The paid-on-call / volunteer firefighters of the Apple Valley Fire Department respond to their assigned station when their pager sounds. Once at their station, the firefighters don gear and load into apparatus to respond directly to the scene of the emergency. Except for call response, training drills, and maintenance requirements, the stations are not staffed.
In addition to housing two fire engines and one ladder truck, station one is also assigned a utility vehicle and a Dakota County Special Operations Team trailer for the county emergency response. The Apple Valley, Lakeville, and Farmington (A.L.F) Ambulance Service also offices out of this station, ambulance operations are delivered by Allina Medical Transportation.
Due to its central location in the City of Apple Valley, station two is home to the command van, zodiac rescue boat, and a brush truck. In addition, the station houses two fire engines and a utility vehicle. By the nature of the location of station two, center of the city, it is the busiest of the three stations.
Station three, located on the east side of the city, houses an engine and a ladder truck, as well as a utility vehicle. This is also the assigned station for the sprinkler demonstration trailer that is used at many public education events.