The Fire department goes way back to the 1870’s when the first bucket brigade was established by a few public spirited men. Later they added a hose cart and a hand pump. Water came from a well in downtown Estherville near the present location of our library.In 1884 they formed the first organized volunteer fire dept. They called it the Estherville Fire and Rescue Company #1. The horse drawn hose cart and pump was pulled by the first mans team to get to the fire station. He was paid $1 for the team. They bought their first motorized truck in about 1911. It was a 1910 Wilco Chain Drive Fire truck.
Then & Now
At the present time Estherville Fire has several pumper trucks, a tanker, grass truck, equipment truck, Jaws of life Rescue truck, And along with a water rescue boat. All firemen have been trained in First Aid, Has-mat, nearly all them has Firefighter I certification. With some having Firefighter II and Fire Instructor. The Firemen range from 50 yrs. of service to less then one month for our newest members.
The Estherville Fire Department coverage area includes the City of Estherville and Estherville Township. Along with Mutual Aid with Wallingford Fire Dept.