Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department

The Sturgis Department of Fire & Emergency Services consists of the Volunteer Fire Department, which has 49 Volunteer firefighters, 13 city EMS staff and 15 Rural EMS staff. The Department responds to an average of 180 plus fire emergencies and over 1100 EMS calls annually. On average 60% of the fire calls are in the county, yet the department does not receive any funding from Meade County. Currently the department has three structural firefighting engines, five wildland units, two 2500-gallon water tenders, rescue unit, three support units and five ambulances (four in the City and one rural). The department receives a small budget from the City and conducts fundraising annually and sells T-shirts, patches and hats on the web site. Because of fundraising efforts and web site sales the department is able to purchase most of the equipment without tax payer’s dollars. Annually during the world famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the volunteer firefighters are paid to man the station from noon to midnight each day during the peak hours of traffic. Also during the rally the mayor assists with our fundraising efforts by hosting a motorcycle ride to Mt. Rushmore followed by a catered lunch. All funds acquired from the ride after expenses go to the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department. In 2004 the City financed a new 23,000 square foot fire station for the department at 1901 Ballpark Road. We encourage everyone to visit our web site at where you will find more information about the department in addition to department merchandise.