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Thursday, July 2, 2015
Fuller takes over as West Fargo fire chief    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Dan Fuller always wanted to be firefighter while growing up in Massachusetts. "I came from a family of firefighters," said West Fargo's new 34-year-old fire chief. His father, cousin and sister are all firefighters, serving with the same 26-member fire department in Topsfield, Mass., a community of about 6,000 located 23 miles north of Boston. Fuller officially becomes West Fargo fire chief on July 1, the same month his father retires after 40 years with the Topsfield Fire Department. Fuller started with the West Fargo Fire Department on May 4 doing a 60-day internship with Chief Roy Schatschneider, who is retiring on June 30 after 35 years with the department. Schatschneider, hired as a firefighter in 1979, was named fire chief in 1993 when former chief Roger Olson retired. "I have been learning as I go," Fuller said. "He has been mentoring me and helping me out." Fuller takes over the combination full-time and volunteer department comprised of 40 volunteers, himself and two full-time paid inspectors. His wife and three children will be moving to West Fargo, he said. Fuller has a bachelor of science degree in fire service administration from Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, and a master's degree in public administration from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass. In July, he will enroll in the first year of a four-year training program with the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program. "Six months of every year I will be working on that weeknights and weekends," Fuller said. The program requires him to do one applied research project each year. "I'm most likely going to do a really in-depth response time analysis for the city" during his first year, he said. Irregular West Fargo Fire Department response times were the subject of a 2014 Fargo Forum story showing that more than 85 percent of response times were rounded to the minute and some were impossibly short. West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern suggested the city conduct and external response time review.
West Fargo Pioneer

Understanding West Fargo’s new fireworks rules    view comments tweat me share on facebook
The city of West Fargo has adopted new regulations relating to the possession and discharge of fireworks within the city. It is now permissible for any individual who is at least 12 years of age to use, explode or possess any retail fireworks within the limits of the city of West Fargo, commencing July 4 at 8 a.m. CST, and ending on July 4 at 11:59 p.m. CST, and commencing on Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. CST, and ending on Jan. 1 at 1 a.m. CST. The individual use, explosion or possession of fireworks at any other time during the year is prohibited. A person is restricted as to their own property or to property where they have permission to be. No person shall ignite, discharge or use fireworks on publicly owned or controlled property, including but not limited to, park property, city or county property, school property or federally owned property without prior written authorization from the governing board or authorized representative of the public entity, which owns or controls the property. No person shall ignite, discharge or use fireworks on any property owned or controlled by another person or entity without the express permission of the owner or person or entity in control of the property. Under certain conditions the fire chief can further limit the discharge of fireworks. The provision providing for use and possession of fireworks during specified dates and times may be suspended by the chief of the West Fargo Fire Department when a burning ban has been issued for the state of North Dakota, Cass County or the city of West Fargo.
West Fargo Pioneer

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Friend who pulled UND student out of burning home given award for heroism   view comments tweat me share on facebook
After Ryan Nelson pulled his friend Matt Heisler from a burning Grand Forks, N.D., house in March 2014, he performed CPR to get Heisler’s heart started again. Heisler, 21, of Lakeville, Minn., would later die in the hospital. But his heart is still beating, donated in an organ transplant. Tuesday, Nelson, 22, of Eagan, Minn., was honored for his actions, with an announcement that he has received the Carnegie Hero Fund medal. The national award, founded by industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, honors individuals who have risked their lives “to an extraordinary degree” attempting to save the life of another. Only about 100 Minnesotans have received the medal in the 111 years the award has been in existence. Nelson and Heisler were childhood friends who both attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. They were also roommates in a house they rented. Early on March 16, 2014, Nelson returned home to the house and found it filled with dense smoke from a fire that had broken out in the kitchen. He knew his friend was sleeping inside, but the smoke forced him back outside. He shouted for Heisler, and then ran to the rear of the house, broke a window to Heisler’s bedroom and climbed in to search for him. Nelson couldn’t find his friend in the bedroom, so he crawled back into the house through the front door and found Heisler lying unconscious on the floor of the living room. Nelson dragged him out and worked to resuscitate him until firefighters arrived. “I can’t really remember too much at all,” Nelson said Tuesday. “It happened so fast.”
Grand Forks Herald

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