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The City's 2018 Study identified future station locations, with the City owning two properties within the Study. One of the priorities for the Emergency Services Director upon their hire will be to conduct an additional verification that the City owned sites are in the best possible locations. This is a very important step before the City commits to a significant capital investment such as a fire station.
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The City has active fire service contracts with Albertville, Elk River, Rogers Fire Departments. These contracts have no specific end dates. As the City's department is established over time, the contracts will be evaluated and modified, as necessary.
The City has hired an Emergency Services Director, which is a full-time position. One of the priorities for that position will be to develop a staffing model that will provide the expected service delivery in a fiscally responsible and sustainable way. Like many area fire departments, volunteer responders will play an integral role.
The City of Otsego is growing, and concerns have began to raise for emergency response times. This growth and the changing environment of fire services, Otsego has decided to pursue an increase of service level for residents and businesses. Otsego looks to better educate, prepare, and respond to various incidents throughout the city and surrounding areas.
Better service delivery, improved response time, and dedicated Otsego emergency services personnel. Additional benefits residents may see include: decreased home insurance rates, Emergency Management personnel, fire prevention education, and increased community presence.
The City of Otsego is evaluating the costs of current contracts compared to operating the Emergency Services Department.
You can submit comments to city hall, or by emailing Sabrina Hille, Assistant City Administrator/Human Resources or calling 763-235-3162.