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Burnsville Fire Department History

After 13 years as a combined Public Safety Department with police, the Burnsville Fire Department was created on Nov. 29, 1981 with 23 career firefighters. On Sept. 4, 1984, the department hired seven paramedics and started providing Advanced Life Support ambulance service to the community. Burnsville's is one of few departments in the state the serves as full time fire and emergency medical services (EMS) responders for its city.

Today, the 40-member career department continues to be committed and dedicated to the preservation of life, safety and protection of property. The department’s mission is to promote a professional fire service through a set of organizational values. These values are demonstrated in a strong and common belief of providing efficient and effective services of the highest quality in:

  • Protective Inspections
  • Fire Suppression
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Safety Awareness.

Burnsville Fire Department Facts
  • We protect a population in excess of 60,000 residents living in a community that covers an area of 24.91 square miles.
  • There are two strategically located fire stations. Each station is staffed by one district commander (fire captain), one fire motor operator, and three or four firefighter/paramedics. Staffing levels are set at 11 personnel per shift. Personnel are assigned into three shifts. Each shift works a 24-hour schedule that averages 56 hours per week.
  • The Burnsville Fire Department responds to more than 1,000 fire-related incidents (100-200 actual fires) and more nearly 4,500 ambulance calls each year. 

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