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Fire calls make history

Cloquet Area Fire District has busiest year yet, plans to restructure


January 10, 2020

The year 2019 was a busy one for the Cloquet Area Fire District and 2020 is unlikely to get any slower.

Crews surpassed the now 10-year-old district’s historic high run total of 2,985 incidents in 2016 on Dec. 9 … with almost three weeks left to go in the year.

“We’re not getting slower, but we are getting busier,” said CAFD Chief Kevin Schroeder, explaining that about 85.5 percent of its calls are ambulance, while 17.5 are fire calls.

Schroeder said the pace is so great that the fire district is planning to change its structure by dividing into a west and east side, following t...

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