In 2008, after an extremely hectic third Friday in July, we began describing Fire Department calls for service on that date. While there's nothing magical about the third Friday in July, that's where we started and where we have been in each of the last three October newsletters. Here's the scoop on Fire Department activity on this date in 2011.
Altogether there were nine calls this year. They began at12:25 a.m. when a woman in an apartment reported hearing someone yelling for help. Firefighters found a forty-nine year old male in the hallway that had likely overdosed on medication and alcohol. The individual was transported by Allina. At 2:22 a.m. they responded to an eighty-five year old male who had fallen and suffered a head injury. One of our firefighters rode with Allina paramedics to assist with medical care. A little more than four hours later, at 6:37 a.m. firefighters responded to a report of "smelling something burning" at Grace Evangelical Church on 73rd Avenue. Firefighters found a hot electrical panel containing a sixty amp breaker and advised church staff to have an electrician inspect the panel.
The morning began with thunderstorms and rain. On this dark and stormy morning at 9:51 a.m. a neighbor reported seeing the house located at 1420 Glacier Lane struck by lightning. Firefighters responded and found a refrigerant line for a central air conditioner leaking on the building's exterior with vapor visible from the street. There was no other visible sign of damage, no one was home. After notifying the property owner by phone, firefighters cut a window screen and entered the home through a window. There was no sign of damage inside. Firefighters reported to the owner and secured the home before leaving.
At 11.42 a.m. firefighters responded to Wal*Mart after two employees experienced an allergic reaction to what may have been "construction fumes". After examining one of the two employees, firefighters found no cause for action and departed the scene. Having just sat down for lunch just after Noon, firefighters got another call at 12:25 p.m. The Brooklyn Center Fire Department was requesting mutual aid for a house fire at 7200 Dupont Avenue. Lightning had struck the house causing natural gas to leak from the exterior gas meter. Fire spread up the exterior of the house and into the attic. Firefighters from Brooklyn Center, West Metro Fire District, Robbinsdale and Fridley worked to extinguish the fire and remove smoldering cellulose insulation from the attic space. Fridley firefighters were at this scene for ninety minutes. The last call was a medical assist call at 12:42 p.m. to a 30 year old female who was having difficulty breathing. The individual had been transported by Allina before firefighters arrived.
From that time things were quiet until early the next morning when the very intense rainstorm hit Fridley early in the morning. By the time of the train derailment near Locke Lake the Fire Department had already responded to several other storm-related calls. After the derailment the call level again became very intense as did the call level for our Police and Public Works Departments.
Fire Department staffing on July 15 initially included just two firefighters. At 8:00 a.m. these firefighters were replaced by three other firefighters and an EMT student from Anoka Technical College. Fire Chief John Berg and Assistant Fire Chief John Crelly were also available between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Three other firefighters came in to assist with the call to Brooklyn Center.
The overall number of Fire Department calls for service in 2011 is up almost 7% from 2010 due mainly to the increased number of storms in 2011. This year we have had 1,663 calls for service through the first seven months. This compares with 1,557 calls for the same period in 2010, and 1,595 calls for the first seven months of 2009. Fire losses for 2011 have decreased slightly from the prior year. The value of lost property due to fire during the first seven months of 2011 is $79,420. This compares with $87,850 during the same period in 2010.
Have you ever been driving and seen something that looked like a potential emergency situation? Perhaps you wondered whether or not you should call 911. According to Linda Hanson, Manager of Anoka County Central Communications, the answer is yes. If you believe there is a potential problem under any circumstances that may require police or fire assistance do not hesitate to call 911. Additionally, if you think something looks suspicious or you think you've seen something that police and fire personnel should know about, call 911. These situations could include the spotting of a stranded motorist, rail system crossing gates that are unexplainably down, traffic signal outages, a non-injury accident, or a front door to your home that is mysteriously open. Don't deliberate; just call 911.
As you call 911, however, there are some do's and don'ts. First, if you accidentally called 911, stay on the line and explain what has happened rather than generate a response from an officer. Secondly, take a moment to visualize where you are and be prepared to describe your location. Third, do not necessarily expect an immediate response. Police officers and firefighters are often very busy responding to concurrent calls and must be given the flexibility to prioritize their calls. Also realize that in some circumstances you may get a telephone response or no response at all if it is something that has already been reported.
While you should not hesitate to call 911 for circumstances that may require police and/or fire department assistance, you should not be calling 911 for information about public events, power outages or other circumstances that are not public safety issues. Also, do not call 911 for situations where keys are locked in cars. The Fridley Police Department does not assist with vehicle lockouts; nor does it respond to reports of deer running near your home.
While you should be calling Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-1999 to report power outage, you should call 911 immediately if you spot a downed power line. If you smell, hear, or see a natural gas leak call 911. Once you have alerted public safety responders to the gas leak, you should call Center Point Energy's emergency gas leak hotline at 1-800-296-9815 to report the leak.
Both emergency and non-emergency 911 calls are handled by Anoka County Central Communications from their facilities in the Anoka County Courthouse. Fridley residents who wish to make non-emergency police reports, report a crime tip, or request a vacation house check have the option of reporting their matter online. Just go to the Fridley website, click on Police Department and follow the directions to their online reporting system.
"Recreational Fire" means a fire set for cooking, warming, or ceremonial purposes. Recreational fires are allowed in Fridley as long as the fire is in a contained area such as a fire pit, outdoors, which is not larger than three (3) feet in diameter and you comply with the following requirements...
At this time the Fridley Fire Department does not have a licensed staff member to conduct child car seat checks.
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