Willmar Fire Department

Willmar Fire Department

The Willmar Fire Department was established in 1879 as a Paid-on-Call department which means our firefighters are "on-call" 24 hours a day and respond to an average of 325 calls per year.

We provide various services including fire suppression, hazardous materials assistance, various types of technical rescue, and public education. Our primary response area includes the City of Willmar, Willmar Township, and a small portion of Dovre Township. 


Willmar Fire Department

515 2nd Street SW
Willmar, MN 56201
Non-Emergency: (320) 235-1354
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30


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The Willmar Fire Department is rated by the Insurance Services Office.  ISO makes an independent evaluation of many departments every ten years or when major changes have occurred within a department or community. Many fire insurance companies use the ISO rating as one factor in determining the premiums paid for some residential or commercial properties. Ratings of departments go from Class 1 ( the best protection) to Class 10 (unprotected). The Willmar Fire Department is currently rated at Class 4.


The Willmar Fire Department maintains a membership of around 40 individuals who either live or work in the City of Willmar and dedicate hours of service to the citizens of Willmar in addition to their regular employment. Along with two full-time support staff members, our department is ready to serve residents and visitors 24 hours a day.

Willmar Fire Chief: Frank Hanson
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Deputy Fire Chief: Matt Grave
Administrative Assistant: Alexandra Peterson
Maintenance: Mark Thompson
Additional Willmar Fire Department Ranks:
Battalion Chief – Safety: Jeff Gilbertson

Battalion Chief – Operations: Josh McGillivray

Willmar Fire Department requires its Firefighters to be at least 18, with a high school diploma or GED, and must be able to pass a physical and endure the rigors of being a firefighter; protecting the environment, property, and life in a variety of emergency situations. 


Apparatus & Equipment

#5251, 2002 General Engine with a Tank Size of 500 Gallons, and Pump Capacity of 1500 GPM

#5257, 2017 Rosenbauer Pumper 1000 Gallons Capacity

#5276, 2005 General Pumper/Tanker with a Tank Size of 1800 Gallons, and Pump Capacity of 1500 GPM

#5285, 2017 Chevrolet Grass Rig with a Tank Size of 200 Gallons, and a Pump Capacity of 300 GPM

#5293, 2021 Chevy Silverado

#5294, 2006 Ford F-150 with a Tank Size of 200 Gallons, and a Pump Capacity of 300 GPM

#5295, 2018 Polaris Ranger UTV

#5296, 2022 Ford Interceptor

#5297, 2020 Chevy Tahoe

#5298, 2013 Rosenbauer 78' Aerial with a Tank Size of 400 Gallons, and Pump Capacity of 1500 GPM

#5299, 1999 Pierce 100' Ladder with a Pump Capacity of 2000 GPM

Haz-Mat Trailer

Rescue Trailer