MFD Happenings - April 2018

Mound, MN, May 7, 2018 – During the month of April, 2018, the Mound Fire Department responded to 25 fire-related calls and 19 medical-related calls, for a total of 44 callouts for the month. 

With the onset of nice weather, we have received a number of 911 call outs related to smoke in the area or possible illegal recreational fires. The following general requirements shall apply to recreational fires: 

  • Recreational fires are legal and allowed in our lake area communities, with basic rules to be followed.
  • The recreational fire shall be attended by a competent, unimpaired adult at all times.
  • The fire must be attended any time that flames or smoke is produced from the fire.
  • Equipment to control and extinguish the fire shall be immediately available to the attendant at the site of the fire at all times during burning. This includes a fire extinguisher, hand tools, garden hose, and/or water buckets.
  • A cellular phone or land-line for calling 911 shall be available for immediate use by the attendant.
  • Only approved fire wood and safe starter fuels may be burned in a recreational fire.
  • The fire may not be started or continued in situations where prevailing winds or other factors create an unsafe conditions or creates direct smoke toward other nearby residences.
  • The fire shall be located a minimum of 25 feet from any structure or combustible material when using an open-type fire pit constructed on the ground.
  • The fire shall be located a minimum of 15 feet from any structure or combustible material when using an approved recreational fire container.

 

Notable Events:

Saturday, May 19, 2018: Trista Day will be held Saturday, May 19th from 11:00am - 2:00pm. Trista Day is sponsored by the City of Minnetrista and the event will be held at their City Offices at 7701 Co Rd 110 West in Minnetrista. Trista Day is a family friendly event, where people of all ages can learn about Public Safety, City of Minnetrista operations, and local area businesses. As always, there will be free activities, hotdogs, chips, popcorn, cotton candy, and refreshments.

Saturday, June 2, 2018: The Mound firefighters host the 67th Annual Fish Fry and Dance. The fish fry will be held on Saturday, June 2nd. A fish dinner will be served from 3:00-8:00pm with the dance following from 8:30 pm until midnight. Tickets for the event include dinner and the dance with live music provided by The Chad Edwards Band. Fish Fry tickets are being sold in advance by firefighters canvassing neighborhoods for $10.00 each. Tickets will also be available at the door for $12.00 each. If you miss the firefighter that comes to your home and you need tickets, please stop by the Mound Fire Station or call Vicki Weber at the Mound Fire Administrative Office at 952-472-3555. 

 

Bicycle Safety Tips

May is National Bike Safety Month. Our local area has many options for bicycle riding. While it is wonderful to go biking in the local area, there is also a possibility for injury. Bicyclists are required to follow the same traffic laws as motor vehicles. When riding on the trail systems, please be aware if you are crossing a roadway with a designated trail crossing sign. Oncoming vehicles are not always required to stop; therefore, the bicyclist must yield to oncoming traffic. 

Before heading out for a bike ride, complete this basic bike check. Just remember ABC Quick Check: 

  • A is for Air - Inflate tires to the pressure listed on the side of the tire.  Use a pressure gauge to ensure proper pressure and check for damage on tires; replace if damaged.
  • B is for Brakes - Inspect pads for wear: replace brake pads if there is less than ¼ inch of pad left.  Check the pad adjustment: make sure they do not rub the tire and look to see that you can fit your thumb between the brake lever and handlebar when the brakes are squeezed all the way.
  • C is for Cranks and Chains - Pull your cranks away from the bike.  If they are loose, tighten the bolt and check that your chain is free of rust and gunk.
  • Quick is for Quick Releases - Make sure your quick releases are all closed, they should all be pointing to the back of the bike, so that they don’t get caught on anything.
  • Check is for Check it Over - Take a quick ride to check that it is working properly.

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

 
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firefigher of the year

NICK FARLEY

Since 1980, the Mound Fire Department has recognized one firefighter as the department "Firefighter of the Year." The tradition continued in 2017, with the Mound "Firefighter of the Year" award going to Lieutenant Nick Farley.

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.

Lieutenant Farley has been a volunteer with the Mound Fire Department since joining the ranks in March 2013. Lieutenant Farley was promoted to his Lieutenant role in July of 2017, which is quite an accomplishment for a firefighter with about 5 years of service.

Lieutenant Farley is an enormous asset to the Mound Fire Department. Congratulations to Lieutenant Nick Farley on his many accomplishments and this award, and for being selected as the 2017 Mound Firefighter of the Year! Great job Lieutenant Nick Farley!

STAFF MOVEMENTS

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!

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