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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Cedar Falls public safety building plans advance

The city’s efforts to build a new nearly $11 million public safety building in the south part of town to house fire and police operations could proceed in December. Details of the plan and proposed timetable were outlined for the City Council Monday. In May, council members unanimously approved a contract for about $611,000 with InVision Architecture of Waterloo to design the building, which would be built on the site of the existing south fire station near the intersection of Greenhill Road and South Main Street.
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Early Morning Fire Burns at Des Moines Salvage Yard

Fire crews were called out to a salvage yard near the Des Moines Sewage Treatment plant Wednesday morning after receiving a report of vehicles on fire. The call came in around 5:46 a.m. after an employee of Copart, 3300 Vandalia, arrived at work and saw smoke and flames coming from the salvage yard. When firefighters arrived they found several cars were on fire. Because of the distance off the road and a lack of hydrants in the area, water was trucked in to help firefighters put out the fire.
WHO-TV NBC 13 Des Moines

Only Minor Injuries Reported In Trench Collapse Near Halbur

A man is fortunate to escape relatively unharmed after a trench collapsed on him Tuesday morning. At approximately 10:30 a.m., the Halbur Fire Department responded to the scene of the cave-in a few miles northeast of Halbur. A construction team was attempting to trench a ditch at the time and one of the workers, whose name has not been released, was standing in the channel when the walls buckled. When first-responders arrived, they found the individual partially buried in the soil.
KCIM-AM 1380

Clinton Police respond to reports of explosion, discover device in roadway

On Monday, August 21, at 9:00 a.m., the Clinton Police and Fire units were dispatched to the 300 block of 21st Place in Clinton, after neighbors reported hearing a loud bang and observing smoke rise from the roadway. Once on scene, responders found an expended device in the street. Remnants of the device were turned over to the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of State Fire Marshal for examination.
WQAD-TV 8 (Davenport/Rock Island/Moline)

Cedar Rapids approves fireworks use ban, limits sales

Cedar Rapids has voted to ban use of fireworks after a noisy first-run with legalization turned sour. The Cedar Rapids City Council at its meeting Tuesday voted 6-1, with Mayor Ron Corbett opposing, to ban fireworks use in city limits and restrict sales to industrial zones. Pat Shey and Justin Shields both supported the use ban, but were not present for the vote. Council members spoke out in force after getting bombarded with angry emails and phone calls in recent weeks.
Cedar Rapids Gazette

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eisentrager named new Iowa Falls Fire Department chief

The Iowa Falls City Council voted Monday to accept a recommendation from a Fire Chief Search Committee and appoint Scott Eisentrager to be the next chief. Chief Rick Gustin, who has served 13 years as head of the department, announced in January 2016 that he hoped to step down to spend more time focused on his growing business, Iowa Falls Heating/AC/Plumbing. In June 2016 the search for his replacement was suspended because of a “limited number of applications”. At the time, Gustin agreed to continue to serve as chief until a replacement could be found.
Iowa Falls Times-Citizen

Drone helps find six people stranded in Allamakee County

VIDEO: Drones are becoming a vital tool for first responders across Eastern Iowa. Authorities used one to find six people stranded along the Yellow River near Effigy Mounds last night. That’s in Allamakee County. The Allamakee County Sheriff's office called the Decorah Fire Department for help from their drone. It helped them spot the six who got lost while tubing. Decorah Firefighter Zack Kerndt was sitting at home Sunday night when he and his drone skills answered a call for help.
KCRG-TV ABC 9 Cedar Rapids

Des Moines man saves cat and military papers from fire

Randy Pierce says he was walking home from the store when he saw smoke coming from his apartment building. He climbed three flights in thick smoke to rescue his cat and save his military documents. "When I got to my apartment it was full of smoke. I had to get my cat, my ID and important stuff." He says. "My military records are all in here, so." He said, patting a thick paper folder. "Me and her got out alright." When WHO Radio News talked with Pierce, he was sitting on a doorstep across the street in the rain, holding his cat, watching firefighters across the street at East 16th and Grand Avenue.
WHO-AM 1040 Des Moines

Oelwein Fire Department hosts competition, skills challenge

The Oelwein Fire Department took part in some competitive training exercises Saturday in the sunshine and heat of a late August afternoon. The department held a waterball competition with 10 visiting departments competing in a double elimination tournament including both men’s and women’s categories. Oelwein volunteer firefighter Matt Derifield and his colleague Ryan Haar brought the competition back to Oelwein after a 15-year hiatus.
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