Our goal is to provide the highest level of protection to the citizens of Cloquet and the surrounding area from fire, sickness, accident and any other hazard man made or natural. Since 1888 the City of Cloquet has been protected by full-time firefighters proudly serving our community 24/7. In 1945 the fire department evolved into a cross-trained fire/emergency response service. Affiliation with the International Association of Fire Fighters was attained in 1946, making our union Local 880.We provide structural fire protection for both the city of Cloquet and the township of Perch Lake, a total of seventy-two square miles. The Cloquet Fire Department's dedication to professional service brought Advanced Life Support Ambulance (Paramedic) service to Carlton County in 1997. The Cloquet Fire Ambulance serves a primary service area of two hundred and seventy-five square miles. Through mutual aid and intercept agreements we also provide access to Advanced Life Support and Critical Care to over two thousand one hundred square miles. In the never-ending quest to fulfill our goals, we have also developed specialty services to better help the communities we serve. Our members may be trained as Tactical Medics, High-Level Rescuers, Dive Rescuers, Water Rescuers, Arson Investigators (with the only Arson Canine in the State of Minnesota). We also provide professional services in fire prevention, as well as Emergency Medical Training, BTLS, CPR, and ACLS. This training is made available to local volunteer fire departments. Along with offering training for their new members in need of firefighting skills. The Cloquet Fire Department has provided on-line medical support for two different Arctic expeditions. We are well aware the service to our community is a dynamic and changing commitment; we have always and will continually strive to provide the best service to those we serve and protect.