MFD Happenings - Feb. 2019

Mound, MN, March 6, 2019:  During the month of February, 2019, the Mound Fire Department responded to 19 fire related calls and 20 medical related calls, for a total of 39 callouts for the month.   Of the 19 fire related calls, 6 of those were mutual aid responses to assist other area fire department with major structure fires.   It is a common practice to call on other departments to assist with large structure fires.

Below is our Year-End 2018 Call Activity Report. structure fires.

MOUND FIRE DEPARTMENT 2018 ACTIVITY REPORT
EMERGENCY CALLS

TOTAL CALLS ALL STAFF CALLS DUTY OFFICER CALLS
FIRE & RESCUE CALLS IN OUR PRIMARY SERVICE AREA 576 542 34
MUTUAL AID CALLS OUT OF OUR SERVICE AREA 26 26 0
TOTAL OF ALL FIRE/RESCUE CALLS IN 2018 INCLUDING MUTUAL AID 602 568 34
 

MOUND FIRE DEPARTMENT 2018 ACTIVITY REPORT
EMERGENCY CALLS

TOTAL CALLS ALL STAFF CALLS DUTY OFFICER CALLS
FIRE & RESCUE STAFF HOURS IN OUR SERVICE AREA 10,213 10,177 36
MUTUAL AID FIRE/RESCUE PERSONNEL HOURS 793 793 0
FIRE/RESCUE PERSONNAL HOURS INCLUDING MUTUAL AID 11,006 10,970 36
 

Notable Events:

2/7/2019: on Thursday, February 7th at 12:45 hours, the Mound Fire Crews responded to a report of a vehicle that crashed into a power pole near the intersection of Bartlett Blvd and Oaklawn Lane. The driver was able to exit the vehicle and did not have any apparent injuries. The utility pole was broken at the base and power was out in the area. The Mound Fire Department secured the scene and traffic was diverted for a number of hours while Xcel Energy replaced the pole and restored power to the area.

National Poison Prevention Week is March 17-23, 2019

National Poison Prevention Week is designed to raise awareness about poisonings and educate citizens in preventing them. On February 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed the third week of March as National Poison Prevention Week. More than two million potential poison exposures are reported every year to American Poison Control Centers. More than 90% of these poisoning occur in the home, and a majority of these occur with children 5 years of age and younger. Though calls regarding children still make up more than half of all calls to poison control centers, they only account for a small percent of the deaths due to poisoning. Poisoning of adults is on the rise in our nation and only stands behind motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an average of 87 people die every day from unintentional poisoning.

TIPS TO PREVENT POISIONING:

  • Be prepared for an emergency. Keep the national, free Poison Helpline number at your fingertips by saving the number in your mobile phone: 1-800-222-1222.

  • Practice safe storage habits, always store medicines and hazardous substances where children are up and away and out of sight. Keep these substances in their original child- resistant containers.

  • Read and follow all labels and directions. Review medicine and product labels before you use them, especially before giving medicine to children.

HOW CAN I GET RID OF MEDICINES SAFELY?

  • Locally, prescription drugs can be disposed of in Spring Park at the Hennepin Sheriff’s Water Patrol and in Minnetonka at the Ridgedale Hennepin County District Court. Additional drop off locations can be found at: https://www.hennepin.us/MEDICINE.

  • Ask your local pharmacist how you can return unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs to pharmaceutical take-back locations for safe disposal.

  • Call the Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center, for specific advice and take-back services available.

If you would like more information about fire safety or fire prevention, please contact The Mound Fire Department Administrative Offices at 952-472-3555 or email at moundfire@moundfire.com.