Mutual Aid is an agreement between participating municipalities in the Rainy River District that have established a fire department by-law. The Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service is a member of the Rainy River District Mutual Fire system. This system is intended to provide fire protection services efficiently, effectively, and safely through a co-operative and flexible approach.
The mutual aid plan improves the level of public safety for the residents of the Rainy River District. Eleven municipal fire departments, two First Nation fire departments and 2 northern fire departments presently make up the Rainy River District Mutual Aid System. There are presently three heavy rescue vehicles equipped with the "jaws of life" that service the Rainy River District.
They are strategically located in Rainy River, Fort Frances and Atikokan. In addition to the mutual aid agreement between the aforementioned services, there is further in place reciprocal fire agreements with International Falls and Baudette, Minnesota, to assist Fort Frances and Rainy River. The Rainy River District Mutual Aid Association promotes fire safety throughout the Rainy River District.