Daily Dispatch: Minnesota News
Ramsey County Fire Chiefs Association Receives Local Government Innovation Award
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800
The Ramsey County Fire Chiefs Association in Partnership with the Ramsey County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) are thrilled to announce the receiving of the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs 2018 Award for Innovation and Collaboration. The Ramsey County Fire Chief’s Association and Ramsey County ECC were recognized as a Leading Innovator of the 2018 Local Government Innovation Award in the City Category.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ramsey County Fire Chiefs Association
Cross-country skier falls through ice, but St. Paul firefighters were prepared
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:44:26 -0800
Less than two hours after St. Paul firefighters completed ice rescue training this month, they were called upon to put their practice into action. A cross-country skier fell through the ice on McCarrons Lake in Roseville, and St. Paul firefighters got him to safety. “The new firefighter who actually went in the water to effect the rescue, he said the training that day was the first time he had been in the water with the ice rescue suit doing those maneuvers,” said Tom McDonough, St.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 6:44:26 PM - SOURCE: TwinCities.com
1 hospitalized after Tonka Bay house fire
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 05:22:41 -0800
One person was taken to a nearby hospital after a house fire in Tonka Bay Thursday. Authorities said a call reporting a fire in the area came in just before midnight. The Excelsior fire chief said the fire was designated as a two-alarm fire, as a precaution. Authorities said the person taken to the hospital sustained injuries that were not life threatening.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 5:22:41 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
Belle Plaine’s Most Senior Firefighter, Todd Otto Named Firefighter of the Year
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:03:20 -0800
On Dec. 4, Belle Plaine’s most senior firefighter Todd Otto was named the Fire Fighter of the Year by the Belle Plaine Fire Department. Otto himself may have been the most surprised by the decision. “It was just kind of a blank thought in my mind,” Otto recounted of the awards ceremony from within the fire department’s garage.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 1:03:20 PM - SOURCE: Belle Plaine Herald
House 'complete loss' after fire in Backus
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 01:48:17 -0800
A house caught fire Wednesday, Dec. 12, on State Highway 87 in Backus, next to the Salty Dog Saloon. The Backus Fire Department responded to the fire first and requested mutual aid from Hackensack. The Cass County Sheriff’s Department assisted as well. According to Backus Fire Chief Jason Smith, the fire started in the kitchen and caused damage to the entire structure, deeming it a “complete loss.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 1:48:17 AM - SOURCE: Pine River Journal
80-Year-Old Man Dies Weeks after St. Paul House Explosion
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:30:56 -0800
An 80-year-old man injured in an explosion at his St. Paul home last month has died. A spokeswoman for Regions Hospital in St. Paul tells the Star Tribune that John Lundahl died Tuesday at the hospital from his injuries. The Nov. 23 explosion left Lundahl with significant burns and a broken arm and pelvis.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 4:30:56 PM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV
Minneapolis Firefighter Treated At HCMC Brings Truck Loads Of Presents To Burn Unit
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:53:38 -0800
An organization devoted to helping burn victims distributed Christmas cheer Tuesday at Hennepin Healthcare in downtown Minneapolis. The organization is called Firefighters for Healing and was founded by a former Minneapolis firefighter who was seriously injured fighting a house fire in July of 2010.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 10:53:38 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
Former Red Wing fire chief remembered for commitment to city
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 07:59:18 -0800
Former Red Wing Fire Chief Tom Schneider died Saturday. He was 55. Schneider started as a volunteer with the Red Wing Fire Department in 1984 and worked several positions before becoming chief in 2008. He retired in 2016. Schneider was a major force behind getting a second fire station in Red Wing.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 7:59:18 AM - SOURCE: Post-Bulletin
Follow Up: Teen on fire saved by bystander with extinguisher at Shoreline gas station
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 02:44:39 -0800
Authorities in a Twin Cities suburb say a bystander came to the rescue of a teenage girl who apparently caught on fire near a gasoline pump. Shoreview Fire Chief Tim Boehlke says the bystander used an extinguisher to douse the flames on the 17-year-old after she ran into the Quik Stop store at 5910 Lexington Ave.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 2:44:39 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11
Garage explosion critically injures Rosemount man
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 20:04:52 -0800
Friends and neighbors have identified the person injured Tuesday afternoon during a garage explosion as 21-year-old Mason Zacharias. He lives at the home with his father on the 13000 block of Dellwood Way in Rosemount. According to police, the blast occurred about 12:30 p.m. Zacharias was the only person home at the time.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 8:04:52 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
Duluth Fire Department Raises Money for Salvation Army
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:16:40 -0800
In the spirit of giving, firefighters with the Duluth Fire Department empty out their pockets, to help make sure a Northland kid gets a happy Christmas. It starts just like many other fundraisers, going to all the fire stations, asking for donations. This year, the collecting was left up to the Local 101 Union.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 2:16:40 PM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV
20 years ago: Gas explosion in St. Cloud killed four, led to safety changes
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 04:19:27 -0800
On a sunny Friday morning on Dec. 11, 1998, a construction crew was installing fiber-optic cable near the Stearns County courthouse in downtown St. Cloud when they struck a natural gas line, triggering a leak. About 40 minutes later, a massive explosion destroyed six buildings, including a pizza restaurant, bar, apartment units and a law office.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 4:19:27 AM - SOURCE: Minnesota Public Radio
Teen seriously burned in fire at Shoreview convenience store
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 08:25:48 -0800
Fire at a Shoreview convenience store Tuesday morning left one teenager with serious burns, authorities said. The flames were first spotted about 6 a.m. at the Quik Stop at the corner of Lexington and Hamline avenues, according to emergency dispatch audio. One first responder said from the scene that the store was needing ventilation, the dispatch audio continued.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 8:25:48 AM - SOURCE: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Fire destroys historic Norwood Young America church
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:26:40 -0800
Flames tore through the church of a 160-year-old congregation in Norwood Young America Sunday night, leaving members of Church in the Maples United Methodist Church to search for a new place to worship. "All of our history, our paperwork, it's all gone," said church member Genie Young. "It's shocking.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 4:26:40 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
St. Paul fire tests out new equipment for ice water rescue training
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:58:01 -0800
This time of year, thin ice is a major concern for rescue crews across the state. On Monday, St. Paul fire took to the icy waters of Como Lake to conduct training sessions in a partnership with Century College. "These are the ice conditions we're going to encounter during an actual rescue," said Captain Edward Nelson, with the St.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 3:58:01 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
Rising concern for Minnesota firefighters: Calling 911 for help standing up
Sat, 08 Dec 2018 18:32:53 -0800
Firefighters across Minnesota are increasingly responding to 911 calls to lift elderly people off the floor, even at some senior care facilities with their own staff. More than 7,100 times last year, fire departments across the state were dispatched to assist frail but uninjured people, a nearly threefold increase from a decade prior.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2018 6:32:53 PM - SOURCE: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Firefighters rescue woman in Apple Valley apartment building fire
Sun, 09 Dec 2018 11:12:42 -0800
A woman was rescued by firefighters from an apartment building fire in Apple Valley Sunday morning. According to Apple Valley Fire Chief Chuck Russell, a call came in reporting a fire at 6583 158th Street West around 10:30 a.m. The fire was reportedly on the third floor of the three-story building. Emergency responders were alerted someone was trapped.
- PUB DATE: 12/9/2018 11:12:42 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
House destroyed by fire in Golden Valley
Sat, 08 Dec 2018 18:19:38 -0800
Officers extinguished a house fire that broke out on the 1500 block of Zealand Avenue in Golden Valley on Saturday night. According to Officer Massicotte, around 6:30 p.m, Golden Valley Fire Department received a call about a possible structural fire. When officers arrived, they found flames protruding from different sides of a three-story house.
- PUB DATE: 12/8/2018 6:19:38 PM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11
Austin man loses home in fire
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:37:33 -0800
Fire destroyed a home in Austin Sunday morning, leaving its owner displaced. Austin Fire Department crews responded to a call at 6:46 a.m. about a structure fire in the 500 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast. Firefighters arrived to find the home fully engulfed by fire, said Austin Fire Chief Jim McCoy.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 7:37:33 AM - SOURCE: Post-Bulletin
Fire Destroys Home In Albert Lea
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 07:02:21 -0800
A home in Albert Lea is destroyed after catching fire over the weekend. Crews responded to a report of a home on fire at 601 East 5th Street at 8 p.m. Saturday. When firefighters arrived, the fire had already burned through the first and second floor of the home. Fire officials say no one was home at the time of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 7:02:21 AM - SOURCE: KEYC-TV Fox 12 Mankato
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