Iowa News

Monday, March 27, 2017

Luana struggling to raise money for a new fire station

VIDEO: It's no secret, small town cities struggle to get funding for infrastructure. That includes some places across eastern Iowa. The town of Luana, which is in Clayton County, has been struggling to raise money to replace its antiquated fire station. In one year of fundraising, they are not halfway to meeting their goal of $300,000. The Assistant Fire Chief Keith Johnson says, "It started off pretty good, but after one year I think we're still working on donations. I guess it never comes in as fast as you want to."
KCRG-TV ABC 9 Cedar Rapids

Dunbar returns to Dayton and takes on double roles

On occasion, Nick Dunbar, the Dayton fire chief and Dayton police chief, literally gets to wear the fire helmet from one job with the police uniform from the other. It’s what happens when you’re on duty as a police officer and something catches on fire. You go to the station, fire up a truck, put on your helmet — then go. Dunbar’s fire career and law enforcement careers run parallel courses. They’ve both been lifetime interests and they’ve both brought him to Dayton and witnessed his return there after a short absence. “Way back in the day,” Dunbar joked, “I started as a reservist with the University Heights Police on Sept. 19, 2001.”
Fort Dodge Messenger

Quad-County first responders participate in annual training

VIDEO: First Responders had the chance touch up their skills in Waterloo Saturday. The Quad-County Fire Association held their annual fire and rescue training. Firefighters from around the state participated. The one day training is partially paid for by grants.It's only $25.00 per firefighter, and instructors volunteer their time to teach the exercises.
KCRG-TV ABC 9 Cedar Rapids

Le Mars Fire Department Called To House Fire During Banquet

Just as the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was about to begin their annual banquet and awards program being held Saturday evening at the Willow Creek Golf Course Club, the sound of beeping occurred on nearly 30 different pagers. The Plymouth County Communications reported a house was on fire near 8th Street southwest. Immediately, 30 people raced out the door. Fire Chief Dave Schipper jumped in his command vehicle while wearing a dress shirt, tie, and blazer.
KLEM AM-1410 & FM-96.9

Waterloo fire under investigation; bottle thrown through window

VIDEO: A fire in Waterloo early this morning is being called suspicious. It happened at 155 Monroe Street after 2:00 a.m. No one was hurt. Police records show officers found leaves on fire and a broken beer bottle in the kitchen that had been lit and thrown through a window. So far, there are no suspects.
KWWL-TV NBC 7 Waterloo

Friday, March 24, 2017

Ames community honors firefighter’s life

The Ames Fire Department lost not only a fire fighter on March 17, but also an avid bike rider and proud kilt wearer who was described by all who knew him as one of the warmest and selfless people they ever knew. Ames emergency personnel and other community members joined the friends and family of the recently deceased firefighter, Steve Buser, in honoring his life. Firefighters, police officers and others stood with hands to their head, saluting as Buser's loved ones made their way to the 3 p.m. service at the Ames City Hall's auditorium. The sound of a bagpipe filled the space. This and a kilt belonging to Buser displayed on the stage represented Buser's Irish heritage.
Iowa State Daily

Clarinda impacted by fire testing

A statewide scandal over test results certified by the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau has flared up once again. A total of 94 fire departments, including Clarinda, felt the sting of the latest findings. Clarinda Fire Chief Roger Williams said he was notified by letter Wednesday, March 15, that at least one member of the department was affected by the controversy. “I was hoping we escaped this fiasco, but evidently we didn’t. I have heard there were some other surrounding departments that also had issues,” Williams said.
Clarinda Herald-Journal

Pella Police and Fire Department participate in Fight for Air Climb

Pella's Fire Department and Police Department are both participating in the Fight For Air Climb on April 9, which raises funds to fight lung disease and lung cancer. A team, which will be comprised of four people, will climb flights of stairs in downtown Des Moines. All together, the entire team will climb 85 floors, or about 1,796 steps. Each team member is assigned one building to climb. Both the fire department and the police department will climb stairs in full gear. This is the third year the Pella Fire Department has participated in the Fight for Air Climb.
Knoxville Journal-Express

Follow Up: Dubuque mother and son describe 7-year-old boy’s jump from his burning home

VIDEO: He was afraid he would break his legs. Those were the thoughts of a 7-year-old Dubuque boy as he jumped out the window of his burning home. That fire happened Tuesday afternoon in 2700 block of Jackson Street. On Tuesday afternoon, Latoya Marxson was making lunch for her son, Catonious,7, when she says she got an important phone call and left the kitchen. "I guess the pot got too hot while I was out of the room. Once the smoke detectors were going off, I came out and discovered smoke in the kitchen. I realized I couldn't get through,” said Latoya.
KCRG-TV ABC 9 Cedar Rapids

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