Daily Dispatch: Minnesota News
Zumbro Falls mayor says town, department will miss fire chief
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:51:35 -0700
There will be a hole to fill in Zumbro Falls. Fire Chief Dan Preble, 51, died Wednesday. Zumbro Falls Mayor Bruce Heitmann said the news came as a surprise. "We just had an officer's meeting Monday and he was good," Heitmann said. "And he was in Hammond Tuesday, and everything was fine. It's kind of a surprise, a wake-up call.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 1:51:35 PM - SOURCE: Post-Bulletin
North Mankato's Fire Department responds to gas leak
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 11:49:36 -0700
The North Mankato Fire Department confirmed that the work to fix the gas leak on Lookout Drive was completed around 9 p.m. Thursday. Residents who reside near the accident scene may have noticed a strong odor this evening. Fire Chief Rich Inman says that odor, which may have smelled like gasoline to some, was actually a chemical called mercaptan, which is used to aid in the detection of natural gas in the event of a gas leak.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 11:49:36 AM - SOURCE: KEYC-TV Fox 12 Mankato
Duluth Fire Officials Warn of Electrical Fires
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 21:41:53 -0700
Electrical fires are on the minds of firefighters as the temperatures begin to dip and space heaters come out. The Duluth Fire Marshal’s Office says it is critical to plug space heaters directly into outlets and not into old power strips or extension cords which can easily overheat and catch fire. “Look at your space heater and make sure it’s in good condition, inspect your cord and make sure there’s no damage to the cord.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 9:41:53 PM - SOURCE: KQDS-TV Fox 21
Minnesota Supreme Court rules in favor of Firefighters Union in dispute with Brainerd City Hall
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 15:36:58 -0700
The city of Brainerd violated state labor laws by restructuring the paid fire department and dissolving the union, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. City administrators said the move to use part-time firefighters without benefits was made to cut costs and was within the right to “inherent managerial policy” under the state’s Public Employment Labor Relations Act.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 3:36:58 PM - SOURCE: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune - Metered Site
Eden Prairie public safety open house is moving indoors
Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700
The Eden Prairie public safety open house set to be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, will be held indoors with cold and wet weather being predicted. The event is scheduled to be held at Fire Station 1, 14800 Scenic Heights Road. Those attending will get an up-close and personal look at how the fire, parks, police and public works departments serve the community.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hometown Source
‘A lot of history being lost’: Crow Wing County preserves historic fire tower
Wed, 09 Oct 2019 08:50:11 -0700
Keith Simar has made the climb to the Pequot Lakes fire tower many times: Up the steep, winding path to the base of the steel structure rising high above the trees. He started his career here nearly a half century ago, as a forester with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. It was his job to sit up there, a hundred feet above the ground, scanning the horizon for any sign of smoke.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 8:50:11 AM - SOURCE: Minnesota Public Radio
Rochester Fire Department holds fire truck push-in ceremony
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 16:51:46 -0700
The Rochester Fire Department pushed in two new fire trucks today. Each truck holding a special meaning. RFD had replaced two engines that were 22 years old and as part of tradition, the trucks had a push-in ceremony. The cermony is held in remembernce of how horses weren't able to push fire apparatus' in which led to firefighters having to do it by hand.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 4:51:46 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
Duluth Fire Department Talks Kitchen Fire Prevention
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 19:38:48 -0700
As part of fire prevention week here in the Northland, the local Duluth fire department put on a demonstration and gave some tips on the best ways to prevent kitchen fires. Officials say, the main cause of kitchen fires is lack of attention. “People who are cooking something and then they get distracted for whatever reason.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 7:38:48 PM - SOURCE: KQDS-TV Fox 21
New Ulm Fire Department delivers pizza to spread message of fire safety
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 20:36:26 -0700
Imagine having your pizza delivered to you via a firetruck. That’s what happened Tuesday when the New Ulm Fire Department partnered with Pizza Ranch. The department randomly delivered pizzas to those who ordered from the restaurant and conducted fire alarm checks. They also spread awareness for fire safety and prevention.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 8:36:26 PM - SOURCE: KEYC-TV Fox 12 Mankato
Lakewood: Rural Fire Departments Train to Combat Car and Structure Fires
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 20:44:23 -0700
Two rural Fire Departments and the Duluth Fire Department teamed up for training, to work on their response to car and structure fires. The two rural departments, Lakewood and Normanna, are volunteer run, with the training taking place at Lakewood Fire Hall. Crews burned a test car supplied by the State Fire Marshal, to simulate the high flames and quick spread of a vehicle fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 8:44:23 PM - SOURCE: KQDS-TV Fox 21
Fire Prevention Week kicked off with annual open house at Crookston Fire Department
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 13:06:04 -0700
The Crookston Fire Department kicked off Fire Prevention Week with their annual open house Saturday. There were activities like trying on firefighter gear, ladder truck rides, and spraying the fire hose, plus there was a free hotdog meal, a bake sale put on by the Fire Auxiliary with proceeds going to the Hope Center at the Care and Share, Kids ID program by the Masons, photo opportunities, giveaways and a chance to win prizes.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 1:06:04 PM - SOURCE: Crookston Daily Times
Fire marshal: Toilet paper roll fire at Lake George warming shelter ruled as arson
Tue, 08 Oct 2019 07:37:00 -0700
A fire marshal has ruled a fire Monday at the Lake George warming shelter an arson, according to St. Cloud Fire Department's daily critical incident report. The fire department responded to the bathroom of the warming house at 425 East Lake Blvd. at about 5:43 p.m. Monday to verify the fire was extinguished.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 7:37:00 AM - SOURCE: St. Cloud Times
Shawn Krizaj sworn in as Duluth fire chief
Fri, 04 Oct 2019 18:38:17 -0700
Krizaj has been with the Duluth Fire Department for almost 22 years and has served as firefighter, fire equipment operator, captain, technical services coordinator and deputy chief. The Duluth City Council voted to appoint Krizaj to the position on Aug. 23 following the city's search for a new chief beginning in June.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 6:38:17 PM - SOURCE: Duluth News Tribune
Explosive thrown at Minneapolis home
Sun, 06 Oct 2019 20:35:24 -0700
Police say an explosive was thrown at a Minneapolis home Sunday morning. Minneapolis Police said it happened at about 9:56 a.m. in the 2100 block of Second Avenue N. According to police, a 911 callers said a man threw a container of a suspected liquid accelerant at the house, causing a small fire. Firefighters arrived and quickly put it out.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2019 8:35:24 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
Fire safety week brings families to North Mankato's firehouse
Sun, 06 Oct 2019 19:36:29 -0700
Today marks the official start of National Fire Safety Week. The North Mankato fire department hosted a fire prevention open house to kick things off. Families were invited to the firehouse to learn about fire safety in creative ways. The fire department showed house fire simulator along with a junior firefighter combat challenge and other simulated activities.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2019 7:36:29 PM - SOURCE: KEYC-TV Fox 12 Mankato
Car Catches Fire on Blatnik Bridge, One Person Hospitalized
Fri, 04 Oct 2019 15:04:14 -0700
Heavy smoke billowed from the top of the Blatnik Bridge Friday afternoon after a car caught fire. Cellphone video of the fire shows the car up in flames before Duluth firefighters responded to the scene. The fire was quickly put out once officials got there. One person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 3:04:14 PM - SOURCE: KQDS-TV Fox 21
Andrea Wippler deals with more than fires in Randall Fire and Rescue team
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 08:51:34 -0700
When people picture members of a fire department, they may think of people in full protective gear going through burning buildings or riding on a fire engine. For departments like the city of Randall’s though, another side of the department is the rescue teams that respond to incidents ranging from car accidents to medical emergencies.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 8:51:34 AM - SOURCE: HometownSource
Stillwater firefighter marks 50 years of fighting fires
Fri, 04 Oct 2019 03:39:45 -0700
Tim “T.J.” Bell vividly remembers his first big fire. It was at a Queen Anne mansion on West Chestnut Street, and flames were visible when the rookie Stillwater Fire Department volunteer arrived on the scene. “I was sent upstairs to open up all the windows, to ventilate it,” he said. “When I came back to the stairwell, all I could see were flames coming up through the steps.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 3:39:45 AM - SOURCE: TwinCities.com - Metered Site
Winona Fire Department opens station during Fire Prevention Week
Fri, 04 Oct 2019 03:11:20 -0700
The Winona Fire Department will open its stations to the public as part of Fire Prevention Week. National Fire Prevention Week runs Oct. 6-12. The Winona FD will hold open houses at both its fire houses — Central Fire Station, 451 E. 3rd St., and West Fire Station, 1077 W. Broadway — from 6-8 p.m.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 3:11:20 AM - SOURCE: Post-Bulletin
Slow 911 response times in SE Como prompt concern
Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Amid citywide concerns about delayed 911 response times, Southeast Como community members and officials have called on the city to increase police resources in the area. Over the past six months, residents have alerted the Southeast Como Improvement Association to three incidents in which 911 callers say they waited between 30 minutes and an hour for police to respond.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Minnesota Daily
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