Iowa News

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Camanche Fire Department notes volunteer shortage

The Camanche Fire Department is hoping to fill out its ranks as it deals with an all-time low in the number of volunteers while at the same time is faced with a projected all-time high in call volume. Camanche Fire Chief Dave Schutte said the Camanche Fire Department this year had responded to almost 600 calls, with a month left in the year. He said they had 518 calls all of last year. The department had 39 people on the fire department roster when Schutte started in 1991 and has been at around 30 members over the past 10 years. He said they are down to 24 volunteers, which includes four or five nurses who run on the ambulance with the fire department. He said they have less than 20 people who are certified in firefighting. The department also has a junior firefighting program, now in its fifth year.
Clinton Herald

Firefighters battle flames for hours at Strawberry Point boarding home

VIDEO: Multiple agencies responded to fight a fire in Strawberry Point on Monday, which left at least five people displaced. It was just about 1 p.m. when the Strawberry Point and Edgewood fire departments started fighting a fire at Circle of Life Missions, which rents rooms to individuals and assists seniors. Strawberry Point Police Chief Ryan Evans said they first got everyone out. "There was five or six elderly people that were in there. We escorted them out safely without problems," Evans said. "We were able to relocate them to the city hall. The Red Cross came out to help us." The logistics of battling the flames were left to the firefighters.
KCRG-TV ABC 9 Cedar Rapids

New Explorer post focusing on Fire, EMS opportunities in Muscatine

A new Fire/EMS Explorer Post has been formed in Muscatine sponsored by the Muscatine Fire Department, providing a hands-on program for boys and girls 15- to 20-years-old to learn about careers in Fire and EMS. “There was an explorer post a couple of years ago and we are bringing it back,” Roy Patterson, Muscatine firefighter, said. The post meets at 7 p.m. at the Public Safety Building on the first and third Thursday of each month with the first meeting focusing on firefighting activities and the second meeting focused on EMS and special rescue training. “This is a great opportunity to learn about careers in Fire and EMS,” Patterson said.
Muscatine, Iowa

Monday, December 10, 2018

Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department: Volunteer firefighter Schwarz moves up in ranks

To keep up with the city’s needs, the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department hired a long-time volunteer firefighter into the new position of Battalion Chief. Steve Schwarz, who’s served with the department since 2001, will start in the full-time position, Jan. 7, 2019. “The city is growing at a phenomenal rate right now and the city is slowly catching up. It’s great that they’re adding on,” Schwarz said. “The position was created because of the workload,” Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper added. “We’re an all-hazards department, so we do more than just putting out fires. The number of emergency calls is up, the number of service calls is up, all our requests are up, so it was a needed position.” Schwarz earned the position over nine other applicants.
LeMars Daily Sentinel

Evans sentenced to life in prison for murdering Cedar Rapids woman

VIDEO: The man who killed a Cedar Rapids woman and burned down her garage to cover the crime will spend the rest of his life in prison. 39-year-old Timothy Evans pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the death of Gina Frederiksen. Originally Evans had also faced charges of robbery, burglary, and arson. Evans plea to first-degree murder carries with it that mandatory life in prison sentence without parole. What is unique is about this situation is that this was not a plea deal but rather an act of guilty conscience from Evans. In a Linn County courtroom Friday, Evans waived his right to a trial, opting instead to change his plea from not guilty to guilty. He also requested the judge impose an immediate sentence.

Firefighters on scene of house fire in rural Scott County

Firefighters from multiple departments are on the scene of a house fire that began this morning near the intersection of 235th Street and 277th Avenue rural Scott County in Princeton. Smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles. Traffic is being redirected around the area.
Quad-City Times

Fire crews still searching for cause of Davenport house fire

VIDEO: Detectives are trying to figure our what caused a Davenport home to go up in flames on Sunday night. Fire crews were called to Iowa Street near Genesis East just after 6 p.m. for heavy smoke and flames coming from the main floor and attic of a Davenport home. Firefighters set up ladders and other equipment to better fight the fire. Crews say no one was home at the time, and no pets were inside.
WQAD-TV 8 (Davenport/Rock Island/Moline)

Marion man faces arson charge after allegedly setting fire to cars

A Marion man is accused of arson after he allegedly set fire to two vehicles over the weekend. According to the criminal complaint, Patrick I. Stalkfeet set fire to two vehicles Saturday in the 600 block of Fifth Avenue in Marion. The complaint states one of the fires spread to a nearby garage. Police estimated the fires caused damage in excess of $500. Police said Stalkfeet admitted to setting the fires, according to the complaint. Stalkfeet faces a charge of second-degree arson, a class-C felony.
Cedar Rapids Gazette

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