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Have you heard the news!

Horace Rural Fire Protection District is changing its name to
Southern Valley Fire & Rescue.

The reason for the name change is to be more inclusive of all the cities and townships we protect.  Our fire protection district includes Stanley Township, Pleasant Township and parts of Warren Township.  This includes the following: Briarwood, Frontier, Hickson, Horace, Oxbow, Prairie Rose, St. Benedict, and Wild Rice

Who is the Southern Valley Fire & Rescue Department

The Southern Valley Fire & Rescue department, formerly known as 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 Briarwood, Horace, Hickson, Oxbow, Wild Rice, Prairie Rose, Frontier and St. Benedict as well as the townships of Stanley Township, Pleasant Township and parts of Warren Township, as well as mutual aid to several other departments.

The Southern Valley Fire & Rescue is managed by an elected Board of Trustees. The Board oversees all the regular business of the District. Southern Valley Fire & Rescue 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.

Southern Valley Fire & Rescue 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.

Southern Valley Fire & Rescue 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.

Southern Valley Fire & Rescue 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 Southern Valley Fire & Rescue.


My name is Chris Mahoney, and I am the recently hired Fire Chief for 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