Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade: Dedicated to Fire, Search & Rescue and Medical Support

The Brigade is dedicated to fire, search and rescue and emergency medical situations. It is operated by volunteers and managed under the governance of a Board of Directors who are made up of residents from the Lake Vermilion and Cook area.

It is supported by personnel from the Cook Volunteer Fire Department, Cook Area Ambulance Service, Beatty Township, U.S. Forest Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department, Lake Vermilion Resort Association, and Lake Vermilion Sportsman’s Club. Individuals from these agencies and organizations serve as advisors.

Monthly Training

Volunteers with the Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade participate in monthly training to better prepare us to respond to fire, medical, and search-and-rescue emergencies in our community. This month’s training focused on cold-water rescue and was led by Jon Olson from MN North College. In recent months, the Brigade has also trained with Jim Theodore, EMS…

Volunteers posing after completing cold-water rescue training. Read More »
Joint Training with Cook Fire Department

The Cook Fire Department (CFD) and the Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade (LVFB) conducted joint training on Monday, June 21st at Pederson’s Landing. The agencies practiced feeding lake water through the Brigade’s fire boat to CFD’s 700-gallon fire engine. This procedure provides an endless supply of water for a structure or wild fire on the lake….

Cook Fire department truck shooting water that creates a rainbow Read More »
The Day I Helped Save a Tree

The Day I Helped Save a Tree Well, maybe more than one tree. And probably helped prevent future wildfire and helped prepare a chunk of forest for new growth of trees that could be around for a century or more. For you see I was fortunate to play a small role in a US Forest…

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