West Fargo Fire Department Writes New Plan for Future

 The West Fargo Fire Department has had a series of firsts as of late.

Less than a month ago, the West Fargo Fire Department named its first fire marshal.

Now, the department has drafted its first strategic document to lay out its plans for the next five years.

The plan features a time table of objectives, strategies and methods to improve various aspects, such as staffing and training.

West Fargo’s population – which has doubled over the past two decades – is projected to continue rising during this time, calling for a need of more resources for the department.

“We have 46 volunteers and four full–time paid staff right now, and we’re looking in the future of having to go to a higher number of full–time staff to provide fire suppression out of our south side station, and upping our volunteer numbers to 55,” said Fire Chief Dan Fuller.

The fire department responded to 379 calls last year.

By 2020, that number is predicted to rise above 500.