Wednesday, February 14, 2018

RCFD Responds to Fire in Apartment Building

Single sprinkler head activates, spares building from significant damage

Rapid City, S.D. – A Rapid City apartment building is spared significant damage after a late morning fire was snuffed out by the buildings fire sprinkler system. Just after 11 am this morning, Pennington County 9-1-1 dispatched Engine 6 to a report of an automatic fire alarm at 2880 Belgarde Boulevard in the Stoney Creek Highlands complex. Moments later, a caller reported a fire in the bathroom of one occupancy and additional units from Stations 1, 4, and 5 were dispatched.
Above: Engine 6 on scene at 2880 Belgarde Blvd. earlier today.

When units arrived, the fire was mostly extinguished by a single sprinkler head from the fire sprinkler system. Building maintenance was already on scene and worked with Rapid City Fire Department crews to quickly stop the flowing water. Remaining hot spots were completely extinguished with less than 2 ½ gallons of water from a Rapid City Fire Department fire extinguisher.

One occupant of the apartment was evaluated by Rapid City Fire Department Paramedics for minor burns. The individual refused treatment or transport and was released.
Above: One individual was evaluated by RCFD Paramedics for minor burns. That individual refused treatment and transport.

Rapid City Firefighters assisted building maintenance with initial water removal. The property was turned back over to building maintenance and management a little over an hour after the initial alarm was called in. According to maintenance, tenants of two of the building occupancies will be temporarily displaced in order to complete water removal and maintenance.

This incident is a clear illustration of why the Rapid City Fire Department advocates for fire sprinkler protection. The building in which the fire occurred today has a total of 17 individual apartments. A number of those apartments are occupied by individuals with mobility challenges. Fire sprinklers are the single most effective means to prevent death and injury from a fire. Sprinklers are especially important for those who cannot escape without assistance, those who may not hear the alarm when sleeping, or those with synthetic furnishings (foam, pressboard, plastic, nylon) in their home. 

The time to flashover in today's homes has been dramatically reduced due to lightweight construction materials, open room designs, and carpeting and furnishings made of synthetic materials that burn hotter and faster than those in older homes. Those factors have combined to reduce the amount of time that an occupant has to escape from a burning home.

Today, the fire was largely extinguished before the arrival of the first fire engine. Instead of a lengthy rescue, suppression, salvage and overhaul operation, crews were able to work with building maintenance to quickly stop the flowing water and begin to address salvage operations. While it is unfortunate that occupants of two apartments will be temporarily displaced, tenants of 15 other apartments will be able to remain in their homes. Had a larger fire occurred, this likely would not be the case.

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For questions or comment related to this release, please contact Lt. Jim Bussell, Public Information Officer for the Rapid City Fire Department, at (605)-394-4180.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Drills, Training Help Firefighters Prepare to Rescue One of Their Own

Rapid Intervention training will continue throughout the week

Rapid City, S.D. - Loud music, sirens and alarms are all part of a training being conducted this week to help Rapid City Firefighters prepare to rescue one of their own should the need arise. Under the direction of Lt. Hunter Harlan, Rapid City Firefighters are participating in Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) training this week in Rapid City.

A Rapid Intervention Team is a group of firefighters who are specifically designated to provide for the safety of firefighters at an emergency incident. The responsibilities of a Rapid Intervention Team can include ensuring easy ingress and egress for those firefighters operating inside of a building, ensuring accountability of firefighters operating inside of a hazard zone, and -if the need arises- rescue of downed or trapped firefighters. Situations in which firefighters are in need of emergency assistance are known as "mayday" situations.

Functioning as a member of RIT requires that firefighters possess a set of skills that ensure their ability to function quickly and efficiently in a mayday situation. Early in 2017, the Rapid City Fire Department placed specialized RIT equipment on all large fire apparatus. This ensures that no matter which crews is on scene and assigned to RIT, they have the proper gear to perform in that capacity. This includes operating on incidents as part of a mutual aid assignment outside of the city.

Above: Members of Engine Co. 6 prepare for a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) assignment during a drill this week. The mission of RIT during this training is to rescue a firefighter who has become disoriented and is low on air.

The specialized RIT pack includes an air bottle for firefighters who are low on air. Specialized quick connect fittings allow firefighters to quickly attach the full bottle to a low bottle and do so in low light, low visibility environments while wearing gloves that limit dexterity. Cutting tools, webbing and carabiners are also part of the RIT pack.

Above: A specialized pack that can be deployed by RIT's in the event that a firefighter is in need of rescue. The air bottle inside the pack features quick connections for use in low visibility conditions with limited dexterity,

During the week, RCFD members are taking part in lecture and discussion training activities at morning briefing. The discussion centers on procedures and policies regarding RIT as well as different theory and considerations for a Rapid Intervention assignment. Throughout the day, each on-duty crew will rotate through a drill session at a local training facility.

The drill involves a scenario in which a firefighter has become disoriented in a low light, low visibility environment, is low on air, and is in need of rescue. The RIT firefighters must navigate this environment that also includes loud music, alarms and sirens meant to increase the stress level for the rescuers and cause difficulty in communicating. Once firefighters reach the simulated victim, they must drag them back to safety. During the evolution, firefighters are closely monitored by instructors through use of a thermal imaging camera (TIC). At the completion of the drill, a discussion is held between participants and instructors to find out what went well and what can be improved for next time. Despite their hard work on the training ground this week, Rapid City Firefighters hope that their Rapid Intervention skills are never needed.
Above: Firefighter/Paramedic Rob Thompson navigates a dark, smoky environment to search for a simulated victim during RIT drills this week.

Above: Engine Co. 6 is viewed during RIT drills through the use of a thermal imaging camera (TIC). The TIC detects differences in temperature and is utilized during poor visibility conditions.

Above: Utilizing webbing and carabiners, firefighters from RCFD Engine 6 work to extricate a simulated down firefighter during RIT drills this week. 
Above: Students and instructors discuss the RIT drill and look for areas in which to improve on. The group also discussed items that were performed well.

For questions or comment related to this post, please contact Lt. Jim Bussell, Public Information Officer for the Rapid City Fire Department, at 605-394-4180.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Not Your Average Ride to School

Rapid City, S.D. - A red fire engine with lights flashing and siren wailing isn't your ordinary school bus. For two Canyon Lake Elementary students, however, a fire engine from the Black Hawk Fire Department served as their ride to school this morning. For first-grader Jackson Bloomgren and second-grader Emmalynn Bloomgren, their first day back to school after winter break will be one they remember for a long, long time.

Emmalynn and Jacksons father, Captain Jared Bloomgren, is currently deployed in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel as the Fire Marshal and Commander of the 216th Engineer Detachment out of Rapid City. Looking for a special way to let his children know he was thinking of them, Captain Bloomgren reached out to Interim Fire Chief Rod Seals of the Rapid City Fire Department. "Being away from my family can be trying for everyone", he wrote in an e-mail. Chief Seals was happy to help.

Working with Black Hawk Fire Chief Kurt Klunder, a plan was hatched to have a fire engine from Black Hawk arrive at the Bloomgren home and pick up Jackson and Emmalynn. They would then head toward Canyon Lake Elementary where they would meet up with Engine 5 from the Rapid City Fire Department and be escorted to school. The students and two firefighters made their way to school on board the fire engine as Captain Bloomgren was able to join them via the Apple FaceTime feature on their iPad.

The fire engines arrived at Canyon Lake Elementary at about 7:45 am this morning. After a brief pause for photos, Jackson and Emmalynn walked to class, flanked by six firefighters from both Black Hawk and Rapid City Fire Departments.
Above: Emmalynn and Jackson Bloomgren arrive at Canyon Lake Elementary School on board a fire engine from the Black Hawk Fire Department.

Above: Jackson, Emmalynn, and Sondra Bloomgren share a moment with Capt. Jared Bloomgren on Face Time.
Captain Bloomgren is currently deployed in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.

Above: From Left to Rt- Firefighter Drake Anderson and Capt. Drew Klunder from the Black Hawk Fire Department, Emmalynn and Jackson Bloomgren, Firefighter/Paramedic Sarah Allender, Capt. Rob Eddy, and Firefighter/Paramedic Brett Morton from the Rapid City Fire Department all pause for a photo before heading into Canyon Lake Elementary. Captain Jared Bloomgren also made it into the photo courtesy of Face Time on Emmalynn's iPad.

The Rapid City Fire Department wishes to extend our thanks to the Bloomgren family for inviting us to be a part of this special moment. Our sincere thanks to Captain Bloomgren and the entire 216th Engineer Detachment for their service and sacrifice. We hope the remainder of your deployment is safe and successful and will be looking forward to the opportunity to welcome you home very soon.
Above: Flanked by Rapid City and Black Hawk firefighters, Emmalynn and Jackson Bloomgren enter Canyon Lake Elementary for their first day back to school after winter break.

Above: Jackson Bloomgren shows Firefighter/Paramedic Sarah Allender and Capt. Drew Klunder his classroom.

For questions or comment related to this release, please contact Lt. Jim Bussell, Public Information Officer for the Rapid City Fire Department, at 605-394-4180.


Friday, December 29, 2017

RCFD Eyes More Efficient, Versatile Vehicles

RCFD explains the benefits of new vehicle purchase

Rapid City, S.D. - As local media outlets have reported, the Legal and Finance Committee of the Rapid City Council recommended for approval the purchase of three new vehicles for the department. The potential purchase has generated curiosity for some in the community while a few have expressed concern regarding the “need” for three new vehicles. The Rapid City Fire Department would like to take the opportunity to provide further explanation on the vehicles slated for replacement, the capabilities of the new vehicles, and what these purchases will mean for the community and customers of the Rapid City Fire Department.

In October of 2016, the Rapid City Fire Department began utilizing what is known as the "Squad Concept". This concept was conducted on a trial basis at Station 1 in Downtown Rapid City. Instead of running a large fire apparatus on medical calls, minor traffic crashes and service calls not requiring a large apparatus, a light utility vehicle was utilized. Instead of purchasing a new vehicle for a concept that may not work for our organization, the department retrofitted the staff vehicle previously utilized by Fire Operations Chief Nick Carlson. The vehicle, a 2012 Ford F250 pickup, was retrofitted with an external light bar, slide out unit for breathing equipment, personal protective equipment and tools, and placed into service as Squad 1. 

Since implementation, the Squad Concept has proven to be effective in minimizing wear and tear on large apparatus. Only time will tell, but the hope is that this reduced wear and tear will then extend the service life of the larger apparatus. 

The Rapid City Fire Department has asked to purchase three pick-up based vehicles. They will be multi-function vehicles and will replace three vehicles currently in the fleet. Once such vehicle slated for replacement is located at Fire Station 6 which is home to the Rapid City/Pennington County Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team, or Hazmat Team. Hazmat 6, affectionately known among many as "Big Blue", is a 1991 Central States Fire Apparatus Hazmat truck on a Freightliner chassis. In addition to a large inventory of hazardous materials response equipment, the truck has an Onan generator for powering equipment and lights as well as computer equipment located in the rear of the truck.

Above: The current Hazmat 6 which is housed at Station 6.

Initially designed to haul the majority of the Hazmat Team's recognition, identification and mitigation equipment, the truck is very large. Hazmat 6 is 13-feet high, 40-feet long and weighs in at right around 13 tons. Since 1989 when the Hazmat team came into existence, the mission of the team has changed a great deal. With that change in mission, team response has also evolved. The current response model for hazmat is a modular response model which negates the need for a single, larger vehicle. The new response model takes advantage of smaller, more efficient vehicles and the use of utility trailers. 

Traditionally, Hazmat 6 was also used as a command center. The rear of the vehicle was set-up with radios, computers, and work space for incident command personnel. This function is no longer necessary because of WiFi, tablets and laptop computers as well as the availability of the Regional Command Center. 

The new hazmat unit will be a much smaller, efficient vehicle. In addition, the new unit will have a 150 gallon water tank and a high-pressure, low volume pump. The addition of water and a pump adds a measure of versatility to the vehicle. In addition to being smaller, lighter and more efficient, the new vehicle will have the ability to respond to medical emergencies or minor traffic crashes which will, in all likelihood, extend the service life of the large fire apparatus housed at Station 6 known as Engine 6. 

Above: The apparatus currently known as Engine 6. Through data collection, the RCFD feels that the service life of this vehicle will be extended through the purchase of a new hazmat unit.

Above: Conceptual drawings of the proposed new Hazmat 6. The new vehicle will be smaller, more efficient, and more versatile than the existing hazmat unit. 

Another of the vehicles slated for replacement is Fire Rescue 3 which is currently housed at Fire Station 3 on Federal Avenue on the west side of Rapid City. Station 3 is home of the light-rescue component of the departments Technical Rescue Team (TRT). Station 3 members specialize in response to rescue situations involving medium and high angle rope rescue, confined space rescue and water rescue. Station 3 is also one of two stations in the department equipped with hydraulic vehicle extrication equipment for use on traffic crashes in which victims are trapped. These tools are commonly referred to as "the Jaws of Life".  The current vehicle known as Fire Rescue 3 is an Amtech Rescue Truck body on a 2001 Ford F350 chassis and shows just under 93,000 miles as of the date of this article. The current chassis was not designed to hold the type of weight that is currently required to meet the mission of the Station 3 crews. 
Above: Fire Rescue 3 which currently operates out of Fire Station 3 on Federal Ave.

Above: One of the compartments on Fire Rescue 3 that contains rope rescue equipment. 

Above: The rear tool tray on Fire Rescue 3 that holds hydraulic extrication equipment.

The new rescue vehicle will be built on a Ford F550 chassis and, like the new Hazmat 6, will have a high pressure, low volume fire pump and a 150 gallon tank. The new Fire Rescue 3 will be longer than the new Hazmat 6 simply because of the equipment needs of the rescue vehicle. The addition of a water tank and fire pump provides an added measure of safety as well as an additional capability not possessed by the current rescue vehicle. 
Above: Conceptual drawings for the proposed new Fire Rescue 3 to be housed at Fire Station 3. The vehicle will carry a variety of technical rope rescue equipment, water rescue equipment as well as hydraulic extrication equipment.

As is the case with Station 6, having a pickup based vehicle in the station will extend the service life on another apparatus housed at Station 3. Currently, Station 3 is home of one of two aerial apparatus operated by the Rapid City Fire Department. Truck 3 is a 2007 Pierce Arrow with a 100 foot aerial ladder on top. Based on the current response model, Fire Rescue 3 responds to all medical emergencies and traffic crashes in the Station 3 district, or, outside of district when needed. By using Fire Rescue 3 on the calls not requiring a large fire apparatus, the service life of the large apparatus is extended. 
Above: Truck 3 on a scene earlier this year. Through utilization of a pickup based vehicle for medical calls and calls for service not requiring the use of a large fire apparatus, the service life of this vehicle will be extended.

The final vehicle slated for replacement is the vehicle currently being used as Squad 1. The vehicle currently in use as Squad 1 was never initially designed to serve as an everyday response vehicle. Although retrofitted as outlined above, there is very little room for gear storage. Medical gear is simply placed in the back seat and retrieving tools and equipment is in-efficient, at-best. 

Above: The current Squad 1 which operates from the Downtown Rapid City fire station. The 2012 Ford F250 pickup was a staff vehicle that was retrofitted for everyday emergency response.

Above: Squad 1 was retrofitted with a slide-out unit used to hold personal protective gear and equipment. While effective, the unit does not always allow for efficient deployment of tools and equipment.

Above: Squad 1 was retrofitted with a slide-out unit used to hold personal protective gear and equipment. While effective, the unit does not always allow for efficient deployment of tools and equipment.

The new Squad 1 will be very similar to the new Hazmat 6 unit. The new Squad 1 will be built on a Ford F550 chassis, will have roll-up compartment doors as well as a 150 gallon water tank with a low volume, high pressure pump. The mission of Squad 1 dictates response to virtually all structure fires within the city. The design of the new truck will allow the crew to carry more firefighting tools and equipment. While the low volume, high pressure pump is not designed for interior firefighting operations, should Squad 1 arrive on a fire (structure, vehicle, grass, etc.) first, the pump and tank combination will allow the crew to engage in suppression activities until the arrival of a large fire apparatus.

It is our hope that through publication of this document, the reader can see that the Rapid City Fire Department has the absolute best interest of our customers in mind with the purchase of three new vehicles. We believe that this article shows attention to fiscal responsibility through purchasing versatile, efficient vehicles that will help to extend the life of other vehicles in the RCFD fleet. Our mission is simple: Prepare, Prevent, Protect. We feel that the acquisition of these three vehicles will help us to better meet that mission and we hope that you do too.

For questions or comment related to this article, please contact Public Information Officer Jim Bussell, at (605)-394-4180. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Clothing Drive Benefits Dress for Success Black Hills

Drive was organized, run by Rapid City firefighter

Rapid City, S.D. - From an outsiders perspective, it must have been an odd sight to see. Rapid City Firefighters and local business women unloading a trailer that was packed to the gills with a variety of women's business attire and accessories. It's not something most would expect to see. On Tuesday evening, however, it's exactly what was taking place on the campus of Western Dakota Tech in Rapid City.

About three months ago, Rapid City Firefighter/Medic Jamil Abourezk set out to begin a clothing drive to benefit a local organization. After some homework and research- which included a call to the 211 Helpline Center- Jamil initiated a clothing drive to collect donations to help the program known as Dress for Success Black Hills.

Dress for Success Black Hills was founded in October of 2017. According to their Facebook page, the program "helps to empower the women in our community find a better world of work" by providing clients with professional work attire, interview and resume guidance, and strategies for success. The non-profit organization Dress for Success Worldwide started operations in 1997 and, since that time, has expanded to more than 150 cities and 28 countries across the globe. According to the Dress for Success website, South Dakota has two affiliates; one in Rapid City and one in Sioux Falls. 

Firefighter Abourezk began accepting donations of new or gently used professional attire from friends, family members, and spouses and significant others of colleagues. Over a period of several weeks, the collection of donations grew. On Thursday, Firefighter Abourezk and members of the Rapid City Fire Department gathered up the items and loaded them into a 5-foot by 8-foot cargo trailer for delivery. "I got a lot of help from some really cool friends", Abourezk said. "It got kind of big. It started to take over my house", he said. 

Firefighter Abourezk said that one of the main reasons he chose to help Dress for Success Black Hills is that none of the items he donated will be re-sold. Program participants will have the opportunity to shop with a staff member to outfit them with attire best suited for their interview in addition to a weeks worth of separates once the individual secures employment. He noted that the program participants will not only receive clothing items, but will also become part of a network to help them develop skills in order to pursue gainful employment. "It's one thing to give them clothes but it's another thing to give them skills to hopefully break the cycle of poverty", he said.
To learn more about Dress for Success Black Hills, find them on Facebook by clicking here. For questions or comment related to this release, please contact Lt. Jim Bussell, Public Information Officer for the Rapid City Fire Department, at (605)-394-4180.

Above: Racks and boxes of clothing fill a room in Jamil Abourezk's home. the clothing items were collected to help Dress for Success- Black Hills. 

Above: Racks and boxes of clothing fill a room in Jamil Abourezk's home. the clothing items were collected to help Dress for Success- Black Hills. 

Above: Meticulously sorted clothing items filled an entire room in Jamil Abourezk's home. Pictured, Abourezk loads the clothing items into a trailer for delivery to Dress for Success- Black Hills.

Above: Meticulously sorted clothing items filled an entire room in Jamil Abourezk's home.

Above: This 5-foot by 8-foot enclosed utility trailer was packed from front to back and top to bottom with clothing donations for the Dress for Success program.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

**For Immediate Release**
Re: Spate of Fires Prompt Safety Reminder
From: Lt. Jim Bussell- Rapid City Fire Department
Office: (605)-394-4180
Date: 12/13/2017 10:00 am

High Winds, Hot Materials Combine to Pose Fire Risk

Rapid City, S.D. – According to the National Weather Service, on seven of the last ten days, Rapid City has seen wind gusts of 50 mph or higher. During that same span, Rapid City Firefighters have responded to 16 different fires. In a number of cases, the fires were caused by hot items that were not completely extinguished and were kicked up by the wind.

-On December 4, RCFD crews responded to a report of a structure fire. On arrival, crews found a plastic bucket used for discarding smoking materials that had ignited and melted the siding. The fire was out on arrival and damage to the structure was limited to the aforementioned siding.

-On December 10, RCFD crews responded to a report of a structure fire. On arrival, crews found a large pieces of furniture on fire in the yard of the home. Occupants had a small camp fire in the yard earlier in the evening. The occupants believed that they had completely extinguished the fire and went to bed. The occupants woke to the smell of smoke and found the furniture burning in the yard. Hot materials from the seemingly extinguished camp fire are believed to have blown into the furniture which then ignited them.

-On December 11, RCFD crews responded to a report of a structure fire. A plastic pot used for discarded smoking materials had ignited which then extended to siding on the residence. The fire was quickly extinguished but did result in damage to both the interior and exterior of the structure.

-Also on December 11, RCFD crews responded to a report of an exterior deck on fire at an apartment building. When crews arrived, the fire had been extinguished by maintenance workers with a fire extinguisher. A box of refuse containing smoking materials ignited on the deck which then extended to the deck materials. There was moderate damage to the deck.

The examples above highlight how, with the persistent windy conditions, items that are not completely extinguished can result in an unintended fire. As we have seen in the last 48 hours, fire combined with dry conditions and wind can prove to be catastrophic. Earlier this year, the Rapid City Fire Department issued a reminder about the potential for fire as it relates to potted plants. Because of the current conditions, potted plant fires remain a concern.

Most of the soil found in potted plants, both in homes and outside of homes, is a soil compound that contains little mineral soil and mostly organic compounds such as peat moss.  These organic compounds not only contain dead plant materials that produce heat from decomposition, but will also support smoldering combustion.  Many times, plant holders filled with potting soil will receive enough water to support furthering heat of decomposition, which is exacerbated if the plant is in direct sunlight.  Many times individuals will use outdoor potted plants as a receptacle for discarded smoking materials as they believe the soil is primarily dirt.  Due to the ability of potting soil to support smoldering combustion, when conditions are right (hot temps, wind, dry conditions, etc.), the smoldering conditions can turn into a free burning fire.  The problem quickly worsens when the pot is made of plastic or wood products, and spreads to other surrounding materials.

The Rapid City Fire Department would like to take the opportunity to remind homeowners to check potted plants for moisture content, especially since our growing season is over for the year.  Many homeowners have stopped watering these plants. Dispose of the dead root material, and store them in a cool, dry place for next season.  Additionally, please properly dispose of any smoking materials in approved containers only, and know that potting soil is not a good option for this.  Lastly, kindly consider purchasing outdoor pots made of fire resistant materials.

For questions or comment related to this release, please contact RCFD Public Information Officer Jim Bussell at the information provided above.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

RCFD Responds to Afternoon Grass Fire

Fire is the second in the area in less than 24 hours.

Rapid City, S.D. - Rapid City Firefighters from Stations 1, 4 and 7 responded to the area east of 21 E. Knollwood Drive just after 2:30 pm this afternoon for a report of a grass fire. Before arriving, a large, dark plume of smoke was clearly visible from most areas of Rapid City. The large column prompted multiple calls to Pennington County 9-1-1.  
When crews arrived they found an area that was approximately one acre in size that was actively burning. The area is comprised of grass, trees and a marshy area with a large amount of broadleaf cattails growing in it. When burned, broadleaf cattail marshes tend to produce thick, dark smoke and burn hot despite being in somewhat of a wetlands area. This was certainly the case this afternoon.
Fire crews took advantage of favorable weather conditions, adequate resources on scene, and fuel breaks to conduct a controlled burn out operation. The burn out operation reduces hazardous fuels in the area and may help reduce future problems later on. The burn out operation also helped to improve the fire area aesthetically by “squaring up” the burn area. The area should see a green-up effect in the spring as a result of the burn out operation.
Once burn out operations ceased and the fire was contained and mopped up, the burn area covered approximately three acres. As of 4:00 pm, the fire was 100% contained.
The fire is believed to have been human caused and will remain under investigation. The fire today occurred in the same area as another fire at around 7:00 pm last night. The fire last night is also believed to have been human caused.
Unseasonably warm and dry conditions are expected to persist into the foreseeable future. The Rapid City Fire Department will take this opportunity to remind the public to be cautious with sources of ignition. As hunters and outdoor enthusiasts take to the field, be aware of where vehicles with hot exhaust are parked. Avoid parking in tall, dry grass. Be mindful when smoking materials are discarded.
No further updates related to this incident are anticipated at this time. For questions or comment related to this release, please contact Lt. Jim Bussell, Public Information Officer for the Rapid City Fire Department at (605)-394-4180.