Mission Statement and Core Values

Over the centuries, the fire service has transitioned from bucket brigades to horse-drawn carriages to modern-era, high-tech firefighting equipment. While firefighting is still an essential function of most cities, the expectations of the fire service has demanded growth into a full-service, all-hazards emergency services business. Regardless of when or why 911 is called, the fire service must be prepared to respond.

Having a clear missions is important to any organization. To craft the organization’s first formal mission statement, the Fire Service Task Force held a 6-hour strategic planning session on October 17, 2012.

The result was the creation of the Elk River Fire Department’s mission statement:

As the Elk River Fire Department, our care and concern for our community defines our mission to preserve the lives and property of all residents, proprietors and visitors within our service area through strong leadership and professional staff using state of the art equipment. 

Core Values

As an organization, the Elk River Fire Department has a core set of values that carry through to each member. As a philosophy, we believe that we are not just employees, but members of an exceptional team. To be exceptional, we strive to support and take care of each other. This is the brotherhood of our profession.

Each member of the Elk River Fire Department has the responsibility to leave this department better than he/she found it. To that end, our core values are:

We believe our moral principles and trustworthiness in our personal life will carry through to the department and throughout the community. 

We hold our profession to the highest standards through committed service to our community. We exemplify our professionalism in the way we conduct ourselves through training and service. 

We salute those past and present who have served and serve. We honor the traditions of the fire service through our commitment, self-sacrifice and pride in our department and community. 

We treat everyone in a non-judgmental, supportive, and caring manner. 

We respond to all tasks in a faithful and selfless manner.