In a job where seconds and minutes matter, road conditions can make all the difference for emergency personnel.
“The time factor is really a big issue,” said Wes VanVickle, of the Minneapolis Fire Department. At Fire Station 6 in Minneapolis, crews went out Wednesday morning to take inventory of all the side streets and the prognosis wasn’t good. “It’s nerve-wracking for our drivers to be driving and your mirrors are going over the tops of cars and you have like 6 inches on each side of you,” VanVickle said.
In cities like Minneapolis, where street parking is common, the snow pack has pushed cars closer and closer to the center, giving very little clearance to large fire trucks.
“There are streets in the city right now that we can’t go down because it’s too tight,” he added.
VanVickle said they’ve had calls this winter where they’ve had to park on the corner and stretch their hose 200 to 300 feet because they can’t get to the front of the house.
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A rare action at Rochester City Hall Tuesday, something that hasn’t happened in at least 20 years, if not longer.
A senior member of the City Fire Department was fired.
The city Fire Civil Service Commission accepted a recommendation from Chief Eric Kerska to terminate a longtime captain. The decision came after the commission read and heard Kerska’s reasons to terminate Capt. Brennan Kelly, who has has been with the department for 26 years and a captain for more than 10 years. Tuesday’s hearing centered on an emergency medical call last October involving an 11-year-old girl who was in urgent need of critical care.
Kelly was accused of confronting a Gold Cross medic twice at the scene and that led to an investigation. It found Kelly’s " inappropriate comments and unprofessional behavior" amounted to an interference with the girl’s treatment.
A Grand Marais woman and her pets were safely evacuated Wednesday following a garage fire.
The Grand Marais Fire Department and Cook County Sheriff's Office responded the structure fire around 2:42 p.m. on 3rd Street. Crews arrived to a garage fully engulfed in flames. Authorities say the fire was threatening a house and vehicle nearby.
Firefighters were able to evacuate the female homeowner and her three pets. No injuries were reported.
3rd Street and 1st Avenue West were blocked off as firefighters battled the fire.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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A fire at an Albert Lea manufacturer Wednesday caused an estimated $20,000 in damage and left a forklift destroyed, the fire department said.
When firefighters arrived at Alamco Wood Products shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday, they found a propane forklift fully involved with fire and propane blowing. The forklift was inside a sawdust building where manufacturing dust is collected.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire using a dry chemical and firefighting foam, the department said.
The forklift operator was able to safely get off the machine and call 911. No injuries were reported.
The building was not damaged but the forklift was deemed a total loss.
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