The department formed in 1976 as an independent fire department. In 1978 the department petitioned the Town Board to establish the department as the township fire department. All fire department members must become certified by the State of Minnesota as a Fire Fighter I and First Responder within 24 months of joining the department. Many members of the department are certified as Fire Fighter II. Members meet twice a month — one meeting is a business meeting, the second is a training meeting. In addition, the members attend State fire fighting school throughout the year.