A tight-knit community of young families, Eitzen is perched right on the border of Minnesota and Iowa, surrounded by the rolling fields of family farms. Home to the annual Eitzen Family Fun Fest on July 4th, Eitzen celebrates a rich history of agriculture, baseball, and family-run businesses.

Eitzen Fire Department

The volunteer Eitzen Fire Department has been protecting Eitzen and the surrounding community since it was first organized in 1908. 

Eitzen Fire Co. building, 1912

Back row, L-R: Tim Paus, Paul Deters, Nick Schwartzhoff, Keith Meyer, Doug Meyer, Josh Meyer, Jeff Merzenich, Mitch Lange, Rob Stokman, Matt Sauer, Darryl Meyer. Middle row, L-R: Karissa Meyer, Chad Myhre, James Tewes, Seth Bulman, Shane Halverson, Gary Burrichter, Ronnie Staggemeyer, Derek Adamson, Rob Burrichter, Ben Reburn. Front row, L-R: Jake Halverson, Ryan Gossman, Cody Schuttemeier, Noah Snell. Not pictured: Matt Schwartzhoff and Tim Welscher.


Eitzen Fire Department 2019

(Name)  /  (Years of Service)
 
Keith Meyer  /  39 years
Doug Meyer (Chief)  /  35 years
Paul Deters  /  23 years
Tim Paus  /  22 years
Jeff Merzenich (2nd Assistant Chief)  /  22 years
Nick Schwartzhoff  /  19 years
Chad Myhre (Secretary)  /  16 years
Darryl Meyer  /  15 years
Josh Meyer (1st Assistant Chief)  /  15 years
Shane Halverson  /  13 years
Rob Burrichter  /  13 years
Ronnie Staggemeyer  /  13 years
Gary Burrichter  /  12 years
Matt Sauer  /  12 years
Rob Stokman  /  12 years
Derek Adamson  /  11 years
Ryan Gossman (Training Officer)  /  5 years
Cody Schuttemeier  /  5 years
Seth Bulman  /  5 years
Karissa Meyer (Training Officer)  /  5 years
Mitch Lange (Treasurer)  /  4 years
Jacob Halverson  /  1 year
Ben Reburn  /  1 year
Matt Schwartzhoff  /  1 year
James Tewes  /  1 year
Noah Snell  /  1 year
Tim Welscher  /  1 year

A Quick History

  • The fire department is organized on July 6th, 1908. The officers elected are: H. H. Fruechte, President; August Wiemerslage, Vice-President; F. H. Deters, Secretary; F. F. Deters, Treasurer; and Henry Staggemeyer, August Guhl, L. H. Deters, Directors.

  • 1928: Louis Meyer hitches the Eitzen fire engine to his new four cylinder Chevrolet truck and tows the machine to the L.H. Kruse farm fire, ending the horse-drawn era.

  • 1946: A Ford V-8 fire truck is purchased by the Eitzen Fire Company, and a new fire station is built.

  • 1963: The fire department builds a new fire station.

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