Fire & Rescue

In the early 1950's, the City of Dakota's first fire protection was provided through a partnership with Dresbach Township.

By 1971, Dakota residents decided the city needed a structured fire department with its own constitution and by-laws, regular meetings and training, adequate equipment and protective clothing for all its members. The City Council approved the organizational documents in September 1971.

In 1989, the First Responder Squad was activated with nine trained and licensed members.  This was also the year ground breaking ceremonies were held for the new fire station and community center.

In 1998, the City Council approved a new constitution and by-laws combining the fire department and first responders under the new name name, The Dakota Fire & Rescue Department.

Over the years, the department has updated their equipment to include a responder van, pumper, tanker, rescue boat, ATV's and a heavy rescue truck with extrication equipment.

The department currently provides fire and rescue services for the City of Dakota and portions of Dresbach and Richmond Townships.


Fire Chief                   Deputy Chief

Scott Hoeg                  Mark Elsen

Emergency Medical Coordinator 

                   Chuck Hansen                


Shawn Boldt        Steve Pape       

Nick Erdmann

Training Coordinator

Chrissy Wojcik- Monica Meyer


Judy Dobrunz

The Department holds business meetings on the first Monday of the month, training the third Monday of the month and the second Saturday of the month.

Dakota Fire & Rescue always looking for new members. If interested contact:

Fire Chief Scott Hoeg: 507.429.9756

Deputy Chief Mark Elsen: 608.498.6515


COVID-19 Policy

During these uncertain times related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dakota Fire & Rescue remains committed to providing the best care to those in need within our community.  While we prepare and train for all emergencies, no plan can anticipate all possible variables, and the COVID-19 pandemic poses unique challenges in the way we deliver care. 

Please be aware that we have adopted some additional guidelines designed to protect the health and safety of our providers, patients and the general public:

Thank you in advance for supporting our department.  Please understand that in order to continue to provide care to our community, we must take these precautions with our fire fighters and first responders.