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The West Fargo Fire Department operates independently from the City of West Fargo. The fire department has a self-governing body and generates its income through contracts with area townships and the City of West Fargo. Currently the fire department operates as a combination department, which means it has three full-time employees and 42 volunteers.
Becoming a volunteer is a relatively easy process. There are no specific qualifications required, only that you live in the city limits of West Fargo.
Schooling or previous fire department experience is always helpful, but is not necessary. The majority of training is completed in house, with additional training available through various state and regional schools. There are regular training sessions held on the first and third Tuesday of every month starting at 7 p.m. However, almost every Tuesday during the month there is training going on, such as truck testing, engineers and extrication training.
All volunteer firefighter applications are held on file for a one year period. When the need arises to put on additional volunteers a membership committee is formed and interviews are set up for potential candidates. When a candidate has been selected they will have to pass a background check, drug test and physical agility test.
The West Fargo Fire Department provides many services throughout the community, such as:
Tours are conducted at the fire department upon request. Tours take approximately 20 - 30 minutes. If interested in setting up a tour, please call our office at 701-433-5380 to set up a date and time.
You can never have too many smoke detectors. The West Fargo Fire Department recommends one smoke detector on each level of your home, one in each sleeping area and an additional one outside the sleeping area hallway. All new homes are required to have interconnected, electric (with battery backup) detectors located in these locations.
Batteries should be replaced twice a year. An easy way to remember is to change the batteries when you change your clocks ahead or back in the spring and fall.
Battery smoke detectors last approximately 5-7 years, with electric smoke detectors averaging 10 years. With age, smoke detectors will either become more sensitive or take longer to react to a smoky environment. This is also usually the case if your detector is having a high frequency of false alarms.
Carbon monoxide is a product of combustion produced by gas and oil-fired heating appliances, wood-burning stores, charcoal grills and automobiles. If you have any one of these you should have a carbon monoxide (CO) detector in your home.
To help mitigate the risk of CO poisoning, it is important to make sure that heating appliances are in good operating condition and are properly vented. A plugged or partially plugged chimney can cause CO to back up into your home. Never use a charcoal grill in an enclosed building; burning charcoal emits a great deal of CO and can become deadly in a short amount of time. Do not leave a vehicle running inside an attached garage. Please also be mindful that CO can also enter the home through doorways and/or windows.
We recommend at least one carbon monoxide detector in your home; however, you may have more than one but should keep the proper placement in mind. The recommendation is to place the detector in a room where you spend the majority of your time, such as a living room. Most detectors sold today are the electric style and need to be plugged into an outlet. With this in mind, place the detector towards the middle of the wall away from vents.
Some areas to stay away from when placing detectors:
Since carbon monoxide is always in the air at safe levels, false readings will occur if placed in areas where these gas appliances are operating.
Carbon monoxide gas will disperse evenly throughout your home with the air conditioner or gas furnace running.
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas and can be deadly if appliances are not operating efficiently.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, nausea, feeling tired (fatigue), and flu-like symptoms.
If you have any of these symptoms or your detector goes off, leave the area immediately and call 911.
For peace of mind, you may call the West Fargo Fire Department for a carbon monoxide level check. There is no charge for this service.
Yes, burn and fire pits are allowed in West Fargo with some limits:
Owner is responsible should a fire start within a nearby area is association with the fire pit. Open burning (not enclosed in a burn container) is not allowed unless a permit is acquired from the Fire Chief of the West Fargo Fire Department. This permit can only be used for cleanup of natural debris and not intended for recreational purposes.
To inquire about open burning, please contact the West Fargo Fire Department.
Yes and No. An individual who is at least 12 years of age may use, explode or possess any retail fireworks within the city limits of the City of West Fargo, commencing July 4 at 8 a.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT), and ending on July 4 at 11:59 p.m. CDT, and commencing on December 31 at 8 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) and ending on January 1 at 1 a.m. CST. The individual use, explosion, or possession of fireworks at any other time during the year is prohibited.
For more information, please refer to City Ordinance 12-0711. If you are found lighting off fireworks within the city limits in violation of this ordinance, you can be charged with a Class B Misdemeanor .
Within the city limits, you cannot use fireworks on publicly owned property including park property, city or county property, school property or federally owned property without written permission.
Fireworks also cannot be used on another person's private property without permission.
If you use fireworks outside the city limits, contact the Cass County Sheriff's Department at 701-271-2900 to find out about any restrictions.
Also, please be courteous and pick up all garbage after you light off fireworks and be sure to soak any used fireworks in water to prevent fires.
An individual who is at least 12 years of age may use, explode or possess any retail fireworks within the city limits of the City of West Fargo, commencing July 4 at 8 a.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT), and ending on July 4 at 11:59 p.m. CDT, and commencing on December 31 at 8 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) and ending on January 1 at 1 a.m. CST.
If someone is violating the City Ordinance 12-0711, don't hesitate to call the West Fargo Police Department at 701-433-5500.