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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.

See something that we’ve missed? Send an e-mail to TwinCitiesFireWire@yahoo.com and we’ll look into it.

Brooklyn Park Garage Fire Held Before Spreading

May 26 – Firefighters kept a raging garage fire from spreading to an attached home in Brooklyn Park on Thursday.

Fire crews were called to 8008 Camden Ave. at 9:20 p.m. While enroute, Captain 31 called a second alarm due visible flames and smoke.

Captain 31 arrived to fire a two car, wood-frame garage fully engulfed and threatening the attached home. A van was also burning in the driveway.

Deputy Fire Chief Todd Seitz said that crews from the first arriving engine pulled a crosslay to protect the exposures. A 2 1/2-inch line, connected to a Blitzfire, was deployed to tame the garage fire.

The fire was contained to the garage and Seitz said the home only suffered smoke damage.

The attic was filled with cellulose insulation and Maple Grove was called to help remove it.

Seitz said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is believed to have started in the van.

  • Assignment: Brooklyn Park: Engines 11, 21, 41, Rescues 11 and 31 Chiefs 1 and 21, Captains 31, 34 and 41. Mutual aid: Brooklyn Center engine and salvage, Coon Rapids engine, Fridley Aerial. Osseo Tanker 11 covered Brooklyn Park.

Click here for photos from MNSun.com.

Tornado Strains Metro Fire Departments

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Photo Courtesy Of Josh Grubb

Photo Courtesy Of Josh Grubb

MAY 22 – Fire crews in the Twin Cities were very busy this evening and will remain busy throughout the night managing the aftermath of today’s tornado.

Tornado damage was extensive on the North Side of Minneapolis and through Fridley this afternoon, toppling trees and destroying buildings.

Minneapolis Fire taxed its resources managing the damage that sliced through a large area of the North Side neighborhoods from the Near North Side to Camden.

In Fridley, damage was reported in the 694 & University area and Northeast from that location including trees down and roofs being blown off structures.

Fridley Fire Department staffed its stations prior to the tornado and activated its EOC immediately after they started receiving reports of damage.

Mutual Aid was started from Columbia Heights,  Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View as well as St. Anthony.

Other fire agencies in the metro were busy with storm related calls including St. Louis Park who fought a dwelling fire in the 3000 Block of Oregon Ave South with the assistance of Hopkins Fire Department.

Twin Cities Fire Wire will update this story when more information is available.

Fridley Natural Gas Leak Causes Evacuations

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MAY 19 – Fridley Fire Department crews responded to a six inch gas line leak that was ruptured by contractors operating a backhoe.  The incident in the area of  58th Avenue and 2 1/2 street today caused a neighborhood to be evacuated.

Fridley Fire crews were called to the area for a natural gas leak.  First arriving crews determined that the line was six inches in diameter and started an immediate evacuation of the area with Fridley Police.

Fridley Engine 3 laid a 4 inch supply line and a pre-connect line for safety.

Mutual Aid was started from Columbia Heights, Brooklyn Center, Saint Anthony and Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View to cover stations and assist at the scene.

Fridley Chief 1 reported at 3:30pm today that the gas leak had been secured.

Twin Cities Fire Wire will update this story when more information is available.

Two Gas Main Breaks in Fridley, Roseville

May 19 – Two major gas leaks are causing traffic headaches and evacuations in the North Metro.

The first incident occurred in Roseville at the intersection of Rice Street and County Road B, where the Highway 36/Rice Street construction is taking place. A six-inch main was hit while construction crews were working around 11 :30 a.m.

Fire officials are asking that drivers and onlookers avoid the area. Already a tough area to navigate because of the entrance and exit ramps for Highway 36 as well as the intersections of Rice Street and County Road B are closed.

They expect to be on the scene for several hours as utility works control the leak.

Around 11;45, Fridley Fire crews were called to the 2 1/2 Street and 58th Avenue for a gas main break.

A six-inch line was broken, possibly by crews on a backhoe, and crews from CenterPoint Energy are on scene evaluating.

At least one hoseline has been stretched as a precaution.

Update: Two Injured in Fridley Chemical Explosion

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May 10 – We have an update on today’s explosion at a Fridley business.

Fire crews were called to Spec Plating, at 160 83rd Ave. NE, for a reported chemical explosion with injuries at at 11:07 a.m.

Fridley Fire Chief John Berg told Twin Cities Fire Wire that the chemicals, Phosphoric Acid and Nitric Acid, “were violently released from a container after a reaction of unknown origin.”

More than 70 employees were evacuated from the building.

Fridley Aerial 2 entered the building with PH paper to determine the extent of the contamination.

Engine 3 and Rescue 3 set up a decontamination area. Using hydrant water, they decontaminated three workers who came in contact with the chemicals.

Two of those workers were transported to area hospitals by Allina EMS.

Berg said that emergency officials released the building back to the company at 12:30 p.m. and they company was responsible for cleaning up the spill.

Columbia Heights firefighters covered Fridley Station 1 until they were requested to a house fire in Blaine. New Brighton crews were then called to cover Fridley Station 1.

  • Assignment: Fridley Engine 3, Aerial 2, Rescue 1, 2 and 3

Breaking: Explosion at Fridley Building

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May 10 – Fire and EMS crews are at the scene of an explosion in a Fridley industrial park late Tuesday morning.

Emergency crews were called to 160 83rd Ave. NE around 11:15 a.m. As police officers arrived, they reported a strong chemical odor from the one-story building.

Dozens of people were standing outside of the building when Twin Cities Fire Wire arrived.

It appeared that crews were performing decontamination in at least one area and several ambulances were on scene.

There didn’t appear to be any damage to the exterior of the building.

Twin Cities Fire Wire will update this story when more information is available.

Spec Plating at 160 83 Ave. NE