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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.

Video: Tankers Needed to Control Lake Elmo House Fire

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This story was updated and new photos and video were added Tuesday morning.

May 9 – Firefighters from two states battled a late night house fire in a Lake Elmo cul-de-sac on Monday.

Firefighters were called to 5757 Highlands Ct. N. around 10:30 p.m., according to Lake Elmo Fire Chief Greg Malmquist.

A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy arrived and reported flames and smoke showing from the two-story home, which was set back several hundred feet from the road. The lone occupant had evacuated when the deputy arrived.

After a quick size-up, which showed flames engulfing the entire back of the home, he ordered a defensive attack.

The area was not equipped with hydrants, so water tankers were called into to help firefighters tackle the flames. Tankers came from: Bayport, Hudson, Lower St. Croix Valley, Mahtomedi, Maplewood North St. Paul and Oakdale.

Two drop tank sites were set up in the street in front of the home. The tankers were replenished up at Oakdale Station 1 on Helmo, where Oakdale firefighters had two fill sites.

Firefighters used to aerial master streams to tame the raging fire. Lake Elmo’s was set up in the driveway on the D-side and one from Oakdale in the driveway of the home.

Malmquist said that neighbors were concerned that the fire would spread to a nearby home and early efforts focused on saving that structure.

The fire was under control around 1 a.m.

About 75 firefighters were called to the scene and the Salvation Army was called in to provide them with relief supplies.

The Minnesota State Fire Marshal was expected to begin it’s investigation early Tuesday morning.

Woodbury fire crews were called to cover Lake Elmo stations.

Fire Consumes Hugo Home

January 9, 2011 Leave a comment

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A number of fire departments are on the scene of a dwelling fire in Hugo Sunday night.

The fire was reported about 7:30 p.m. at 8745 136th St. Ct. North.

Units are working in defensive mode using ladder pipes and hoselines to contain the fire.

A witness told Twin Cities Fire Wire that he could see the flames from a mile away.

A tanker relay is in operation to get water to the scene.

Mutual aid is on the scene from Centennial, Forest Lake, Stillwater and White Bear Lake.

TwinCitiesFireWire.com will update the story when more information is available.

Stillwater, St. Charles Incidents Featured in National Magazines

November 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Two major incidents in Minnesota — a water rescue and a major commercial fire — were written up in national media publications this month.

Here in the metro, Lakeview EMS Paramedic Scott Tomek details the April 2008 water rescue response in the St. Croix River for the November issue of EMS World magazine.

Units from Stillwater fire and police departments, Lakeview EMS and the Washington County Dive Team coordinated efforts to locate and remove four occupants of vehicle that drove off land and into the river. Read how each agency played critical roles in removing the occupants from the vehicle submerged in 30 degree water.

“Preparing to do a final sweep of the vehicle, firefighter/diver Tim Bell … began to sweep the inside with his hand, he felt a leg. He pulled on it
and, to his surprise, the leg pulled back.”

Tomek shares the tactics deployed by EMS and fire crews and the lessons learned from the response.

In the November/December issue of the NFPA Journal, Stephen. G. Badger reports on the costliest fires in the U.S. for 2009. The April 2009 fire at the North Star Foods meat packing plant in St. Charles is listed in the top 10.

The fire, which destroyed the 30,000-square-foot facility, caused $50 million in damage.

According to the article, “Firefighters had trouble reaching the fire because of barriers and obstructions created by multiple ceilings and extensive piping between the ceilings.”

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