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    201 4th Street SE
            Room 10
  Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)

   Phone: 507-328-2800

 Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Fire Suppression


The Rochester Fire Department provides fire suppression services for the City of Rochester and the townships of Cascade, Rochester, Haverhill, and Marion.  Rochester fire fighters respond from five fire stations staffed 24 hours a day located within the City of Rochester.  

 RFD provides mutual aid services to surrounding community fire departments upon request.



Rochester Fire provides emergency vehicle extrication, water rescue, ice rescue, and high and low angle rope rescue services.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Rochester fire fighters are Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) and respond to more than 5000 medical emergencies each year ranging from vehicle crashes and cardiac arrests to falls and other medical related conditions.  Every apparatus is equipped with an automatic electronic defibrillator (AED), which has greatly improved the survival rate for victims of a witnessed cardiac arrest through early defibrillation efforts within the City of Rochester. 

Hazardous Materials  


The Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (MN HSEM) maintains a Hazardous Materials Regional Response Team program currently made up of ten Chemical Assessment Teams (CAT) and two Emergency Response Teams (ERT) located across the State of Minnesota.  Rochester Fire is contracted by MN HSEM to respond as a CAT to hazardous materials emergencies (HazMat) within the 11 counties that make up south-eastern Minnesota. The Rochester CAT can provide local HazMat incident commanders with:

  • Technical support and monitoring
  • Professional responders trained to exceed OSHA and NFPA competencies
  • Specialized equipment and reference materials
  • Additional support and/or follow-up by other state agencies as needed

To request the Rochester CAT to respond to your HazMat emergency, please contact:

 Minnesota Duty Officer

(651) 649-5451


Fax: (651) 296-2300

For more information about MN HSEM emergency response, please visit the MN HSEM Emergency Response Branch.

Structural Collapse 


The Rochester Fire Department is part of a statewide resource implemented by the Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management division (MN HSEM), and developed for the response to emergencies involving structural collapse and other specialized rescue. This highly skilled team of personnel and specialized equipment is known as the Minnesota Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1, or MN-TF1.

The MN-TF1 is equipped to handle:

  • structural collapse heavy rescue including breaching and breaking reinforced concrete and steel
  • trench rescues
  • confined space rescues
  • rope rescues

Even though MN-TF1 is a State resource, the team works in support of local response agencies. If your agency is in need of MN-TF1, please contact:

 Minnesota Duty Officer

(651) 649-5451


Fax: (651) 296-2300

For more information about MN HSEM emergency response, please visit the MN HSEM Emergency Response Branch.

Code Enforcement

Rochester Fire provides a full range of fire prevention services including inspection and plan review of new and existing building construction as well as fire protection systems and equipment. Fire Department Fire Prevention staff work hand in hand with other city and private agencies to achieve a high level of code enforcement and inspection services for the community's fire and life safety.

Fire Investigation

Fire InvestigationRochester Fire Prevention staff provide full fire origin and cause investigation services.  All fires of unknown, suspicious or incendiary origin are investigated and arson fires are actively pursued and prosecuted.


Public Safety Education 

PubEd51Rochester Fire Department  makes use of a mobile Fire Safety House and the Official NFPA "Sparky Fire Dog" character to deliver fire and life safety messages. Classes are taught by firefighters in schools, at fairs, block parties, and other community events, with emphasis directed toward children and youth.

If you are interested in RFD presenting a fire and life message to your group, please contact:

Rochester Fire Department