Welcome to the Austin Fire Department. Our department is made up of many dedicated employees and community members that strive to keep you safe.
The department consists of 30 trained staff members. Eleven full-time staff which includes the Chief, three Commanders and six Engineers providing 24 hour coverage in three shift intervals and one Administrative Assistant. Included in our staff are 19 part-time fire fighters who provide added service to the citizens of the Austin community in addition to their regular employment.
Austin Fire Department
122 1st Avenue NE
Austin, MN 55912
Due to Covid19, burning permits will not be issued within the City of Austin. Any violations for burning within the City of Austin when a permit is required will result in citations being issued. Recreational fires are allowed with unpainted and untreated wood, coal or charcoal. Recreational fires must not be within 25 feet of a structure or any combustible materials. Fires contained within an approved appliance shall maintain a 15 foot separation from combustible materials or structures. A 55 gallon drum is not an approved appliance. Fire extinguisher, buckets of sand or water, shovels or garden hoses shall be readily available. Recreational fires shall be constantly attended by a person knowledgeable in the use of fire extinguishing equipment and shall be supervised until fully extinguished. Remember to following social distancing when conducting recreational fires.
As the situation with Covid19 evolves, there may be updates made. Please watch your local news or check the City of Austin Facebook page.
Jim McCoy, Fire Chief
Terry Petersen, Commander
Tom Schulte, Commander
Troy Tigner, Commander
Tim Hansen, Inspector
Chris Grunewald, Assistant Inspector/Engineer
Jim Halsey, Assistant Inspector/Engineer
Tim Olson, Engineer
Josh Kunze, Engineer
Hans Gilbert, Engineer
Marie Ree, Administrative Assistant
2019 Minnesota State Fire Chief’s Association Poster Contest winner! Pacelli student Autumn Drennen earned honorable mention honors for her outstanding work.
2019 4th Grade Junior Fire Poster Winners
2017 4th Grade Junior Fire Poster 1st Place State Winner
2019 Austin firefighters education R-STEP students at Riverland Community College