About The Drummond Fire Department
Currently there are 20 active members on the Drummond Volunteer Fire Department. The members meet the first and third Wednesday of the month at the fire hall. The first Wednesday is usually a business meeting with supper planned and cooked by one or more members. The third Wednesday is normally a drill night which means practice, speaker, demonstration, clean up, test equipment, etc. Most meetings begin at 6:30 pm and the food at the business meeting is greatly appreciated as many members come directly from work and have not stopped to eat supper.
The Rescue vehicle contains the "jaws of life" which may be required to extricate people from a vehicle when an accident has occurred. Drummond has the only "jaws" in Southern Bayfield County and is called to assist at accident scenes by other fire departments. Among other uses, this equipment can be used to cut thru steel or pry pieces of steel apart.
A fourth vehicle, a "Brush Truck", was purchased in the fall of 2008 to be used when fighting grass fires, brush fires and any other fires where a smaller truck with a water tank on the back is needed to get to a hard to reach area. The truck is a used 4x4 four door pick up that has been outfitted with equipment needed to assist in fighting fires as mentioned. The truck was purchased with funds raised with the 2008 annual mail out and picnic.
Mutual aid is provided to and from the Drummond Fire Department as requested by the fire departments of Cable, Namekagon, Barnes, Grand View and Mason. Since many members of all fire departments work a considerable distance from their home location during the day, another department may be called upon to respond with personnel and/or equipment. Mutual aid may also be requested in the case of a large structure fire, grass fire or forest fire. In some cases the DNR office in Barnes and the US Forestry may request aid from one or several of the fire departments when a fire is in, or threatens, the forest. Also, mutual aid is provided when an emergency occurs like the storm that went thru the area in 1999 and the fire department personnel were out clearing trees from buildings and roads.
On October 2, 1943 a group of businessmen and property holders met in the Drummond Civic Center to discuss forming a fire department in Drummond. The objective was to form a department with equipment and trained volunteers to protect the community from fire. The first fire fighting apparatus made available and accepted by the department was a two-wheeled cart with two forty-gallon soda-acid tanks mounted on it. A detailed account of the history of the Drummond Volunteer Fire Department can be found in the book, "Drummond Centennial 1882-1982" which is sold at the Drummond Historical Museum and also available at the Drummond Public Library.