Northern Division: Serving every county in Minnesota and North Dakota
Fargo disaster team discusses an action plan

Disaster Volunteer Team

Whether you want to help sustain local firefighters during a fire response or seek training to serve in a skilled leadership position for retired volunteers, there is a place for you on our team. We welcome adult volunteers of all ages to serve at varying levels – from time commitments of just a few hours each month to being available at a moment’s notice.

Click the links below to learn about becoming a disaster volunteer.

Join the Fargo Team

We need people to join our team who are ready and willing to help at any moment. Team members based in Fargo will respond to local disasters and be eligible to travel with our disaster response team.

To be considered for service, complete the following steps:

  • Complete an application and mail it to: The Salvation Army, Attn: EDS, 304 Roberts St., Fargo, ND 58102
  • Attend the required Introduction to Emergency Disaster Services and Disaster Food Services: Handling and Delivery training courses (view course descriptions)
  • Attend the required Safe from Harm training before working with vulnerable populations
  • Attend additional training courses if needed for your area of specialty

New team members spend the first six months of team participation with a probationary status (status descriptions), while the required training is completed.

Register for Training Courses

We offer disaster volunteer training in Fargo a few times per year. Call 701-232-5565 to find out about upcoming training opportunities.

Disaster volunteer team members in Fargo may attend trainings in other Minnesota and North Dakota cities, when local trainings are not available.

Team Leadership

The Emergency Disaster Services team is overseen by Fargo officer Major Byron Medlock. Our team leads and chiefs are dedicated volunteers who devote their time to our work.

  • Andy Lynch, Team Lead
  • Larry Nelson, Operations Chief
  • Bryan Hagen, Deputy Operations Chief
  • Tom Vesel, Planning Chief
  • Butch Hastad, Logistics Chief

For general questions about serving as a disaster volunteer in Fargo, send an email to Major Jerry O’Neil at Jerry_O’ If you are interested in joining the disaster services team, call Kallie Frost at 701-356-2688.

Disaster Fund

In times of disaster, a monetary gift is the best way to offer comfort to survivors, as it allows us to focus on the most pressing need (give to the disaster fund).