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The Twin Cities Fire Service in the News – June 25

June 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Eagan’s New Safety Center/Fire Station In The News

The new fire safety center/Station 2 received a ton of news coverage this week when it had a grand opening and dedication. The $8.1 million building combined two fire stations into one, has several training features and is features green construction. Find more coverage here: Eagan Patch, Pioneer Press, This Week Newspapers

Final Interview With Richfield Chief Sveum

Richfield Fire Chief Brad Sveum talks with Richfield Patch’s Caitlin Burgess about 38 years in the fire service. Sveum, who retires this month, reflects on 29 year in Richfield and shares his most memorable moments. Read the interview here.

Brooklyn Center Receives Grant for Thermal Imager

The Brooklyn Center Fire Department has a new thermal imaging camera after receiving a $9,800 grant from the Firemen’s Fund Insurance Company. According to the Minnesota Sun Newspapers, the department’s current cameras are 15 and 17 years old. You can read the full story here.

Photographer Documents Live Burn in Lakeville

Lakeville Patch’s Paige Andrews photographed the fire department as they participated in a recent live fire training exercise at the ABLE joint training center in Burnsville. Check out the photos here.

There’s a New Fire Marshal in Town: Mendota Heights

Veteran firefighter Jim Lee was recently appointed fire marshal in Mendota Heights. According to the Mendota Heights Patch, Lee was a firefighter in West St. Paul and is now responsible for enforcing fire codes and conducting building inspections. Read the story here.

Fridley Police Beat Fire in Softball Matchup

The Fridley Police Department defeated the fire department with a 12-5 win in Friday night’s ’49er Days softball game. Fridley Patch reports that this was the first time the teams played each other in more than 20 years. Read the story and see the photos here.

Golden Valley Recruitment Drive

More than 20 people attended the first of three recruitment drives for the Golden Valley Fire Department. Check out Golden Valley Patch’s story and photos here.

St. Louis Park Fire Station Demolished

Construction crews demolished 40-year-old St. Louis Park Fire Station 1 recently. A video from St. Louis Park Patch shows the work underway and the website reports that it’s the first step in the construction of a new $15.5 million fire station.

Boy Scouts Learn About Fire from Stillwater Firefighters

Stillwater Patch covered an event where boy scouts were given a. Click here to see the photos.

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WCCO to Feature Twin Cities Fire Wire Photos at 6 Tonight

January 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Twin Cities Fire Wire Photo

Twin Cities Fire Wire Photo

Photos from the Twin Cities Fire Wire coverage of the Blaine church fire last month will be featured on WCCO during their 6 p.m. broadcast tonight.

WCCO is running a story on Minneapolis-based TetraKO, whose product helped knock down the fire.

TetraKO is a Class A water additive that turns water into an adhering liquid. It can be used in current fire pumps without any special equipment.

Spring Lake Park – Blaine – Mounds View (SBM) firefighter used the TetraKO in their initial attack at the Oak Park Community Church on Dec. 28.

The press release states: “After initially hitting the fire and hot spots with TetraKO, I advised division command to discontinue application and allow TetraKO’s steamconversion to occur,” said (Fire Chief Nyle) Zikmund. “Almost immediately, the steam cloud increased dramatically in size, and remained for an extended period of time. Crews continued to monitor and listen with no further evidence of fire.”

Twin Cities Fire Wire was at the scene of the fire as SBM units started flowing water.