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October 2016

Our New Look

The Inver Grove Heights Fire Department is changing the look of their 4 staff vehicles. Instead of the heavy graphics on the vehicles, which includes 3 SUV’s and one pick-up truck,  each vehicle will go with smaller graphics and instead, get an upgraded lighting package to make them more visible on the road. 

Citizen's Fire Academy

The Fire Department is no longer accepting applications for the Citizen's Fire Academy as of 8/29/2016.  Thanks for all your interest!

The Citizens’ Fire Academy consists of approximately eight, three hour sessions and meets once a week.  Each week, participants will learn about a different facet of the services provided by the South Metro and Inver Grove Heights Fire Departments.  Each session will include classroom learning taught by qualified fire service instructors and supervised hands-on learning to put new knowledge to practice.

It is our desire to increase awareness about the fire department with our local residents, so that these residents will become well-informed citizens who can become more involved with the long-term safety of our communities. We will demonstrate the day-to-day operations of the fire department through a mixture of classroom and hands-on learning.

The SMFD/IGHFD Citizens’ Fire Academy is open on an application/selection basis to people of age 18 or older who live or work in the cities of Inver Grove Heights, South St Paul and West St Paul.  Class sizes will be limited, so submit your application early!

Take-Home Skills
Participants will learn valuable take-home safety skills that they can use in their every day life; from home fire safety to being safer drivers to CPR.

Learn what it takes to become a firefighter through classroom and hands-on learning.  As a CFA participant, you will experience real fire department training with South Metro & Inver Grove Heights Fire Department staff. Participants will get a taste of fire department life and learn life-safety skills to help in the protection of their families and their community.

If interested, please contact:
Fire Ops Supervisor Paul Rank:

Monica Belle Isle:


February 2015


In June of 2014 the City advertised a RFP for a feasibility and programming study for a new fire station.  The Council subsequently selected Five Bugles Design to perform the study on August 5, 2014.  The design team worked with City staff to identify space needs as well as potential site locations to develop a preliminary design, site layout, and an opinion of probable costs.  On February 9, 2015 the City Council accepted the final Fire Station Feasibility and Programming Study completed by Five Bugles Design.  

To view the Fire Station Feasibility and Programming Study click here

October 2015

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK:  October 4-10, 2015
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October 4 – 10 is National Fire Prevention Week. During Fire Prevention Week Inver Grove Heights Firefighters will be visiting the schools and teaching valuable fire prevention messages. The week culminates with an Open House at Fire Station #3 on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from Noon until 3:00 P.M. All are welcome and we encourage you to bring your whole  neighborhood!!  Click here more information

The theme for 2015 is "Hear the Beep Where You Sleep!"

Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the main message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign.  This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign materials include the following smoke alarm messages:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. 
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do. Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
  • Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

Additional fire prevention  information can be found on the National Fire Protection Association web site at  http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/fire-prevention-week