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Friday, August 26, 2016

City to Amend Ordinance Regarding Jamestown Fire Department Jurisdiction

The Police and Fire Committee discussed an ordinance in regards to the Jamestown Fire Department and their jurisdiction Thursday. During the meeting, Jamestown Fire Chief Jim Reuther reported that their underwater search equipment and boat were given to them courtesy of a federal grant, and that required them to be on standby should they be needed by another agency. Reuther pointed out that as long as the request did not put the Jamestown Fire Department into a hardship, they would be required to respond to a request. Such as one by the Rapid City, South Dakota Fire Department. Ruether mentioned that he had backups in place in that event. Chief Ruether said that he was required to contact the Mayor or City Administrator before they commit to a situation. Councilman Ramone Gumke brought up the fact that the city trusted their Jamestown Police Chief to make calls on immediate situations like that, the same should go for the Jamestown Fire Department. The City Council unanimously approved to re-amend the ordinance to allow for Chief Reuther to have the authority to just contact either the Mayor or City Administrator in the event of their services and equipment being needed outside of the city.

Bloodhound Joining Jamestown Emergency Fire & Rescue Team

A four-legged friend will be the newest member of the Jamestown Fire Department. Chloe is a purebred bloodhound and will be used for Jamestown Fire Department Rescue situations. Jamestown Fire Chief Jim Reuther stated that Chloe will be fully cared for by himself. Ruether stated that Chloe was donated to the Jamestown Fire Department and Jamestown Community by Ryan & Erin Solberg of Minnesota. Erin stated that they donated Chloe in order to better serve Jamestown. The Solberg’s have been breeding dogs for 7 years and have never bred a dog that went on to be a Search and Rescue animal. Chief Reuther stated that he first had thoughts of having a dog for the department back when he saw a bloodhound in action during a drowning incident on the reservoir. After talks with both Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger and Stutsman County Sheriff Chad Kaiser and over one year of research, Chief Reuther decided it was time. Chief Reuther stated that he’s hopeful if things work out with Chloe, she’ll be ready within in a year with the right training. But with it being a new experience for himself and the department, he’s unsure of when she’ll be trained enough to serve. Chief Reuther will continue bringing Chloe to the department for half-days until she gets acclimated to the sights and sounds of the department.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Mandan house fire displaces 3 adults

PHOTO: Three adults were displaced after a house fire on the 1500 block of Ninth Avenue Southeast in Mandan early Wednesday morning. No one was injured in the fire that burned the side of a trailer home and an adjacent shed, as well as much of the backyard, said Mandan Fire Chief Steve Nardello. Two adults and a dog were home at the time. There is no fire damage to the inside of the home and little smoke damage. The fire started in the shed adjacent to the house, but it is unclear what caused it, Nardello said. Fourteen firefighters responded around 3:30 a.m. and put out the blaze. Neighbor Garry Riplinger said the flames rose as high as the tree tops, burning two apple trees in his backyard, as well. He said the whole yard was orange and embers were flying. The fire also damaged some wiring and a transformer that provides power to several houses in the neighborhood, said Montana-Dakota Utilities spokesman Mark Hanson. MDU shut off electricity for eight nearby customers from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., in order to repair the equipment. The American Red Cross is providing immediate assistance to the residents, including temporary housing in a local hotel, according to a release from the organization. Damages are estimated by the fire department at $5,000.
Bismarck Tribune

Carrington Fire Department Called To Scrap Yard Fire

The Carrington City Fire Department had a busy evening at the scrap yard Tuesday night. Carrington Fire Chief Ken Wangen reports that a large pile of scrapped cars were ignited after the owner had a small spark fly from his blade as he was cutting up scrap metal. “The owner was cutting scrap and it sparked a small blaze that quickly got away from him,” Chief Wangen reported. New Rockford and Jamestown Rural Fire Departments sent tankers and men to help defend a house and barn on the property. “We also had water trucks from Rosenau’s and Carr’s to supplement the tankers. Also, add that the Nursing Home had an automated alarm that we had to respond a crew to. Neither incident had any injuries and the loss was contained to the scrapped vehicles,” Wangen stated. Roughly 21 men with the Carrington Fire Department responded with two pumpers and two tankers.

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