Fire Department

Information updated March 2020

The Delano Fire Department responded to  535 calls in 2019. It responds to calls in Delano and contracted areas within Franklin Township, Rockford Township, and the City of Independence, and will routinely lend aid to departments from surrounding communities.

In 2019 Delano provided mutual aid for local fire departments 8 times and received mutual aid 4 times. In June of 2018, Delano and Watertown Fire entered into an agreement to provide Auto Aid. This means that when ever there is a structure fire in Watertown’s or Delano’s Fire Districts the other department automatically responds without an additional page. Delano provided Auto Aid  3 times and received Auto Aid 4 times in 2019. Delano Fire is also now receiving Fire Rescue and Emergency pages directly from the 911 system for Hennepin County for any call within the Delano Fire District that is located in Hennepin County’s 911 call system. This reduces any delays in Hennepin needed to transfer the emergency call to Wright county before dispatching Delano Fire and Rescue.

Delano Fire Department’s fleet includes three engines, two tankers, a light-rescue truck, a utility truck, a command vehicle, a 1-ton grass truck, and an ATV, which is also used for grass fires.

Dedication and courage

The Delano Fire Department has been serving the community for more than 100 years. Its official creation was in 1896, when the Delano Village Council decided it needed to organize an official fire department.

The organization has continued to grow, and members are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information, call 763-972-0581. In an emergency, dial 911.

How to become a Delano firefighter

In order to become a firefighter, a person has to go through extensive training, including more than 100 hours of firefighting training, as well as a minimum of 40 hours of first responders training.

New firefighters begin with an 18-month probationary period to complete the required training. They attend classes twice a week, to learn about the various equipment, procedures, and skills they will need to become a competent firefighter.

Along with the classes, the trainees also can go on calls with the department, to get some experience in the field.

Once one becomes a firefighter for the Delano Fire Department, the training does not stop. The members of the department are required to have a minimum of 24 hours of firefighting level one training, along with eight hours of first responders training each year.

The department trains year-round, perfecting skills, as well as learning new skills and technology. The training allows the firefighters to not only protect the community better, but also to protect themselves. Their training includes such things as live burns, leadership, maintaining virus outbreaks, and working with vehicle extrication.

The department has a regular meeting each quarter, as well as training at 7 p.m. the third and fourth Thursday of the month and the second Thursday of each month that it does not have a quarterly meeting.

Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Delano’s Citizen Emergency Response Team is a volunteer organization that assists the fire department when needed. The group promotes readiness in the community in case of a natural disaster.

Participants in the CERT team range from people in their mid-20s to age 80.

Delano’s active team has had a meaningful impact on the community.

To learn more about the program, e-mail, or call 763-972-0581.

More information is also available at

Chief: Bob Van Lith | Assistant Chief: Willie Staunton

Captains: Dale Kimball, Mike Mellgren, Matt Van Lith


Dan Alger

Brian Anderson

Leif Borg

Mike Ditty

Jason Dreger

Kaleb Fish

Mike Frach

Luke Gardner (Military leave)

Emily Grinnell

Tom Hamm

Brett Hennen

Mike Jensen

Ryan Lazenby (On leave)

Kenji Matsuda

Jim Rassatt

Luke Rassatt

Charlie Riley

Jeff Shrode

Josh Streich

Nick Werder

John Wick

Jerry Wunderlich

For more information about the fire department,
call 763-972-0581. In an emergency, dial 911.