Mission

Of the Estherville Fire Department to preserve life and property; promote public safety; and foster community support services in a professional manner.

About Us

How We Started

The Fire department goes way back to  the 1870’s when the first bucket brigade was established by a few public spirited men. Later they added a hose cart and a hand pump. Water came from a well in downtown Estherville near the present location of our library.In 1884 they formed the first organized volunteer fire dept.  

The Great 1910 Wilco

They called it the Estherville Fire and Rescue Company #1. The horse drawn hose cart and pump was pulled by the first man's team to get to the fire station. He was paid $1 for the team. They bought their first motorized truck in about 1911. It was a 1910 Wilco Chain Drive Fire truck.

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