Iowa News

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

New Fire Chief for Shenandoah’s Volunteer Fire Department

New leadership is set for Shenandoah's Volunteer Fire Department. Volunteer Firefighters Tuesday night selected Justin Marshall as the department's new chief, effective January 1st. Marshall succeeds Ron Weston, who retires at the end of this year after 20 years with the department. Weston tells KMA News Marshall is a veteran firefighter who brings leadership to the department. "Justin's like me--he's come up through the ranks as volunteer," said Weston. "He was treasurer for a while. I believe he was secretary for a while, also. Then, he was second, and then first captain. Then, he was assistant chief when I become chief." Weston says the volunteers also selected other officers--including a new assistant chief.
KMA AM-960 & FM-99.1

Fire damages Waterloo home

VIDEO: Authorities have determined that a fire that damaged a Waterloo home Tuesday morning was accidental. Fire officials said the likely cause of the blaze was a discarded cigarette that lit bag of trash on the back porch of 227 Gable St. No one was home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. A neighbor spotted the flames, called 911 and attempted to spray the fire with a garden home, said Battalion Chief Ben Petersen with Waterloo Fire Rescue. The fire spread into the kitchen and dining room and up into the roof soffits before fighters stopped it, he said. The rest of the home suffered heat and smoke damage. The house is owned by Titan Property Investments, according to county property records.
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier - Metered Site

Crawford County Board of Supervisors to discuss ownership of land mobile radio tower

The Crawford County Board of Supervisors on November 26 voted to approve up to $30,000 of archaeological testing for a proposed Charter Oak site for a radio tower that would be part of the county’s new land mobile radio (LMR) system. The vote was 3-1, with Supervisor Jeri Vogt voting against and Chairman Kyle Schultz abstaining; Schultz is the current owner of the land in question. Peggy Staley, a Charter Oak City Council member in attendance, raised concerns about the arrangement. Staley said she thinks the supervisors could be making the same mistakes in Charter Oak she said they had made with a radio tower on Ridge Road, which the Crawford County Firefighters Association (CCFFA) says it owns.
Denison Bulletin & Review

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

New Sioux Center Fire Station No. 2 Replacement Planned to Serve Community

A new Fire Station No. 2 may replace the existing structures to better serve Sioux Center. A plan for the new Fire Station No. 2, with four highway-facing overhead doors, dimensions well-suited for fire truck storage, a wash/maintenance bay, and a gear room, was presented to the Sioux Center City Council by Fire Chief Dave Van Holland and Captain Benj Van Donge this week. Fire Station No. 2, in southern Sioux Center, allows for quicker response times and helps keep a strong ISO rating for the community, which can help lower property owners' insurance rates. Currently, the station consists of two separate garage-like buildings with a total of three overhead doors. It wasn't built for the size of today's fire engines, and it no longer has enough room to store the fire gear.
Sioux Center, Iowa

Letter from Retired Fire Chief Mike Brown: Thank You, Clinton!

As I wind down my time here at the Clinton Fire Department, I feel it important to thank the entire Gateway area for your constant support of our great organization over the years. We, as members of CFD, are here to serve you...that is our mission. But in return, you have always been there for us, most recently evidenced by your support this past January. Thank you from all of us! On a personal note, I want to express thanks for the privilege it has been to lead this outstanding organization since 2012. It has truly been one of the greatest honors of my life to be entrusted to serve as fire chief. I have been blessed to have the support of our dedicated members, city staff, elected officials and the citizens of Clinton, and I’m appreciative for the input that has been provided over the years to help us make decisions that give the community the fire and EMS protection that they deserve.
Clinton Herald

Storm Lake Man Arrested For Attempting To Start Fires At Movie Theater And In Movie Aisle At Walmart

A Storm Lake man has been arrested after attempting to light the screen and some seats in a movie theater complex on fire Saturday night. The Storm Lake Police Department was called to the Vista 3 Theater at approximately 9:59 p.m. Theater staff reported the man allegedly poured diesel fuel additive on the screen and a seat then attempted to light them between movie showings. There was no one else present in the theater at that time, but other patrons were in other theaters within the complex. As they were investigating that scene, a call was received from Walmart that a customer was in the movie aisle attempting to start paper towel rolls on fire. Police located 21-year-old Alejandro Vargas Lopez, and as they attempted to take him into custody, he spit in the face of the arresting officer.
KCIM-AM 1380

Des Moines workers trapped inside elevators as fire alarms sound

In Des Moines, a report of smoke in the Ruan Building ended up trapping several people in the elevators Monday morning. Fire officials tell KCCI the elevators at the building at 666 Grand Avenue are supposed to automatically go to the exit floor when there's a fire. However, power to the elevators was shut off. Firefighters could find no signs of fire in the building after people were freed from the elevators. The cause of the smoke and the power outage are under investigation.
KCCI-TV CBS 8 Des Moines

Crews fight Shenandoah house fire

Firefighters in Shenandoah battled a house fire Monday morning. Fire Chief Ron Weston says Shenandoah Fire and Shenandoah Rescue were called to 400 North Broad Street around 8 a.m. for the smell of smoke on the porch. Upon arrival, crews found fire behind the breaker panel in a wall on the porch. Crews from MidAmerican Energy disconnected power to the house and firefighters removed the breaker panel from the wall. The fire was extinguished, however, it had spread to the attic. Crews were able extinguish the attic fire and remove smoldering insulation. The cause of the fire has been determined as electrical in nature. Crews were on scene for approximately one hour and no injuries were reported.
KMA AM-960 & FM-99.1

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