The Hebron Fire Department and Ambulance Service located in the town of Hebron, ND started in the early 1960s as a volunteer department. About 10 years ago, although still made up of all volunteers, the city and rural departments combined to become Hebron Fire Protection District. In approximately 2018, the ambulance service parted ways and is now their own entity, though the Hebron Fire Protection District’s name holds strong.
The Hebron Fire Protection District covers roughly a 15-20 mile radius around the Hebron area while also providing mutual aid for surrounding areas including New Leipzig, Glen Ullin, Elgin, Richardton, Golden Valley, Dodge, and Beulah. Terry Meuchel has been the Fire Chief of the Hebron Fire Protection District for the last three years. With 33 current active volunteers on the roster, he states how big of an achievement it is to have a lot of young guys volunteering on the fire department. So much so, that there is sometimes a wait list to get on the fire department. “The community is so supportive, they are always helping us out,” mentions Meuchel.
With a 31-year history on the fire department himself, Meuchel knows the importance of the community and its volunteers. To make sure they work to the best of their ability, the fire department provides a lot of in-house training as all fire fighters within the department are certified for rope extrication to repel off of high buildings as well as Jaws of Life extrication. Their equipment consists of four grass fighting units, three tankers, a city pumper, rescue trucks including the Jaws of Life, and more. With the new equipment and volunteers they have, the Hebron Fire Protection District has been able to take on a cheaper insurance premium and they are only one step beneath Fargo’s ratings.
Throughout the years, Dakota Community Bank & Trust (DCB&T) has helped the Hebron Fire Protection District. With donations from DCB&T as well as various fundraising events, the fire department has been able to purchase new equipment, including bunker gear, as well as helped build four new trucks. But, it is not just the new equipment or fundraising that DCB&T has helped with. There are several employees from DCB&T that also volunteer on the protection district’s squads as fire fighters and/or EMT’s. “Dakota Community Bank & Trust is so vital for the community and has done so much for us. The bank has always been there and has provided us with fundraising money,” states Meuchel. With the busyness of the fire department, specifically with accident calls from Interstate 94, the Hebron Fire Protection District is again working on fundraising for a new truck. To support the Hebron Fire Department and all of their upcoming fundraisers, check out their Facebook page.
Written by Lindsey Hefta, Marketing Director