Iowa News

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

In case of emergency, Muscatine County could turn to the amateurs

The Muscatine County emergency management director doubts it will ever happen. But if the county’s digital communication systems were to fail during a catastrophe, a local group of amateur radio enthusiasts say they have the backup plan. A team of 20 engineers, hobbyists and old-school radio gear-heads has formed the Muscatine County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, as part of the Muscatine Amateur Radio Club. They’ve been working since last June to refurbish a trailer suited with emergency service radio equipment. It is one of 10 trailers brought to Iowa around 11 years ago by a Homeland Security grant, according to local member Scott Richardson.
Muscatine Journal

Storm Lake Firefighter Treated For Injuries Sustained In Sunday Night Business Fire

A Storm Lake firefighter received minor injuries while battling a blaze in a local business building. The fire department responded to the scene at 800 Oneida St. at approximately 11:35 p.m. Sunday night to find heavy smoke and visible flames on the west side of the structure. Firefighters were able to extinguish the large blaze that was burning above the ceiling in an office area while a second crew attacked it through the west window. The fire was contained to the center suite of the business complex with heavy smoke damage to the rest of the building that houses the Social Security Services, The Cornerstone and Trusted Energy.
KCIM-AM 1380

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Fire destroys hog buildings near Moville

Fire crews battled a blaze that damaged several livestock buildings near Moville, Monday afternoon. The fire was first reported shortly before 3:00pm in the 3000 block on 185th Street. The blaze began as a grass fire, but quickly spread to the buildings. Flames did major damage before firefighters, from several area departments-- including Moville and Pierson, Iowa-- could bring the flames under control.

Knoxville Township: Fire destroys barn owned by state House candidate

Fire destroyed a barn Monday night on Lucas Drive east of Knoxville. The structure is owned by state Trooper Jon Thorup, a candidate for Iowa House District 28. No people or livestock were injured in the fire. Crews were dispatched shortly before 8 p.m. to the barn, which Knoxville Township Rural Fire Chief Kenny Thompson described a catch-all structure. The corrugated metal building contained firewood and scrap metal. The cause of the fire will be investigated, Thompson said. Other crews responding included Clay Township Rural Fire, Pella Fire Department and Indiana Township Rural Fire.
Knoxville Journal-Express

Woman Escapes Afternoon House Fire in Des Moines

VIDEO: Paramedics took one woman to the hospital after she escaped a house fire on Monday afternoon. Crews were called to the 2200 block of East Walnut at approximately 1:40 p.m. Heavy smoke and flames were coming out of the home, and witnesses say a woman escaped through a back window. She is being treated, but her condition is currently unknown. Firefighters were able to quickly knock out the fire and are currently working to determine the cause.
WHO-TV NBC 13 Des Moines

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