MFD Happenings - August 2017


 Mound, MN, September 7, 2017– During the month of August 2017, the Mound Fire Department responded to 28 fire related calls and 33 medical related calls, for a total of 61 callouts for the month. As our August 31st, the total number of fire and rescue calls year to date is at 410 which is up 9% from the same time frame in 2016. 

The Mound Fire Department was recently awarded a grant in the amount of $14,220.00 from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for the purchase a Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) automated chest compression system. The Mound Fire Department now has a new lifesaving tool called the AutoPulse System. The AutoPulse System is a mechanical device designed to deliver consistent depth and rates of CPR on patients in sudden cardiac arrest. Consistent CPR is difficult for even highly trained personal to sustain over time. A big Thank You to Firehouse Subs commitment to support Public Safety! 

Notable Events: 

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 22:42 hours the Mound Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a vehicle accident in the 3100 block of Tuxedo Blvd. Upon arrival of the Mound Fire Department found a vehicle that had left the roadway, became airborne and landed on top of a parked truck. The driver and passenger were able to exit the vehicle on their own. The driver had non-life threatening injuries and was evaluated by Ridgeview Paramedics. There were no other injuries to civilians or firefighters. 

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 08:53 hours the Mound Fire Department was dispatched to a report of two workers that had fallen approximately 20 feet from scaffolding in the 5300 block of Eastview Avenue in Minnetrista. Upon fire department arrival, the two workers were stable with non-life threatening injuries. Both patients were evaluated by paramedics, and one was transported by ambulance to Ridgeview Medical Center for evaluation. There were no other injuries to civilians or firefighters. 

Fire Prevention Open House – Wednesday, October 4th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. In recognition of the 2017 Fire Prevention Week, the Mound Fire Department is holding an Open House on Wednesday, October 4th at the Mound Fire Station from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. This is a family event with the following activities planned: 

Kids activities and fun Meet Sparky the Fire Dog

CPR and AED Demonstrations Fire Truck Rides and Photo Opportunities

Fire Truck and Equipment Displays Beverages and snacks provided



If you would like more information, please contact The Mound Fire Department Administrative Offices at 952-472-3555 or email at 


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Congratulations to two new lieutenants, as firefighter Nick Farley and Chris Heitz were both promoted to officer positions with the Mound Fire Department effective July 1, 2017.  Lt. Nick Farley and Lt. Chris Heitz have been with the Mound Fire Department since March 2013.  In preparation for their new roles, both have attended basic officer training and advanced incident command training, along with training side by side with our current officers.   We are excited to see them advance into leadership roles with our fire department. Congratulations to Lt. Nick Farley and Lt. Chris Heitz!

Firefighter Matt Linder has completed his one year probationary period and has completed all of the training and attendance requirements necessary to become State Certified as Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Hazmat and Emergency Medical Responder (EMR).  The completion of the State Certification is a requirement of all firefighters employed by the Mound Fire Department.   Matt is proficiently trained and a welcome addition to our permanent fire department staff.  Congratulations to firefighter Matt Linder for all his hard work!


firefigher of the year


Since 1980, the Mound Fire Department has recognized one firefighter as the department "Firefighter of the Year." The tradition continued in 2016, with the Mound "Firefighter of the Year" award going to Chris Heitz.

The recipient of the Firefighter of the Year Award is determined by and based upon a nomination and evaluation process. The nomination process involves all of the current Mound firefighters. All active firefighters are eligible to win the award.

The award is based upon pre-determined performance criteria including:

  • A firefighter's level of participation, involvement, and contribution to the department.
  • The number of responses to emergency fire and rescue calls.
  • Attending and leading department training sessions.
  • Amount of time dedicated to public relations activities.
  • Support of the department's team environment and a positive attitude.

All of these important firefighter attributes add up to an individual that is very dedicated to the fire department and public safety response.

Firefighter Heitz has been a volunteer with the Mound Fire Department since joining the ranks in March 2013. Firefighter Heitz is relatively new, with four years with the fire department, making his accomplishments even more significant.

Congratulations to Firefighter Chris Heitz on his many accomplishments and for being selected as the 2016 Mound Firefighter of the Year!


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