Indianola Fire Department

Indianola Fire Department Fire Department

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Low angle rope rescue training this morning. Pickard Park.
06/14/2021

Low angle rope rescue training this morning.
Pickard Park.

You can call the Indianola Police Department and the Indianola Fire Department if you see this in our community.
06/11/2021

You can call the Indianola Police Department and the Indianola Fire Department if you see this in our community.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: In the last few days, ARL Animal Services officers have responded to multiple calls to help dogs left in hot cars. This small dog and his friend were rescued in the nick of time after being left in a crate together in a car where temperatures were rising rapidly. It was in the mid-80s outside, but temps inside the vehicle were in the triple digits. The dogs were removed from the car as soon as our ACO arrived … and in the 3 minutes after the dogs were removed, our ACO watched the temperature within the car continue to rise 12 more degrees, finally topping out at 142 degrees! If the dogs had been in the vehicle even a few minutes longer, they would not have survived. Thankfully they were rescued in time.

Do not ever leave your pet (or child) unattended in your car. Even with the windows cracked, temps inside can reach fatal levels within minutes. And with temperatures in the 90s expected over the next few days, the danger is even greater. Please remember that adequate shelter and water need to be provided to pets at all times. Even though it’s not illegal to leave a dog in a car, putting them in a dangerous situation is.

If you see a dog in a hot car, Animal Services officers ask you to stay at the scene and call your local animal control immediately. Get the make, model and color of the car, the license plate, and exactly where the vehicle is located so ACOs can find it as quickly as possible. You may just save a life.

The Indianola Fire Department is collaborating with the Indianola YMCA on a firefighter fitness program for Y members th...
06/11/2021

The Indianola Fire Department is collaborating with the Indianola YMCA on a firefighter fitness program for Y members this summer.

The Indianola Fire Department is collaborating with the Indianola YMCA on a firefighter fitness program for Y members this summer.

Indianola Junior Fire Academy - 2021. Day Two.
06/11/2021

Indianola Junior Fire Academy - 2021.
Day Two.

2021 Junior Fire Academy. Day 1.
06/10/2021

2021 Junior Fire Academy. Day 1.

After truck checks and morning duties the crew of 1st Division had a great Sunday morning breakfast at Crouse Cafe. To t...
05/16/2021

After truck checks and morning duties the crew of 1st Division had a great Sunday morning breakfast at Crouse Cafe.
To the person or persons who anonymously paid our check - THANK YOU!
Love this community!

After truck checks and morning duties the crew of 1st Division had a great Sunday morning breakfast at Crouse Cafe.
To the person or persons who anonymously paid our check - THANK YOU!
Love this community!

Timeline Photos
05/15/2021

Timeline Photos

Important reminder: On Monday, May 17th, traffic on Howard and Buxton Streets—as well as on all sides of the Square—will switch from one-way to two-way. This will impact parking, mail drop-off and some intersections. For more details, take a look at our Community Blog post: bit.ly/2RGIBB8

05/14/2021

We have a COVID vaccination clinic underway and have two additional doses available. If you or someone you know would like to receive the vaccine, please call the Fire Station for details. Thanks & be healthy Indianola.

Channel 13 was one of our visitors at last nights open house. The open house was held so that our community could observ...
05/12/2021
Indianola Officials Hoping to Replace Outdated Public Safety Building

Channel 13 was one of our visitors at last nights open house.

The open house was held so that our community could observe the current state of building and operations, as we seek your input on solutions.

We appreciate all who participated as we are constantly at work to build a service that serves you.

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Crammed offices, security concerns and an outdated heating and cooling system are just a few of the many reasons Indianola public safety officials say they need a new buildi…

Curious about the large CONEX tower in our parking lot? It’s a four story tower that belongs to the Iowa Fire Service Tr...
05/07/2021

Curious about the large CONEX tower in our parking lot? It’s a four story tower that belongs to the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau. It is equipped with sprinklers, a stairwell to the roof, and a standpipe. It allows our firefighters to train on fire attack in multistory buildings.

05/01/2021

Our parking lot will be closed today. Indianola Fire Department will be doing training/demonstration. 

Thank you to Cody McGee for creating this rustic, wood burned flag and presenting it to the fire department. It is a bea...
04/30/2021

Thank you to Cody McGee for creating this rustic, wood burned flag and presenting it to the fire department. It is a beautiful piece of artwork that is now hung on its own wall where everyone in the public safety building can see it.

Training today at Lake Ahquabi State Park. Drafting from a static water source (the lake) for fire suppression operation...
04/22/2021

Training today at Lake Ahquabi State Park. Drafting from a static water source (the lake) for fire suppression operations

In remote areas water must be transported in for fire suppression operations, it can also be pumped from static water so...
04/21/2021

In remote areas water must be transported in for fire suppression operations, it can also be pumped from static water sources like pools, ponds, and lakes. This weeks training focused on water retrieval by drafting from these sources.

In cooperation with the Warren County Health Department, the Indianola Fire Department is administering first-dose COVID...
04/16/2021

In cooperation with the Warren County Health Department, the Indianola Fire Department is administering first-dose COVID vaccinations to city employees and spouses.

In cooperation with the Warren County Health Department, the Indianola Fire Department is administering first-dose COVID vaccinations to city employees and spouses.

04/15/2021

Indianola Fire Department has seventeen Moderna COVID 19 Vaccinations we are making available to the public on a first come first serve basis. The vaccines will be administered tomorrow 04/16/2021 during time slots available. If you are interested in please respond by providing contact information in messenger. Vaccinations will not be held if contact cannot be made with information provided, it will be offered to the next in line.

04/15/2021

Ever year, during spring yard work, residents of our community have questions about open burning within city limits.

Open outdoor fires for the purpose of burning yard waste, trash or wood are no longer allowed within the city limits of Indianola. This includes burn piles, brick patio fireplaces and fire pits. Outdoor fires are allowed for the purpose of preparing food as described below.

We have posted the city ordinance governing this below. Code Chapter 160, Sections 307 and 308. This information can be found on the city website.
If you ever have questions you can call the fire station. 961-9405.
Thank you.

Chapter 160 - Indianola Fire Code:

SECTION 307
OPEN BURNING WITHIN CITY LIMITS IS PROHIBITED
307.1 General. No person shall kindle or maintain any bonfire, rubbish or waste material fire within the City Limits.
Exceptions:
1. The Fire Chief may permit open burning supervised by the Fire Department for training purposes 307.2 and 307.2.1
2. The Fire Chief may permit open burning at public gatherings under legitimate sponsorship of civic, fraternal, religious, educational or similar organizations only after proper permits have been obtained from the Fire Chief or designee. Portable outdoor fireplaces are prohibited in the city limits, remove section 307.4.3.
3. Open burning in barbecue grills used solely for purposes of preparation of food and commercially manufactured outdoor fireplaces that limit the size of the combustible material to a burn area 24"x24"x12" and must be completely enclosed or covered with wire mesh with no opening greater than 1"x1". Combustible materials will be limited to charcoal or wood logs only. No brush, leaves, paper or waste materials will be burned in grills.
4. LP or Natural Gas fueled outdoor fireplaces equipped with automatic shut off safety valves shall be permitted as such fireplace complies with Section 307.2.1 and 308.1 of the 2018 International Fire Code and NFPA 58.
5. The Fire Chief or designee may permit open burning for a land developer to burn trees that have been removed for building construction, subject to the time of year and location of material adjacent to structures.
6. Permitted burning in residential areas shall be a minimum of one thousand (1000) feet from the nearest structure.
7. Permitted burning in commercial and industrial areas shall be subject to the location of adjacent structures and at the discretion of the Fire Chief or his/her designated Fire Official.
307.2 Permits. Whenever under the terms of the IFC 2018 Section 105.2.3 a permit is required from the Chief of the Fire Department or a designated Fire Official. Application for the permit shall be made to the office of the City Clerk or Chief of the Fire Department. Burn Permits shall be valid for a period of one hundred eighty (180) days for one (1) burning occurrence.
9. Delete Code Section: IFC 308.1.4. Replace with the following language:
308.1.4 Open-flame cooking devices. Charcoal burners, other open-flame cooking devices, and other devices that produce ashes or embers shall not be operated on balconies or within 20 feet (3048 mm) of combustible construction. Location of LP containers shall comply with Section 6104.

Thank you to Indianola Girl Scout Troop 30162 for dropping off so many cookies at the fire station!  They didn’t last lo...
04/15/2021

Thank you to Indianola Girl Scout Troop 30162 for dropping off so many cookies at the fire station! They didn’t last long. And that fire truck looks awesome!

The Indianola Fire Department would like to wish Firefighter/Paramedic Chris McIntyre a Happy Birthday.
04/13/2021

The Indianola Fire Department would like to wish Firefighter/Paramedic Chris McIntyre a Happy Birthday.

The Indianola Fire Department would like to wish Firefighter/Paramedic Chris McIntyre a Happy Birthday.

There is a reason that fire doors in multiple occupancy public buildings (schools, apartment buildings, dormitories and ...
04/09/2021

There is a reason that fire doors in multiple occupancy public buildings (schools, apartment buildings, dormitories and etc.) should never be physically propped open.
Just as we stress for residential homes, closed doors greatly slow the spread of a fire, especially with lightweight modern construction.
Fire doors must either be kept closed or self-closing when the fire alarm system activates. This is a building fire code and addressed under NFPA 80. (Self-closing fire doors use a magnet that release the door when the alarm is activated).
Something as innocuous as the door wedges shown below have led to the loss of life during a fire.

2004, The Herald. Rosepark Care Home in Uddington, Scotland. A fire at the nursing home resulted in the deaths of 14 elderly patients. It was later found upon investigation that the door closers to the resident’s rooms had been disabled and the doors propped open with wedges.

Propping open an interior door is always a temporary measure only.

A closed door can save your life.

There is a reason that fire doors in multiple occupancy public buildings (schools, apartment buildings, dormitories and etc.) should never be physically propped open.
Just as we stress for residential homes, closed doors greatly slow the spread of a fire, especially with lightweight modern construction.
Fire doors must either be kept closed or self-closing when the fire alarm system activates. This is a building fire code and addressed under NFPA 80. (Self-closing fire doors use a magnet that release the door when the alarm is activated).
Something as innocuous as the door wedges shown below have led to the loss of life during a fire.

2004, The Herald. Rosepark Care Home in Uddington, Scotland. A fire at the nursing home resulted in the deaths of 14 elderly patients. It was later found upon investigation that the door closers to the resident’s rooms had been disabled and the doors propped open with wedges.

Propping open an interior door is always a temporary measure only.

A closed door can save your life.

Large farm machinery will begin to become more common on county roads and highways. Please use caution when driving, esp...
04/03/2021

Large farm machinery will begin to become more common on county roads and highways. Please use caution when driving, especially on blind hills and curves. Yield the right of way to machinery when necessary. Remember, large machinery can have limited visibility to the sides and rear.
An extra 30 seconds of time is a small price to pay to prevent a collision, trip to the hospital or worse.
Thank you.

Large farm machinery will begin to become more common on county roads and highways. Please use caution when driving, especially on blind hills and curves. Yield the right of way to machinery when necessary. Remember, large machinery can have limited visibility to the sides and rear.
An extra 30 seconds of time is a small price to pay to prevent a collision, trip to the hospital or worse.
Thank you.

Warm temperatures, wind and low humidity make outdoor burning today extremely hazardous. The Indianola Fire Department a...
04/03/2021

Warm temperatures, wind and low humidity make outdoor burning today extremely hazardous.
The Indianola Fire Department advises against it.

Warm temperatures, wind and low humidity make outdoor burning today extremely hazardous.
The Indianola Fire Department advises against it.

Vaccine Consent | Hy-Vee Pharmacy
04/02/2021
Vaccine Consent | Hy-Vee Pharmacy

Vaccine Consent | Hy-Vee Pharmacy

Experience the very best customer service from your Hy-Vee Pharmacy. Conveniently fill out a vaccine consent form where you already love to grocery shop.

Firefighter training this week is practicing and honing skills in search and rescue. The fire department has the use of ...
03/31/2021

Firefighter training this week is practicing and honing skills in search and rescue. The fire department has the use of a training trailer from the Fire Service Training Bureau at Camp Dodge in Johnston. The trailer is a maze of obstacles in blackout, smoke filled conditions. A training manikin is a victim somewhere in the middle of that.
Saving lives is ALWAYS the first priority at any fire. If there is any indication that someone remains inside a burning structure crews will enter without a hose line to bring them out. A charged hose line slows a search down and hinders movement. For this reason, speed and technique are crucial - not only for the survival of the victims but for the safety of the firefighters as well.
Another, smaller trailer from the Fire Service Training Bureau is an obstacle course to practice navigating through small, tight spaces and enclosed areas.

Monday afternoon the Indianola Fire Department was dispatched for a residential structure fire. Upon arrival smoke was c...
03/31/2021

Monday afternoon the Indianola Fire Department was dispatched for a residential structure fire. Upon arrival smoke was coming from the eaves of the house. The fire was contained to the attic and it took crews some time to open things up and extinguish it.
High winds complicated roof operations.
All occupants were able to get out safely.

03/29/2021

Today will be sunny and warm with highs mainly in the 70s! It will also be VERY windy with south winds 25-30 mph gusting to 45-50+ mph. Travel may be difficult for high profile or lightweight vehicles.

These warm, dry, and windy conditions paired with lowering relative humidity values will create elevated to extreme fire weather conditions this afternoon into early evening.

Red Flag Warning and Wind Advisory in place noon-8pm today.

Burning is NOT recommended today as fires would spread rapidly in these conditions. Conditions will ease later this evening with cooler temperatures and lighter winds.

Please use good discretion about burning this week. Today IS NOT a good day for outdoor open burning. By Code, there is ...
03/29/2021

Please use good discretion about burning this week. Today IS NOT a good day for outdoor open burning.
By Code, there is NO open burning allowed within city limits without a permit from the fire chief.

Today will be sunny and warm with highs mainly in the 70s! It will also be VERY windy with south winds 25-30 mph gusting to 45-50+ mph. Travel may be difficult for high profile or lightweight vehicles.

These warm, dry, and windy conditions paired with lowering relative humidity values will create elevated to extreme fire weather conditions this afternoon into early evening.

Red Flag Warning and Wind Advisory in place noon-8pm today.

Burning is NOT recommended today as fires would spread rapidly in these conditions. Conditions will ease later this evening with cooler temperatures and lighter winds.

03/29/2021

While Monday will be quite warm, it will also carry with it an extreme fire weather danger for large portions of the state. Temperatures rising into the 70s, strong southerly winds gusting to around 50 mph at times, lowering relative humidity, and dormant/dead prairie grasses will yield ripe conditions for rapidly spreading fires.

While many of our yards are green or greening up rapidly, those warm season grasses (prairie grasses) and untilled farm fields continue to carry ripe fuels as conditions dry out Monday. Please do not conduct any burning of brush piles or other burns as they could spark other fire.

Conditions will ease during the evening and through the remainder of the week with cooler temperatures and lighter winds. #iawx

At 4:55 a.m. this morning the Indianola Fire Department responded to a kitchen fire at 206 West Iowa Avenue.  Upon arriv...
03/25/2021

At 4:55 a.m. this morning the Indianola Fire Department responded to a kitchen fire at 206 West Iowa Avenue. Upon arrival fire crews encountered fire coming from a side kitchen window on the first floor. The fire was quickly contained and extinguished.
Smoke detectors alerted the homeowners and everyone in the family evacuated safely.
Hartford Fire Department and Milo Fire Department were called to assist.

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