The Gunflint Trail is a 58-mile paved road originating in Grand Marais, Minnesota and ending at Gull Lake at the Canadian border. It is the only road access to this major outdoor year-round wilderness recreation area and has been designated as a National Scenic Byway. The Fire District includes over 700 private and commercial property parcels and is surrounded by the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Superior National Forest. The main economic activity in this area is the resort and outfitting business, which attracts many overnight tourists throughout the year. Since 1992, the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department has been responding to structure and wildland fires, medical emergencies, and search and rescue.
The Gunflint Trail Fire Department consists of 35 members, all volunteers, on-call 24/7. Because the GTVFD is the only emergency services department for some distance, our remote area is fortunate to have well-trained firefighters, EMR and EMT personnel. It was through donations that we were able to purchase a new ambulance last fall. We are a strong community.
Our mission: working both independently and in cooperation with other agencies, to provide fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical services, search and rescue, and disaster response in the Gunflint Trail area of Cook County, Minnesota.
A large percentage of our donations come from summer in-person fundraisers organized by our local community. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these annual fundraisers may be impacted. So, we are looking forward and hoping you might choose to support us by making a contribution. Your donation will help fund training for our firefighters, EMT and EMR personnel, maintain and purchase medical and fire fighting equipment and much more.
Donations big or small are appreciated. If you prefer, mail a check to :
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