About the Medicine Lake Fire Department
The Medicine Lake Fire Department was established by ordinance in 1950 as a volunteer fire department represented by an appointed Fire Chief and volunteer firemen. This ordinance is currently in effect and is due for revision.
The Fire Station is located adjacent to the City Hall on South Shore Drive. A recent addition to the Fire Station now houses all fire apparatus and equipment in a building that will serve the City for many years into the future.
The Medicine Lake Fire Department provides services to the community for fire, water rescue, hazardous materials, and emergency medical response. In recent years, total calls for the department have a range from 18 to 35 calls per year.
The Department has no full time staff and is one of the only volunteer departments in the area. Other departments in the Metro Area have full time staff or paid on call personnel or a combination thereof. The Fire Department presently has 17 active firefighters with an Officer Corps of Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, Captain, 4 Lieutenants and Fire Marshal. Firefighters are residence of Medicine Lake or former residence. Recruiting volunteer firefighters is becoming more and more difficult.
In-house trainings for Medicine Lake Firefighters are offerred two evenings and one Saturday morning per month with many additional courses available through the Hennepin and Anoka Technical Colleges.
The Department is a member of the North Suburban Mutual Aid Association made up of 28 surrounding fire departments which assist each other on major incidents as requested. The ISO Rating for insurance purposes was Class 9 for many years in Medicine Lake. With the improvements in the fire department of trucks, equipment, and firefighter training in early 1990's the rating was improved to Class 7.
In 1986 the Medicine Lake City Council approved the formation of the 'Medicine Lake Firefighters Relief Association'. This Relief Association allows the firefighters to establish a retirement or pension program with some funding from the State Aid monies available through homeowners insurance premiums. The Firefighters now have a pension fund with vesting at 5 years of service and full funding at 20 years available to them after 50 years of age. Also, in the same year, the Council approved the Relief Associations formation of a Charitable Gambling organization which has ceased operations with the close of the Country House Restaurant on South Shore Drive. The Charitable Gambling funds have been distributed within the City to Youth organizations, parks, roads, fire trucks, fire and rescue equipment, City Hall improvements to name a few as well as outside the City to Teen Missions, Fire Arson Investigators, Youth Baseball, Multiple Sclerosis, and many, many other organizations.
City of Medicine Lake, MN
10609 South Shore Drive
Medicine Lake, MN 55441
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About Medicine Lake
The City of Medicine Lake is nestled in the western suburbs on the large peninsula within Medicine Lake, the second largest lake in the Twin Cities. Just miles from downtown Minneapolis, our community enjoys the benefits of a small town as well as the luxuries of being surrounded by other booming communities.
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