Iowa News

Friday, May 24, 2019

A salute to Webster County EMS providers

In Webster County and all across America, teams of dedicated professionals stand ready to render medical assistance in emergencies. For some this is their career. For many others, it is a volunteer undertaking that is performed in addition to their normal employment. It’s impossible to overstate how important emergency medical service (EMS) personnel can be to just about any of us in a moment when knowledgeable help is needed fast. Honoring the men and women who handle this vital work is appropriate at all times, but especially so just now. This is National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford proclaimed the first National EMS Week. Today, the event is led by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and the American College of Emergency Physicians. In the last year, Fort Dodge experienced a major transition in emergency medical service.
Fort Dodge Messenger

Decorah fire sends police officer to the hospital with smoke inhalation

Decorah firefighters on Thursday responded to an early morning call from 805 Day Street, where the person said a house fire was burning. Firefighters arrived at the home and found a mattress on fire in a bedroom. The resident was already outside of the house. The fire was extinguished and the resident was taken to Winneshiek Medical Center for evaluation. A police officer was treated for smoke inhalation. Fire damage was contained to the bedroom. Decorah Fire Department was assisted at the scene by WMC Paramedic Services and Decorah Police Department.

1 injured in Windsor Heights house fire

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a house fire in Windsor Heights. Firefighters arrived at 1810 69th Street just after 3 a.m. to see flames in the home. They put out the fire quickly. One person was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover. The homeowners believe the fire sparked in a power outlet in their basement. Firefighters are investigating the cause.
KCCI-TV CBS 8 Des Moines

House fire in Humboldt

The Humboldt Fire Department was called to a report of smoke and a structure fire at 1005 Terrace Drive Wednesday night at approximately 5:52 p.m. The department sent two fire engines and a pumper truck to the street located one block north of Highway 3. When firefighters arrived, smoke was coming out of the two-story wood-frame house owned by Malea Brown. Brown had been living in the home with her boyfriend, Michael Wiuff (pronounced View). Humboldt County Sheriff Dean Kruger reported that the home had been foreclosed up and was sold at a sheriff sale recently. Kruger said the couple was to be moved out by 8 a.m. Thursday. Neither Brown nor Wiuff were home at the time of the fire. According to Humboldt Fire Chief Jim Gronbach, the fire started in the basement.
Humboldt Independent

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Camanche moves both ambulances to fire station

The Camanche Fire Department effective Wednesday will house both ambulances at the fire station, instead of having one ambulance there and another at the community center. Camanche Fire Chief Dave Schutte, citing multiple factors, believes housing both ambulances at the Camanche Fire Department, 720 Ninth Ave., will benefit the city. “We will move the second ambulance back to Central Station and run both of those ambulances out of there,” Schutte said. “We’ll still have emergency equipment down (at the community center). But our ambulance is the number one vehicle that we use every day. Multiple times a day. And for that to be down there I think is a disservice to the community. I think it’s a false sense of security and a false perception.” Having one at the fire station and the other at the community center meant there was one on each side of the city’s railroad tracks.
Clinton Herald

Longtime Epworth Fire Department volunteer showed ’love for service’

A former development director and vice president of Divine Word College and an Epworth Fire Department volunteer is being remembered for his wit, selflessness and dedication. The Rev. Robert “Bob” Jones died May 13, at the age of 80 at the Society of the Divine Word’s Chicago Provincial House in Techny, Ill. He was born April 5, 1939, in Boston. Those who knew him would speak of his pride in the city and its sports teams, and of his Boston accent, which he never lost regardless of where he was in the world. Jones was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1968. As a member of the Society of the Divine Word, he served as a missionary priest for nearly 60 years. His work took him from New York to Rome to Papua New Guinea. In 1980, he arrived in Epworth, where, while serving at Divine World College, he became chaplain of the Epworth Fire Department. Tom Berger, the department’s chief, said Jones played an integral role in the department, both professionally and personally. “Any kind of serious call, he was able to work with the families and comfort them,” he said. “That was a side that a lot of volunteer fire departments can’t perform.”
Dyersville Commercial

Hog Building Burns Near Melvin

A hog barn was damaged in a fire on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 near Melvin. According to Melvin Fire Chief Brennan Raveling, about 10:30 a.m., the Melvin Fire Department was called to the report of a hog barn fire at 2239 Highway 59, two miles west and two and a half north of Melvin. The chief says the fire department saw smoke as they approached the scene, and they extinguished the fire shortly after arrival. According to the chief, the plastic flooring was on fire and they had to knock a couple of holes in the wall to put out the fire. Raveling says no injuries were reported, and the building did not have any livestock in it at the time of the fire. He says the cause of the fire appeared to be a malfunctioning heater. One of the people who were in the building says that when they noticed the smoke, they went into the room that burned and saw a pile of something on fire under the heating unit.
Osceola County Daily News

Editorial: Volunteer firefighters are there for us

Imagine working 40 hours a week or more, then spending dozens more hours training to run the pump on a fire truck. Or consider raising a family, taking kids to soccer practice, going to church and then getting up at 3 a.m. to respond to a horrible car crash. All that sounds like a staggering burden. But it is the typical life of an Iowa volunteer firefighter. Volunteer firefighters are a unique and dedicated bunch who live a full life doing everything that their neighbors do at work and with their families, but then spend more time risking their lives to protect their communities. Today's volunteer firefighters are unpaid professionals. And while they don't respond to as many fires or emergencies as their paid colleagues in bigger cities, every call they respond to is just as dangerous as those faced by the professional firefighters in places like New York City and Los Angeles. In Iowa there are 600 to 700 fie departments, and just 40 them are paid, career departments.

Knoxville Fire Personnel Honored During National EMS Week

The personnel of the Knoxville Fire Department are ready to go to the front line each day when an emergency occurs in town; and the city and Knoxville’s fire chief are recognizing their contributions during this National EMS Week. The EMS Division of the department received a proclamation in their honor at Monday night’s City Council meeting. Chief Cal Wyman tells KNIA/KRLS News medical calls make up anywhere from 75 to 85 percent of the responses his department makes, and the personnel are constantly working on their state of readiness. “They take it seriously, they train all the time, they put in hours and hours of extra training to be able to keep certifications up, to get new certifications; so they really do a fantastic job, making sure we have the equipment, the knowledge, the skill to take care of the community that we’re sworn to take care of,” Chief Wyman says.
KNIA-AM 1320 & KRLS-FM 92.1

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