The Cloquet Area Fire District responded to a report of an attached garage on fire Tuesday evening. Upon arrival it was determined that an explosion had occurred inside the garage knocking the garage door off its track and blowing it outward.
Cloquet Police Officers assisted in evacuating the home and CAFD fire crews checked to make sure that there was not a gas leak condition or other explosive hazard inside the residence. It was determined that the source of the explosion was from contents inside of the garage that overheated or started on fire. The exact cause is under investigation by the CAFD Arson Investigation Unit at this time.
CAFD Stations 1 and 3 responded to the scene, and Carlton Fire Department assisted with an ambulance. One occupant of the home was transported to the hospital to be evaluated for minor injuries.
The Cloquet Area Fire District (CAFD) was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award.
The CAFD partnered with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to bring an incredible training opportunity to area Police, Fire and EMS personnel. The training is called 3 ECHO, and it primarily focuses on the initial 30 minutes of a response to what may be the most difficult call any of us will ever face, a hostile event.
Battalion 4, Medic 11, Rescue 1 and Engine 31 responded to a collision at the intersection of Highway 33 and Doddridge Ave Tuesday evening. Two people had left the scene right after the crash and two were examined on scene by CAFD Paramedics. It appears there were no major injuries even though both vehicles are likely totaled.
The CAFD would like to congratulate members who received recognition at the Annual Award Ceremony that was held last night.
The American Red Cross presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Captain/Public Education Coordinator Sarah Buhs for the Cloquet Area Fire District's implementation of the Home Fire Campaign in the Cloquet, Scanlon, Perch Lake and Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa areas.
CAFD staff is showing up for work in pink t-shirts throughout October in support of cancer research. As part of the national “Care Enough To Wear Pink” campaign, the CAFD along with fire departments all over the country, are wearing special pink t-shirts to bring attention to the fight against breast and other cancers.
The Minnesota State Fire School – Duluth was put on by the Lake Superior College with CAFD as a partner. The school was hosted at the Black Bear Casino September 29 & 30, 2012, and included firefighters from all over Minnesota. CAFD staff participated as both Instructors and students during the two day period with over a dozen CAFD members attending classes. The CAFD Mobile Live Fire Training Trailer and Mobile Training Tower were both on site and utilized by multiple groups.
The CAFD Governing board approved a zero percent levy increase for 2013 at their September Meeting. On September 12, 2012 the CAFD Governing Board adopted a preliminary operating budget, capital improvement plan, and tax levy for 2013. Due to the increasing savings created by the consolidation of the Cloquet, Perch Lake, and Scanlon Fire Departments, the CAFD was able to maintain the budget and levy at 2012 levels.
The CAFD has taken delivery of a new Medic unit. Medic 11 is the result of the scheduled replacement of CAFD ambulance fleet. Medic units have an approximately 15 year life span and are replaced on a rotating schedule. The new unit is a “Remount” of the current patient compartment onto a new chassis. The manufacturer completely strips and re-outfits the patient compartment and mounts the “new” unit on a current model chassis. This process produces a brand new vehicle with a savings of $40,000 over a custom built vehicle.
A center to coordinate volunteers and donations to help Carlton County Flood Victims is operating at the Cloquet National Guard Armory.
The center will try to match volunteers and those who need help with the aftermath of the floods. The volunteer center will start taking calls at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 23 and be open every day from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Friday, June 22, 2012
In following with the devastation that has resulted in our community and region, Mayor Bruce Ahlgren has declared a local emergency under Minnesota Statutes 12.29 and 12.37. The City, along with all of Carlton County and many of its neighboring communities, have suffered significant damage as a result of flooding from the June 19 storm that dropped record levels of rain on the community. As the flood waters recede and more information becomes available the declaration is the first step in working with Federal or State officials on any financial assistance that may be available to our region. “With many homes suffering from damage from water and many of our businesses and industries being flooded we want to be sure to follow the proper procedures to help them in any way we can.” Said Mayor Ahlgren.
The CAFD participated in the Cook County Emergency Services Conference held in Grand Marais on April 27 & 28, 2012. In cooperation with Mesabi Community College, CAFD instructors and the CAFD’s Mobile Live Fire Trainer (MLFT) provided training in vehicle extrication and interior fire suppression during the two day conference.
Delores Karulak of Cloquet was the winner for the drawing of a fire extinguisher at the Cloquet Area Fire District booth at the Cloquet Home Show on March 30th-31st. Lt. Buhs from St. 3 explains to Delores how to properly use and store the fire extinguisher which was donated for the drawing by Northland Fire and Safety. Delores was very excited about the win!
On April 1, 2012 new fire protection rates will begin taking effect for property insurance policies within the Cloquet Area Fire District (CAFD). In June 2011 the CAFD underwent an exhaustive evaluation by the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) to determine what effect the creation of the CAFD would have on overall fire protection within the cities we serve. The rating system, known as the ISO Public Protection Classification Rating, is designed to give insurance companies an independent means to measure the efficiency and capabilities of various fire departments. The rating system awards a class between 1 and 10, with a rating of 10 being essentially no organized fire protection capabilities, and a 1 being recognized as one of the best systems in the country.
The CAFD was awarded a 2011 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant for additional training equipment. The $245,000.00 project is for a Mobile Training Tower and will be funded through $232,750 of Federal funding and be matched with a local contribution of $12,250.
Truck and TrailerThe CAFD’s new Mobile Live Fire Training Trailer was highlighted at the State of Minnesota Fire Safety Educators Professional Development Conference in St. Cloud, Mn during the last weekend in January. The trailer, along with members of the CAFD Training Division, spent three days attending training sessions and conducting classes in the trailer.
Once again this year, CAFD IAFF Local 880 firefighters have shown support for the community by participating in both the Salvation Army gift exchange and adopting three families in need.
The Cloquet Area Fire District will hold a public hearing on its budget and on the amount of property tax it is proposing to collect to pay for the costs of services the District will provide in 2012.
Pete Erickson (Left) a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Cloquet Area Fire District, and John Hjelle (Right) a member of the Carlton Volunteer Fire Department are currently deployed with the 1st Squadron, 94th Cav, 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard providing transportation security in Iraq.
The CAFD participated in Fire Prevention Week activities in 2011 with the largest program in local history. The program, coordinated by CAFD Training Officer Craig Boedigheimer and Lt. Sarah Buhs, was conducted with staff from all three district stations.
CAFD Board Member and Perch Lake Township Supervisor Stan DeMenge passed away on October 14, 2011. Stan was a strong supporter of the consolidated emergency services provider model and was instrumental in the formation and success of the Cloquet Area Fire District.
Stanley D. DeMenge, age 64, of Cloquet, passed away Friday, October 14, 2011 in St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN. He was born October 30, 1946 in Cloquet to David and Myrtle (Jensen) DeMenge. He graduated from Cloquet High School in 1964. Stan married Cheri Peters on March 1, 1977.
The District received an Enbridge Safe Community Program Grant for the purchase of air monitoring equipment. District staff regularly works in dangerous atmospheric environments, and the equipment purchased through this program will round out our respiratory protection program in the area of air monitoring.
The CAFD is currently undergoing a performance review by the Insurance Service Organization (ISO). ISO provides a grading schedule that insurance companies use when setting the rates for property insurance. This will be the first grading of the newly formed Fire District. ISO focuses on the areas of Water Supply, Training, Communications, and Fire Department Equipment and Staffing. The District underwent three days of intensive review which included a four hour water movement drill the evening of Tuesday May 31, 2011.
Cloquet Area Fire District Chief Jim LangenbrunnerOriginally published in the Cloquet Pine Journal on March 17, 2011
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
At right: Cloquet Area Fire District Chief Jim Langenbrunner
After 36 years of fighting fires in the Cloquet area, Fire Chief Jim Langenbrunner is hanging up his fire-resistant coveralls and fireman’s boots for a Kindle and a good pair of hiking shoes.
After March 30, he will be able to go fishing when he wants to, read books without being interrupted, spend time with his wife and travel – without worrying (much) about the future of the Cloquet Area Fire District (CAFD).
One could say that new Cloquet Area Fire District Chief Kevin Schroeder has been a local student of firefighting his entire life.
Schroeder grew up across the street from his new office in the Scanlon Community Center (now also known as CAFD Fire Station 3), where his dad, Bill Schroeder, was a volunteer firefighter. The younger Schroeder completed his Firefighter 1 training when he was still 17 years old, and officially became a volunteer firefighter for Scanlon on his 18th birthday. He was hired by the Cloquet Fire Department as a full-time firefighter when he was 21.
Minneapolis, MN (04/04/11) – The Humphrey School’s Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center (PNLC) announced today that Cloquet Area Fire District has won a Local Government Innovation
Award (LGIA), which recognizes outstanding cities, counties, and schools in Minnesota that demonstrate results in improving local services.
The Cloquet Area Fire District, City of Cloquet, Perch Lake Township, City of Scanlon, and Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa began collaborative provision of fire and EMS services. Perch Lake Township and the City of Cloquet began with a joint powers agreement for fire and EMS, which led to work at the legislature in 2009 with the Special Taxing District Language. In 2010 a contract with the sovereign nation of Fond du Lac was signed for fire suppression and, in 2011 with the City of Scanlon. The Cloquet Area Fire District now has 58 fire personnel working out of three stations, which has saved $250,000 and improved service to all area citizens.
The Cloquet Area Fire District (CAFD) completed a four day strategic planning process Saturday March 5th. Strategic planning is the formal consideration of an organization's future course and focuses on; Who we are, What we do, How we do it and Who we serve. The process uses these questions to identify and develop solutions to current and future issues that an organization will face as it moves forward. The CAFD is the first independent fire and EMS district in the State of Minnesota. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that issues regarding structure and growth are properly identified and solutions are developed to mitigate future challenges. The strategic planning process was facilitated by Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCi) and was partially funded through a grant from the State of Minnesota promoting shared fire and rescue services. ESCi is a national specialty consulting group that services Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement agencies.
Despite the CAFD providing cheaper, faster, and more comprehensive fire protection service, the Carlton County Board voted to let the Carlton Volunteer Fire Department continue to provide fire protection to Sawyer Township. At the request of the County Board the CAFD submitted a proposal in July of 2010 to provide fire and rescue services to unorganized Sawyer Township. The CAFD already provides service to individual properties within Sawyer Township through our professional services contract with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and providing service to the remaining properties could be accomplished without difficulty. The CAFD responds from three stations, including one half the distance to Sawyer Township as the current Carlton Station, with approximately 60 firefighters and 14 pieces of fire apparatus. This resource level allows the CAFD to handle multiple incidents simultaneously and still provide response levels that meet state and federal guidelines. The Carlton Volunteer Fire Department does not possess this depth of staff or equipment and would have trouble supplying apparatus to multiple concurrent fire incidents.
As the first independent fire/EMS district in the State of Minnesota, the CAFD has become the focus of attention for other emergency service providers. With the increasing budget pressures on local governments, emergency service providers from all the state are visiting Cloquet to look at fiscally responsible models of providing fire and ambulance service. Fire departments from the Twin Cities area to the Canadian border have contacted and/or visited the CAFD in order to gather information on our model of shared emergency services.
In addition to this current interest, the CAFD has now been identified as model for the future provision of fire and EMS service in the State of Minnesota by the Governor’s Fire and Rescue Shared Services Task Force. Governor Tim Pawlenty created a “Fire and Rescue Shared Services Task Force” through Executive Order #09-13 on December 4, 2009. The task force was assigned to investigate issues and the comparative benefits attendant to different models for shared fire and rescue service delivery. Shared Services refers to any number of methods where fire and rescue service organizations are doing something together to become more effective or more efficient. The shared service concept does not necessarily mean a savings in terms of money.
The Cloquet Area Fire District (CAFD) and Sappi Fine Paper recently partnered on a fire protection project that brought savings and long term benefit to both organizations at a fraction of the price of other options. Sappi personnel identified the need to augment its fire water supply capability for the wood yard area in case of fire. A number of options were discussed during regular safety meetings with the CAFD. At these meetings the method of working together to solve the problem was used. As a result, Sappi purchased four thousand feet of 5” Large Diameter Hose (LDH) and a high flow manifold for the CAFD. The LDH is used for water supply and is loaded on all fire vehicles in the CAFD. This hose, in combination with the amount of LDH that the CAFD already possessed, will allow for the deployment of a portable water main system capable of flowing thousands of gallons of water per minute to any point within the Sappi wood yard.
In 2005/2006 Carlton County initiated an Ambulance, Rescue and Fire Study to be conducted by Emergency Services Consulting, Inc. based out of Oregon. Basically, the study found that the number of events in Carlton County was increasing, that advanced life support medical response was lacking and that public protection would continue to degrade if new funding sources were not implemented. The study provided the impetus for area communities to work together in developing options in response to the findings.
That work led way to the birth of the Cloquet Area Fire District (CAFD). Additionally to the formation of the CAFD, in 2009 the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill which established the Cloquet Area Fire and Ambulance Special Taxing District. The 2010 levy approved by the CAFD Board has gotten considerable press and TV coverage. The largest increase for 2010 will be seen by the rural residents of Cloquet (Perch Lake and former Knife Falls Townships). This has occurred since the residents in those neighborhoods have received emergency services without fully supporting the cost since the 1970s. That has changed with the formation of the taxing district.