Elk River Fire Department

by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Larry Klein still thinks about that cold December day one year ago, when a fire raced through an apartment building in the Evans Meadows complex he manages. “It’s still sad, what happened,” Klein said. “I still feel bad that it did happen and all the lives that it affected.” No […]

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The Elk River Fire Department is recruiting on-call firefighters. Applications can be downloaded at www.ElkRiverMN.gov/Fire and are due by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 . No prior training or experience is necessary.  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, have a valid Minnesota driver’s license and […]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Elk River Fire responded at 9:25 p.m. on Nov. 1 to 21216 Vernon St. for a grass fire that started from a recreational fire deemed to be too big and without a permit. Wind also contributed. Elk River Fire extinghuished the 25-acre fire and turned the matter over the Minnesota Department […]

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Aaron Surratt has been sworn in as the Elk River Fire Department’s first deputy chief of operations. Mayor John Dietz administered the oath of office to Surratt at Monday’s City Council meeting. Surratt is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the department’s on-call firefighting force. Prior to Elk River, Surratt worked with the West […]

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The Elk River Fire Department will be holding its annual open house on Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Fire Station 1, 415 Jackson Ave. The open house will include truck tours, equipment demonstrations, technical rescue demonstration, auto extrication demonstration, Connexus Energy Safety Program, Centerpoint Energy Safety Program, and antique fire […]

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Aaron Surratt has been hired as deputy chief of operations for the Elk River Fire Department. The position is a new one. The fire department’s 2013-2017 strategic plan included the creation of the position to oversee the department’s firefighting force, according to Fire Chief T. John Cunningham. The Elk River City Council approved hiring Surratt, […]

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  • Profession still rooted in pride and service for those who answer the call   by Theresa Malloy ECM Publishers As fire departments across the state struggle with budget issues and recruitment and retention shortfalls, the lingering question is what the future of firefighting will look like in Minnesota. Nationally Minnesota ranks 47th in fire […]

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Nine new probationary on-call firefighters have joined the Elk River Fire Department. The Elk River City Council approved their hiring Monday. They are: Jacob Collins, Garrett Erdman, Zachary Hoffman, Chad Kreuser, Joseph Libor, Sandy Meredith, Casey Neumann, Kenneth Smith and Brandon Vito. The new probationary firefighters will begin the Elk River Fire Academy, an in-house […]

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Click here to see a gallery of photos from the fire. by Joni Astrup Associate Editor About 40 people were displaced after a fire raced through an Elk River apartment building Thursday morning. Fire Chief T. John Cunningham said crews were called to the Evans Meadows apartment complex at around 6:30 a.m. When they arrived, […]

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