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Mahtomedi, Minnesota 55115

 

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Mahtomedi Fire Department

May 14th, 2016 - "National EMS Week"

 

There are weeks dedicated to any number of things. However, there are few weeks that highlight some of the most important and bravest individuals one will ever meet as May 15-21.

 

The third week of May is EMS Week. This annual observance traces its roots to 1974 when President Gerald Ford declared Nov. 3-10 as the first National Medical Emergency Services Week.

 

The annual observance continued for four years. It was reinstituted by the American College of Emergency Physicians in 1982 and was moved to September.

 

EMS Week was moved to May in 1992 to separate it from Fire Prevention Week in October. The rationale for the move was the majority of fire and EMS services felt having the two events back to back hurt the effectiveness of each program.

 

Ironically, it was the 1970s television show “Emergency” that kick started the EMS movement. The department is aptly named Strongsville Fire & Emergency Services.

 

EMS Week is a way to educate the community and to recognize fire personnel who save lives because it’s their job.

 

https://www.naemt.org/ems_agencies_audience/ems-week/celebrate-ems-week

May 5th, 2016 - "Mock Crash"

 

The Mahtomedi Fire Department doesn’t want the class of 2016 and 2017 going out in a crash. Along with the Mahtomedi Fire Department, Washington County Sheriff Deputies are conducting a mock crash at the Mahtomedi High School on Friday, May 13 at 1:15 PM. The mock crash aims to send a hard-hitting reminder of the dangers and consequences of unsafe driving behaviors — such as drinking and driving and not buckling up — during prom season and the end of the school year.

 

The Mahtomedi Fire Department is also using the event to remind parents, grandparents and caregivers about the importance to talk with their teen to reinforce teen driving laws, and to set their own family driving rules.

 

The mock crash uses real crashed vehicles set up on school grounds and student participants to dramatically act out roles as crash victims. The school’s [entire] student body will watch the demonstration and learn how emergency responders conduct rescue efforts in real-time. Parents are also invited and encouraged to attend.

 

Participating in the event are the Mahtomedi Fire Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, LifeLink III and Sandberg Funeral Home.

 

January 13th, 2016 - "Someday It Might Be You..."

 

This is a letter posted on Facebook to the public from Deputy J. Mott from the Chisago County Sheriff's Office.

 

"On Sunday night, I responded to a cardiac arrest incident. I ended up driving the ambulance to the hospital so the medics could continue their life saving efforts. During the emergency transport, I passed over one hundred vehicles. Not one complied with our state laws, which in turn caused a several minute delay in getting the victim to the hospital.

 

MN law requires drivers to pull over onto the right shoulder, stop their vehicle, and remained stopped until the emergency vehicle passes. I nearly missed the exit off of I-35 because a driver went onto the shoulder and kept driving, which created a moving roadblock, preventing me from exiting. Continuing to drive on the shoulder of the road creates dangerous situations for the emergency vehicle occupants and responsible drivers who actually comply with the law.

 

Other drivers I encountered felt it necessary to drive in the left lane. Emergency vehicles drive in the left lane because drivers are required to move to the right when they see emergency lights. Vehicles in the left lane cause emergency vehicles to slow down and wait until they move. This can add minutes to our response time. Sometimes we don’t have those minutes to spare. MN law states that the only time vehicles can be in the left lane is when passing/overtaking another vehicle, when passing a parked emergency vehicle, or when construction requires it.

 

Imagine if this victim was a loved one of yours. You’d want the seas to part so they could get to the hospital in time, right? It deeply saddens me to say that the victim in this incident did not survive. Would she have survived if the transport hadn’t been delayed due to irresponsible motorists? I can’t say for sure, but it’s definitely possible…

 

If you have any questions regarding traffic laws or your duties as a driver, I encourage you to contact me.

 

Please drive responsibly and help us save lives. Someday it might be you…"

 

Deputy J. Mott #126

Chisago County Sheriff’s Office

james.mott@chisagocounty.us

651-213-6355

 

To view the original post, go to: http://tinyurl.com/gue8qhm.

December 8th, 2015 - Adopt-a-Hydrant

 

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?

 

For many years, the city has encouraged residents to "adopt a fire hydrant" near their home and keep snow shoveled away from it during the winter season.  This will ensure hydrants are visible and will greatly speed the response time in case of an emergency. You can help by clearing the snow in a 5' area around the fire hydrant.

 

Please keep in mind of elderly neighbors, or handicapped neighbors that may not be able to shovel themselves. Please lend them a hand where needed.

 September 26th, 2015 - Fire Safety at Home

 

The Mahtomedi Fire Department will once again participate in fire safety week in Mahtomedi schools for grades preschool - 2nd grade. Classes will come up to the fire department to learn about fire safety and prevention at home. This learning experience is invaluable and allows children to learn first hand what to do in case of a fire.

 

In advance of fire safety week, now is a great time to talk with your child about creating a fire escape plan, learning stop-drop and roll, practice waking up to smoke alarms, and practicing your fire escape plan.

 

The American Red Cross offers great resources on how to create a plan and teach your children about fire safety. View this link to learn more:  Fire Safety from the Red Cross

 July 15th, 2015 - Hot Weather Safety

 

With summer in full swing, and 90+ heat indexes in the forecast, we want to remind you to take simple safety precautions to protect you and your loved ones on hot days.

 

During extremely hot and humid weather, your body's ability to cool itself is challenged. When the body heats too rapidly to cool itself properly, or when too much fluid or salt is lost through dehydration or sweating, body temperature rises and you or someone you care about may experience a heat-related illness. It is important to know the symptoms of excessive heat exposure and the appropriate responses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a list of warning signs and symptoms of heat illness, and recommended first aid steps. Some of these symptoms and steps are listed below.

 

Heat cramps may be the first sign of heat-related illness, and may lead to heat exhaustion or stroke.

 

Symptoms:

  • Painful muscle cramps and spasms usually in legs and abdomen
  • Heavy sweating

First Aid:

  • Apply firm pressure on cramping muscles or gently massage to relieve spasm.
  • Give sips of water unless the person complains of nausea, then stop giving water

 

Heat Exhaustion

 

Symptoms:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cool, pale, clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Possible muscle cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

First Aid:

  • Move person to a cooler environment
  • Lay person down and loosen clothing
  • Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of the body as possible
  • Fan or move victim to air conditioned room
  • Offer sips of water
  • If person vomits more than once, seek immediate medical attention.

 

Heat Stroke

 

Symptoms:

  • Altered mental state
  • One or more of the following symptoms: throbbing headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, shallow breathing
  • Body temperature above 103°F
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Faints, loses consciousness

First Aid:

  • Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency. Call 911 or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Delay can be fatal.
  • Move the victim to a cooler, preferably air-conditioned, environment.
  • Reduce body temperature with cool cloths or bath.
  • Use fan if heat index temperatures are below the high 90s. A fan can makes you hotter at higher temperatures.
  • Do NOT give fluids.

 

Safety in vehicles

Even on mild days in the 70s, studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets and even adults. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. The effects are more severe on children because their bodies warm at a faster rate than adults. A dark dashboard or car-seat can quickly reach temperatures in the range of 180°F to over 200°F. These objects heat the adjacent air by conduction and convection and also give off long wave radiation, which then heats the air trapped inside a vehicle. Follow these tips to ensure your child's safety.

  • Touch a child's safety seat and safety belt before using it to ensure it's not too hot before securing a child
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down, even for just a minute
  • Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars. They could accidentally trap themselves in a hot vehicle.
  • Always lock car doors and trunks--even at home--and keep keys out of children's reach.
  • Always make sure children have left the car when you reach your destination. Don't leave sleeping infants in the car ever.

 June 16th, 2015 - Blood Drive Results

 

Today, the Mahtomedi Fire Department hosted an American Red Cross blood drive. The event was a success, as we collected 26 units of blood. Thats enough to save over 75 lives. The Mahtomedi Fire Department would like to extend their thanks to the donors that contributed today, as well as the businesses around the community that donated raffle prizes for our donors.

May 30th, 2015 - Cooking Safety

 

On Friday, May 29th at approximately 3:15 PM the Mahtomedi Fire Department was called to assist White Bear Lake at a structure fire in their city. The Mahtomedi Fire Department sent an ambulance to assist with transport of patients that were injured as a result of the fire. In total, Mahtomedi crews transported four patients with injuries and evaluated two other patients as a result of the fire.

 

According to White Bear Lake Assistant Fire Chief Joel Hewitt, the fire started when a flaming pan was dropped on the kitchen floor while one of the members of the family involved was trying to remove it from the house.

 

The easiest and safest ways to put out kitchen fires are by depriving the fire of oxygen. If you have a fire in the microwave or oven, close the door or keep it closed. Do not open the door! The lack of oxygen will suffocate the flames. If you have a fire in a cooking pan, use an oven mitt to clap on the lid, then move the pan off the burner and turn off the stove. If you can't safely put the lid on a pan, use a fire extinguisher. Aim at the base of the fire, not at the flames.

 

Never use water to put out grease fires! Water repels grease and will spread the fire by splattering the grease. Put a lid on the pan, use lots of baking soda or salt, or smother the fire with a wet towel or other large wet cloth.

 

If the fire is spreading and you can't control it, get everyone out of the house and call 911.

May 19th, 2015 - Recent Fire Calls

 

The Mahtomedi Fire Department has responded to a large number of fire calls this past week.

 

On Tuesday, May 19th at approximately 8AM, the Mahtomedi Fire Department assisted Stillwater Fire with a pole barn fire in Grant. The area did not have fire hydrants and water needed to be shuttled in from a nearby hydrant. Bayport and Marine also assisted.

 

On Monday, May 18th, the fire department responded to a possible structure fire in Mahtomedi which turned out to be a small oven fire that was contained to the appliance. Later that day, we responded to a possible car fire which turned out to be an overheated engine.

 

On Wednesday May 13th at approximately 7AM, the Mahtomedi Fire Department responded to a pole barn fire in the city of Grant. The structure is a total loss. The area did not have fire hydrants and water needed to be shuttled in from a nearby hydrant. Mutual aid was received from Lake Elmo, Stillwater, White Bear Lake and Hugo.

 

On Tuesday, May 12th at approximately 11:30AM, the Mahtomedi Fire Department assisted Stillwater Fire with a residential fire in the city of Stillwater. Bayport and Lake Elmo also assisted.

 

On Monday, May 11th at approximately 10:00PM, an ambulance from Mahtomedi was requested to standby in Oakdale while they battled a structure fire. The ambulance was canceled shortly after being requested.

 

Throughout the week, our committed volunteers also responded to many medical requests as well. Reminder, when you see lights and hear sirens, please pull over and stop!

May 17th, 2015 - EMS Week

 

MAY 17-23, 2015 IS THE 41ST ANNUAL EMS WEEK.

 

In 1973, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS, its practitioners and the important work they do in responding to medical emergencies. Back then, EMS was a fledgling profession and EMS practitioners were only beginning to be recognized as a critical component of emergency medicine and the public health safety net.

 

A lot has changed over the last four decades. EMS is now firmly established as a key component of the medical care continuum, and the important role of EMS practitioners in saving lives from sudden cardiac arrest and trauma; in getting people to the hospitals best equipped to treat heart attacks and strokes; and in showing caring and compassion to their patients in their most difficult moments.

 

Whether it’s the team at Grady EMS in Atlanta who had the expertise to transport the nation's first Ebola patient, the volunteer firefighters and flight medics called to search for and rescue survivors in the Everett, Wash. mudslide or the thousands of EMS responses that happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and don't make the news, EMS is there for their communities at their greatest time of need.

May 3rd, 2015 - Water Safety

 

Warm weather is quickly approaching and the Mahtomedi Fire Department would like to remind you to stay safe around water this season. Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths.

 

The main factors that affect drowning risk are lack of swimming ability, lack of barriers to prevent unsupervised water access, lack of close supervision while swimming, location, failure to wear life jackets, alcohol use, and seizure disorders.

Follow these tips to help you stay safe in the water this season.

 

  • Supervise when in or around water. Designate a responsible adult to watch young children while in the bath and all children swimming or playing in or around water. Supervisors of preschool children should provide “touch supervision”, be close enough to reach the child at all times. Because drowning occurs quickly and quietly, adults should not be involved in any other distracting activity (Such as reading, playing cards, talking on the phone, or mowing the lawn) while supervising children, even if lifeguards are present.
  • Use the buddy system. Always swim with a buddy. Select swimming sites that have lifeguards when possible.
  • Seizure disorder safety. If you or a family member has a seizure disorder, provide one-on-one supervision around water, including swimming pools. Consider taking showers rather than using a bathtub for bathing. Wear life-jackets when swimming.
  • Learn to swim. Formal swimming lessons can protect young children from drowning. However, even when children have had formal swimming lessons, constant, careful supervision when children are in the water, and barriers, such as pool fencing to prevent unsupervised access are still important.
  • Learn CPR. In the time it takes for paramedics to arrive, your CPR skills can save someone’s life.
  • Air-filled or foam toys are not safety devices. Don’t use air filled or foam toys, such as “water wings”, “noodles”, or inner tubes, instead of life jackets. These toys are not life jackets and are not designed to keep swimmers safe.
  • Avoid alcohol.  Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing. Do not drink alcohol while supervising children.
  • Don’t let swimmers hyperventilate before swimming underwater or try to hold their breath for long periods of time.  This can cause them to pass out (sometimes called “shallow water blackout”) and drown.
  • Knows the local weather conditions and forecasts before swimming or boating. Strong winds and thunderstorms and lightning strikes are dangerous.

 

If you have a swimming pool at home:

 

  • Install four-sided fencing. Install a four-sided pool fence that completely separates the pool area from house and yard. The fence should be at least 4 feet high. Use self-closing and self-latching gates that open outward with latches that are out of reach of children. Also, consider additional barriers such as automatic door locks and alarms to prevent access or alert you if someone enters the pool area.
  • Clear the pool and deck of toys. Remove clothes, balls and other toys from the pool and surrounding area immediately after you so children are not attempted to enter the pool area unsupervised.

 

If you’re in and around natural water settings:

 

  • Use U.S. Coast Guard approved life-jackets. This is important regardless of the distance to be traveled, the size of the boat, or the swimming ability of boaters; Life-jackets can reduce risk for weaker swimmers too.
  • Know the meaning of and obey warnings represented by colored beach flags. These may vary from one beach to another.
  • Watch for dangerous waves and signs of rip currents. Some examples are water that is discolored and choppy, foamy, or filled with debris and moving in a channel away from shore.
  • If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore. Once free of the current, swim diagonally towards shore.

April 28, 2015 - Regions Hospital Car Seat Clinic

 

Regions Hospital will be offering child and booster seat safety clinics throughout 2015. Certified car seat technicians from Regions Hospital will teach you how to install and use child car restraints correctly. There is no charge for this clinic. They will be at the Mahtomedi Fire Department on May 19th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Other dates and locations can be found by clicking this link. To make an appointment, call Regions Child Passenger Safety at 651-357-2798 or e-mail carseatinfo@healthpartners.com.

April 7, 2015 - Washington County Whole Community Public Safety Expo

 

Washington County is hosting a community public safety expo at Bielenberg Sports Center at 4125 Radio Drive in Woodbury on Saturday May 2nd from 10am-2pm. The Washington County Sheriff's Office Expo is a free community event for all ages that allows residents of Washington County to learn about emergency preparedness in a fun and interactive environment. To learn more about the expo, click here to download a flyer or visit www.co.washington.mn.us/emergencymanagement.

April 6, 2015 - Permit Fires

 

The City of Mahtomedi prohibits fires larger than a three foot by three foot fire in a fire pit. Please remember to keep a good water sources close by when burning and ensure the fire is in a burning ring or similar device to prevent the spread of the fire to yards and nearby structures. Only clean wood can be burned. Do not burn leaves, treated lumber, garbage or plywood. If you need to burn a larger pile of brush, you may be able to obtain a permit for such fire by applying for a burn permit available at city hall.

March 16, 2015 - Structure Fire on Shamrock Way

 

The Mahtomedi Fire Department responded to a structure fire early Monday morning at 1:17 AM in the 300 block of Shamrock Way. All three occupants safely exited the house before firefighters arrived. There were no injuries reported due to this incident. Mutual aid was received from the White Bear Lake Fire Department and Oakdale Fire Department. The home appears to be a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

March 10, 2015 - Ham Bingo

 

Information on our upcoming Ham Bingo has been posted. Please click on the link on the home page for more information. Hope to see you there!

February 23, 2015 - Winter Ice Safety

 

With warm weather rapidly approaching, we would like to remind you to stay safe on frozen lakes. Remember, there is no such thing as 100% safe ice. Please keep in mind the following tips when out on the ice:

 

  • New ice is usually stronger than old ice. Four inches of clear, newly‑formed ice may support one person on foot, while a foot or more of old, partially‑thawed ice may not.
  • Ice seldom freezes uniformly. It may be a foot thick in one location and only an inch or two just a few feet away.
  • Ice formed over flowing water and currents is often dangerous. This is especially true near streams, bridges and culverts. Also, the ice on outside river bends is usually weaker due to the undermining effects of the faster current.
  • The insulating effect of snow slows down the freezing process. The extra weight also reduces how much weight the ice sheet can support. Also, ice near shore can be weaker than ice that is farther out.
  • Booming and cracking ice isn't necessarily dangerous. It only means that the ice is expanding and contracting as the temperature changes.
  • Schools of fish or flocks of waterfowl can also adversely affect the relative safety of ice. The movement of fish can bring warm water up from the bottom of the lake. In the past, this has opened holes in the ice causing snowmobiles and cars to break through.

November 22nd, 2014 - Adopt-a-Hydrant

 

Please assist the local Fire Departments by adopting the fire hydrant closest to your home or business and keep it free of snow during the winter months.

 

Please keep it clear after each snowfall, and clear a path approximately 3 feet around the hydrant and shovel a path from the street to the hydrant. This will allow the Fire Department personnel to quickly locate the hydrants and obtain water for firefighting activities.

 

Please consider helping a neighbor with medical conditions or who are elderly, by adopting their hydrant as well. This simple act of kindness will benefit the entire neighborhood.

 

During a fire, the Fire Department must quickly locate and gain a water supply from the closest hydrant. If a hydrant is buried by snow, it is difficult to find and valuable time is spent locating and digging the hydrant out. This delay in gaining water from a hydrant may disrupt the timely manner in which firefighters are able to fight the fire, allowing it to grow. A fire doubles in size every 20 seconds.

 

This "Adopt a Hydrant" program is an information program, used around the country to assist in the efforts of the local Fire Departments. It is not necessary to inform anyone of which hydrants are cleared.

 

On behalf of the Mahtomedi Fire Department, thank you for keeping the fire hydrants clear of snow.

November 11th, 2014 - Turkey Bingo

 

Information on our upcoming Turkey Bingo has been posted. Please click on the link on the home page for more information. Hope to see you there!

November 11th, 2014 - Home Address

 

Take a moment soon to walk out to your street and look at your house. Find your address and answer the questions: Can you see the address on your house? Does it contrast with the house color so it can be seen at night? If you answered no to either of these questions, chances are, responding emergency personnel may not see it either and pass your house, wasting valuable time in emergency situations. If your address isn't clearly visible from the street, try marking your address out by the road, otherwise a 3" or larger size number with a contrasting color near the front door or edge of garage doors works best.

November 4th, 2014 - Chimney Safety

 

With the winter months rapidly approaching, many residents begin to use their fireplaces once again. Did you know, in 2011, chimney fires resulted in nearly 10% of all fires throughout the entire year? Chimney fires also account for over $35 million in damages each year. The leading factos contributing to home heating equipment fires were failure to clean (28%), heat source too close to combustibles (14%) and malfunction (12%). It is recommended that you get your chimney regularly inspected and cleaned to reduce your risk of fire. Here is another website with 12 steps to take before firing up your fireplace:

12 tips for home chimney and fire safety.

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