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Friday, June 15, 2018

Rochester Fire Department trains for water rescues as summer kicks off

Firefighters are spending today on the water for rescue and recovery training. The Rochester fire department has 3 different boats at their disposal, all with different strengths and weaknesses. The watercraft are spread across the area so the closest crew can be quickly dispatched. The annual training is done early in the summer season as people start looking for ways to keep cool. Crews are practicing different methods and maneuvers with a dummy so they can be as familiar with the procedures as possible. "We're an all-hazards department," RFD Captain Caleb Feine said. "Depending on what the call is, we have to be skilled and trained in everything, so this is just us working for the city." Swimmers are advised to stick to their own comfort levels and follow all safety procedures, such as wearing a life vest.
KTTC-TV Rochester

Winsted: Concertgoer gets head stuck in tailpipe at Winstock Music Festival

Apparently there IS a thing as too much fun. A young woman at the recently-held Winstock Music Festival has a story to tell... or not tell... to her kids and grandkids after getting her head stuck in the tailpipe of a truck. Yep... a truck tailpipe. At this point the details of how she got there, or what motivated the incident are unclear, but alcohol may have (wink wink) played a role. The McLeod County Sheriff's Department confirms she was cited for underage drinking and escorted from the grounds once her head was removed from the exhaust pipe, which was no easy task. The Winsted Fire Department was called in, and used a power saw to aid in the extrication. The fire chief says he was told it was the second time the young woman had put her head in the tailpipe that day. The first time she apparently was able to get out OK.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

‘We Support Him’: St. Paul Firefighter Receives U.S. Citizenship

It is a new day for about 250 Minnesotans after two naturalization ceremonies took place Wednesday at St. Paul’s Landmark Center. The oath of citizenship is the final step in a long journey for a group of Minnesotans born in 41 other countries. Each one of them stood as a judge read the name of their home countries. One of our newest United States citizens is someone who has already been making a difference in the community. Ulicer Sanchez, 28, is a St. Paul firefighter. He stood alone in representing Belize, but joining him at the ceremony were members of his St. Paul Fire Department family. “Once I started the EMS Academy to the point I am today, I’ve joined a family of 400-plus members, and they make me feel at home every day,” Sanchez said.

City of Duluth backs chiefs as firefighters union supports censuring fire chief, deputy chief

The Duluth firefighters union voted to support a draft resolution censuring Fire Chief Dennis Edwards and Deputy Chief Shawn Krizaj — a move the city of Duluth says is in response to a potential change to the union status of the assistant fire chiefs and fire marshal. The Duluth Firefighters Local 101 unanimously approved last week to forward a draft censure resolution, expressing "severe disapproval" of Edwards and Krizaj, to the International Association of Fire Fighters for consideration at its August convention, according to a statement from the local's executive board. ... In its own statement about the censure resolution, the city of Duluth pointed out that the union's resolution is coming on the heels of the city's application to the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services to determine whether the Duluth Fire Department's assistant chiefs, who are members of the union, are "supervisory employees" under the Minnesota Public Employee Labor Relations Act. Edward and Krizaj have maintained and improved the excellence of the department amid budget challenges since they stepped into the leadership roles in 2016, according to the city's statement, which added, "Change and innovation can be challenging for any organization."

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