Lake County Ambulance Service (LCAS) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides Part Time Advanced Life Support Ambulance service in Lake, Cook, and St. Louis counties in Minnesota along the north shore of Lake Superior. Communities served include: Beaver Bay, Brimson, Finland, Isabella, Knife River, Silver Bay, and Two Harbors. The Primary Service Area covered is 1,535 sq. miles with an approximate permanent resident population of 11,200. Most of the service area is very rural with the largest city having a population of 3,735 residents. The service area's population increases greatly with heavy tourism which is very prominent in the summer and fall seasons.
Currently, LCAS staffs two stations with the base of operations in the city of Two Harbors with one substation in Silver Bay. One ambulance is staffed at both locations 24 hours a day. With increasing demands and scheduling changes an additional ALS rapid response vehicle is now being staffed in Two Harbors. Currently, LCAS has 40 employees total with a mixture of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. This is includes 3 paid management and education staff and fulltime / part-time EMTs and Paramedics. A Board of Directors, with a total of 8 members, and the Medical Director oversees the services operations. Historically, the amount of calls for service has been increasing steadily over the years. In 2014 LCAS responded to a total of 1350 calls for service.