Friday, July 21, 2017

Sun Ridge Fire Update


Rapid City, S.D. - At just after 3 pm today, units from Doty and Rapid City Fire Departments as well as the United States Forest Service and South Dakota Wildland Fire were dispatched to a report of smoke in the area of Nemo Rd. and Wideview Ln. about 1 mile west of Rapid City.

When a unit from Rapid City Station 3 arrived in the area, they found an approximately 1 acre fire burning in grass and timber understory in the area north of Sun Ridge Rd. and Aztec Dr. Additional resources were requested. 

The fire was named the Sun Ridge Fire and was burning on private land. The Sun Ridge Fire burned 1.06 acres. As of 9:00 pm MDT, the fire was declared contained and controlled. No structures were threatened. The fire is believed to have been started by lightning.

Fire resources from the United States Forest Service, South Dakota Wildland Fire, Rapid City Fire Department, Pennington County Fire Administration, Doty Fire Department, Johnson Siding Fire Department, Black Hawk Fire Department, Whispering Pines Fire Department, and North Haines Fire Department all worked to fight the fire.

The South Dakota Division of Wildland Fire Suppression will continue to monitor the fire. 

No further updates to this release are anticipated at this time. Please contact Rapid City Fire Department Public Information Officer Jim Bussell at (605)-394-4180 for questions related to this release.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

RCFD Responds to Afternoon Grass Fire

Second human-caused fire in 24 hours


Rapid City, S.D. - Crews from three Rapid City Fire Stations responded to a grass fire near the intersection of First and Quincy Streets this afternoon. At about 1:15 pm, Pennington County 9-1-1 dispatched crews to a report of a 20-foot by 20-foot area on fire behind the apartments at that location. When crews arrived, the fire had spread uphill aided by gusty winds and dry fuels.

The forward progress of the fire was stopped within about 15 minutes. Crews spent about 90 minutes on scene mopping up hot spots. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported. Although no structures were immediately threatened, the Rapid City Fire Department provided structure protection for homes on Kellogg Place in the Star Village neighborhood above the fire. 

The fire burned approximately 1/2 acre of grass. The fire is believed to have been human caused. The Rapid City Fire Department Fire and Life Safety Division is investigating. 

This is the second human caused grass fire in 24 hours for the RCFD. In both cases, fire moved quickly through green grass and was pushed by gusty winds. With continued warm and dry conditions, the public is reminded to exercise caution with ignition sources. 

No updates to this release are anticipated. Please contact Jim Bussell, Public Information Officer for the Rapid City Fire Department at 605-394-4180 for questions related to this release.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Cardiac Arrest Victim Successfully Resuscitated at Sioux Park Track

Bystanders, responders work together to achieve positive outcome.


Rapid City, S.D. – Just before 9 am this morning, Pennington County 9-1-1 dispatched Rapid City Fire Department units to the track at Sioux Park for a report of a cardiac arrest. An individual was exercising on the track and suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. Bystanders immediately administered CPR. As is standard protocol, the Rapid City Police Department was also notified of the emergency. Senior Officer Jerred Younie and Senior Officer Mark Weyer were on patrol in the area and responded.

When Officers Weyer and Younie arrived, the pair deployed an automated external defibrillator (AED) from Younie’s patrol car. Officer Weyer administered one shock from the AED to the victim. Medic 3 and Rescue 3 from the RCFD station located on Federal Avenue were on scene within 4 minutes and began providing advanced life support (ALS). At the time the individual was delivered to a local hospital, they were conscious and able to communicate with medical staff.

The American Heart Association uses a metaphor to describe the series of actions that must be successfully performed to give victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest the best chance for survival. That metaphor is known as the Chain of Survival. Links in the chain include:
-Recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system
-Immediate high-quality CPR
-Rapid defibrillation
-Basic and advanced emergency medical services
-Advanced life support and post-arrest care

This incident today is a prime example of each of those links functioning flawlessly and ending in a positive result. This incident also highlights the importance of knowing CPR and being prepared to perform resuscitative efforts should they be needed. Each individual that responded to this incident were integral links in the Chain of Survival. The bystanders who quickly recognized cardiac arrest and initiated CPR, the 9-1-1 dispatchers that directed callers and activated EMS response, the RCPD officers that deployed their defibrillator quickly and efficiently, the outstanding pre-hospital care providers from the RCFD, and the medical staff at the receiving facility today were all links to a successful resuscitation.

To protect the identity of the individual involved, no information on the individuals gender, sex, age, etc. will be released. No further updates to this release are anticipated. For questions or comment related to this release, please contact Lt. Jim Bussell, RCFD Public Information Officer, at (605)-394-4180.


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Water Rescue Team Completes Two-Day Training

Rapid Creek site of refresher course

Rapid City, SD- The Rapid City/Pennington County Water Rescue Team (WRT) completed a two-day Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced refresher course in the Black Hills this week. The team took advantage of lower stream flows to practice highly technical techniques for rescuing individuals in the swiftwater environment. 


Those trained as Swiftwater Rescue Technicians at the advanced level are specially trained in advanced rescue situations both in and over water including search management in swiftwater and flood environments.

During the first night of training, the crews trained on mechanical advantage and rope systems as well as night and poor visibility water operations. This training included an exercise at the Dakota Point area of Sheridan Lake. Members were required to set-up rope systems and rappel to the spillway area of Sheridan Lake at night (pictured below).



Above: A Water Rescue Team member rappels to the spillway area of Sheridan Lake during night operations training.

Above: Sheridan Lake Spillway area.

Above: Crews establish an anchor point and build a mechanical advantage system during night and poor visibility water operations training at Sheridan Lake's Dakota Point area.


During the second day of training, the team trained on swiftwater and flood search management, true and conditional rescues, high energy tethers, and paddle boat handling. The second day of training was conducted in an area of Rapid Creek downstream of the Placerville Church Camp.

Above: Crews practice with the Rapid Deployment Craft (RDC) in moving water as part of Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced training.

Above: Water Rescue Team members train with a device known as a Water Curtain. The device is designed provide a large grab area for confused swimmers and troubled victims. 

Above: A simulated victim has gotten their foot trapped in underwater debris and is awaiting rescue. 

Above: WRT member Calen Maningas yells out instructions to members during rescue exercises.

Above: A WRT member practices the "live bait" technique of rescuing a victim who is being swept downstream. Tethered via rope, the rescuer jumps headlong into the water to grab the victim before being tethered to safety.

The Rapid City/Pennington County Water Rescue Team (WRT) has been a combined effort of the Rapid City Fire Department, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rapid City Police Department, since 1987. The team provides services to Rapid City, Pennington County and the surrounding region. The WRT can respond to a variety of calls, including dive rescue and recovery, surface rescue and recovery, swift water rescue and recovery, ice rescue and recovery and evidence recovery and underwater crime scene investigation

As the largest water rescue team in the region, the WRT is classified as a Type III response team and is currently undergoing training to enhance their capabilities to a Type II response team.

The team can be called to a myriad of water related calls and the members perform their duties in trying and hazardous conditions that include black water diving, ice diving, night time operations, and exposure to extreme temperatures. The team is available 24 hours a day.

With the area’s growing population and increased interest in water sports, as well as a continuing threat of flooding from Rapid Creek and the surrounding area, the WRT is an essential part of the public safety efforts provided by the cooperating agencies. Over the past several years, the WRT has responded to dozens of water related calls for service including drowning rescue and recovery, evidence recovery, and swift water rescues and recovery.

For more information on the Rapid City/Pennington County Water Rescue Team or for comment or questions related to this article, please contact the Rapid City Fire Department Public Information Officer at (605)-394-4180.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

RCFD Battles Midnight Structure Fire

No injuries reported, cause under investigation


Rapid City, S.D. - Crews from four Rapid City fire stations battled a structure fire in the 400 block of North Spruce St. on the city's north-side. At 11:54 pm Thursday night, Rapid City/Pennington County 9-1-1 dispatched a report of a structure fire in the area of E. Denver and N. Spruce Streets. Initial callers reported flames and smoke coming from the building.

Within moments, crews arrived on scene at 420 North Spruce St. to find heavy smoke and flames showing from the wood-frame, residential dwelling. Bystanders reported the structure to be un-occupied. Crews making entry into the building performed multiple searches to confirm that there were indeed no occupants inside the building. None were found and no injuries to civilian or Fire Service personnel were reported.

It took crews about 30 minutes to access and extinguish all of the fire inside the structure. Crews remained on scene for a total of about 3 hours to ensure no hot spots remained. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

Responding to the fire were crews from Stations 1, 3, 4 and 7. Pennington County Fire Administrator Jerome Harvey was on scene to assist the Incident Commander. Also responding to the fire was Pennington County Search and Rescue, the Rapid City Police Department, Montana Dakota Utilities and Black Hills Energy. 

For questions related to this release, please contact Rapid City Fire Department Public Information Officer Jim Bussell at (605)-394-4180. No updates to this release are anticipated at this time.


Above: Crews work to remove glass from a window to help ventilate the structure.

Above: Heavy smoke billows from the structure back-lit by emergency lights from apparatus parked on North Spruce St. 


Above: The crew from Truck 1 works to force open an exterior door to the basement of the structure to search for potential victims. 


Above: Jacob Maggart (lt) and Andrew Rasmussen (rt) from Squad 1 extinguish exterior hot spots.


Above: First arriving crews found heavy smoke and fire conditions in the structure.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

RCFD Responds to Second Fire in Same Location

Cause of second fire is under investigation


Rapid City, S.D. - Within minutes of leaving from an earlier structure fire, the Rapid City Fire Department responded to the Colonial Motel for a report of a structure fire. Just after 1:30 am, crews responded to a report of flames coming from the same building that was damaged in an earlier fire. When units arrived, a heavy volume of fire was coming from the roof and windows of the south building of the motel complex.

Crews were able to quickly knock down the flames. A search of the building was conducted to ensure that no one was trapped. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire or firefighting activities.

A RCFD crew and investigator had left the property approximately 15 minutes prior to the second reported fire. The circumstances surrounding the second fire are suspicious and the fire is under investigation.

Once again, the Rapid City Fire Department wishes to extend it's thanks to the Rapid City Police Department and Pennington County Fire Administrator Jerome Harvey for their assistance. 

An update to this release is not anticipated at this time.

Please contact the Rapid City Fire Department at (605)-394-4180 for questions related to this release.

Above: Truck 1 crews stretch a hose-line to attack the second fire of the evening at 511 E. North.

RCFD Responds to Overnight Structure Fire

No injuries reported, investigation into cause is underway


Rapid City, S.D. - A late night fire damaged a portion of the Colonial Motel on E. North St. on Wednesday. Just after 11:00 pm, crews from stations 1, 3, 4 and 7 responded to a report of a structure fire at the corner of E. Denver and N. Lacrosse streets. Rapid City Police Department units in the area arrived shortly after the initial 9-1-1 call and reported smoke and flames showing from the southern most building in the motel complex. The first arriving fire units found heavy fire showing from a door and windows on the north side of the building.

Crews were able to quickly knock down the main fire and perform a search of the building to ensure that there were no trapped victims. Crews remained on scene for about two hours to extinguish hot spots. During the fire, a portion of N. Lacrosse St. was closed to traffic.

As of about 1:30 am, an investigator was on scene. There is no information on the cause of the fire at this time.

No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported as a result of the fire or firefighting effort.

The Rapid City Fire Department would like to thank the Rapid City Police Department, Montana Dakota Utilities and Pennington County Fire Administrator Jerome Harvey for their professional assistance during the incident.

Updated releases related to this incident are not anticipated at this time.

Please contact Rapid City Fire Department Public Information Officer Jim Bussell at (605)-394-4180 for questions related to this release.
Above: First arriving crews were met with heavy smoke and fire.

Above: Crews work to extinguish fire in multiple units of the Colonial Motel.

Above: Firefighter Eric O'Conner cuts a hole in the roof of the Colonial Motel to release trapped heat and smoke.

Above: Firefighter Eric O'Conner (L) and Capt. Calen Maningas (R) complete roof operations at the Colonial Motel. Their assignment was to establish a ventilation hole in the roof to release trapped heat and smoke.

 
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