Join our all-volunteer Fire Department!
Dakota’s volunteer firefighters include the young, as well as veterans. They are accountants, insurance sales people, computer technicians, mechanics, stay-at-home parents, and the self-employed. They are your neighbors. In some cases, the Dakota Fire Department is a family tradition that includes grandfathers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers and, even husband and wife teams. Some employers even allow firefighters to respond from their workplace.
Read more about how to join the Dakota Fire Department:
Must I live in the Dakota Fire District to be a volunteer firefighter?
All volunteer firefighters are required to live or work within an approved responding distance from the fire station. Dakota firefighters pride themselves on response time to most fire calls.
What kind of training is involved?
Dakota firefighters are trained in a wide range of technical skills. Some of these skills include fire suppression, hazardous materials incidents, confined space rescue, water and ice rescue, vehicle extrication, disaster response, and fire prevention education.
Is there a cost for the required for training?
No. Training is done at the fire station or off-site classes are arranged through various Technical College’s or vendors that are approved by the board of trustees.
If I have prior fire/rescue training and experience, will it count towards Dakota training requirements?
Yes. Proof of your training, such as class records and/or grades must be approved by the Fire Chief and added to your Dakota Fire Department personnel file.
Do men and women have equal requirements for entry and training?
Yes. Medical and physical requirements follow OSHA and NFPA standards.
Are the Dakota firefighters directly paid or compensated?
Yes. You receive mileage compensation of $10.00 per fire call.
The following forms should be completed and mailed to:
Dakota Fire Department
For more information, contact:
Chris Wells, Fire Chief