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Fire Department

fire-dept1-225x300As a modern fire department, Cokato Fire & Rescue responds to a lot more than just fires.  The range of calls in 2020 included car crashes,  fires, gas leaks, and many other emergencies.  The department’s response area includes Stockholm Township, Cokato Township, the City of Cokato, and half of French Lake Township.

Years ago, the story was different. In the 1800s, the Cokato Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department was first organized after a terrible fire burned downtown Cokato in July 1883.  From there, firefighters purchased their first fire engine in 1888 and built a wooden water tower soon after, so they would have plenty of water to fight future fires.

The Cokato Fire Department formally organized in 1896, well over 100 years ago. They’ve fought numerous fires since then, including a fire at Cokato High School in 1917, garage fire in 1919 that destroyed 15 motor vehicles, and another downtown fire that burned First National Bank, a drug store, and a doctor’s office.  There were even three mystery fires in Cokato schools in December of 1937 and the Cokato Hotel burned down in 1977.

2021 List of Officers
Fire Chief: Hutch Erickson
Assistant Chief: Jim Martinson Jr.
Captain: James Babb
Secretary/Treasurer: Ben Aho
1st Lieutenant: Ricky Larios
2nd Lieutenant: Jarod Sebring
Safety Officer: Scott Meyers

The Cokato Fire Department currently has 29 active members.  
Public Safety Building
745 7th St SE
Cokato MN 55321
Phone: 320-559-0257
E-mail: cokatofire@cokato.mn.us