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. 

Notable Events:

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 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!