North Dakota News

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Minot Fire Department gets ice rescue training

VIDEO: When it comes to someone falling through thin ice, it's a matter of acting quickly and knowing what to do. That's why the Minot Fire Department chose Monday for a training session on what their first responders should do if the emergency occurred. The firefighters practiced a variety of techniques, from tossing ropes and buoys to a victim, to crawling across the ice to save the person. And, most importantly working as a team.

St. Thomas man charged in shooting will plead not guilty to arson count

A St. Thomas man accused of shooting a man he found in his home with his wife is denying setting fire to his estranged wife's home. Thirty-one-year-old Brandon Thompson late last month was charged with arson, criminal mischief, disobeying a judicial order and simple assault. Defense attorney Robert Fleming says Thompson will plead not guilty. Fleming says he's confident that investigators will determine the fire damage was accidental.
Wahpeton Daily News

Monday, December 5, 2016

Emergency officials: We won’t let pipeline protesters freeze

The head of North Dakota's emergency management services says the state is prepared to respond to Dakota Access pipeline protesters who may need help during a winter storm or some other crisis. State Homeland Security Director Greg Wilz said it would be a "huge challenge," especially during a mass evacuation, but his office has winter shelter plans in place and various agencies are ready to respond. "The bottom line here is, if we are in a situation of life and limb, we are going to be humane in anything and everything we do," Wilz said. "We aren't going to let somebody out there freeze. So if they start evacuating en masse looking for shelter — which I highly suspect will happen — we would take care of that."
Bismarck Tribune

Fire Departments encourage residents to Adopt a Fire Hydrant

North Dakota winters give the Fire Department a whole new playing field when it comes to first response. A North Dakota fireman spoke about some of the difficulties the cold weather brings to the job. North Dakota Fire Departments encourage residents to "adopt a fire hydrant." John Gustafson: "The adopt a fire hydrant program is important because we need access to that water and we need it in a hurry. And if the hydrant is obstructed, we can't get it. " Gustafson is a firefighter in Bismarck. He says with the snowfall the state normally sees, there are many new factors to consider.
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