Funding Sources The mayor is charged with presenting the city council with a balanced budget on or before the first day of July each year. The budget establishes the fiscal policy for the City of Sioux Falls. The budget is affected by many factors including community needs, funding mechanisms, and political considerations. The mayor and council strive to achieve Sioux Falls Fire Rescue’s mission at a time when the community’s growth is 3,500 to 4,000 people each year. The department’s budget policy is shaped around the following influences: Providing quality fire apparatus Having well-maintained facilities Maintain staffing to meet department guidelines Maintain minimum staffing levels by filling vacancies with extra duty Emergency services provided seven days a week, 24 hours a day Having well-trained firefighters A commitment to implement technology to aid in meeting our mission A Fire Marshal’s office that provides comprehensive fire prevention services, including fire investigations, business inspections, plans review, and public education The VL Crusinberry Regional Fire Training Center to provide ongoing training for all Sioux Falls Fire Rescue firefighters and other area fire organizations Provide facilities for a backup 911 center The world of firefighting is constantly changing and Sioux Falls Fire Rescue continues to adapt. Without the entire staff of the department this would not be possible. It is because of their dedication that Sioux Falls Fire Rescue has a strong future.
The City of Sioux Falls Topography The City of Sioux Falls covers approximately 75.5 square miles. The terrain is mostly flat to rolling hills with larger hills along the Sioux River and in the eastern part of the city. The area’s vegetation is grass with trees planted throughout the city and wild vegetation along the river, creeks, diversion channels, and railroad tracks. The Sioux River, Skunk Creek, diversion channels, three interstates, and railroad tracks dissect the city. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue also contracts with Wayne Township to provide fire and EMS services. This area is made up of slightly over 22 square miles of rolling hills with larger hills along Skunk Creek. The area’s vegetation consists of cropland, pastures, and wild vegetation. Most of the roads in Wayne Township are built on section lines, which means that each road is one mile apart.