergencies; respond to emergencies in a professional and courteous manner; and, reduce the rate of emergencies through public education and code enforcement. We do this by accomplishing four broad goals to meet the public’s needs including:
- Safeguarding the general economy and welfare of the community by preventing major conflagrations and destruction by fire of economically essential industries and business
- Remaining dynamic and continually adjusting to meet the changing fire problems; new technologies; new laws and regulations; and, changes occurring in the community
- Providing a broad range of emergency services
- Adjusting resources to maintain Insurance Services Office (ISO) property protection classification of Class 3 to retain low insurance rates for Fargo businesses
We provide a variety of services to accomplish those four goals. Our services are provided to the city from seven strategically located stations across Fargo. Professionally trained crews staff these seven stations 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Some of the emergency services the department provides include response to fires, emergency medical calls, technical rescue calls (e.g. structure collapse, trench rescue, water rescue, etc.), hazardous materials calls, and more. While emergencies will never cease to exist, prevention and preparation proactively benefit the community. Therefore, the department administers programs daily to achieve this goal. Some examples include the HeartSafe Fargo Program in local businesses, the Learn Not to Burn Program in the schools, regular fire prevention inspections, and more.
The department also provides mutual aid assistance to several different agencies locally and regionally. For example, our hazardous materials team responds to southeast North Dakota in cooperation with the ND Department of Emergency Services and northwest Minnesota in cooperation with Moorhead, MN Fire Department. Our technical rescue team responds to southeast North Dakota in cooperation with the ND Department of Emergency Services.
Two third party entities regularly measure our effectiveness at meeting the public’s needs. One entity, the Insurance Services Office (ISO), is associated with the insurance industry. The ISO rates our department’s ability to reduce loss within the city. The ISO provides a class rating 1 – 10 based on three separate functions including dispatching, water supply, and the quality of emergency preparedness. A Class 1 rating is the highest and Class 10 rating is essentially equal to having no fire protection. Fargo is rated as a Class 3 fire department. Class 3 is widely recognized in the fire protection industry as the most effective because it provides a high level of service for the right price.
The second entity that measures the department’s effectiveness is the Commission on Fire Accreditation International from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. There are approximately 32,000 fire departments in the United States so the Fargo Fire Department is proud to be one of only 154 United States fire departments accredited by the CFAI. The CFAI grants accreditation based on a wide range of department attributes including legal standing, human resources, and emergency response.