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.

Elbow Lake Training

The recently LVFB, along with Cook EMS and St. Louis County Dispatch, took part in a day of inter-agency training at Elbow Lake. Training included three scenarios throughout the lake and surrounding area, including a heart event, an unmanned boat circling a dummy, and a broken femur a mile into the woods. Event participants trained…

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Holiday Inn Fire Simulation

The Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade recently responded to an unusual request for the use of our airboat, which is typically not used during the summer months. The request came from Chief Allen Lewis of the Virginia Fire Department, who was conducting a fire-simulation training event at the vacant Holiday Inn in Eveleth. The event required…

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Inter-Agency Coordination

Virginia Fire Chief Allen Lewis recently met with Cook VFD Chief Arnie Johnson and Don and Laurie Potter from the Brigade to discuss future coordination between the agencies.

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