Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Services

The Northfield City Council approved a Joint Powers Agreement for fire protection and rescue services at their April 1, 2014 City Council meeting. The agreement establishes a joint fire department that will be called the Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Service (NAFRS). Additional information can be found on the NAFRS website.

The NAFRS will be governed by an eight member board consisting of:

  • Five Board members appointed by the Northfield City Council
  • Two Board members appointed by Rural Fire
  • One Board member appointed by the Dundas City Council


Board members will be appointed for three-year terms, with initial appointees serving staggered terms. Northfield’s representatives will serve as follows:

  • One board member serving a one-year term
  • Two members serving two-year terms
  • Two members serving three-year terms


Term Expiration
Todd Edwardson Member 12/31/2022
Brad Ness Member 12/31/2022
Lee Runzheimer Member 12/31/2020
Bron Scherer Member  12/31/2020
Elisabeth Haase Chair  12/31/2021

Additional details, including powers and duties of the Board, can be found in the Joint Powers Agreement.

Joint Powers Agreement

2019 accomplishments

  • Responded to 314 fire calls
  • Responded to 284 rescue calls
  • Completed a $4.2M, 4,650 sq. ft. building expansion, remodel project, and held a grand opening event
  • Received a new class A pumper fire engine 8115 to replace the 1987 back-up fire engine
  • Hired six new firefighters in August
  • Had four members retire from the Department during the year
  • Taught fire prevention at the local elementary schools, and held an open house during Fire Prevention Week in October
  • Participated in community events:
    • CAC Food Drive
    • Truck and Tractor Night
    • VFW Easter Egg Hunt
    • Night to Unite
    • Christmas Sharing
    • Mock Car Crash at the Northfield High School


  1. Apply for a board, commission, or task force

    Applications are also available at:

    City Hall
    801 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057

    Northfield Public Library
    210 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057