Local Fire District fire trucks busy battling drought

The word blessed is an understatement when it comes to our local first responders! The West Dunn Fire District, Killdeer Area Ambulance Service, Killdeer Police Department, and Dunn County Sheriff’s Office have the most incredible staff and volunteers around!

Nicole Nowitzki

Dunn County Herald

This extreme drought is on everyone’s mind this summer for many reasons, but the biggest fear is the risk of fire. Everyone is on high alert, and due to the North Dakota wind, if a fire does start, it is incredibly difficult to extinguish.

The WDFD services one of the largest areas in North Dakota with over five towns in our area. This department is 100% volunteer. It is amazing to have so many people willing to risk their lives to keep the area safe. Matt Hargrave added, “As we are a volunteer force, any and all help from the community during fire calls or rescues is always appreciated. If anyone would like to volunteer their time or talents, please feel free to contact the emergency response reps, West Dunn Fire chief (Ryan Hauck), or any firefighter to put them in touch with the right group or agency.”

The WDFD has had roughly 20 fire calls this summer; most of them have been in the last two weeks. Many different factors have caused the fires from cigarette butts and farm equipment to dry lightning strikes. When asked about preventing fires during the drought, Matt Hargrave suggested, “The biggest thing is to not drive motorized vehicles off road and to ensure they adhere to the county fire ban. It is spot on.”

We need to continue to be diligent and safe. Avoidable choices could cause the loss of life, land, and homes. We should all try to err on the side of caution.

Pumper – This is the Fire Department’s biggest pumper; used a lot for structure fires and oil well fires.
Brush Truck – This truck is used for fighting brush fires, and has nozzles in the front of the truck for easy use
Brush Truck – This truck is used for fighting brush fires, and has nozzles in the front of the truk for easy use.
Pumper – Standard pumper; used for structural and emergency response.
Rescue Truck – Specifically used for motorized accidents, injured or lost persons; equipped with jaws of life
Side by Side – Used for grass fires; has a special insert for fighting wildland fires as well as rescue equipment for lost or injured persons in the badlands.
Pumper – Standard pumper; used for structural and emergency response.

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