North Dakota News

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Windy, dry conditions spark blaze south of Mandan

A fire broke out Tuesday afternoon after a farmer hit a rock while cutting hay. According to the Mandan Rural Fire Department, the fire sparked just before 5 p.m. in a field off of 45th Street and Spring Creek Road south of Mandan. The blaze burned up about 20 or 25 acres before firefighters were able to get it out. Dry and windy conditions fanned the flames, leading to threats to area structures. "At first it was okay but then with the wind it was getting close and we were having trouble gaining access due to the creek and the low spots that were in it but then we saved it,” Fire Chief Lynn Gustin said. “It didn't get in anybody's yards, it got close but it didn't get into anything."
KFYR-TV NBC 5 Bismarck

Hay bales catch fire on I-94 between Taylor and Gladstone

PHOTO: Gladstone Rural Fire Chief Joe Wanner said about 52 bales of hay caught fire on a combined trailer heading west on Interstate 94 between Gladstone and Taylor on Tuesday afternoon. The fire shut down part of I-94 for sometime to fight the blaze and clean up. The cause of the blaze is unknown. The driver of the semi was not harmed.
Dickinson Press

Fargo Fire Department Teaching Students About Fire Safety

VIDEO: Firefighters talked to elementary students to remind them that when it comes to an emergency, you can never be too prepared. As part of the Fargo Fire Department’s “Learn Not to Burn” education program, Lincoln Elementary School had firefighters talk to grades K-2 about how to prepare for an emergency. The fire department emphasized the importance of having a school and home fire safety plan. “It’s very important, especially to have an escape plan with their family in case an emergency happens at their home,” said First Grade Teacher, Stacie Dawson.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Missouri Valley Division Headline: After criticism over hiring of Omaha fire chief, Mayor proposes change to city codes to clarify selection process

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is proposing a city ordinance to address concerns that arose during the hiring of Fire Chief Dan Olsen in December. The ordinance would amend city codes that spell out how finalists are selected for promotions in Omaha’s Police and Fire Departments. The proposed changes are part of the city’s efforts to resolve matters raised in a lawsuit against the city over Stothert’s promotion of Olsen to chief, according to a letter to the council from the mayor and officials in the City Law and Human Resources Departments. [Read the letter here.] Battalion Chiefs Robb Gottsch and Dan Stolinski, both finalists for the position, sued Stothert and the city in February. Their lawsuit, in Douglas County District Court, asked for the hiring of Olsen to be declared void.
Omaha World-Herald

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