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The West Fargo Fire Department will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new fire headquarters (1201 10th Ave. E.) at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 25. The new West Fargo Fire Department headquarters is set to be complete in 2023. The total cost of the project is $18.5 million and funded through capital improvement sales tax, cash reserves and a $10 million bond.
The headquarters will house new, additional full-time crews to reduce response times and lower fire loss across West Fargo. Currently, all full-time crews are based out of the West Fargo Fire Department’s south station with only part-time crews servicing the rented north station. The West Fargo Fire Department has rented the north station from the West Fargo Rural Fire Department since 2017.
“The department has seen a 54% increase in fire loss over the past year,” said Fire Chief Dan Fuller. “This new headquarters will allow our department to reduce response times to better serve the residents of West Fargo.”
The new, modern fire headquarters will serve two purposes. First, it will become an operational fire station with fulltime firefighters and fire apparatus to respond to calls north of I-94, which have contributed to the over 300% increase in calls for service since 2017. Second, it will house the department’s administrative and risk reduction divisions. The new station will also feature a public component with a training room, lobby and education center. The headquarters will further the City of West Fargo’s goals of reaching an Insurance Services Office rating of class one, which helps reduce the cost of property insurance for residents and businesses.
During the May 17, 2021, City Commission meeting, Commissioners selected EAPC Architects and Engineers to design and construct the new West Fargo Fire Department Headquarters.
Updates on the West Fargo Fire Department’s fire headquarters are available online.