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The Twin Cities Fire Service in the News – March 31

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

First Responders Awarded for Life Saving Actions

Eight first responders were given life saving awards for their actions at a house fire in Apple Valley on Feb. 4. Firefighters Trudy Hagert, David Kennedy, Sam Seal and Nick Torrini started CPR on a resident after he collapsed while crews investigated a fire in his home.

Allina Paramedics Katie Kuenzi and Albert Reiff gave advanced cardiac life support intervention and police officers assisted in the save, Apple Valley Fire Chief Nealon Thompson told the Apple Valley Patch.

  • Read the story and view the video here.

Grant Provides Medical Training for East Bethel Firefighters

A 2009 Staffing Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant provided the funding to get half of the East Bethel Fire Department’s firefighters trained at the EMT level, according to

Chief Mark DuCharme said the $346,750 grant, which is spread over four years, provided the training for medical emergcnies, which accounts for more than half of the department’s calls.

“This is something we could not afford without the grant,” DuCharme told the paper.

  • Read the story here.

Edina Fire Blotter

The Edina Patch has published an extensive list of emergenicies that Edina fire crews were called to between March 14 – 20.

Firefighters responded to more than 70 EMS calls, several crashes and assisted area departments at two major incidents.

  • Read the story here.

South Metro Fire Looking at ‘Crash Tax’

The South Metro Fire Department is considering a “crash tax,” according to an article in the Pioneer Press

They are considering charing non-residents $577 for responses to serious accident scenes. This could open the door for additional fees at other rescue incidents.

Several departments in the metro have already implented simialr taxes. The article says that Minneapolis created $129,000 in revenue from such fees. St. Paul brought in more than $30,000 in fees.

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Two Veteran Bethel Firefighters Retired

Fire Chief Shane Swedeen firefighter Gary Fox retired from the department after more than 60 years of responding to emergencies in Bethel.

According to ABC, Sweeden served for 20 years and Fox gaves 46 years of service to the community. Both joined the department after witnessing fires while they were young.

The two talk about the ups and downs of being a firefighter in the small community in the artice.

  • Read the story here.

Bethel Names New Fire Chief

David Arcand, a six-year member of the Bethel Fire Department, was tapped to lead the department in January.

The new chief talks with about his goals for the department, which operates on an annual budget of $28,000. He hopes to apply for grants, increase fundraising efforts and raise the department’s ISO rating, which is currently a nine.

  • Read the story here.

Rosemount Honors Emergency Responders

Rosemount named Fire Captain Mike Reis as firefighter of the year, the Rosemount Patch reports. He has been a member for 29 years and has served in several capacities.

  • Read the story here.