Welcome to the
St. Anthony Village (MN) Fire Department Historical Website
The St. Anthony Village Fire Department was formed in 1956 and was a volunteer fire department. In 1969 The volunteers were fired after a bitter battle with the city council and replaced (for a short time) by the Minneapolis Fire Department. During a fire at the Diamond Eight Apartments resulting in a terrible response time arriving on the scene, the Minneapolis Fire Department was then replaced by a new fulltime St. Anthony Fire Department. Within a year or two, it was decided by the city council that the village needed more then just fulltime firefighters and asked the former volunteers to comeback to form a combination (part fulltime and part volunteer) fire department. At the time, this introduced combination fire department was something very new in the state of Minnesota. In addition to the combination system, the St. Anthony Village Public Works personnel became part time fire fighters during their normal 7AM to 3:30PM workshift. This was done to suppliment the lack of available volunteer firemen available in the monday thru friday day time hours. Once again, this was something unheard of during the early years in the fire service, but it worked great for the village!
*Update*: New Documents have been added. These include - Volunteer fire department 1956 By-Laws, 1962 Budget, and a North Memorial Hospital Letter document. Please keep in mind while reading that these are very old documents and the paper is starting to decompose. Scroll downward on webpage to view.
Below you will see some pictures and written material collected from
1956 to the present.
This is a work in progress. If you have any additional information or photographs, please do send us some email so this website may continue to share history and knowledge.