Minnesota News

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Interim chief takes reins at Anoka-Champlin

The Anoka-Champlin Fire Department has hired former Plymouth Fire Chief Richard Kline as interim chief while the Fire Board seeks a new round of applicants for the position of full-time chief. Since longtime Chief Charlie Thompson left to take the top job at the Columbia Heights Fire Department last summer, Anoka-Champlin has struggled to find the right candidate to replace him, despite interviewing two rounds of applicants. The situation has caused consternation among firefighters and the Anoka City Council, which has requested a joint meeting with the Champlin City Council Aug. 20. Kline, who started the interim position July 13, retired as Plymouth’s fire chief in late 2015 after 23 years of service to the city. Before that, he spent 16 years in the fire service in Pennsylvania. The Fire Board selected Kline’s proposal from among those submitted by five applicants.
Hometown Source

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

ATF assisting in investigation of large downtown St. Paul fire

The St. Paul division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is assisting in the investigation of a large fire downtown St. Paul that happened Tuesday morning. On social media, the ATF stated it is assisting the St. Paul Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal's office in the investigation. Investigators are working to determine the origin, and official cause, of the fire. The development site on fire was the Seven Corners Gateway site, which was to include hotel rooms and apartments. Kaeding Development Group was leading the project, and had invested $68 million in the development.
KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin

New device part of ’bundle of care’ saving lives during cardiac arrest in Minnesota, across country

It’s been about a month since Edina paramedics rushed to the home of Richfield Fire Chief Wayne Kewitsch after he suffered cardiac arrest on July 1. Six days later, the Chief walked into the Edina Fire Station to thank the team for saving his life. “The whole cascade of events went perfectly for me,” said Kewitsch. “I am one very, very lucky and fortunate individual.” The Edina team was using the latest technology, including a device that just became available in 2019. It’s called the EleGARD and it’s used for device-assisted head up CPR.
KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin

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