Emergency Services

E.M.A. – Emergency Management Agency

Director – Mike Davis
Deputy Director – Austin Klett

Sheldon EMA, an arm of the Sheldon Fire Company, has specific responsibilities that include storm watch, traffic control emergency scenes plus SCAT and Fire assists.

Part of EMA’s responsibility is the maintenance of Sheldon’s Outdoor Warning System.  Sirens are test activated by the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office the first Wednesday of each month for 2.5 minutes at 12:30 p.m.  From April through September the sirens are also test activated the third Wednesday of each month for 2.5 minutes at 12:30 p.m. by the Sheldon Emergency officials.  The sirens are activated by local officials daily at 6:00 p.m. for :20 as a time reminder.  The outdoor warning system will be activated for TORNADO WARNINGS, for SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS with straight-line winds in excess of 65 mph and for any other emergency scenario affecting Sheldon.

Since 2001 Sheldon EMA has been recognized by the National Weather Service STORMREADY Community, the first STORMREADY community within a 45 county area in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

Sheldon EMA has 13 members including two high school students and is headquartered in the Sheldon Emergency Service Building.  The team meets every other Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

To apply please contact the department head.  For an application, please click here.

Director – Kevin Miller

Mission Statement:  To Preserve and enhance quality of life by providing comprehensive emergency medical services skillfully and compassionately.

Quick Facts
SCAT Originated in 1971
Current Status – EMT-P Conditional
SCAT is a city owned volunteer organization with two ambulances, which are both equipped with defibrilators.
Meetings are held every other Wednesday evening. at 6:30 p.m.
Medical Director: Dr. Sara Zoelle

To apply please contact any SCAT member, call (712) 631-4779, or applications are available at the City Office or by clicking here. They can me mailed, dropped off at the City offices or emailed to kmiller@cityofsheldon.com

Fire Department 

Fire Chief – Dennis Kruger
1st Assistant – Brad Hindt
2nd Assistant – Scott Meinecke

Mission Statement: Dedicated to saving lives and property. To provide the community the best service possible in emergency situations with the training and knowledge we have learned, and also pass on the training and knowledge to aid in calls to come.

Organized: 1884

Town size: 5,188

The Sheldon Fire Company is a total volunteer service.
Members consist of:
1 – Chief
2 – Assistant Chiefs
3 – Captains
3 – Lieutenants
4 – Student Firefighters

We offer a high school student program with 4 junior or senior members.

Average Calls per Year: 85
Call Types: Fires, Rescues, and Accidents

Aerial Platform – 100ft LTI 1000 GPM pump
4 Pumpers – 1999 – Spartan/ Luverne 1500 GPM pump
1978 – Ford/ Pierce  1000 GPM pump
Rescue –  2009 – Spartan/ Chrimson 1500 GPM pump
Tanker – 2007 – Midwest Fire 2000 gal. 500 GPM pump

Antique Trucks:
1884 – Hose Cart 1918 – Luverne 250 GPM Pumper 1960 – Dodge Luverne 500 GPM Pumper

Meetings: 24 per year (Meet the 1st & 3rd Thursday night of the month)

Certifications Held by Most Members: Firefighter I, Firefighter II, ERT, Hazmat Awareness, Hazrnat Operations, First Responder, CPR, and Confined Spaces. There are many more also.

Territory: 81 square miles with mutual aid to surrounding towns within 30 miles.

ISO Rating: 4

To apply please contact the department head.  For an application, please click here.