Des Moines firefighters paid tribute today to Fire Engineer Craig Kern, who died September 21st, at the age of 62. Firefighters stood at attention in front of Fire Station #1 downtown, where Kern spent most of his career. Kern was a 32-year veteran of the Des Moines Fire Department, a native of Des Moines and Lincoln High School graduate.
Kern earned his fire specialist degree in 1998, at which point he had already received the City’s Meritorious Service Award, as well as Firehouse Magazine’s Heroism and Community Service Award. He was subsequently promoted to Fire Engineer in 2001. He was also one of the longest serving Haz Mat team members, at over 30-years.
The Des Moines Fire Department says evaluations of his work continually included phrases such as “can always count on him”, “regularly fills in as Lieutenant and does well in that role”, “is a quiet, hardworking employee”, and “is a mentor”.
WHO-AM 1040 Des Moines
A man is injured after falling 25-feet into a concrete tank this week in Nevada. First responders used a crane, ropes, and a rescue basket to lift the man out of the tank. It happened at an industrial construction site at 62512 270th Street, south of Nevada. The man was taken to Story County Medical Center. His injuries are described as non life-threatening.
From Nevada Fire Department:
Using a system of ropes, carabiners, a Stokes rescue basket, and a crane which was already on site, a delicate rescue was performed lifting the injured person out of the tank and to a waiting ambulance. The Ames Fire Department was requested under a county-wide mutual aid agreement. They bring specialized technical rescue capabilities to the scene.
WMT-FM 600 Cedar Rapids
Crews put out a fire near a lower beaver trail on Tuesday.
A person walking their dog on the Tom and Sophie Vlassis Greenway just off of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Euclid Avenue told us they heard a loud pop around 6:45 a.m.
Fire crews doused a tree off the trail that was on fire.
Officers on scene said that they found a homeless encampment in the area of the fire. They do not know the cause of the fire. No one was found and no injuries reported.
KCCI-TV CBS 8 Des Moines
The Le Mars Fire-Rescue and Emergency Services crew dusted off their spatulas and busted out their griddles for the annual Pancake Feed today.
The department has held the feed for more than 30 years.
The crew served up pancakes, sausage, orange juice, milk and coffee to 575 attendees.
This year’s event broke last year’s previous record of money raised.
Le Mars Fire-Rescue and Emergency Services Chief David Schipper said the support from the community has allowed them to provide their crew with equipment upgrades and training they need to be at their very best.
KTIV-TV NBC 4 Sioux City
Firefighters with Sioux City Fire Rescue are educating the public on fire prevention.
The 100th anniversary of fire prevention week is Oct. 9-15.
The campaign this year is called, “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.”
The focus throughout this week and next week will be on simple actions the public can use to stay safe.
Firefighters say families should have a plan in place in case of a fire.
“Some of the things you can do, especially with kids to make it fun and exciting, is draw a map of the house and arrows two ways out of the home, so kids get used to actually seeing it. And then practice it. Practicing helps kind of with the muscle memory aspect of things,” said Lt. John Nelsen of Sioux City Fire Rescue.
Fires can spread fast and the key to staying safe is having an efficient response.
KTIV-TV NBC 4 Sioux City