Deputy Fire Chief
Fire Education Specialist/Training Coordinator
Fire/Property Maintenance Inspector
The Golden Valley Fire Department (GVFD) provides fire suppression, fire code enforcement, and fire prevention services. Under the direction of the fire chief, the GVFD includes a deputy fire chief, a fire education specialist/training coordinator, fire/property maintenance inspector, 50 paid on-call firefighters, an administrative assistant.
Each year the Golden Valley Fire Department responds to about 750 - 800 calls, including fires, emergencies, automobile accidents, medicals, and mutual aid to other communities.
For 60 years, the Golden Valley Fire Department has maintained a proud tradition of community service. It was organized in the waning days of World War II, when the population was starting to boom and the city was starting to spread out. The year was 1943, and a 39-member volunteer fire department was authorized.
During the next 20 years, Golden Valley built two fire stations and bought new fire trucks to replace its old reconditioned models. The Fire Department went from using a siren and telephones for alerting volunteers to using home radio receivers and radios in fire trucks. A new City water system installed during the 1960s greatly aided firefighting operations.
To meet Golden Valley's changing needs in the 1970s, the City closed its oldest fire station and built two new stations in its northeast and southeast areas. The Fire Department bought new fire trucks and took delivery of a donated rescue vehicle.
Today, Golden Valley has three fire stations and 56 employees, including 50 paid, on-call firefighters.