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Sheriff's Dept.        Fire Dept.         Ambulance Dept.

Sheriff's Department

Phone Number: 253-2996

Emergency: 911

"The mission of the Red Lake County Sheriff's Office is to focus all available resources towards the preservation of life, the protection of property and maintaining of the peace."

Mitch Bernstein, Sheriff

The Office of the Sheriff performs and/or participates in the following functions and activities:
  • Execution of all civil process
  • Arrest warrants
  • Criminal investigations
  • Vehicle accident assistance / investigations
  • Patrol
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Answering calls for service
  • Contract policing services
  • Public education for citizens
  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness Classes for children
  • Bailiff duties
  • Prisoner transports
  • Emergency 911
  • Dispatching services for all emergency services in Red Lake County
  • Child Protection Team
  • Diversionary Program For First Time Offenders
  • Participation in the NW Drug Task Force
  • The Sheriff is also Director of Emergency Services for Red Lake County
  • Firearms safety classes
  • Snowmobile safety classes
  • Red Lake County has:
    • Approximately 430 square miles in size
    • 4 cities
    • County population of approximately 4,500 people
    • 3 state roads, Highway  #92, #32 and  #59
    • Portion of US Highway # 2

Red Lake Falls Fire Department

(pictures drawn by Dr. Owen Nelson)

The Red Lake Falls Fire Department has 25 volunteer firemen.  They meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month and have drills the last Wednesday of the month.


Luther Newton is the Red Lake Falls Fire Chief. Assistant Fire Chiefs are Brian Keller, Joel Schultz, and Darrel Wiskow. 


Red Lake Falls Fire Dept. Volunteer Members


Luther Newton

Brian Keller

Joel Schultz

Darrell Wiskow

Chad Schmitz

Roger Cardinal

Paul Knott

Mark Gervais

Wade Cardinal

Steve Conley

Brad Johnson

Karl Kleven

Scott Larson




Andy Moran

Darcy Cardinal

Matt Waldal

Jeremey Breiland

Shad Cooper

Dave Hofstad

Brett Knott

Aaron Gagner

Trevor Page

Sam Pahlen

Tyler Johnson

Jordon Gervais


Red Lake Falls Volunteer Ambulance Service

Wayne Violette, President



Roger Cardinal

Shad Cooper - Maintenance/Director

Julie Dulka

Howard Goethe

Theresa Hagl

Sheri Lallier

Angela Swanson

Tandra Landman - Treasurer

Stacy Leonard - Director

Dianna Nelson

Brandy Paulson

Mindy Piersol - Vice-President

Karen Rock - Director

Kahl Skoglund

John Thibert - Supply/Restock

Steve Thibert

Terry Vant Hof

Wayne Violette - President


Eric Kanten M.D. - Medical Director

Owen T. Nelson - Medical Adviser 

The Red Lake Falls Volunteer Ambulance Service is staffed by volunteer EMTís 24 hourís per day, 365 days a year.  They are a Basic Life Support (BLS) Ambulance Service serving the Western part of Red Lake County (West of State Highway 59).  The ambulance service  averages approximately 150-175 calls per year, running the range from minor medical assists to major trauma.

The Red Lake Falls Volunteer Ambulance Service has variances for a semi-automatic defibrillator and the use of 4 relatively new BLS drugs:

Ł      Epi-Pen: for use with allergic reactions

Ł      Glucose shot: for use with diabetic patients

Ł      Albuterol treatment: for asthma/breathing difficulty 4

Ł      Nitroglycerin spray: for patients experiencing chest pain


The Red Lake Falls Volunteer Ambulance Service also has 2 Road Rescue E-350 Pro-medic (Type III) Ambulances; (1998 and 1992 models. 

The Red Lake Falls Volunteer Ambulance Service is always looking for new victims (new EMTísJ) to add to their roster!  Please watch this site or contact Wayne for more information at 218-684-4823on taking a future EMT class or joining the service with a current MN State EMT certification!