I’m going by memory from the 80s, but I will try and shed some light on what has happened with the Brainerd Fire Department and rural areas surrounding Brainerd.
I was on the East Gull Lake City Council and representing EGL on Rural Fire Board, serving as chairman. The rural area had a separate fire department, we kept our trucks and equipment in Brainerd fire hall. We used the same fire fighters as Brainerd paying them on a per call bases. Under our agreement with Brainerd all of the rural trucks and equipment were available for use by Brainerd as needed. That was not good enough for Brainerd and on a short notice they told the Rural Association they no longer could keep our equipment at city fire hall. We tried to start a separate rural fire department, but on short time frame we were not able to put it together.
Brainerd would not work with Rural Association forcing them to disband and pay for service from city of Brainerd.
East Gull Lake