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The Fargo Fire Department and West Fargo Fire Department to Begin Joint Academy on Monday, March 4

During the 16-week academy, 12 recruits will train to become firefighters


The Fargo Fire Department and West Fargo Fire Department will welcome the 10th class of recruits to the Joint Training Academy on Monday, March 4. Fargo Fire Chief Steve Dirksen and West Fargo Fire Chief Dan Fuller will kick off the 16-week training during an orientation program for the 12 recruits at the Fargo Fire Training Center.

Throughout the academy, the five Fargo recruits and seven West Fargo recruits will complete classroom work, skill development drills, ride-alongs and live burn scenarios. Recruits will also experience hands-on training in a controlled environment and learn techniques to prepare for real-life situations.

“We are incredibly grateful for our partnership with the West Fargo Fire Department, and the teamwork that makes the Joint Training Academy a success,” stated Fargo Fire Chief Steve Dirksen. “With our two departments pooling resources and sharing knowledge, the academy produces excellent firefighters who make our metro community even safer.”

“The Joint Training Academy is an exceptional example of an intra-agency collaboration that strengthens both departments and both cities,” West Fargo Fire Chief Dan Fuller stated. “The academy gives our departments the opportunity to learn how to work together so that when an emergency occurs, we are ready to quickly respond as a united team.”

The Fargo Fire Department’s application process for upcoming academies will be open April 1 until April 11, 2024. Visit to learn more about the Fargo Fire Department. More information about the West Fargo Fire Department can be found at