History of the Shakopee Fire Department

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1883 – Shakopee’s first fire department was created after fires in the 1870s destroyed many homes and businesses.

The department’s first station was housed in the lower level of city hall at Second Avenue and Lewis Street. Early firefighters were all volunteers, and most were either business owners or City Council members. Minimal pay of $0.25 per hour was added later, and today that amount has grown to $14 per hour.

1955 – Shakopee’s fire station moved to Second Avenue and Scott Street.

1959 – The Fire Department fought the Schesso-Hughes Auto Dealership fire, where Shakopee suffered its first and only firefighter line-of-duty death, Max Wermerskirchen. In 2012, Firefighter Wermerskirchen's name was added to the list of Minnesota line-of-duty deaths on the Minnesota Fire Service Memorial at the State Capitol.

1973 – On July 4, 1973, the Shakopee Fire Department fought a fire that broke out at Pollution Control Inc. Hundreds of 55-gallon barrels exploded during the 10-hour inferno.

1998 – The Shakopee Fire Department opened its second station (now Station 1) at 2700 Vierling Drive E. to support the growing community.

2005 – In August 2005, the Shakopee Fire Department was joined by more than a dozen neighboring departments as they fought to save historic St. Mark’s Church from fire.

2012 – After 57 years at the Second Avenue station, the Shakopee Fire Department moved to a newly constructed building at 1001 Vierling Drive W. The city currently has two fire stations, Station 1 at 2700 Vierling Drive E. and Station 2 at 1001 Vierling Drive W.

2013 – The Shakopee Fire Department hires its first full-time firefighters.  Four firefighters work daytime shifts Monday through Friday to assist with emergency responses and general operations and maintenance.

2017 – A full-time captain is hired to respond to emergencies, handle administrative duties and schedule inspections.

2018 - A full-time assistant chief is hired to provide administrative support and develop and administer the department's training program.