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  • Farmington Fire Department invests in first aerial ladder truck
    Farmington Fire Department’s first aerial ladder fire truck will soon be ready to deploy to fire and rescue calls. The city has never owned its own aerial fire truck throughout its long history and has relied on mutual aid from neighboring fire departments to bring a ladder truck for rescues and to fight fires.
    - PUB DATE: 1/22/2020 10:37:05 AM - SOURCE: HometownSource - Metered Site
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  • Taking a back seat: Fergus Falls City Council drops fire station upgrade from sales tax scenario
    Fergus Falls Fire Chief Ryan Muchow was asked to “take one for the city” Tuesday night as the City Council voted 6-1 in favor of a sales-tax scenario which the Minnesota Legislature might green light. By dropping the $11,113,200 the fire department needs to upgrade their station and reducing the amounts which the proposed aquatics center, trails plan and DeLagoon Park upgrades were asking, the sales-tax plan dropped from $36,162,000 scenario to one of $21,151,200.
    - PUB DATE: 1/21/2020 10:11:30 PM - SOURCE: Fergus Falls Journal
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  • Cause undetermined of fire that destroyed Rushford family's home
    The exact cause of the fire that destroyed a rural Rushford home and severely injured its occupants may never be known after a lead investigator with the State Fire Marshal Division was unable to determine its cause. Lead investigator Steve Wolf concluded on Jan. 10 that the fire originated at the lower level and north side of the home, but due to the severe damage to both the home and its contents, Wolf was unable to pinpoint an exact area or define a point of origin.
    - PUB DATE: 1/22/2020 3:48:39 AM - SOURCE: Post-Bulletin
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  • January Proving To Be Busy Month For Minnesota Firefighters
    The Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross has responded to 40 house and apartment fires in the first 21 days of the year, averaging two fires a day across the state. David Schoeneck, a volunteer with the Minnesota Red Cross, says January is one of the busiest months for fires in our state. The fires are caused by various reasons.
    - PUB DATE: 1/21/2020 4:59:40 PM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
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  • 1 dead in St. Paul's first fatal fire of the year
    A victim died after a residential fire early Saturday morning in the North End neighborhood St. Paul, authorities said. The St. Paul Fire Department said crews responded to a report of a fire around 2:35 a.m. in a four-apartment residence on the 400 block of Front Avenue. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they saw smoke coming from the second floor of the building.
    - PUB DATE: 1/18/2020 4:06:51 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
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  • St. Paul Fire's Sarah Reasoner finishes 5th out of 9 in 'World's Strongest Firefighter'
    A St. Paul firefighter is putting her muscle to the test this weekend. Sarah Reasoner of the St. Paul Fire Department was in California competing for the title of "World's Strongest Firefighter" — and she was the only woman in the contest, according to the department. According to Arnold Sports, the organizers behind the contest, Reasoner finished in fifth place in a field of nine firefighters.
    - PUB DATE: 1/19/2020 2:41:38 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
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  • Rochester Fire Department: Two new captains sworn in on Saturday
    Two firefighers celebrated their promotions in front of their families and friends on Saturday. They were promoted from the position of firefighter to captains. Captain Eric Fix and Captain Brent Graunke received their ceremonial pins at a ceremony held Saturday morning at Fire Station 1. As part of the ceremony, the new captains had their bugles pinned to their collars by members of their family.
    - PUB DATE: 1/18/2020 4:05:32 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
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  • Man suffers burns, 2 dogs die in Frazee house fire
    A man is badly hurt after a house fire in northern Minnesota. The fire happened in Frazee, south of Detroit Lakes, just after 8 p.m. Monday. According to Frazee Fire Department, the 24-year-old man suffered severe burns and was airlifted. Two dogs died in the fire, authorities said. The house, which was along the 500 block of East Main Avenue, was considered to be a total loss.
    - PUB DATE: 1/21/2020 3:48:30 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
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  • Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View: Fire safety pioneer retires after nearly 22 years with department
    Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department Community Risk Reduction Fire and Life Safety Educator Becky Booker recently retired after serving 21 1/2 years with the department. Before she retired late last year, Booker was given a golden axe to mark over 20 years. “Becky is fantastic, and she will be greatly missed by the Fire Department,” SBM Fire Chief Charlie Smith said.
    - PUB DATE: 1/18/2020 5:08:15 AM - SOURCE: HometownSource
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  • St. Paul's emergency responders face brutal cold during terror event drill at Allianz Field
    Sub-zero temperatures might slow some things down, but some work is important enough that crews can’t take a day off because of the weather. In this case, the bitter cold is actually helping emergency responders in St. Paul prepare for the absolute worst. “Logistically, it’s been a huge challenge,” said Capt.
    - PUB DATE: 1/16/2020 9:02:50 PM - SOURCE: KMSP-TV FOX 9 Minneapolis
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