Departments Public Safety Fire Safety Tips



1. Can I have a backyard fire pit?

Yes. All recreational fires must follow City of Jamestown Ordinance #1304. While using recreational fires, if the smoke or odor emission becomes offensive or objectionable, you will be required to extinguish the fire.

2. Where should I place smoke detectors in my home and how should they be maintained?

At a minimum, you need to place a smoke detector in each bedroom and hallway outside the sleeping area. In addition, a detector is required on each level of your home. It is recommended that you change your batteries in your smoke detectors when you change your clocks - twice a year. You should check your detectors with the test button each month to make sure they alarm properly. It is recommended that your smoke detectors be replaced every ten years or sooner if they quit working. The materials used in making the detector lose their effectiveness over time causing the detector to eventually fail.

3. Do I need a carbon monoxide detector and what are the symptoms of CO poisoning?

We recommend that if you use natural gas or propane in your home that you install a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon Monoxide is an invisible, colorless, tasteless gas that kills and injures thousands each year.
The symptoms can vary from person to person and depend on how much you were exposed to. Mild exposures can cause slight headaches, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, or flu-like symptoms. More severe exposures can cause severe throbbing headaches, drowsiness, confusion, and fast heart rate. Extreme exposures can cause unconsciousness, convulsions and death.

4. Do you trade patches?

No, shoulder patches are no longer available from our department.

5. Can I burn in city limits or outside city limits?

There is no burning in city limits. Debris and large trees and branches must be hauled out to the landfill or other dumping area. Burning outside the city limits must be directed to the Jamestown Rural Fire Department at (701) 252-5741 and the State Health Department at (701) 328-5188.

6. How do I implement an exit drill?

Exit drills from the home are one of the most important things you can teach your children to do in the event your smoke or carbon monoxide detector alarms. Plan at least two ways out of your home, including windows, then practice it. If you have a window high above the ground, purchase a window ladder for that room. Plan for everyone to meet in one spot to make sure everyone is out. Never go back into the house if there is a fire. If you can’t get out, close the door and seal the bottom with a towel or sheet. Open the window and hang something out to let the firefighters know you are inside the room. Never hide and stay low to the floor.

7. What kind of fire extinguisher should I have for my home?

We recommend that you have at least a 1A10-BC extinguisher in your home. It should be mounted close to an exit out of your home between four inches and five feet off the floor. Be sure to read the directions on how to use the extinguisher and ask if you have any questions on its operation. Never try to fight the fire by yourself. Call 911 first and get out of the house if you think the fire is too large for you to extinguish.

8. What is the City of Jamestown's Fire Protection Rating (ISO Public Protection Classification)?

Within the incorporated limits of the City of Jamestown, the ISO Public Protection Classification is 4.
The rating scale is 1-10, with a rating of 1 being the best achievable rating. The rating is based on the capability of the community's fire department equipment, training, and staffing, as well as its water supply infrastructure and 911 operations. The rating is one factor many insurance companies use to determine property insurance premium rates.

9. Does the Fire Department give tours?

Yes, the Fire Department gives tours. The best time is Monday – Friday, we ask that you call ahead of time to make sure we will be available. The tour takes about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the child's age group. Night tours are also available if time permits.
We will talk to children and adults regarding any type of fire safety, teach "Stop, Drop and Roll", show what a firefighter looks like in full bunker gear, and show the trucks.

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209 2nd Ave NW
Jamestown, ND 58401

Phone: (701) 252-1441
Fax: (701) 252-4786

The main station is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Fire Chief - Jim Reuther
Training Officer - Sheldon Mohr
Inspections - Thomas Steckler