FARGO — Road construction season will start soon — and that means potential emergency response delays.
Firefighters in Fargo and West Fargo have worked out an "automatic aid agreement" so each can cover for the other in two areas on the fringes of the cities that will be hampered by road construction.
In Fargo, major projects on 52nd Avenue South have the potential to delay emergency response times. The same is true on Sheyenne Street in West Fargo.
Fire officials in the two cities have reached an "automatic aid agreement," possibly the first in North Dakota involving two fire departments, Fargo Fire Chief Steve Dirksen told city commissioners on Monday, April 8.
Fargo city commissioners unanimously approved the agreement, which will remain in effect until Nov. 1, enabling each fire department to dispatch crews to the other city, if requested.
"While efforts have been made to provide detour routes for emergency response, our analysis indicates that the citizens would receive a more rapid response if the other department would provide primary coverage during the construction season," Dirksen wrote in a memo to city commissioners.
The mutual aid agreement applies in Fargo south of 52nd Avenue South and west of Veterans Boulevard to the West Fargo and Horace city limits.
In West Fargo, it applies to an area south of 36th Avenue South to 40th Avenue South between Veterans Boulevard and Fourth Street East, and east of the Sheyenne River south of 40th Avenue and north of 52nd Avenue to the Fargo city limits.
Neither city is required to reimburse the other for the cost of providing fire services in the areas, according to the agreement.