The Victoria Fire Department is comprised of dedicated and trained volunteers from the community, who strive to minimize the impacts of hazards and medical emergencies to our citizenry with integrity and compassion.
We accomplish this by:
- Actively and continually training to meet or exceed all appropriate standards for emergency response.
- Responding in a safe and timely fashion to all calls.
- Always striving to conduct ourselves in a professional, honorable and respectful manner.
- Continually educating the public on hazard awareness and prevention.
- Living and Breathing:
Everyone Goes Home.
The City of Victoria has a combination Fire Department consisting of 35 paid-on-call firefighters who live or work in the City of Victoria and one full-time Fire Chief. Paid-on-call firefighters devote time outside of their normal work and family lives to serve the needs of their community. The Victoria Fire Department expects a high level of professional conduct from all members. Each member is required to be familiar with and abide by all Fire Department rules, regulations, policies, and operating guidelines. These stringent guidelines help prepare the community’s firefighters to meet the challenge that each alarm brings when duty calls.
All of our staff are Firefighter II certified. All staff, at a minimum, are Emergency Medical Responder certified and 17 have continued on to earn their Emergency Medical Technician certification. The Victoria Fire Department members appreciate your support as we continually strive to make the City of Victoria a safer city.
The Victoria Fire Department members are notified of an emergency by carrying a pager that is activated from the Carver County Sheriffs Office 911 Center. Our agency works closely with the Carver County Sheriffs Office and Ridgeview Medical Center Ambulance Service on all emergency runs.
Also we work and train closely with neighboring Cities of Carver, Chanhassen, Chaska, Excelsior, St. Bonifacius and Waconia.
2019 Annual Report
In 2019, the department responded to 278 calls for service, a four percent increase over 2018. The number of call hours increased from 4,063 in 2018 to 4,412 in 2019, averaging 130 hours per firefighter. The average response time in 2019, not including caller time on line with a dispatcher, was 5:32 to emergency incidents within Victoria; this is two seconds higher than in 2018. Sixty-six percent of the service calls were classified as rescue and emergency medical service, and 15% were responses to hazardous conditions or fire.
Firefighters logged 4,547 training hours in 2019, from emergency driving skills to live fire and search and rescue training. Several firefighters obtained advanced certifications including fire apparatus operator and fire instructor. Command staff maintained their Blue Card incident command certification through additional training, and two firefighters began their emergency medical technician certification.
With 33 paid on-call firefighters and one full-time fire chief, the Victoria Fire Department is going strong. The average tenure of our firefighters is nine years, ranging from eight months to 42 years of service. Three members retired in 2019: Firefighter Russ Wall (21 years); Assistant Fire Chief Jason Hukriede (7 years); and Firefighter Rod Simonson (4 years). We are grateful for the service and dedication each of these individuals provided to our community during their careers with the department.
From summertime events to neighborhood gatherings on National Night Out, Victoria’s firefighters are valued for their community service as well as community safety. Read the full report (PDF).
For any questions or general information queries about the Fire Department, please email Andrew Heger.