Fire Department

Brainerd Fire Department offers a wide range of services to provide for a safe community. We are committed to providing high quality service to the residents of Brainerd and Baxter, and the residents of six townships; Crow Wing, Long Lake, Oak Lawn, Nokay Lake, St. Mathias and Unorganized/1st Assessment.

Learn the Sounds of
Fire Safety! 

Fire Department Open House
Thursday, October 7
5 to 7 pm
23 Laurel Street

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Fire Chief Holmes is responsible for the operation of the department and provides leadership to staff. Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal Cox provides fire code enforcement. An Administrative Specialist provides records and office support to the Fire Chief.

Two Battalion Chiefs and five Captains are amongst the ranks of 37 firefighters serving the Brainerd Fire Department. Firefighters respond to an average of 500 calls per year and serve 35,000 residents in our coverage area of nearly 300 square miles. Our firefighters train over 3,700 hours a year and we reach over 15,000 children and adults annually with public education.

2020 Firefighter of the Year

Jeff Schellin was chosen as the 2020 Brainerd Fire Department Firefighter of the Year. Jeff has been a Paid on Call Member since 2001. Jeff has been a Captain and was recently promoted to Battalion Chief with the department.  Jeff displays hard work along with a steady calmness, and is highly respected by the department.  Jeff was also chosen as Firefighter of the Year in 2010. 

2020 Firefighter of the Year Schellin