Since 1874

Who & What is the Yankton Fire Department?

The Yankton Volunteer Fire Department proudly serves the ISO Class 3 rated City of Yankton, South Dakota and surrounding area, including Lewis & Clark Lake, a reservoir on the Missouri River. Our area covers 165 square miles in South Dakota and neighboring Nebraska.

Our full-time Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief support a staff of 38 volunteer firefighters, which include two Assistant Chiefs, six Captains, a Safety Officer and a Fire Prevention Officer.









Community Risk Reduction is a critical part of our mission. We give presentations to all ages throughout the year with the intent of preventing loss of life from fires and other emergencies.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter, please visit our recruit page for an application!

Our Stations

Station 1

Station One is located near historic downtown and just four blocks from the river. This station features a six-bay apparatus floor that houses one city engine, one city ladder truck, one rural engine, one rural tanker, a brush truck, an ATV brush unit and a HazMat / Rescue truck.

Station 2

Station Two is in the center of Yankton, housing our administrative offices along with one city engine, two rural tankers, an incident command vehicle.

Lake Station

A third station is located approximately five miles west of Yankton near the entrance to Lewis & Clark Recreation Area, and houses a rural pumper, one rural tanker, a special response truck, and an ATV brush unit.


Yankton Fire Department Apparatus

Yankton Fire Department has and maintains numerous pieces of apparatus for fire extinguishment and support of these duties. These include 4 pumpers, 3 tankers/water tenders, 2 brush trucks, 2 ATV’s, 2 command vehicles, a 100 foot platform aerial, 1 rescue truck, 1 fire safety trailer, 1 air supply trailer, 1 trench rescue trailer, 1 hazmat/command trailer, 1 light trailer, and 1 pump trailer.

Our History

Fire Museum

Also located at Station Two is the Fire Museum that houses many relics that shows how the fire service and the fire department has progressed over the past 100+ years such as fire gear, SCBA, and many others. Some of these relics include a restored 1937 Luverne pumper, and a 1925 American LaFrance.