The Elk River Fire Department, formally established in 1881, is a full-service emergency response and public safety agency, offering a wide range of services to provide for a healthy and safe community. The fire department’s service district is spread across 66-square miles which includes the City of Elk River and portions of Otsego and the Township of Big Lake. As a function of city government, the fire department is customer focused and committed to providing residents with prompt, professional service.
The Fire Chief is directly responsible for the operation of the fire department and overseeing the functional divisions within, including Fire/Rescue Operations, Fire & Building Safety, and Code Enforcement. The Fire Chief is also the city’s emergency management director and safety coordinator. The Deputy Fire Chief is responsible for the operation of the fire department and oversees forty five paid-on-call firefighters. Front-line leadership and direction is provided by on-call officers that report to the Deputy Fire Chief. The fire department does not have dedicated, full-time emergency response staffing. A full-time administrative assistant provides clerical and records support to fire administration.
Fire & Building Safety
The Fire & Building Safety Division, under the direction of the building official, oversees all building, fire and rental dwelling inspections. The Fire & Building Safety Division review and approve construction plan and complete on site inspections during the construction process to ensure compliance with applicable building and fire safety codes. The division also completes fire and life safety inspections on commercial properties and is responsible for inspecting all rental dwellings within the city. Through the division’s public outreach and education programs, staff also strives to educate at-risk populations on fire and life safety concerns.
The Code Enforcement Division seeks to enforce exterior maintenance and ordinance requirements throughout the city. This includes enforcing rules pertaining to property maintenance, setback requirements, commercial signage and various nuisance standards. While code enforcement primarily maintains quality of life standards, they also play an important role in the early identification of unsafe entry points, exterior hazards, public health hazard mitigation and ensuring compliance with humane pet standards.