Elk River Fire Department

by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Former Elk River Fire Chief Bruce West has been named Minnesota’s next state fire marshal. Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman announced that effective Dec. 4 West will replace State Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl, who is retiring. West will also lead the Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety. West, [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Whether or not the city of Elk River should hire a full-time deputy fire chief in 2014 is being scrutinized. The position is a new one and is in the city’s preliminary 2014 budget. It is scheduled to be filled on July 1, 2014, at a cost of $62,900 (pay [...]

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The Elk River Fire Department’s open house will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Fire Station No. 1, 415 Jackson Ave., Elk River. Events include a kitchen grease fire demonstration, a Technical Rescue Team demonstration, a safe escape house, a fire extinguisher demonstration, a vehicle extrication, a Connexus Energy demonstration [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The Elk River Fire Department is looking at adding a deputy fire chief to the roster in 2014. The deputy chief of operations position is in the city’s 2014 preliminary budget; the budget will be finalized in December. Fire Chief T. John Cunningham has proposed filling the position in midyear. [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor The city of Elk River is looking at refurbishing the Elk River Fire Department’s aging aerial ladder truck, rather than replacing it. The truck, a 1990 model, would cost around $1 million or more to replace with a new one. Refurbishing would cost an estimated $235,000 and extend its working [...]

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Fire has destroyed a house in Elk River. Firefighters from Elk River and four other departments battled the blaze late Tuesday night, April 30. Elk River Fire Chief T. John Cunningham said the fire was heavily involved on the back side of the house when they arrived. Due to the heavy winds, the fire spread [...]

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        Photos by Joni Astrup and Nicole Immerheiser   by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter Contributing writer It was a day like any other at the Isaacson’s home in Otsego. Ryan was at work, Brenda was working at home in the office in the basement of their house. The couple’s three children, 5-year-old twins Mason and [...]

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The Elk River Fire Department will begin doing fire inspections in Otsego. The department will inspect commercial and industrial buildings and structures in parts of Otsego serviced by the Elk River and Rogers fire departments. Otsego will provide a monthly list of sites that require fire inspections and pay Elk River $50 an hour for [...]

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