In 2005, the South Metro Fire (SMFD) was created to serve the Cities of South St. Paul and West St. Paul. The Department was created from the career departments of South St. Paul and West St. Paul. Our department reports to a Board of Directors; Four Board members are elected Council Members from the Cities of West St. Paul and South St. Paul and the fifth member is a member at large.

We became operational on January 1, 2008 which was the final phase of our merger, a date we had all been anticipating. The creation of the South Metro Fire Department has now placed us as the one of the busiest fire departments in the Twin Cities and we have become a “next generation” fire department.

We are proud to feature every division of our department with special emphasis on every firefighter, support person and the executive staff. I sincerely believe it is the personnel of our department that make it great.

We have dedicated career staff that responds to roughly 4,800 emergencies per year. We currently respond with six engines, two ladders and three ambulances and 37 dedicated firefighters. We take pride in being highly trained and modern in emergency service delivery.

We have three divisions in our department; suppression, prevention, and emergency medical services. Our members are highly motivated to provide the best possible services within each division.

A little information about your Chief, I started with the West St. Paul Fire Department in 1983 and have worked as a firefighter, fire inspector, asst. chief and fire chief During those years it has been a privilege to work with outstanding firefighters. In 2001, I graduated from the University of Cincinnati (U of C) with honors and received a degree in fire protection. Following graduation from U of C, I entered the four year National Fire Academy (NFA) Executive Fire Officer program (EFO) and graduated in 2006. In 2006, I was honored by being named “Officer of the Year” by the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs. In 2006, I was honored by the privilege to have been appointed as the first fire chief for the South Metro Fire department. I am truly fortunate for the opportunity to serve the public as a firefighter; the dream has come true.

It is with great honor and respect that I salute the South Metro Fire Department personnel. I know without dedication to service, their courage, and genuine concern, this would not become the exemplary department that it is today. We are excited about the future. We appreciate the continued support of our parent Cities, through their support we can continue to provide high quality service.

On the following pages, we are proud to introduce to you our organization.

John A. Ehret , Fire Chief
South Metro Fire Department