Fire Hydrants: Time to Remove Snow

Please keep your fire hydrants clear of snow. This ensure that the Valley City Fire Department can access them in case of emergency.

During the week of February 3, 2020, Valley City State University athletes will begin clearing fire hydrants. If you need assistance cleaning your fire hydrant, please call Deb Feuerherm at (701) 845-7161 or email gregg.horner@vcsu.edu with the address.

You can also contact Scott Magnuson, Fire Chief at (701) 845-3351.

Fireworks Safety

Millions of Americans will enjoy 4th of July celebrations. There are many public displays while many will be using consumer fireworks. Use this holiday celebration for your enjoyment.

The sale in North Dakota is from June 27 to July 5th.  Fireworks may be detonated July 1 – July 5 from 8am to 11pm (On July 4, fireworks may be detonated until July 5 at 1:00 AM).

You must be 12 years of age to purchase fireworks in North Dakota.

Bottle rockets are illegal to buy and sell in North Dakota.

Thousands of injuries occur from fireworks each year, mostly from carelessness.  Do not become complacent during your time of entertainment.    Things can go bad in a hurry.  This can be the best of times and this can be the worst of times.  Supervision is critical.

Adults must take this responsibility seriously. Be strict on the proper use of fireworks.

A few general reminders:

  • Alcohol and fireworks are a very dangerous combination.
  • Choose an open space to set off the fireworks.
  • Use a flat, heavy board on level ground with bricks to hold your aerial devices steady.
  • Keep spectators at a safe distance:  40 ft for aerial fireworks.
  • Have a bucket of water and a garden hose close by.
  • Have eye protection for those setting off the displays.
  • Wear clothing that will protect your skin.
  • Use a barbecue lighter or a punk to light your fireworks.
  • Do not try to light dud fireworks that did not go off.
  • Do not alter fireworks, and do not detonate using cans or glass bottles.
  • Put all used fireworks in a garbage can and wet down with the water hose.
  • Do not put the garbage can in the garage for the night.

Your enjoyment for the 4th can be a good one as long as you use good safety practices.  There are many who wished they did because they are living with some very ugly scars.     PLEASE USE YOUR FIREWORKS SAFELY.

Submitted by

Scott Magnuson-Fire Chief

Valley City Fire Department

Buying & Using Fireworks in Valley City

Buying & Using Fireworks in Valley City
Valley City’s Fireworks Regulations for the July Independence Days

The city ordinance indicates:

The sale of fireworks starts June 27th of each year and ends July 5th.

The days of detonation or using your fireworks ARE NOT the same as the sale days.

Fireworks may be detonated on the following days:

  • July 1st  from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • July 2nd from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • July 3rd from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • July 4th from 8:00 AM to July 5th at 1:00 AM
  • July 5th from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM

You must be at least 12 years of age to buy fireworks.

Burn Ban in Effect

Due to the dry hot weather and the high fire danger and the upcoming red flag warning,  a burn ban is in effect beginning noon April 25, 2019. Recreational fire burning (ie, in a fire pit) shall be prohibited during a Fire Ban. The Barnes County Commission has implemented a burn ban for 5 days and will re-address it at that time. Updates on this may come from the Barnes County Commission, the Valley City Fire Chief or the Barnes County Emergency Manager.

1/4/2019 Retirement Open House: Fire Chief Retterath

Congratulations! Gary Retterath on your retirement.

Please join us for a Retirement Open House to celebrate Gary’s 43 years of service to the VCFD and 16.5 years as Fire Chief of the Valley City Fire Department on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Valley City Fire Department, 241 3rd Avenue NE.

2nd Annual Valley City Battle of Badges Blood Drive

Give Blood! Help make everyday moments possible for patients in need.

Tuesday, October 16 11:30 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday, October 17 11:30 am to 6:00 pm
Stoudt-Ross Ford Showroom

For appointment call 800-917-4929
or online at www.bloodhero.com
Sponsor code: valleycity

Please bring your photo ID and donor card. Free cholesterol testing with every donation!

To print a poster, please download this file.

Interested in Joining the VCFD?

The first step to admission to the fire department is to fill out the VCFD Application.

Once per year the fire department will review applications. A committee will then interview the applicants and choose those who appear to be qualified and willing to continue the process.

The candidate will need a doctors physical and drug test, along with a state criminal background check. If candidate passes the medical exam along with background, check he or she will be allowed to take the physical agility test as prescribed by the department.

As the candidate has passed all the requirements set forth, the chief will fill open spots on the roster with the most qualified applicants.

The candidate will begin the training to become a certified firefighter. Upon completion of all the requirements for a certified firefighter they will be presented with their certificate. The probationary member will be voted on after one year which is a vote of the full department membership. If there is a successful vote, the probationary candidate will become a full member. If the probationary member has not passed the firefighter 1 certification in the first year they will remain on probation. They will be voted on as soon as they pass the firefighter 1 certification.

If the probationary member cannot pass the firefighter 1 certification within 2 years, they will be dismissed from the department.

Please submit the VCFD Application by October 1, 2018 to:

Fire Chief
Phone: (701) 845-3351

or by mail to:

Fire Chief
Valley City Fire Department
241 3rd Avenue NE
Valley City, ND 58072

Buying & Using Fireworks in Valley City

Valley City’s Fireworks Regulations for the July Independence Days

The city ordinance indicates:

The sale of fireworks starts June 27th of each year and ends July 5th.

The days of detonation or using your fireworks ARE NOT the same as the sale days.

Fireworks may be detonated on the following days:

  • July 1st  from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • July 2nd from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • July 3rd from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • July 4th from 8:00 AM to July 5th at 1:00 AM
  • July 5th from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM

You must be at least 12 years of age to buy fireworks.