MFD Happenings - July 2018
Mound, MN, August 3, 2018 – During the month of July, the Mound Fire Department responded to 29 fire-related calls and 26 medical-related calls, for a total of 55 callouts for the month. It was a very busy month for MFD staff!
In July the Mound Fire staff assisted Hennepin County Water Patrol over the 4th of July weekend by having a crew and a boat on Lake Minnetonka to provide medical assistance and fire response during peak activity hours. A Mound crew with our fire boat also assisted Excelsior Fire Department on Lake Minnetonka during the City of Excelsior 4th of July Fireworks. Mound firefighters and apparatus also participated in the Spirit of the Lakes Grand Day Parade. A Mound fire crew was in-service and on standby at Surfside Park during the Spirit of the Lakes fireworks display.
Sunda, July 1, 2018 at 16:40 hours the Mound Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a garage fire in the 4800 block of Donald Drive. Upon arrival, Mound Fire Crews found heavy smoke conditions with a working fire in an attached double garage. The fire was quickly extinguished with no fire extending into the residence. There were no injuries to the residents or firefighters.
Monday, July 9, 2018 at 00:09 hours the Mound Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire in the 1700 block of Retreat Circle in Minnetrista. Upon arrival, the Fire Duty Officer confirmed a large working fire that was through the roof in the attached garage. Mound fire crews quickly got the fire under control, and successfully contained the fire to the garage area. This is a residential area without fire hydrants so all water had to be hauled in utilizing water tankers. Mutual aid was given by St Bonifacius and Maple Plain fire departments, primarily for water supply support. There were no injuries to the residents or firefighters, and 3 family cats were saved to the delight of firefighters and the homeowners.
Friday, July 13, 2018 at 18:52 the Mound Fire Department was dispatched to provide mutual aid to the Long Lake Fire Department for a structure fire in the 700 block of Lakeview Parkway in Orono. The house was located in Orono; with Long Lake Fire Department as the primary fire department for this location. Mound Fire Department, along with multiple mutual aid fire departments assisted Long Lake at the fire. This is an area without hydrants, so all water had to be hauled in utilizing tanker trucks. There were no injuries to the residents or firefighters.
Fire Safety Tips for the Home
For most people, a home is the most important thing you own. It is prudent to ensure the security of your home and family from destructive elements such as fire. Fires may occur due to accidents, or sometimes through carelessness or negligence. It is therefore essential to know of ways and means to keep your house safe from fires.
Listed below are a few important measures for ensuring fire safety for your home:
- Install several smoke alarms, on each level and in each sleeping room. Smoke alarms save lives and property with early-warning mechanisms.
- Maintain and test smoke alarms monthly, and replace smoke alarm batteries at least once per year. Most smoke alarms give out signals when the batteries get low, so please replace batteries.
- Keep an eye out for potential fire hazards. Look for things like frayed or torn electrical cords on devices such as televisions, stereo systems, lamps or computers. Watch out for heaters that are too close to flammable items such as clothing, fabric, books, magazines or old newspapers.
- Children are fascinated with fire, so keep match boxes and lighters out of reach of children.
- Many home fires begin in the kitchen and kitchen fires often originate when items on the stove are left unattended.
- Exercise caution when using, placing or lighting candles. Candles can cause other items to catch fire if you are not careful. Never leave candles burning if you are going to bed or are napping.
- Teach children about the hazards of fire and ensure they are aware of basic fire safety rules. The well-being of your family is important and everyone should understand the hazards of fire.
- Create an emergency or fire-exit plan that includes a meeting place. All family members must be aware of the emergency plan. Practice a Safe Escape Drill with ALL family members. Children enjoy practicing a fire drill, and they remember the fire-exit plan. A Safe Escape Drill or a Fire-Exit plan has helped many families survive a fire. Doing a practice drill could Save a Life!
If you would like more information, please contact the Mound Fire Department Administrative Offices at 952-472-3555 or email at email@example.com.