How to Participate
Join us for an exciting, one-of-a-kind opportunity!
The IGH FD jointly hosts an annual Citizens Fire Academy alongside the South Metro Fire Department where participants receive hands-on and classroom firefighting training.*
Experience Real Fire Department Training!
In the Citizen’s Fire Academy, participants will be given a behind-the-scenes look at firefighting. Along with an in-depth informational look at each fire department, the Citizens Fire Academy includes participation in varying fire, rescue, and EMS activities such as:
- Use real fire equipment
- Learn vehicle extrication—cut up a car to rescue someone inside
- Learn Basic First Aid and hands-only CPR
- Wear your own fire gear in a live fire training
- Learn valuable life safety skills you can use at home
This unique eight-week program is open to residents who live and/or work within the cities of West St. Paul, South St. Paul, or Inver Grove Heights. All ages 18+ and abilities are welcome. Anyone can participate to their comfort level.
Sessions are three hours per week for eight weeks, typically in the fall.
- Next Session: Wednesdays, Sept. 13–Nov. 1 · 6:30–9:30 p.m.
- Apply by Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. by contacting Dan Bernardy (info. below).
For more details and any questions regarding the Citizen’s Fire Academy, please contact Lieutenant Dan Bernardy, Fire Operations Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-450-4303.
*This academy is not a training to become a firefighter.
When firefighters are digging – time keeps ticking. During a fire, seconds count, and after each snowfall, there are a few hydrants in Inver Grove Heights that become a little “hard to find.”
Inver Grove Heights' firefighters need a three-foot area clear of snow and ice shoveled around each of the City’s fire hydrants and a three-foot wide path leading to the hydrant to the street.
Residents are encouraged to “Adopt-A-Hydrant” or two in their neighborhoods and make sure they are accessible after each snowfall. If a resident is physically unable to shovel a hydrant on their property, they are encouraged to ask a neighbor to help.
All public fire hydrants (those located on easements, City property, and streets) should have a marker that allows the hydrant to be seen in deep snow. Residents who notice a public hydrant that isn’t marked are encouraged to notify the City of Inver Grove Heights Public Works Department, Streets/Utilities Division at (651) 450-4309.
In the summer months, some homeowners plant trees or landscape by a fire hydrant. Residents need to keep this area clear. If there is a fire, firefighters need to be able to reach and use the hydrant. Plants will be trampled and a tree or a fence too close will be cut down.
The award-winning IGH FD Explorer Post #627 was established in 1997. For young men and women who are interested in careers in the field of fire service. The Explorer program offers experiential learning with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth.
Over the years, our Explorer Post has performed thousands of hours of community service providing fire safety education at community events, canvassing high risk communities installing smoke alarms, and assisting with fire department needs. They have successfully competed at local, state, and national competitions, are well-known for their paramilitary bearing, and have a reputation as being respectful, hardworking, and focused.
Many past Inver Grove Heights Fire Explorers have found great success in the public safety industry, working as career and volunteer firefighters, Paramedics and EMTs, and police officers, both locally and abroad. Post #627 has also been recognized by the Northern Star Council with their “Community Service Award” on several occasions over the years.
Fire Service Exploring is for young men and women ages 14 to 20.
Meetings take place from 7 to 9 p.m. every other Tuesday evening.
For more detailed information on enrollment or activities, please contact:
Lieutenant Dan Bernardy, Fire Operations Supervisor by Email or call 651-450-4303