Welcome to the North Sioux City Fire Department, proudly serving the Dakota Valley Emergency Services District in Southeastern South Dakota. Our dedicated team safeguards the City of North Sioux City, Dakota Dunes, the Big Sioux Township, and Wynstone, comprising a unique tri-state area with a daily influx of individuals from Iowa and Nebraska for employment.
Our Mission: At North Sioux City Fire Department, our mission is clear: to minimize the loss of life and property resulting from fire, medical emergencies, and other disasters. We achieve this through a comprehensive approach that includes prevention, education, fire suppression, medical services, and various other activities.
Geographical and Demographic Overview: Covering 25 square miles and a resident population of 9,000 (surging to 15,000 during the day), our district encompasses residential homes, industrial and commercial operations, a large lake, and two rivers. We’re proud to protect over $1 billion worth of property.
Infrastructure and Resources: With two stations and a combination of fire and EMS volunteers along with dedicated paid staff, our department operates seamlessly. Mutual aid agreements with 12 neighboring fire departments extend our protection area to 1200 square miles and 115,000 people. Our fleet includes two engines, two aerial apparatus, one rescue pumper, two ambulances, three brush trucks, and three support/command vehicles. Our well-trained firefighters are equipped to handle various emergencies, from structure and wildland fire suppression to hazmat and rescue at the technical level.
Economic and Industrial Landscape: In a region experiencing significant growth, we’ve seen a 7% increase in the district, welcoming new businesses and residents. The economic landscape now includes a variety of facilities, from schools and medical centers to industrial parks and large factories. Notable among them are the former Gateway Computer Campus, Royal Canin factory, Westin Foods facility, Fimco Industries, and a 4-story hotel.
High Occupancy Loads and Risks: Our primary service area is characterized by high occupancy loads, including a railroad, schools, an airport, medical facilities, assisted living facilities, industrial parks, and more. We’re committed to addressing new risks associated with our expanding community, adapting to the challenges posed by increased population and larger buildings.
Challenges and Adaptation: With approximately 800 calls for service annually and a steady increase, we understand the importance of staying agile in our approach. As our community grows, so do the risks, and we’re committed to adapting our strategies to effectively protect the lives and properties within our jurisdiction.
Thank you for visiting the North Sioux City Fire Department’s about page. We take pride in our service to this vibrant and diverse community, and we remain dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of our residents and their property.