November 26, 2015


The WFFD 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 WFFD operates as a combination fire 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. All 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. There is regular training sessions held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month starting at 7:00 pm.

However, almost every Tuesday during the month there is training going on, such as: truck testing, engineers and extrication training.

The WFFD provides many services throughout the community, such as: Business Fire Inspections Day Care Inspections Home Fire Insepctions Carbon Monoxide home checks Smoke Detector checks Basic CPR/AED Training Fire Prevention the School System Vehicle Extrication Water Rescue

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, we are located at 108 1st Street in West Fargo.

You can never have too many smoke detectors. The Fire Department recommends one 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 the above listed 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 five to seven years, with electric smoke detectors averaging ten years. With age, smoke detectors will either become more sensitive or take longer to react to a smoky environment. This is 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 applicances, 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. 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. CO can enter the home through doorways and/or windows.

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: furnace rooms, near gas fire places, near entry doors from garages. 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. We recommend at least one carbon monoxide detector in your home; however, you may have more than one but keep the proper placement in mind.

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West Fargo Fire Department

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. 

Contact Information:

Phone: (701) 433-5380
Address: 106 1st Street West, West Fargo, ND 58078

visit the West Fargo Fire Department website


The City of West Fargo Fire Department is a private non-profit corporation. Operating funds are generated through yearly contracts with the City of West Fargo and the three Townships that they serve. They also receive donations throughout the year and apply for any grants that are applicable to their operation. They are governed by a board of directors that is made up of members of the department. There are five Board members that serve three year terms. These terms are elected at the annual Board meeting, which is held the third Tuesday in January of every year. They have alternating terms so that for two consecutive years they will elect two Board members and then the third year they will elect only one Board member. The current Board members are:

*Ken Zetocha-President
*Chris Rolph-1st Vice President
*Tim Bonnema-2nd Vice President
*Joe Tintes-Treasurer
*Joey Porter-Secretary
The three full time employees of the Fire Department are: Daniel Fuller (Fire Chief), Dell Sprecher (Assistant Chief and Lead Fire Inspection Officer), and Kendel Frost (Fire Inspector and Assistant Training Officer). The volunteers at the Fire Department have been Fire Fighter 1 and Fire Fighter 2 certified or are going through the training.
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.

WFFD Staff


West Fargo Fire Chief Dan Fuller

Daniel Fuller, Fire Chief

Dell Sprecher, Head Fire Inspector

Kendel Frost, Fire Inspector


Joey Porter, Fire Inspector