Do you work with fire departments in other cities?

Through formal mutual aid agreements, a request can be put out to give to and receive help from any fire department in Dakota County, as well as many departments in southeast Washington County. In addition, for structure fire calls, we have what is called auto-aid, as no single department has enough personnel to always cover their community for those larger incidents. 

 For auto-aid calls, certain types of emergencies are programmed into the computer aided dispatch system to call one of our neighboring departments for help at the same time our own firefighters are alerted. This is done to bring additional trained staff to the scene as quickly as possible, without someone having to remember to request them. Our auto-aid agreements are recognized by many insurance companies who consider the neighboring fire department as an IGH fire station. As a result, residents and businesses are able to see a reduction in their insurance premiums because of our auto-aid agreements.  

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1. How do I get rid of old fireworks?
2. Where can I find more information about fire safety for kids?
3. Where can I find information about hazards in the home?
4. Do you charge or recycle fire extinguishers?
5. Do you check car seats?
6. If I am unsure if it is an emergency, can I call the Fire Department directly?
7. Where can I get my blood pressure taken?
8. I would like to take my kids on a tour of the fire station. Do you do that?
9. Who do I call if I have a complaint about burning?
10. Do we have a volunteer or full-time department?
11. What kind of pension program do you have for your paid-on-call (POC) firefighters?
12. What kind of training or experience do IGH firefighters need to get on the fire department?
13. Do the paid-on-call and full-time firefighters work together?
14. I don’t like the sight of blood; can I just sign up to go to fires?
15. I hear you can sign up for different “shifts” like a part-time job. Is that the only time commitment I will have to be a paid-on-call firefighter?
16. Why do you take a big fire truck to medical calls?
17. Do you work with fire departments in other cities?
18. How does the IGH fire department affect my insurance rates?
19. Does the fire department have an ambulance service?
20. When can I apply to be a firefighter?
21. Can I live anywhere and be an IGH firefighter?
22. What do I need to do if I want to have a recreational fire or burn some tree limbs on my property?
23. Can I use a grill on my deck if I live in an apartment?
24. Why do you have dorm rooms in the fire stations?
25. Do you have any volunteer jobs or is there anything I can do to help without being a firefighter?