Fire Department

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
(507) 433-3405

Fire Station
122 1st Avenue NE
Austin, MN 55912
(507) 433-3405

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. 

Sparky visits children in the community for fire prevention week.


Thank you Alliance Pipeline for awarding the Austin Fire Department a $5000 Safe Community Grant.  These dollars are greatly appreciated and will be used to purchase a Thermal Imaging Camera. 

Photo is of Randy Phillips, Corridor Management form the Alliance Pipeline – MN, presenting the check to Austin Fire Chief Jim McCoy.

Hydrant Flushing

Shoveling Out Your Nearest Fire Hydrants

“Close before you doze” A reminder to shut your bedroom door while you sleep. 

Grilling Safety Tips

U.S. Home Heating Equipment Fires

Jim McCoy, Fire Chief - ', MN

Jim McCoy, Fire Chief

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

Part-time Firefighters
Troy Holtz
Heath Deters Justin Bickler
Ben Nelson
Tim Donovan
Jeremy Carolan
Dan Petersen Ernie Hammero
Joe Mattice
Tim Rodgers
Jeff McCormack
Kelly Nesvold
Joshua Seha
Nate Petersen
Mike Tischer
Steve Turner
Tom Schaefer
Matthew Wyse
Ben Walker

2020 4th Grade Junior Fire Poster Winners

2019 Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association Poster Contest winner! Pacelli student Autumn Drennen earned honorable mention for her outstanding work. 

2019 4th Grade Junior Fire Poster Winners

2017 4th Grade Junior Fire Poster 1st Place State Winner

Sponsors of the program include the Fire Department, McDonald’s, Walmart, Five Below, Pet Supplies Plus, CineMagic 7, Echo Lanes, Austin Park & Recreation and Pizza Ranch.

2019 Austin firefighters education R-STEP students at Riverland Community College

Old Fire Station - Austin, MN