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Farmington fire calls were down, rescue calls up in 2013

Farmington was a pretty safe place to be in 2013, as far as the Farmington Fire Department is concerned. The Farmington Rescue Squad, on the other hand, had a little more action.

During the fire department’s Jan. 17 annual banquet, Farmington assistant fire chief Troy Corrigan reviewed the number of calls made by the fire department in the previous year.

According to Corrigan, FFD responded to a total of 235 calls in 2013. That’s down from 254 in 2012. Of those calls, 10 were for structure fires, 32 were hazardous condition calls, and 96 were false calls.

The structure fires were down significantly compared to 2012, when FFD responded to 21 such calls.

Farmington’s rescue squad responded to 323 calls last year, assistant rescue captain Todd Kindseth said. That’s up 33 calls over 2012. Kindseth attributes the increase in calls to the increase in Farmington’s population.

Farmington mayor Todd Larson and councilmember Doug Bonar were in attendance at the banquet. The city of Farmington received a standing ovation from the firefighters, thanks to the commitment council made to the fire department in 2013.

In 2013, FFD got a new fire/rescue truck and a new chief’s vehicle, both of which were funded by the city of Farmington. In addition, the city and fire department set up a capital improvement plan to replace more of FFD’s aging trucks.

“The need for a CIP budget is something that was started long before I ever became fire chief,” chief Tim Pietsch said. “Both the council and staff realize we have to have some sort of a plan, a CIP, so when we need a new vehicle, we have the funds available. For this to happen is just great. This is a battle that started long before me, but it’s something I’ve fought for.”

In addition, the city council approved a $200 uniform stipend for each firefighter. The city also dedicated $150,000 to the Farmington Fire Relief Association’s pension plan.

The whole department is grateful, Pietsch said.

“We want council to realize how much we appreciate working with them,” he said. “We were really happy to see all that happen.”

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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