|Sep 14, 2011 --
Outline of Need:
In recent years, West Fargo has experienced tremendous growth of housing and commercial development on the south side of the city and across the Interstate. This presented challenges as response times increased, making the need for an additional facility great.
How Rural Development Helped:
The West Fargo Fire Department received a $1.5 million direct loan. The total project cost was about $1.75 million.
The financing was used to construct a 9,000 square foot fire hall. The facility has five truck bays, offices and space for future 24 hour staffing.
“Public safety is a top priority when building safe, thriving communities to live,” Jasper Schneider, USDA Rural Development State Director. “ “Seconds matter in emergency situations and this new facility will enhance West Fargo’s ability to keep residents safe as the city continues to grow.”
The West Fargo Police Department also utilizes the building as a substation, occupying one bay and some office space. The police department is also grateful to be part of the project as it will help their staff serve the area more efficiently, especially during inclement weather.
The West Fargo Fire Department is volunteer, non-profit corporation. The department has been operating out of the original fire hall on the north side of town since 1941 and will continue to use this facility as well as the new building. Currently the department has three full-time employees and 42 volunteer firefighters.