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Disaster Assistance approved for McKenzie County

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Categories: Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – FEMA has approved disaster assistance for McKenzie County.  The county was added to the disaster declaration approved by President Biden on Sept. 1 making aid available to eight counties for severe storms and flooding occurring from June 7-11, 2021.


North Dakota Firefighters return from Hurricane Ida support mission

Monday, September 20, 2021

Categories: Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – A group of 15 firefighters from the Williston, Williston Rural, Bismarck Rural and Dickinson Fire Departments returned today after two weeks supporting Hurricane Ida recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast. Gov. Doug Burgum this month approved an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) request from the state of Louisiana, allowing North Dakota’s firefighters to assist with structural fire suppression missions there.


President approves Burgum’s request for major disaster declaration for June storm damage

Thursday, September 2, 2021

BISMARCK, N.D. – President Joe Biden has approved Gov. Doug Burgum’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration for a series of storms in early June that caused overland flooding and produced damaging winds and hail, resulting in more than $2.3 million in damage to roads and other infrastructure. 


North Dakotans can help prevent wildfires, keep beaches clean during Labor Day weekend

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Categories: Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – As families prepare to enjoy North Dakota’s outdoor destinations over the Labor Day weekend, residents and visitors are encouraged to recreate responsibly by practicing fire safety. While recent moisture has provided some relief from fire starts over the past few weeks, dry conditions still persist in many areas of the state with 100 percent of North Dakota experiencing severe drought conditions.


North Dakota firefighters to help with Hurricane Ida recovery efforts in Louisiana

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Categories: Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – A group of North Dakota firefighters will be traveling to Louisiana this week to assist with recovery efforts from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Ida. Gov. Doug Burgum has approved an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), allowing a 6-person team from the Bismarck Rural and Williston Fire Departments to deploy equipment and personnel for operations along the Gulf Coast.


N.D. Forest Service, N.D. Department of Emergency Services establish wildland fire task force to bolster firefighting resources

Thursday, July 29, 2021

BISMARCK, N.D. – As hot weather and dry conditions have provided ample fuels for an active wildfire season, the North Dakota Forest Service and North Dakota Department of Emergency Services recently initiated a program to augment the state’s firefighting capabilities and resources.


Wildfires burn more than 100,000 acres across North Dakota so far in 2021

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

According to data collected by the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services and North Dakota Forest Service, nearly 1,400 fires have scorched more than 100,000 acres across the state since January 2021.


Hanson completes master’s program at Naval Postgraduate School

Monday, April 12, 2021

Categories: Press Release

BISMARCK, N.D. – After working together with Homeland Security officials from across the nation over the last 18 months, Darin Hanson, of Mandan, North Dakota, in January earned his master’s degree in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS). Hanson serves as the Critical Infrastructure and Program and security manager for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES).


Burgum places ND National Guard on standby for wildfire response as drought conditions worsen

Friday, April 2, 2021

As extreme drought conditions continue to spread across North Dakota, Gov. Doug Burgum today placed the North Dakota National Guard on standby to provide help if additional resources are needed to respond to a growing number of wildfires.


Burgum declares statewide fire emergency; National Guard helicopters deployed to help fight Billings County blaze

Friday, April 2, 2021

Gov. Doug Burgum today declared a statewide wildfire emergency, enabling the North Dakota National Guard to deploy two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to help fight a Billings County wildfire that has prompted the evacuation of the city of Medora.