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Drills & Training

Advanced Emergency Apparatus Driving School

On November 22, 2014, five Mound firefighters participated in an Advanced Emergency Apparatus Driving course taught by the MN Highway Safety & Research Center in St Cloud.

Learn more about this and other driving programs in Public Safety.

Mound Fire E-11 navigating the course

Ice and Cold Water Rescue Training

On December 20, 2014, three Mound Firefighters participated in an 8-hour "Ice and Cold Water Rescue Training." Firefighters from Several Lake Minnetonka Fire Departments participated in the training event. The training was sponsored and coordinated by staff at Hennepin County Sheriff Water Patrol. The training involves use of cold water equipment, donning special rescue suits, and practical use of various proven techniques for Ice and Cold Water Rescue.

Ice and Cold Weather Training Group Training Ice Rescue
Training Ice Rescue Training Ice Rescue

Training is Critical for Mound Firefighters

MFD trainees enter a burning house - training drill

All firefighters today must be well trained and multi-talented. In this community, firefighters must live within the MFD service area. This requirement, combined with the number of volunteer firefighters serving the area, commonly places MFD firemen as the first on the scene.

MFD answers approximately 600 annual calls per year – these calls are made up of not only fire emergencies, but also emergency medical calls, personal injury accidents, hazardous material incidents, and various community service calls. In support of these emergencies, Mound firefighters must attain diversified skills and be capable of effectively responding to any type of urgent situation or emergency call.

As the needs of our community have changed, the fire service training program has adapted to those needs. Therefore, training and cross-training of firefighters is more important than ever before.

In an average year, the Mound Fire Department staff spends a total of 2,500 – 3,000 hours on training drills alone and each year the training demands increase. Present and future Mound firefighters continue to learn, adapt, and train that they may continue to be well equipped to respond to our customers’ needs.

Staying up-to-date is a big part of MFD training agenda. MFD stays current by attending annual national and state fire conventions, researching state-of-the-art equipment, and taking regular fire certification classes.

In May 2008, the Mound Fire Department completed an intense and detailed audit process that was performed by the staff of Insurance Service Office, Inc (ISO). Throughout March, April and May 2008, the expert Insurance Services Office staff audited the local fire protection resources by working with Mound Fire Department staff to collect information about the quality of public fire protection in the Mound Fire protection area. The MFD protection area includes the cities of Mound, Minnetrista, SpringPark, Minnetonka Beach, and Shorewood.

The Insurance Services Office, Inc. is an independent company that many insurance companies rely on for providing important, up-to-date information about municipal fire protection services within communities like Mound. The ISO has established protection class ratings on more than 44,000 fire districts across the U.S.

The result of the audit process will establish a Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating including a rating of: the Mound Fire Department, the overall fire protection, and the fire service quality in each community that MFD protects. This ISO Public Protection Classification rating is used by virtually all insurers of homes and business property in the U.S.

The goal of, and purpose for this audit is to improve the Mound Fire Department PPC insurance rating in the Mound Fire Protection area. In general, the price of insurance in a community with a good PPC is substantially lower than in a community with a poor PPC.

The Mound Fire department is confident that the results of the audit and the PPC rating will save our residents and businesses owners’ money on their insurance premiums.