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 a variety of 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



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 a Class 1 ( the best protection) to Class 10 (unprotected). The Willmar Fire Department is currently rated at a 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 fulltime support staff members, our department is ready to serve residents and visitors 24 hours a day.


Fire Chief:
Frank Hanson
Assistant Fire Chief:
Jeff Gilbertson
Deputy Chief of Operations:
Josh McGillivray
Battalion Chiefs:
Jim Larson
Administrative Assistant:
Alexandra Peterson
Mark Thompson

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 environement, property, and life in a variety of emergency situations.


Apparatus & Equipment

Truck Number Description Tank Size Pump Capacity
5251 2002 General Engine 500 Gallons 1500 GPM
5276 2005 General Pumper/Tanker 1800 Gallons 1500 GPM
5299 1999 Pierce 100' Ladder 0 2000 GPM
5298 2013 Rosenbauer 78' Aerial 400 Gallons 1500 GPM
5257 1988 Luverne Engine 750 Gallons 1500 GPM
5285 2017 Chevrolet Grass Rig 200 Gallons 300 GPM
5294 2006 Ford F-150 0 0
5295 2018 Polaris Ranger UTV 0 0
5297 2011 Dodge Ram 0 0
5296 2007 Ford F-150 0 0
  Haz-Mat Trailer 0 0
  Rescue Trailer 0 0