During the month of October, the Mound Fire Department responded to 19 fire related calls and 23 medical related calls, for a total of 42 callouts for the month.
The Mound Fire Department recently received approval from the cities in our Fire Protection area to purchase a truck to replace our existing 35 year old 1981 Sutphen 100’ Ladder Truck. On Oct. 29 the City of Mound signed a purchase agreement with Fire Safety USA to purchase a 2015 E-One HP78 Aerial Ladder Truck at a cost of $731,000.
The ladder truck replacement project has been under consideration since 2004, and has been delayed for several years due to tight budgets and limited financial resources. Earlier this year the Mound Fire Chief formed an apparatus committee to look at what would be the best truck to replace the current ladder truck. The committee, after researching many viable options, recommended the E-One HP78 Aerial Ladder Truck. The truck will be built to our specifications to meet the needs the communities we serve. We anticipate having the ladder truck delivered in July of 2016 as the expected construction lead time for this truck is 270 days.
This new ladder truck will be multi-use, and is replacing two trucks; our existing ladder truck and a fire pumper truck that was recently sold to Hovland Area Fire Department. On Oct. 24, The Mound Fire Department sold and delivered our 1984 Fire Pumper to Hovland Area Fire Department in Northern Minnesota. The Hovland Fire Department was in need of an affordable used pumper truck.
We recently heard back from Hovland Assistant Chief and they are very pleased with their purchase.
• Oct. 14 at 9:59 a.m., the Mound Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a personal injury accident involving a bicyclist and a vehicle at the intersection of Commerce Blvd. and Lynwood Blvd. The bicyclist was transported via ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. There were no other injuries to civilians or firefighters.
• Oct. 17 at 8:33 p.m., the Mound Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a carbon monoxide alarm sounding in the 5700 Block of Lynwood Blvd. Upon arrival, unsafe carbon monoxide levels were detected in the residence. The resident had used their new gas stove, and had also turned on their furnace for the first time this fall. Mound fire crews turned off the furnace and contacted CenterPoint Energy to further investigate the source of the carbon monoxide. Thanks to working CO detectors, there were no injuries to the residents or firefighters.
• Oct. 19 at 6:11 p.m. the Mound Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a sunken boat in Harrison Bay in Lake Minnetonka. Upon arrival it was found there was a small amount of oil and gas in the water from the sunken boat. Absorbent HazMat booms were used to contain the spill and absorb the floating gasoline. Hennepin County Sheriff’s Water Patrol took care of securing the boat. There were not injures to any civilians or firefighters.