Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Services Joint Powers Board

Board members of the Northfield Area Fire and Rescue standing in front of fire truck

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


NameArea representingPositionTerm Expiration
Steve BolducNorthfieldMemberDecember 31, 2023
Glen CastoreRural Fire DistrictMemberDecember 31, 2024
Todd EdwardsonNorthfieldMemberDecember 31, 2022
Elisabeth HaaseNorthfieldMemberDecember 31, 2024
Paul LiebensteinRural Fire DistrictChairDecember 31, 2023
Brad NessNorthfieldVice-ChairDecember 31, 2022
Jami ReisterNorthfieldMemberDecember 31, 2023
Glenn SwitzerDundasMemberDecember 31, 2023

Ex-officio (non-voting) members

Jerry AndersonRural Fire District Administrator
Brian EdwardsNorthfield EMS
Mark Elliott
Northfield Police Chief
Tom NelsonInterim Northfield Fire Chief
Ben MartigNorthfield City Administrator
Jenelle TeppenDundas City Administrator

More information

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

Joint Powers Agreement

2020 accomplishments

  • Responded to 323 fire calls
  • Responded to 270 rescue calls
  • Received a new 2020 Gladiator Rescue Truck 8120 to replace the existing 1999 Rescue Truck.  The entire truck was purchased with a Community Fundraising program.
  • Received a new 2020 GMC Grass Rig truck 8113 replacing the 2011 Grass Rig.
  • Had two members retire from the Department during the year.
  • Taught fire prevention at the local elementary schools via a distributed video due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Participated in a limited number of community events due to the COVID- 19 Pandemic.  Events participated in include:
    • CAC Food Drive
    • Christmas Sharing


  1. You can apply to more than one board, commission or task force.

    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