Welcome and thank you for visiting the Apple Valley Fire Department website.
The Apple Valley Fire Department serves our great city and its visitors with a rostered staff of 64 volunteer paid-on-call firefighters that are each assigned to one of our three fire stations. We also have two Assistant Chief Officers that are volunteer paid-on-call, a part-time clerical support staff person, a full-time Department Assistant, Fire Inspector, Fire Marshal, Deputy Chief Training Officer, and me, the Fire Chief. Whether paid-on-call or full-time, our firefighters are all PROFESSIONAL firefighters. We are trained to respond promptly and effectively to fire and medical emergencies, alarm activations, rescue calls, and haz-mat incidents. In 2016, we put our expertise to use on 1,622 calls for service.
The training our firefighters have received both in-house through our well-respected Training Academy and at outside state and national fire schools, is top of the line and continually responsive to the ever-changing needs in our City. Our members hold several MN State Certifications to include; Firefighter I & II, Driver/Operator, multiple levels of Technical Rescue, Fire Educator, Fire/Arson Investigation, and Hazardous Materials Operations. We are ready to serve you.
I take great pride and honor in this department. Having begun as a volunteer paid-on-call firefighter in 1991 and serving as Fire Chief since 2008, I am fully vested in the health and well-being of our city and the firefighters who serve it, as is the Deputy Chief, who began as a volunteer paid-on-call firefighter in 1983 and began serving as the full-time Deputy Chief Training Officer in 2013. In addition to providing administrative and tactical (on-scene) leadership, we participate in several county and regional committees to ensure that Apple Valley Fire is operating to our full potential and maintains its role as a strong neighbor in Dakota County.
On behalf of the members and staff of the Apple Valley Fire Department, I invite you to browse through our website to familiarize yourself with all the services we provide. We take great pride in our beautiful city and are committed to doing our part to keep it the progressive and safe place it is to work and live.
Nealon P. Thompson
Apple Valley Fire Chief