Iowa News

Friday, June 15, 2018

Dog dies after Sioux City garage fire

VIDEO: Crews battled the near-90 degree heat Thursday evening, after a garage in Sioux City burst into flames. Officials say that around 6-30 tonight, Sioux City Fire Rescue received a call of a structure on fire at the 3200 block of Grandview Avenue. When crews arrived on scene, they realized the fire was coming from behind the home, from the garage. Officials say the main body of the fire is contained to the garage, that is attached to the back of the house. The garage did have a couple of cars in it. "There was one person home at the time, he was working on the car from my understanding," said Dan Cougill, Assistant Fire Chief, Sioux City Fire Rescue. "So we're trying to piece that together."

Linn County Fair hoping to improve safety with better PA system

VIDEO: A close call with weather at last year’s Linn County Fair in Central City is prompting fair managers to make some public safety improvements. A funnel cloud passed close to the fairgrounds on the first day of the fair in June of 2017. No one was hurt but high winds did damage a fair building and some campers. Heidi Steffen, fair marketing manager, said the fair doesn’t have a public address system that reaches inside every building or to all the grounds outside. So getting out a warning to people to take cover quickly last year was impossible. The plan now is to expand the audio system so fair goers can get weather warnings and important information wherever they are on the grounds.
KCRG-TV ABC 9 Cedar Rapids

Heavy rains bring flash flooding across parts of Iowa

Flash flood warnings are posted for parts of northwest and central Iowa after a deluge of rain this morning. Barricades are posted to block off flooded streets and highways in many areas. The Hamilton County town of Stanhope got between six and nine inches of rain, according to Stanhope Fire Chief Mike Hanson. “We just got a heavy rain and it just kept on raining,” Chief Hanson says. “We had to shut down Highway 17 through town here. I’m sure a lot of people got water in their basements. I hope this just dies down and we can check out the damage.” There are flooded fields between Webster City and Stanhope. The rain should be ending soon, though very hot weather is in store for the weekend.
Radio Iowa

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Humboldt Volunteer Firefighter Accused of Driving Fire Truck while Drunk Resigns

VIDEO: A Humboldt volunteer firefighter has resigned after being accused of driving a fire engine drunk. Police say Jeffery Feaster was charged with operating while under the influence on June 6th. His resignation will go into effect immediately. Officers say he was responding to a 911 call when police on scene said he smelled like alcohol and was slurring his speech. Feaster's blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit. There are no rules preventing firefighters from drinking before the start of their shift. The Iowa Firefighter's Association says both volunteer and paid firefighters are encouraged to not respond to a call if they are impaired for feel they won't be able to perform their duties.
WHO-TV NBC 13 Des Moines

West Branch Fire Department goes through active shooter training

VIDEO: Avoid, Deny, Defend: that's what one volunteer fire department in eastern Iowa wants to teach others to do while under an attack. Training sessions are not unusual for the West Branch Fire Department. The meetings happen at least once a month. Sandy Heick leads all trainings. But Wednesday night's meeting had a different twist. She taught her fellow firefighters the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events, known as CRASE. The training looks at previous mass shootings to see how people successfully escaped. First, people should try to avoid the situation, or run away.
KCRG-TV ABC 9 Cedar Rapids

Council Bluffs City Council approves union contract

The Council Bluffs City Council approved a two-year contract with some unionized city employees during a special meeting Wednesday night. The contract covers Council Bluffs Police and Fire Department civilian employees and Public Works sewer, street and alley; treatment plant; equipment maintenance; engineering; and administrative divisions, along with Parks, Recreation and Public Property; Health; City Clerk; Finance; Legal; and Planning and Community Development Department employees. Supervisors and confidential secretaries are excluded, along with all non-union sworn personnel of the Police and Fire Departments. Police Chief Tim Carmody and Fire Chief Justin James argued on Wednesday that the 2.5 percent would do a better job keeping a cushion between ranks, which ensures qualified candidates continue to apply to rise through the ranks.
Council Bluffs Nonpareil

Camanche Fire Department to get upgrades

The Camanche Fire Department’s building will receive a gutter replacement after the Camanche City Council approved the low bid from Beckwith Commercial Roofing to complete the project. The city of Camanche received bids from two companies to complete gutter replacement. Beckwith, located in Clinton, submitted two bids, one for the gutter replacement and one for seam repair. The bid for the gutter replacement is for $5,672, The bid includes the removal of existing gutters, disposal of debris and providing and installing a 24-gauge, white steel, 7-inch seamless gutter.
Clinton Herald

Man found near Des Moines River hospitalized

A man who was found laying on the bank of the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge Wednesday morning was taken to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center by ambulance. Fire Department Capt. Steve Teske said the man had apparently been in the water at some point before he was spotted on the river bank near what’s commonly called the little dam. He said firefighters learned about the man in an unusual way. He said a fisherman who spotted the individual drove to the firehouse at 1515 Central Ave. and knocked on the back door at about 7 a.m. Firefighters split up and began searching both sides of the river.
Fort Dodge Messenger

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