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Q: What does it mean to be ‘Firewise?’ A: The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Firewise Communities Program is an educational platform for wildfire safety. It teaches people how to adapt to living with wildfire and encourages neighbors to work together and take action on how to prevent losses. The Firewise Communities Program offers a [...]

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Q: I know traffic stops can be very dangerous. What should I do if I’m pulled over? A: Always pull over to the right, well into the shoulder (unless the officer directs you to do otherwise) as soon as possible. Put your car in park and turn the engine and your radio off. Turn on [...]

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Q: There is a Do Not Cross Tracks on Red traffic sign posted at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Railroad Drive in Elk River, right before the railroad tracks. I have recently noticed a lot of drivers crossing the tracks on a red to turn right onto westbound Highway 10. Is it okay to [...]

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Q: What is the meaning of the term, “the thin blue line”? A: The thin blue line refers to the relatively small number of law enforcement officers who stand between civilized society and anarchy. Peace officers pledge to defend citizens, even at the risk of their own lives. People often ask why such a big [...]

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Q: What is the history and origin of the firefighters’ Maltese Cross? A: The Maltese Cross is an international symbol of firefighters and is displayed with pride on our uniforms, patches and vehicles. According to the Fire Department of the City of New York, the Maltese Cross dates back to when a courageous band of [...]

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Q: What is the most common crime in Elk River? A: By far the most common crime in Elk River is theft. There were almost 600 reports of theft last year. Many of those thefts were preventable. With warmer weather comes an increase in nighttime thefts from vehicles left parked in driveways or on the [...]

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