Mound, MN January 11, 2016: During the month of December 2015, the Mound Fire Department responded to 23 fire-related calls and 25 medical-related calls, for a total of 48 callouts for the month. The total callouts for 2015 is 550.
December 12, 2015 On Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 13:00 hours, the Mound Fire Department responded to a request for Mutual Aid from the Loretto Fire Department for a barn fire in the 600 Block of Highway 55 in Loretto. The Mound Fire Department responded to the barn fire with an engine and a tanker. The fire was located in a rural area where there were no fire hydrants, so water had to be hauled in to fight the fire. There were no injuries to any firefighters or residents.
December 14, 2015 On Monday December 14, 2015 at 01:15 hours, the Mound Fire Department was dispatched to a report of fire alarms sounding at the Lafayette Club in Minnetonka Beach. An employee noticed smoke, checked the building, located the fire, and extinguished a small trash fire in a storage area. The employee used a fire extinguisher to quell most of the fire. Upon Mound fire crew's arrival, there was significant smoke remaining in the building. The Mound fire crew extinguished the remaining fire and hauled out the smoldering cardboard. The cause of the fire was discarded ashes in a waste receptacle. There were no injuries to any civilians or firefighters.
December 17, 2015 On Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 22:04 hours, the Mound Fire Department responded to a report of a possible house fire in the 6000 block of Cherrywood Road in Mound. A resident located the fire and extinguished it prior to fire department arrival. Upon investigation, fire crews found a halogen lamp being used outside had tipped over and started a piece of wood on fire. There were no injuries to the residents or firefighters.
December 19, 2015 On Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 22:56 hours, the Mound Fire Department responded to a report of a fire alarm sounding at Bayview Apartments in the 2400 Block of Interlachen Road in Spring Park. Upon arrival, by Mound Fire Duty Officer, a light haze of smoke was found on the second floor. Investigation by the Mound Fire Crews determined the cause of the smoke was burnt food from one of the units. Mound firefighters extracted smoke from the second floor hallway. There were no injuries to residents or firefighters.
At the end of each year, the Mound Fire Department recognizes one of its firefighters as the departments "Firefighter of the Year." The 2015 Mound Fire Department "Firefighter of the Year" award goes to Paul Jolicoeur.
The sole recipient of this respected award is chosen based upon a nomination process that involves all of the current Mound firefighters. All active firefighters are eligible for the award based upon predetermined performance criteria including:
All of these important firefighter attributes add up to an individual that is very dedicated to the fire department and public safety response.
Firefighter Paul Jolicoeur has been a volunteer with the Mound Fire Department since joining the ranks in May 2004. Firefighter Jolicoeur is an 11-year veteran of the fire department and is a very versatile and skilled firefighter.
Congratulations to Firefighter Paul Jolicoeur on his past accomplishments, and for receiving this very special 2015 Mound Firefighter of the Year Award!
The Minnesota winter snow fall continues to rise, which creates problems with piled snow on and around fire hydrants. The snow makes it difficult for firefighters to quickly find the buried fire hydrants. Having clearly marked and rapid access to fire hydrants is critical to the fire suppression efforts of the fire department, especially when responding to any type of structure fire.
It normally takes a firefighter less than a minute to locate and connect a large fire hose to the fire hydrant. If a fire hydrant is buried under a pile of snow or hidden behind bushes or shrubs, the time involved to hook up to a hydrant can double or even triple.
The Mound Fire department requests that you please take the time to keep fire hydrants in your neighborhoods clear of snow. This will help us be much more efficient and timely in the event of a fire emergency!
If you need help shoveling out or clearing your neighborhood fire hydrant, please contact Vicki Weber at the Mound Fire Administration Office 952-472-3555 and the fire department staff will make sure the fire hydrant is cleared.
Thank you for your assistance!
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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
Photo / graphic credit Sarah Pederson-Weinhandl, 2015.