Day-Use Sites on Lake Vermilion

The Vermilion Lake Association, US Forest Service, and the Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade joined forces to improve day-use sites on US Forest Service land.  The three agencies have been working together for years to keep these heavily used sites safe and in good condition.    

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ARMER Radio Training for LVFB Volunteers

ARMER, or Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response, is the primary, state-wide communication system for public safety agencies in Minnesota. Over 91,000 ARMER radios are registered in the state! LVFB volunteers met this week for continuing training with the system.

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LVFB Trains with Multiple Local Agencies

The Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade was on hand to assist local fire and rescue agencies in retrieving a snowmobile that had broken through the ice in Oak Narrows in February. Our volunteers practiced using the underwater camera, working with a diver, and maintaining a position in a strong wind.

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Joint Exercise on Drowning

The focus of this exercise was training in search and rescue for a drowning victim.  The operators practiced using the heat-sensing capabilities of the FLIR, as well as retrieving a boarded victim via the landing craft door on Brigade I.

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Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade Hall Grand Opening

Thank you to everyone who came out to help us celebrate the opening of the new Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade Hall! There was a bouncy house and cookie-frosting station for the kids, live and silent auctions for the adults, and a complimentary pulled pork dinner for everyone!  LVFB Hall will house the Brigade’s equipment and…

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26th Annual Lake Vermilion Classic and Antique Boat Show

We were excited to participate in the Classic and Antique Boat Show again this year! It was a great chance for our friends and neighbors to come on board our fire boats Brigade I and Brigade III and learn about our equipment. We’d like to thank the BSLOL Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat…

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Night Training

Our volunteer boat operators had night training this week. Lake Vermilion has hundreds of islands and bays, making nighttime navigation tricky. Our boat is equipped with radar, which allows us to safely respond to emergencies after dark.

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Let’s Take a Kid Fishing

Brigade volunteers had a great time taking part in Let’s Take a Kid Fishing on Lake Vermilion and Let’s Take a Vet Fishing! We’re already looking forward to doing it again next year!

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Foam Training

The Fire Brigade has been training with this structure-covering foam that’s used to protect buildings neighboring a fire. It prevents the spread of fire to nearby structures by allowing them to absorb water more easily.

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Foss Lake Fire

The Fire Brigade was dispatched to the Foss Lake fire to transport firefighters and their equipment. For three days, LVFB volunteers worked, ate, and slept on Brigade 1.

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