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.
 Brainerd Fire Department celebrated 150 years in 2022 and is proud of its history.

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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 38 Paid on-Call Firefighters serving the Brainerd Fire Department. Firefighters respond to an average of 600 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.

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2022 Firefighter of the Year

Captain Rahn Findlay was chosen as the 2022 Brainerd Fire Department Firefighter of the Year. Rahn has been a Paid on Call Firefighter since 2013 and has been a Captain since 2019. Rahn is dedicated to serving the Fire Department and the community, and is a respected leader within the department.

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