Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Top 10 Wins

  1. FireISO Class 1: In 2015, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue was presented with an ISO Class 1 designation, which is only given to fire departments in the United States that meet the highest standards of response capabilities. Only 130 ISO Class 1 fire departments exist in the entire United States, and Sioux Falls is the only one in the Upper Midwest. In discussions with local insurance underwriters, it is expected that businesses and homeowners will potentially save several million dollars annually.
  2. Accreditation: Sioux Falls Fire Rescue maintained accreditation with the Center for Public Safety Excellence in 2015. Combining ISO Class 1 with accreditation makes Sioux Falls Fire Rescue one of only 35 fire departments in the country with both of these amazing achievements. This puts Sioux Falls Fire Rescue in the top 0.07% of all fire departments in the country.
  3. Zero Fire Fatalities: There were no fire fatalities in Sioux Falls for the second year in a row. This is a synergistic effect of deployment, staffing, training, and prevention.
  4. Timely Service: The department’s baseline response times were again met in accordance to accreditation standards. This means that Sioux Falls Fire Rescue had a station turnout time under 1 minute and 30 seconds 90% of the time and had a response time under 5 minutes and 12 seconds 90% of the time. Meeting these response times are critical for better patient outcomes on EMS calls and reduced fire loss for fire calls.
  5. Increased Call Volume: Sioux Falls Fire Rescue unofficially ended 2015 responding to 12,541 calls. This is an 8.5% increase from 2014.
  6. Increased Coverage: Fire Station 11 opened at 2333 North Valley View Road and began operations in April. This new station enhances the fire and EMS coverage to the northwest area of Sioux Falls.
  7. New Equipment: Sioux Falls Fire Rescue put into service a new 125-foot ladder truck, which is one of the tallest in the country. Also, the self-contained breathing apparatus that allow firefighters to breathe while in smoke-filled environments was updated to the latest technology to increase safety and effectiveness.
  8. Community Involvement: More than 2,500 homes were canvassed for “Growing Resilient Sioux Falls 2015” to put smoke alarms in homes that need the lifesaving devices.
  9. Fiscally Responsible: Sioux Falls Fire Rescue stayed within budget while working with our team members from Finance, specifically our Business Analyst. Our goal is to maintain a prudent budget while ensuring the best service for our citizens is provided.
  10. Partnering: Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and the Sioux Falls Police Department hosted the Heroes Behind the Badges Blood Drive with a total of more than 750 units of blood donated that helped 2,250 patients. This surpassed last year’s total. This partnership also was integral to execute an active shooter drill, which enhances the services to the citizens of Sioux Falls.