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When the Village of Fridley purchased its first fire engine in 1951 it was considered a high tech, modern, fire saving device that carried ladders, hoses and a pump that released water at 500 gallons per minute. It is no secret that fire engines are the work horse of the fire service and since 1951 fire engines have evolved into a complicated and highly specialized firefighting tool. Today buying a fire engine requires a considerable amount of staff time, careful planning and the support of the entire community. The City of Fridley recently underwent the long process of replacing a fire engine that now calls Station 3 its home.
Fridley prefers to replace its engines on a 20 year cycle. All of the trucks are maintained and kept in excellent condition, however, technology is always improving and provisions for safety are constantly being updated. The engine that is being replaced is over 20 years old. Its manufacturer is no longer in business making the repair processes on the engine difficult and expensive. The City actually benefits by having reliable, new equipment and incurs less cost over a period of time.
We began our process to replace the engine about six years ago with the Five Year Capital Equipment Fund Plan. Through discussions with the City Council this on fund was developed and approved to budget $600,000 which could be used in the year 2013 to purchase an engine to replace the 1991 engine housed at Station 3. This estimated cost included not only the engine but also the equipment to outfit the engine such as hose, ladders, small tools and a complete set of hydraulic extrication tools. The cost benefit of replacing the equipment at the same time as purchasing an engine is that the equipment will not be taxed. The cost estimate was based on purchases made by other fire departments in the metro area and also cost trends in the industry.
After acquiring the money to purchase an engine the process of choosing a vendor begins. Traditionally fire department staff would create a draft of specifications and bring those specifications to vendors for bids. This process, however, takes up time and money. Instead we utilized the benefits of HGACBuy. HGACBuy is an association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning region of Texas. The cities of Coon Rapids and Golden Valley had used HGACBuy with satisfying results. The City of Fridley benefits not only financially by purchasing through the HGACBuy consortium but also from avoiding the process of writing specifications and advertising for bids to a contract to construct an engine. Using this association also gives the department the freedom to select a product and manufacturer that they trust instead of selecting the lowest bidder.
Beginning in November 2012 the fire department staff began the process of identifying the key requirements for the engine that is now housed at Station 3. Station 3 is located at 110 77th Avenue and is staffed by firefighters only when they are called from their homes on a call. The firefighters were allowed to input their ideas on what they would like in an engine. The size of the engine and its pump volume was determined by the size of the industrial area that Station 3 serves. The engine needed to be able to respond to a variety of fires varying in size and complexity. It was decided that the new engine would not have an aerial device like the old truck. This allows more compartment space while allowing the engine to remain small in size. This extra storage space allows for more modern equipment that previously was not carried. Other features include a remotely operated “deck gun”, essentially a high volume nozzle, reflective chevrons on the back of the vehicle, there are lower hose compartments and video cameras that activate during turns and when the engine is backing up. There is also additional space for 5 inch hose and the ability to inject foam into the hose lines. All of these changes in design and technology provide for increased firefighter safety. Unlike Fridley Village Engine #1 this new engine has the capacity to pump 1,500 gallons per minute. While reviewing other metro purchases, Plymouth’s Engine 31 fell very close to the specifications we were looking for. Plymouth’s engine was manufactured by Rosenbauer America and is a HGACBuyer contractor.
Rosenbauer America is a Wyoming, MN based company that the Fridley Fire Department is very familiar with having previously acquired two engines built by them. Rosenbauer provided the specifications for the Plymouth engine which Fridley used as a model to create their own unique engine. It took us two months to complete the specifications which stretch over 100 pages. The detailed lists gave all the required specifications equipment lists to create our new engine.
On March 14, 2013 the City entered into a contract with HGACBuy and Rosenbauer America to purchase the engine at a cost of $484,370. After almost five months of planning and meetings the engine was finally ready for production. Fridley Engine 3 was completed on December 26, 2013 after six years of planning and preparation. On January 7th, 2014 the firefighting staff conducted a final inspection and took home Engine 3 for the first time. The engine is over 32 feet long, 8 feet wide and 10 feet tall. It weighs in at 29,000 pounds empty. It carries 2,150 feet of hose of varying size, 500 gallons of water and 30 gallons of foam concentrate. The engine can also illuminate an emergency scene using over 160,000 lumens of light and can provide up to 6 kilowatts of power with its hydraulically powered generator. It can be crewed by up to six firefighters and offers a climate controlled cab interior. Engine 3 has all of the equipment needed to combat a structure fire, respond to a medical emergency or to deal any number of emergency calls.
Fridley Engine 3 continues to carry on the same mission as Fridley Village Engine 1 did more than half a century ago. The careful planning and consideration given to construction of Engine 3 will provide the City of Fridley with a reliable, cost effective engine that will no doubt keep the community safe for the next 2o years.
LET'S MAKE IT EASIER FOR OUR DEDICATED FIREFIGHTERS TO ASSIST YOU IN AN EMERGENCY. In the event of a fire emergency during the winter, could firefighters find the hydrant near your home or does it get buried under a snow pile?
The new Active Transportation Plan will, when implemented, provide safe non-auto transportation opportunities for all residents, as we travel around the community—going to work, to school, to shop or to use city services. Adoption of the Active Transportation Plan provides guidance for the location and construction of new trails and walks and improvement of bus stop locations. Once incorporated into the City's Zoning Code, any property that redevelops along designated routes will be required to install trail or sidewalks along that particular street to coordinate with a future, more extensive network of trails. An Active Transportation Map was also developed which outlines best non-auto travel routes and pinpoints the locations of grocery stores, medical facilities, schools and key destinations.
Over time, the Active Transportation plan provides the direction that will help our City:
Click here to download Fridley's Active Transportation Plan map. (PDF, 2MB)
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The City of Fridley Public Works Department has completed tree debris clearing from public property created by the windstorm of June 21, 2013. If a tree that was in City right-of-way or other City property or fell across a City right-of-way or other City property has not been picked up, please contact Fridley Public Works at (763) 572-3566.
The City of Fridley is not collecting brush or trees from private property, even if it is pulled to the curb. The City has not established a public drop-off site due to this storm event. Residents should haul material themselves, or contact their solid waste hauler to make arrangements for pickup.
Anoka County has several drop-off sites available to residents, including Bunker Hills Compost Site at 13285 Hanson Blvd, Coon Rapids, MN 55448 (Phone: 763-767-7964). See: http://www.anokacounty.us/v2_dept/iwm/show-item-info.aspx?id=27 for additional information.
Effective Monday, June 10th, the Fridley Municipal Center will be closing one-half hour earlier. City offices will now close at 4:30 pm. This adjustment is being made to better align the City’s office hours with other state and local governmental agencies. The Municipal Center will continue to open at 8:00 am. Residents and others doing business with the City that are unable to meet during normal business hours are always encouraged to contact the appropriate staff members to schedule an appointment outside of normal business hours. The City’s main switchboard can be reached by calling 763-571-3450.
In addition to the new business hours at the Municipal Center, the Public Works Department has begun working their summer schedule. Through Labor Day, Public Works office hours are Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm. If you have any questions or needs of the Public Works Department, please call 763-572-3566.
On May 10, 2013, The City of Fridley submitted an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) to the State Environmental Quality Board for Publication. This EAW is associated with the redevelopment of 27 acres of the former Tiro Industries Site (5601 East River Road). The EQB will publish in their EQB Monitor on May 27, 2013. There will be a public information meeting at the Fridley Municipal Center, 6431 University Avenue N.E. on May 20, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of:
Providing information on and allowing comments on the EAW Document prepared in accordance with Minnesota State Rules Governing EAW Document Requirements, for the Redevelopment of 27 acres of the former TIRO Cosmetic Manufacturing Facility, 5601 East River Road, Fridley, Anoka County, Minnesota.
Any and all persons desiring to review the document can find it at the Fridley Municipal Center, 6431 University Avenue NE, Fridley, MN 55432 and also, the Anoka County Library at 410 Mississippi Street, Fridley, MN 55432, or by clicking the link above.
Hearing impaired persons planning to attend the information meeting, who need an interpreter or other persons with disabilities who require auxiliary aids should contact Roberta Collins at 763-572-3500 no later than, May 17, 2013. The TDD number is 763-572-3534.
If you have questions about any of the projects discussed here, please contact the Fridley Public Works Department.
Follow along on the web as the Fridley Foundations remodeling project progresses. Weekly updates and photos will be provided. You can subscribe to this page via RSS by clicking the 'Subscribe to this page' link at the bottom.
For more information about the project, see the main Fridley Foundations project page.
Questions? Contact Paul Bolin, Assistant Executive Director to the HRA, at 763-572-3591.
By now you’ve likely heard about the increased risk of flooding along rivers and streams in Minnesota this spring.
The most recently updated projections for the Fridley area are that we have a 20% chance of seeing river levels as high as in 1997 and there is a 3% chance that the river will reach historic flood levels. See information on this page and the National Weather Service website for details on the latest spring flood forecast.
Indications are that properties along Rice Creek and near the Mississippi River are at the greatest risk for flooding, although melting patterns and spring precipitation could impact other low lying areas as well.
This page will serve as a collection point for flood-related information and will be updated regularly throughout the flooding season. You can subscribe to this page via RSS at the bottom to be notified of updates.