Serving Duluth Township, Alden Township and Surrounding Mutual Aid Areas
Clifton Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) was founded in 1947. The Name “Clifton” was adopted to avoid confusion with the nearby Duluth Fire Department. Historically, the Clifton family called the general area “Clifton” in honor of their ancestral town in England. The first fire hall was located near what is now the McQuade Safe Harbor on Scenic Highway 61. What is now Hall #2 came next in 1985. Then a new Hall #1 was built in 1994 and is now our main fire hall.
- CVFD is currently a 21-member department (25 max) that includes Emergency Medical Responders (EMR) and Firefighters (FF), as well as 2 members who are vehicle/equipment specialists who help maintain our fleet.
- Firefighters receive 146 hrs. of initial training and additional training throughout the year.
- EMR initial training is 48 hrs. with 16 hrs. of refresher training every 2 years.
- Our department also has monthly training for both FF and EMR.
CVFD covers a 90 square mile response area and also provides and receives mutual aid with neighboring departments. We have two fire halls in our township and also maintain an engine at the fire hall in Alden township which contracts fire suppression service from Clifton. Our fleet consists of 3 engines, 2 tenders, 1 rescue rig, and 1 brush truck.
In 2016, we responded to 105 emergency calls!
- We received grant funding for training from Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education that provided $200 per firefighter last year.
- We used a DNR matching grant for $4k (we contributed $2k) for wildland and structural personal protective gear (PPE).
- We just received a FIREWISE grant from the DNR that will help our department and the community to reduce the risk of wildfires. The combination of spruce budworm damage to trees and the blow-downs last summer have increased our fire risk considerably. Some things included in the grant are: provision of updated fire signs, free brush chipping at a central location following clearing hazards around homes, and training in how to create safer landscapes around structures.
- We are working with the Red Cross to provide FREE smoke detectors to residents who need them and our fire department does the installation for you.
- We have applied for and received FEMA grants in the past and will be applying for future grants as well. These grants are typically for large expenditures, such as vehicles. They do not fund facility construction.
- We visit the NSCS every fall for fire safety lessons with the kindergarten classes
- The FIREWISE grant includes public education about how to make your property safer from wildfires
- The Red Cross smoke alarm installation includes an educational component about home fire safety
On request, we will arrange to visit a property to view areas pertinent to our emergency response and to give suggestions for improvements.
Key lock boxes can be purchased ($40) and will be installed by the department to facilitate access for emergencies if the resident is unable to come to the entrance.
- Pension plan administered by the state
- Annual appreciation dinner (paid with non-levied funds)
- All training and protective gear provided
- All non-protective clothing with fire department logo is paid for with non-levied funds.
The Fire Department has a business meeting at 7 pm on the first Tuesday of each month and a training meeting at 6 pm on the third Wednesday of each month at Hall 1. From time to time there are special training sessions such as training burns.
- Open to any resident that would like to help out.
- We sponsor two FUNDRAISERS
- The annual harvest dinner is the second Saturday in October.
- The Fire Department calendar is produced yearly with advertising subscriptions from local businesses
6092 Homestead Rd
(By our Town Hall)