Volunteer Fire Department

Information updated February 2019

The Lester Prairie firefighters put the needs of others first on a regular basis.

In 2018, the department responded to 153 calls for assistance, expending 1,850 man-hours. Most of the calls (92) were medical-related.

There were 13 fire calls in 2018.

Other requests included motor vehicle crashes (15), service calls (six), false alarms (eight), hazardous conditions with no fire (three), and good intent calls (16).

Following is the breakdown by district for those calls:

  • City of Lester Prairie – 94
  • Bergen Township – 18
  • Winsted Township – 24
  • Out of area (mutual aid) – 17

Officers for 2019 are:

  • Jim Hoof – Chief 1
  • Dave Horsman – Chief 2
  • Matt Tonn – Chief 3
  • Scott Christenson – Captain 1
  • Steve Dietel – Captain 2
  • Chris Bahr – Captain 3/Training Officer
  • Tifanie Shimanski – Secretary
  • Paul Christensen – Treasurer

Relief Assoc. officers for 2019 are:

  • Josh Foust – President
  • Wade Schultz – Vice President
  • Keith Christen – Secretary
  • Matt Tonn – Treasurer

2019 Volunteer Firefighters:

  • Don Artmann
  • Josh Artmann
  • Chris Bahr
  • Keith Christen
  • Paul Christensen
  • Scott Christenson
  • Shadd Dial
  • Steve Dietel
  • Dave Dressler
  • Chris Ehalt
  • Jeff Forcier
  • Nick Fosdick
  • Josh Foust
  • Andy Heimerl
  • Jim Hoof
  • Aaron Hoover
  • Dave Horsman
  • Josh Lamp
  • Mike Lindberg
  • Sue Lindwall
  • Luke Meyer
  • Chris Mike
  • Fred Pawelk
  • Mike Schauer
  • Wade Schultz
  • Tifanie Shimanski
  • Matt Tonn
  • Maurice Tonn
  • Jeff Schrupp*

(*Indicates new probationary members)

The department also has auxiliary members, who need to be employed in the city of Lester Prairie and be active members of another qualified fire department.

Currently, these are Dan Ruschmeier of the New Germany Fire Department and Dan Kroells of the Green Isle Fire Department.

Lester Prairie’s fire department is always accepting applications for new membership. People age 18 and older who are in good physical condition are eligible to apply. There is no maximum age limit, but firefighters have to pass a physician’s exam to ensure they are in good health. For more information or to request an application, email lpfd630@embarqmail.com or contact any fire department member.