MFD Happenings - October 2017


Mound, MN, November 3, 2017– During the month of October 2017, the Mound Fire Department responded to 17 fire-related calls and 28 medical-related calls, for a total of 45 callouts for the month.

October was a very busy month at the Fire Department. The Mound Fire Department held our annual Fire Prevention Open House. Thank you to the area residents who participated! The highlights of the event of were fire truck rides, a water spray for kids, and a live burn demonstration provided by Lindstrom’s Restoration. During October we provided fire prevention and safety education to kindergarten classes at Shirley Hills and Hilltop Primary Schools, Head Start Preschool, and Our Lady of the Lake Preschool.

A HEARTSafe training was given to Our Lady of the Lake’s ushers. The ushers were taught bystander CPR and how to operate an AED. A crew from the fire department attended several of the home Westonka High School football games to provide EMS standby.

Notable Events:

Monday, October 16, 2017 at 11:14 hours, the Mound Fire Department was dispatched to a mutual aid call from Maple Plain Fire for a business fire in the 5000 block of Highway 12 in Maple Plan. The Mound Fire Ladder Co. Crew assisted Maple Plain Fire with overhaul of the area damaged by the fire. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 09:10 hours, the Mound Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a Personal Injury accident in the 600 block of County Road 19. Upon arrival, a vehicle was found on its side with the air bags deployed. The driver was out of the vehicle and did not suffer any serious injuries. The Mound Fire Crew remained on scene to assist with traffic and road clean-up. There were no other injuries to civilians or firefighters.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 14:00 hours, the Mound Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a hit gas line in the 2300 block of Huntington Point Road East in Minnetonka Beach. Upon arrival, the gas line was not pinched off, and Centerpoint Energy was dispatched. As a precaution, area residents were evacuated while the Mound Fire Crew monitored the gas levels in the manholes and surrounding areas. Once Centerpoint secured the gas line and gas levels had decreased, area residents were allowed back in their homes. There were no injuries to the residents or firefighters.

Upcoming Events:

Fall Bingo: On Tuesday, November 14th, the Mound Fire Department Auxiliary will host their annual Fall Bingo event at the Mound Fire Station. Doors open at 6:00 pm and Bingo starts at 7:00 pm.  Please come out for a fun evening. All ages welcome!

Annual Tree Lighting: Saturday, November 18th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Westonka Community and Commerce will hold the annual tree lighting at Veteran’s Park (near parking deck) in Mound. Mrs. Claus will be arriving by fire truck; other attractions include musical performances by local singing groups, hayrides, and a bonfire.

It's time to add "close your door" to your fire safety checklist!

You know how important it is to have working smoke alarms, escape plans, and a designated meeting place in case of a fire. But did you know that closing your doors in your home is also important for your safety? Closed doors can reduce fire growth, limit damage to your home, keep temperatures down, and can even save your life if you become trapped.

DID YOU KNOW because of synthetic materials, furniture, and construction, fire spreads faster than ever before.

  • MAKE A 900 DEGREE DIFFERENCE – a closed door can mean reducing 1,000 degrees down to 100 degrees

  • TAKE IT DOWN A NOTCH – During a fire, a closed door can keep carbon monoxide levels at 1,000 PPM versus 10,000 PPM if the door is left open

  • TAKE A BREATHER – A fire needs oxygen to burn. A closed door keeps more oxygen in the room and away from the fire. When you exit a fire, make sure to close your door behind you to slow down its growth.  As always, getting OUT comes first.

  • DOZE SAFELY – 50% of house fires happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Closing your doors before you hit the hay helps keep you safe.

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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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