Baltic Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department
Chief: Michael Koopman
Assistant Chief: Jeff Haagenson, Jason Turner
Address:PO Box 381, Baltic, SD
Department requirements: At least 18 years old, it is recommended applicants
live or work in or near Baltic.
Number of members: 26
Number of EMTs: 9
Average calls per year: 111
Department established: 1911
The Baltic Volunteer Fire Department was created in 1911 to provide fire
protection for the community nestled on the bank of the Big Sioux River.
What started with two hand-carts carrying chemicals and equipment has
grown to a fleet of five motorized apparatus (a pumper, a water tender, a
pumper/tender, a rescue, and a wildland unit) carrying specialized equipment
in an effort to handle any emergency that may come our way. Baltic is
located along side the Big Sioux River about 12 miles north of Sioux Falls.
We operate one fire station located on the main highway through Baltic. Our
first response area covers 68 square miles of central to northern Minnehaha
County. At the present time, we have 26 volunteers that respond to 111 calls
per year on average, with a majority of our calls being medically related in
nature. We typically meet twice a month, once for training and once for a
business meeting. We also provide public fire education and fire station tours
to the kids in school as well as provide CPR training for community members.
The fire service is a unique calling and we rely on community members who
are willing to dedicate their time to be members of the Fire Department to
respond to emergencies as they arise.
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