Left to right: Fire Chief James Larsen, Assistant Fire Chiefs Justin Elvestad, Jeffery Allbee, and James Schmitz.
Fire Chief James L. Larsen
Chief Larsen brings over 35 years of experience in the fire service to the city of Farmington and has served in volunteer, combination and career departments. Growing up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago he began to volunteer at his hometown fire department at the age of 16. By the time he turned 21, Larsen was a career firefighter-paramedic who would rise through the ranks to become a lieutenant, battalion chief, EMS Division Chief, Deputy Chief of Operations and finally as our first full-time fire chief.
Larsen is a graduate of the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy “Executive Fire Officer” program and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Cum Laude) in Fire Service Management from Southern Illinois University and an Associate of Applied Science Degree (High Honors) in Fire Science and Safety from Elgin Community College.
Chief Larsen holds over 20 fire service certifications including Fire Officer III, Firefighter III, Instructor II, Fire Prevention Officer, Incident Safety Officer, Fire Investigator, and Hazardous Materials Technician to name a few. Chief Larsen was a licensed paramedic for 30 years.
Chief Larsen is an Instructor at the National Fire Academy who teaches in the Command and Control Curriculum. In his free time, Chief Larsen volunteers for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) as a Family Escort at the annual NFFF Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland and enjoys being a student of the fire service, boating, snowmobiling, travel, family and golf.
Assistant Fire Chief James M. Schmitz (Fire and EMS Operations)
Assistant Chief James Schmitz has been with the Farmington Fire Department for over 15 years and has risen through the ranks to include positions as firefighter, lieutenant and captain before promotion to the rank of Assistant Chief of Fire and EMS Operations. For many years Schmitz has been involved with training firefighters and oversight of the department training programs. Today, Schmitz collaborates with other area departments to maximize instruction at a local training academy and reduce duplication of effort and cost. In addition, Schmitz is responsible for training documentation and submitting reimbursements for our training to the State of Minnesota.
Assistant Chief Schmitz holds numerous Minnesota State Fire Service certifications including Fire Fighter II, Fire Apparatus Operator III, Fire Instructor I, Fire Officer I and Emergency Medical Responder. Schmitz is a member of the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association and Dakota County Fire Training Group. Schmitz lives with his wife and the family rescue dog, Rosey. He has two children.
Assistant Fire Chief Justin R. Elvestad (Fire Prevention Bureau)
Assistant Chief Justin Elvestad proudly serves the city of Farmington with over 14 years of experience on the Farmington Fire Department. Elvestad grew up in Farmington and has always had a passion for the fire service. Only a few years after high school, Elvestad joined the fire department as a volunteer firefighter in 2002. Elvestad has risen through the ranks of lieutenant, captain, and presently takes on the role of Assistant Fire Chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau.
Elvestad is a member of the Youth Fire Prevention Intervention Team for Dakota County. He is a member of the Fire Marshall Association of Minnesota, and the Minnesota Chapter- International Association of Arson Investigators. Elvestad is involved with the Dakota County Fire Investigators Resource Group.
Along with holding the position of Assistant Chief, Elvestad is a full time Fire Inspector for the city of St. Paul (Department of Safety Inspections). He performs a full range of complaint investigations and inspections associated with commercial, single-family, and multi-unit residential properties. Elvestad ensures residents safety by determining violations and seeks compliance with city codes and state laws.
Assistant Chief Elvestad holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science Technology from Hennepin Technical College. Elvestad is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician. He holds several state certifications, some of which include Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, and Local Hazard Zone Manager.
Assistant Fire Chief Jeffrey A. Allbee (Support Services)
Assistant Chief Allbee has been with the Farmington Fire Department for over 10 years and is responsible for support services. On any given day this can mean coordinating building maintenance issues, producing records and reports for presentations, or ordering equipment and supplies. Over the years Assistant Chief Allbee has risen through the ranks to include firefighter, lieutenant, captain, and assistant chief in 2015. Assistant Chief Allbee was awarded “Firefighter of the Year” in 2012. Among other duties and responsibilities, Assistant Chief Allbee is also President of the Farmington Firefighters Relief Association.
Assistant Chief Allbee is committed to life-long learning and has a host of fire service certifications including Fire Officer I, Emergency Medical Technician, and Fire Investigator to name a few.
Outside of our Fire Department Jeff has a full time Job with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department as a Correctional Officer and is married with two children. When his “spare time” allows Jeff enjoys traveling with his family, poker night with his friends, and relaxing in his backyard oasis with his family.