Phone: 701.282.8800 (for emergency call 911)

Who is the Horace Rural Fire Protection District

The Horace Rural Fire Protection District is a combination department made up of full-time, part-time and volunteer staff. We are publicly funded through taxes assessed on all property in our response district. We proudly provide fire and emergency services to the City of Horace, Hickson, Oxbow, and the surrounding areas, as well as mutual aid to several other departments.

The Horace Rural Fire Protection District is managed by an elected Board of Trustees. The Board oversees all the regular business of the District. The Horace Rural Fire Protection District currently has 29 members that dedicate themselves to their community. Officers are promoted through the district through a hiring process. These officers oversee the daily operations of the District.

The Horace Rural Fire Protection District is a fire and light rescue response team. We not only respond to fires but also to other emergencies, such as vehicle accidents, farm accidents, hazardous materials incidents, medical calls, and more.

The Horace Rural Fire Protection District completes extensive training throughout the year. All fire and rescue members are required to be CPR certified. Many of our firefighters hold multiple certifications including the following: Automobile Extrication, Firefighter I and II through the state of North Dakota, Federal Incident Management, North Dakota Hazardous Materials (Haz-Mat) Operations, Haz-Mat Technician, and Haz-Mat Awareness. Our rescue members hold either an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) or an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification.

The Horace Rural Fire Protection District has stations located in Horace and Hickson, both located in Cass County. We utilize pumper trucks, grass rigs and tenders for the various calls we respond to throughout the year.

We are committed to you!

No experience is necessary to volunteer.
If you would like to volunteer, but cannot commit to the Fire or EMS team, please let us know as there are other opportunities. We would love to answer any questions you have and give you a tour!

There are multiple reasons for a 911 call including structure fires, car accidents, grass fires, hazardous materials incident, etcetera. The skills you can learn as a volunteer firefighter are invaluable.

Maybe career firefighter is for you? 

Making a career in the fire industry is very rewarding. If that is an interest to you, please check out the Careers page on our website to find out what paid positions are available at the Horace Fire Station.


My name is Chris Mahoney, and I am the recently hired Fire Chief for the Horace Rural Fire Protection District. I would like to thank everyone in the community for being so welcoming to my family and me. With the growth of our District, we have already begun to make changes in staffing and equipment to better serve the communities. Some of these changes include hiring of staff and updating to newer apparatus.

I encourage the community to either reach out or stop by our stations with any questions you may have or to take a tour.

Chris Mahoney
Fire Chief

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