Clarinda’s volunteer firefighters will be getting a slight raise in the annual stipend they receive from the city.
Meeting in regular session Wednesday, the Clarinda City Council approved a resolution authorizing a stipend increase and a revision to the table of organization for the Clarinda Volunteer Fire Department. City Manager Gary McClarnon says the increase was budgeted for back in January and is included in the city’s budget for this year.
"The last time this was actually updated was March of 2000," said McClarnon. "Their stipends during that time have not changed. We have allowed (Fire Chief) Roger (Williams) flexibility to change those amounts as long as he stays within the total budget with people based on their performance and number of calls that they attended. I tried to spell all that out as much as I could."
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Firefighters pulled a dog from a burning house Wednesday night.
Crews with Waterloo Fire Rescue located Roscoe, age 6, unconscious inside the smoke-filled home at 811 Burbank Ave.
Firefighters used oxygen to resuscitate the dog, said Battalion Chief Ben Petersen. The dog was walking around within minutes.
The fire apparently started in the kitchen while the residents were away and spread into the ceiling, Petersen said. They returned home and found the place filled with smoke.
Firefighters extinguished the flames in the kitchen area, but the rest of the house suffered heavy smoke damage, displacing the family of five.
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The Cedar Rapids Fire Department annual volleyball tournament, The Fire Bowl, is taking place on August 14.
This year’s benefitting foundation is Knox Blocks.
“To be recognized, and to be a part of fire bowl... to be chosen, you know, as the recipient of this fundraiser that they put on it’s, it’s a huge, huge honor,” said Elisha Palmer, one of the founders of Knox Blocks.
Knox Blocks began in 2017 after Elisha Palmer and her husband lost their 3.5-month-old son Knox to sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.
Knox went down for a nap at daycare and never woke up.
“As I’m turning, the paramedics are turning right in front of me with lights sirens on. And as I pull up behind them, and they’re getting out of the vehicle, that La Porte City Sheriff was carrying him out,” said Elisha Palmer.
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The Primghar Community Ambulance Team has been raising funds for the purchase of a new ambulance. The members are thanking one of their former members for a recent large donation toward the cause.
Jeremy McClaren with the ambulance team tells us about the current ambulance and their quest to get one to replace it.
According to McClaren, they have received a large donation recently.
He says they hope to have the new ambulance by early 2022.
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Students and staff of the Atlantic Middle School will be “Unable to occupy [the building] for the foreseeable future,” according to Atlantic School District Superintendent Steve Barber, while mitigation strategies related to a fire that occurred Tuesday, are under way. That was the consensus among mitigation inspectors following a fire that caused an estimated $875,000 damage to the roof that was under repair, and water damage to a good portion of the building. The price mentioned was the bid for Phase I mitigation from FirstOnSite Property Restoration, which the School Board approved during the emergency session. Phase I includes the removal of the water and deodorization of the structure. The District’s deductible is $5,000.
The School Board held an Emergency Meeting 8-p.m. Wednesday, to act on bids for the mitigation of fire-related damages.
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