Local Explorers programs go a long way in training young men and women for future careers in emergency services.
They must be doing something right, too, because last week, those same Explorers received a few awards at the Northern Star Council’s annual Explorers in Action banquet.
ooner or later, everyone needs a little help. That’s true even for some of the people you call for help in times of emergency.
With that in mind, a number of Farmington and Rosemount emergency personnel participated in the Frontline Supervisor Class offered by the Dakota County Domestic Preparedness Committee.
It was just after 8 a.m. on Nov. 11, 2012, when Farmington resident Jason Rose saved Arik Reger’s life. On Monday, Rose’s quick thinking and heroic actions were recognized with the Farmington Police Department’s Citizens Valor Award.
The Farmington Fire Department’s newest engine finally arrived last week, after a long journey through the snow from the Pierce Manufacturing plant in Appleton, Wis. It’s not in service just yet, but firefighters expect to have it in use later this month.
If your house catches fire, there’s a good chance you’ll have firefighters there within 10 minutes – more like six minutes, on the average – to help put it out. That’s just one of the figures released by the Farmington Fire Department during its annual banquet Jan. 11.
When it comes to emergency services, there really isn’t much 2012 Farmington Firefighter of the Year Christopher Matek hasn’t done — which is probably a good part of why he was selected for this year’s honor.
Christmas has come and gone, but there’s still one really big present coming for the Farmington Fire Department – a new fire truck.
It’s not one of those little toy ones, either. By the end of January, Farmington firefighters will have a new, state-of-the-art fire engine, the first engine purchased for the department in more than a decade.
Arik Reger is shaken up, but at least he’s alive after the house he was sleeping in caught fire Tuesday morning.
The house sustained significant damage to the garage, roof and attic, but Reger and a pet dog and cat all made it out of the home alive, thanks to a complete stranger.
Halloween is pretty fun for most kids, but Meadowview Elementary School students Madison Rausch and Lydia Akolly probably had just a little more fun this year. After all, they got to ride around Farmington in a fire truck.
If you want to have a campfire in your backyard this weekend, you’re out of luck. Dakota County is now under a burning ban, issued by the Department of Natural Resources and Dakota County fire departments.
One might not think of rabbits when they think of fires, but “Be Rabbit Ready” is the theme for the 2012 Fire Prevention Week, all the same.
Farmington fire marshal John Powers says the theme makes a certain amount of sense.
One lit cigarette caused approximately $100,000 in damage when it caused a Castle Rock house fire Friday night.
Farmington firefighters were called to a house on the 22400 block of Chippendale Avenue/Highway 3 just after 8 p.m. Friday, on the report of a house fire. When they arrived at the home, firefighters found the front of the house ablaze.
Finding new recruits to join the Farmington Fire Department is fairly easy. Most of the time, several apply just for one or two positions. Keeping those recruits for more than five years, though, seems to be a problem.
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