Indianola Fire Department

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Thank you to Don Ashenfelter of Professional Rescue Innovations and to the Fire Service Training Bureau for today’s trai...
11/01/2020

Thank you to Don Ashenfelter of Professional Rescue Innovations and to the Fire Service Training Bureau for today’s training. Don conducted a class on Grain Bin Rescue. PRI’s trailer is an amazing platform for safely practicing rescues.
A thank you also goes out to Heartland CO-OP for supplying the shelled corn.

It is with much sadness that The Indianola Fire Department has learned that retired firefighter/EMT Gary Scrivner has pa...
10/20/2020

It is with much sadness that The Indianola Fire Department has learned that retired firefighter/EMT Gary Scrivner has passed away.
Gary unselfishly served the citizens of Indianola as a volunteer for many years. He retired from the fire department only a few years ago. He will be greatly missed.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family.

Look at these baby faces on the Police and Fire Departments……Things are about to change!!! Community outreach is very im...
10/17/2020

Look at these baby faces on the Police and Fire Departments……Things are about to change!!! Community outreach is very important to Indianola Public Safety. During normal years both departments have many outreach programs to give back to the Indianola community that gives so much to us. We all know that this is NOT a normal year. We found a way to still give. Wait for it……Our version of no shave November is………”We’re Hair To Help.”
Male firefighters and police officers can donate $30.00 for the privilege of not shaving for the month of November. Female firefighters and police officers can put a blue or red streak in their hair.
Now for the giving back part. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Heal House!!!
We will update you as things start to grow.

10/05/2020
10/05/2020
"Kitchen for Trouble"

Yesterday began Fire Prevention Week, 2020. This year's theme is Fire Prevention and Safety in the kitchen.
As we enter a very busy time of year for cooking - the Holidays - please keep in mind safe practices and diligence in the kitchen.

"Kitchen for Trouble" stars cartoon character Dan Doofus. Dan has to learn the hard way how to prevent cooking fires.

From City Manager Ryan Waller:Congratulations to the following City employees for successfully (and all with honors) com...
09/25/2020

From City Manager Ryan Waller:

Congratulations to the following City employees for successfully (and all with honors) completing their paramedic curriculum:

Jeremy Cross – Certificate Highest Honors
Ted Neller - Certificate Highest Honors, Peer Mentor Award
Josh Mamanos – Certificate Highest Honors
Aaron Payette – Certificate Highest Honors
Not pictured:
Alissa Furry - Certificate Highest Honors, Outstanding Student Award

These new firefighter/paramedics were hired as part of a staffing plan adopted by the City Council to ensure proper public safety staffing levels for our community.

We are fortunate to have such highly trained professionals who are dedicated to serving our community.

We have the privilege of serving our community. But we also owe it to the community that we are ready and able.
09/21/2020

We have the privilege of serving our community. But we also owe it to the community that we are ready and able.

We don’t have to do this job, we get to do this job.
Train like it!

Thank you Beca Sterling for bringing 3rd Division water, sports drink, munchies and disinfecting supplies. Everything wi...
09/17/2020

Thank you Beca Sterling for bringing 3rd Division water, sports drink, munchies and disinfecting supplies. Everything will be shared with the other two Divisions except maybe the cookies.

Last December, 3rd Division extricated Jenna Anthony from her vehicle after a crash on Highway 65/69. Today, Jenna broug...
09/11/2020

Last December, 3rd Division extricated Jenna Anthony from her vehicle after a crash on Highway 65/69. Today, Jenna brought the crew lunch from Firebirds Wood Fired Grille in appreciation and in honor of 9/11.
Today was the first we had seen Jenna since that day or learned of her recovery. It was an emotional moment for everyone as her injuries were severe and she has recovered so fully. It means a lot to the firefighters and paramedics to see her doing well. Thank you.

(Name and reference to the incident used with Jenna’s permission.)

10:28 a.m.  The North Tower collapses.  After the collapse of the South Tower it was ordered by Incident Command to evac...
09/11/2020

10:28 a.m. The North Tower collapses. After the collapse of the South Tower it was ordered by Incident Command to evacuate the North Tower but many firefighters and police officers inside either didn’t receive the message or were slowed by trying to help evacuate the injured with them.

An example of the dedication of public safety on that morning:

While the world around him was seemingly coming apart, Captain Brown remained calm. In his last recorded radio transmission, his voice didn't reflect any of the chaos around him. "I'm on the 35th floor, ok, just relay to command post. We're trying to get up. There are numerous civilians in the stairwells, numerous burn injuries are coming down. I'm trying to send them down first. Apparently it is above the 75th floor, ok. 3 Truck and we're still heading up, ok, thank you," Brown said.

His last words on radio are, 'this is 3 Truck and we're still heading up,'"

- FDNY Truck 3, Captain Patrick Brown

10:03 a.m. - United Airlines Flight 93 crashes near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers and crew storm the cockpi...
09/11/2020

10:03 a.m. - United Airlines Flight 93 crashes near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers and crew storm the cockpit. Forty people on board, excluding the hijackers, are killed instantly.
Passengers organized to retake the cockpit. Based on voice recorder data it is believed they made it into the cockpit and fought with hijackers over control of the plane until it was put into an unrecoverable dive.
It is suspected it’s destination was Washington D.C. Likey either the Capitol Building or Whitehouse. It would have reached the city in another 20 minutes.

9:59 a.m. - The South Tower collapses in 10 seconds after burning for 56 minutes. More than 800 people in and around the...
09/11/2020

9:59 a.m. - The South Tower collapses in 10 seconds after burning for 56 minutes. More than 800 people in and around the building are killed.

9:37 a.m.  Flight 77 hits the Pentagon in Virginia with the throttle set to maximum power. In addition to all those on t...
09/11/2020

9:37 a.m. Flight 77 hits the Pentagon in Virginia with the throttle set to maximum power. In addition to all those on the plane, 125 people on the ground and in the building are ultimately killed.

9:03 a.m.  American Airlines Flight 175 crashes into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, striking between floors ...
09/11/2020

9:03 a.m. American Airlines Flight 175 crashes into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, striking between floors 77 and 85.
92 passengers and crew are killed on Flight 11 - 65 on Flight 175. Of the 2,606 people killed in the towers, 200 will jump or fall to their deaths rather than burn.

09/11/2020
Simply watch and note how fast the fire is growing. All from the breeze blowing a curtain into a candle.  There are two ...
09/03/2020
‘It moved so fast’: Security cameras show fire ripping through Wheat Ridge home

Simply watch and note how fast the fire is growing. All from the breeze blowing a curtain into a candle. There are two videos with the story.
SMOKE DETECTORS - ESCAPE PLANS!
NEVER LEAVE LIT CANDLES UNATTENDED!

A Wheat Ridge home is being called a total loss after a fire tore through the house near West 34th Avenue and Kipling Street Saturday.

Indianola Police Department
08/29/2020

Indianola Police Department

PSA: A recent crash at the intersection of 2nd Ave. & Jefferson Hwy. has damaged the traffic signal cabinet, which requires it to temporarily operate with stop signs. A replacement cabinet to bring back the signalized operations at this intersection will be installed by the end of day tomorrow 8/28/2020. Please use caution and drive slow at this intersection until signal is reinstalled.

The Indianola Firefighters spent the day expanding our skill set in responding to bus incidents. A special thanks to Jer...
08/08/2020

The Indianola Firefighters spent the day expanding our skill set in responding to bus incidents. A special thanks to Jerry Eslick of Professional Rescue Innovations for their expertise and guidance and to the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau and Thomas Bus and Trailer Sales out of Des Moines for providing the resources to make this possible.

At 5:31 this morning firefighters were dispatched to a residential structure fire on West 1st Avenue a D Street. The fir...
08/06/2020

At 5:31 this morning firefighters were dispatched to a residential structure fire on West 1st Avenue a D Street. The fire was quickly brought under control from the exterior and extinguished. There were no injuries.
Thank you to Norwalk Fire Department for provided apparatus and manpower to assist.

As Schools reconvene, your Indianola Fire Department is preparing by training on emergency response to incidents involvi...
08/05/2020

As Schools reconvene, your Indianola Fire Department is preparing by training on emergency response to incidents involving school buses. Thanks to Thomas Bus And Trailer Sales in Des Moines for donating a school bus for training this Saturday.

It’s the small collective things that make our community warm and inviting. A shot of the balloonist overhead while we p...
07/31/2020

It’s the small collective things that make our community warm and inviting. A shot of the balloonist overhead while we performed our truck checks this morning. Photo credit Ted Neller

Hose pulls. Firefighters worked the cross lays on the Engine deploying initial attack lines then masking up.
07/21/2020

Hose pulls. Firefighters worked the cross lays on the Engine deploying initial attack lines then masking up.

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory through today and until 8 p.m. Saturday. The fire department ask...
07/17/2020

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory through today and until 8 p.m. Saturday.
The fire department asks that you check in on friends and family in the community who may be at greatest risk, such as the elderly, chronically ill or those without proper air conditioning. If assistance is needed or you suspect someone is having a heat emergency immediately call 911 and request an ambulance.
If you must be outside during the height of the day, wear cool, loose fitting clothing, drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks to cool.
DO NOT leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle for ANY LENGTH OF TIME, whether the vehicle is running or not.
Check on pets and livestock. Assure they have shade in an area with moving air and plenty of clean water.

NFPA 1410 Drill #6.  Rural Water Operations Deployment. 3rd Division improved their set-up time by over a minute from la...
07/14/2020

NFPA 1410 Drill #6. Rural Water Operations Deployment. 3rd Division improved their set-up time by over a minute from last Friday’s run through. Short staffed today with some members off in a class.
5 minutes, 14 seconds. NFPA goal is 5 minutes for a full crew. Two attack lines had water “on the fire” within 60 seconds of the Engine coming to a stop.

We had an inquiry from a member of the public about burns in the home. Minor burns are a common household injury, especi...
07/14/2020

We had an inquiry from a member of the public about burns in the home.
Minor burns are a common household injury, especially in young children. Most minor burns, while extremely painful, will heal completely if properly treated and leave no lasting damage or scars. However, there are several misconceptions and false information about treating minor burns at home. Below is a step-by-step list of the Do's and Don't's:

DO:
1. DO run cool water on a minor burn for several minutes (5 to 10). NO COLD WATER. Cool water is room temperature water as it comes from the tap using both hot and cold in a mixture. You should comfortably be able to run your hand under it without it feeling cold.
2. DO cover the burned area with a clean, DRY cloth. Gauze dressings are ideal. Clean is ideal. Sealed packaging that is opened at the time of use is ideal.
3. Ibuprofen is wonderful at not only helping to treat pain but also in keeping inflammation under control.
4. If ever in doubt about the severity of a burn, seek medical attention by going to an Urgent Care or calling 911.

DON'T:
1. DO NOT apply any oils, salves, butter, ice, honey or Grandma's famous lard-based burn concoction. DO NOT apply any foreign substances to the skin other than room temperature water. Do not use even commercially marketed burn lotions or sprays. Remember, the skin is the body's protective layer and has been compromised. These products are not aseptic, especially after often being stored in a cabinet, closet or under a bathroom sink.
2. DO NOT pop blisters at all costs. The skin inside the blister is healing and is not properly protected from nasty, invading microbes looking for a free lunch. Popping blisters greatly increases the risk of infection.
3. DO NOT underestimate the severity of a burn, especially if the skin is damaged beyond simply being red.

Burns are classified into 4 Levels based on the damage they do to the body. (Burn Centers also classify burns by the mechanism - fire, scalding, chemical, electrical, etc. We are going to keep it simple here). The first two are the most common encountered in the household in day-to-day activities:
1. Superficial Burn. (In the past referred to as 1st Degree). Only the outermost layer of skin has been damaged. Red, inflamed and painful. A sunburn is an example.
2. Partial-Thickness Burn. (2nd Degree). Damage has broken through the outer most layer of skin and has occurred in the underlying layers of skin. Swelling, blistering and pain. Will likely appear wet or shiny. Highly susceptible to infection.
3. Full-thickness Burn. (3rd degree). All layers of skin have been burned and damage is into the subcutaneous tissue. These burns themselves are painless as the nerves are burned away but the surrounding edges will be partial-thickness burns and extremely painful. White, black, brown, charred or leathery skin will surround the wound. THIS BURN IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY AND A 911 CALL!
4. Deep Tissue Burn. (4th degree). Muscle and bone have been burned. Life-Threatening in any form or size!

Burns are amazingly deceptive in appearance. All levels of burns are worse than they may appear. Often, redness and a blister are the only indications of a partial-thickness burn. All burns immediately compromise the skin's ability to ward off foreign microbes and are an immediate avenue for infection if mishandled.
This is why any burn that blisters or breaks the skin should be examined and treated by a medical professional. Partial-thickness burns (aka 2nd degree) to the face, hands, feet and genitals can have life-altering consequences if not properly treated. Emergency medical treatment should be sought.

IF IN DOUBT, NEVER HESITATE TO CALL 911!

NWS Des Moines on Twitter
07/07/2020
NWS Des Moines on Twitter

NWS Des Moines on Twitter

“⚠️ Wednesday will be the hottest day of the week with potentially dangerous heat conditions. Hot and humid weather will combine to create heat index values around 100 to 105 degrees under a mostly sunny sky with light winds. #iawx”

We just about missed it, but an event this hot cannot occur without being noticed by the Fire Department. Happy 50th Bir...
07/02/2020

We just about missed it, but an event this hot cannot occur without being noticed by the Fire Department. Happy 50th Birthday to Indianola Police Department’s Captain Brian Sher!!

Fire Suppression, Vehicle Stabilization and Extrication Training.
06/26/2020

Fire Suppression, Vehicle Stabilization and Extrication Training.

06/26/2020
Adam Savage on Fireworks Safety

Adam Savage shares a public safety message on fireworks safety on behalf of the consumer products safety comission.

06/25/2020
Indianola Parks & Recreation

Indianola Parks & Recreation

Hot, sunny days are made for outdoor fun! Here are some safety tips from Bob Soukup of the Indianola Fire Department so you'll know what to do if someone gets overheated.

06/24/2020
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Please observe the City Ordinance on using fireworks, use good judgement and stay safe this Fourth of July.

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