Fire Department – History and Mission

The Dayton Fire department (DFD) was founded in 1962. The original fire station was located at the intersections of Dayton River Road. and Robinson Street. in old town Dayton. Today’s stations one and two were both built in the 1980’s. Many trucks have come and gone over the years, but the original engine is still owned by the DFD and is being considered for restoration.

Our Mission Statement

The Dayton Fire department strives for excellence in the performance of duty during the service they provide to all citizens.

The DFD fleet currently consist of three engines, two rescue trucks, two rescue boats, a utility truck, and a tanker. The newest addition, Rescue Boat 21, is housed at Station 2 and was acquired by the DFD in September of 2018. As in most departments across the United States, DFD values and operating procedures have morphed greatly in the past 25 years. The DFD strives for excellence and we hold to our core values of Trust, Integrity, and Professionalism.

Dayton is one of the fastest growing cities in Minnesota. In spite of unprecedented growth, we remain committed to providing trusted and professional care to our residents. The population increase and hundreds of new structures create new and exciting challenges for the DFD. We are working hard to keep up with the growth by increasing our training hours, our number of firefighters and by keeping our equipment up-to-date.

When fully staffed, there are 36 members who continuously train in order to become more effective and efficient at protecting lives, homes, and other property from fire and other disasters. Currently, there are 25 paid-on-call firefighters in the DFD including the Department Chief, a Training Officer, a Fire Inspector and six Line Officers. In addition to fighting fires, our members are trained as First Responders and are first on-scene for all of Dayton’s medical emergencies. The DFD responds to over 300 calls of various nature each year.

Burn Permits

Recreational fires are allowed in Dayton. You must obtain a burn permit for any fire larger than a 3′ x 3′. Permits and Regulations are available at the City Hall, or can be found HERE. Print and send applications to the City Hall in c/o Gary Dotseth. Burn Permits have a $25 fee. Checks can be made to the City of Dayton. Thank you for helping us keep our city and our environment safe for all.