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Mission Statement and Core Values
Mission Statement
Over the centuries, the fire service has transitioned from bucket brigades to horse-drawn carriages to modern-era, high-tech firefighting equipment. While firefighting is still an essential function of most cities, today’s fire service has grown into a full-service, all-hazards emergency services business. Regardless of when or why 911 is called, the fire service must be prepared to respond.

Having a clear mission is important to any organization. As an organization grows and evolves, it is also important that the mission statement is regularly evaluated to ensure that it accurately reflects the current status of the organization.

The Statement
As the Elk River Fire Department, our care and concern for our community defines our mission to preserve the lives and property of all residents, proprietors and visitors within our service area through strong leadership and professional staff using state of the art equipment.

As public servants, values define us as an organization and as individuals. We are measured by our spoken words and our actions. We are accountable to ourselves, our team, our community, our nation and our family.

The fire service is rich with history and tradition. The badge firefighters wear is not a right but an honor - a symbol of the commitment each member is willing to make to carry out their duties and responsibilities. The men and women of the fire service are united by a common mission to save lives, protect property and to preserve the environment.

Core Values
As an organization, the Elk River Fire Department has a core set of values that carry through to each member. As a philosophy, we believe that we are not just employees, but members of an exceptional team. To be exceptional, we strive to support and take care of each other. This is the brotherhood of our profession.

Each member of the Elk River Fire Department has the responsibility to leave this department better than he/she found it. To that end, our core values are:

Integrity
We believe our moral principles and trustworthiness in our personal life will carry through to the department and throughout the community.

Professionalism
We hold our profession to the highest standards through committed service to our community. We exemplify our professionalism in the way we conduct ourselves through training and service.

Honor
We salute those past and present who have served and serve. We honor the traditions of the fire service through our commitment, self-sacrifice and pride in our department and community.

Compassion
We treat everyone in a non-judgmental, supportive, and caring manner.

Dedication
We respond to all tasks in a faithful and selfless manner.