According to Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, a fire fighter is described as "a person who fights fires." However, a fire fighter does much more than fights fires. Today's fire fighter is a multifaceted individual trained in Emergency Medical Technician procedures, technical rescue disciplines such as structural collapse rescue, tunnel rescue, confined space rescue, trench collapse rescue, rescue scuba diving as well as firefighting.

The department employs 24 full-time and 3 part-time employees.


  • Ambulances: 4
  • Support Vehicles: 2
  • Engines: 3
  • Hazmat: 1
  • Ladder: 1
  • Rescue Boat: 1
  • Tech Rescue: 1
  • Grass Rig: 2
  • Tanker: 2

    Public Education

    The fire and EMS host a monthly in service for area EMT's to keep their skills and required training records, the last Tuesday of every month.

    In addition, we have monthly CPR training for the public the last Thursday of each month.

    Tours are available to all schools and service groups. To schedule a tour contact the Mitchell Fire Department at 605-995-8400.

    The Mitchell Fire Department offers a paramedic internship program. Contact Assistant Fire Chief Paul Morris at 605-995-8400 for protocols.