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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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

RCFD Responds To Afternoon Motorcycle Crash



Rapid City, S.D.At approximately 2 pm on February 14, the Rapid City Fire Department responded to a report of a motorcycle vs pick-up crash with injury in the 1900 block of West Main St. The Rapid City Fire Department can confirm that the motorcycle rider injured as a result of this crash was an off-duty Rapid City Firefighter.

The injured firefighter is Robert Rendon, a nine-year veteran of the RCFD. Rendon, an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is a Firefighter/Paramedic assigned to the Downtown fire station and serves as a Paramedic on the Rapid City/Pennington County Special Response Team (SRT).

Firefighter/Paramedic Rendon is currently being treated at Rapid City Regional Hospital. As a result of injuries sustained in the crash, Firefighter/Paramedic Rendon required surgery that resulted in a below the knee amputation of his lower right leg.

As early as this morning, Robert was expressing his determination to test for Operations Lieutenant in the spring and his plans to pass the department physical standards test and return to full duty. This is characteristic of Robert and his positive attitude and dogged determination.
A number of motorists stopped to render aid to Robert and, for that, he and the department are profoundly grateful. Two Rapid City Police Officers, Sr. Officer Jerred Younie and Sr. Officer Mark Weyer, applied an emergency tourniquet to control the serious, life-threatening bleeding that Firefighter/Paramedic Rendon was experiencing. For that, Robert, his family, and the department wish to express our collective gratitude.
Firefighter/Paramedic Rendon expressed to members of the department that he is certain that helmet use prevented him from sustaining a head injury as he vividly remembers his head striking the pick-up involved. If nothing else, Robert hopes that the community- especially his family, friends, and fellow firefighters- realize the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a motorcycle.
The Rapid City Fire Department, Robert and his family are tremendously appreciative for the outpouring of support that has already been received from the community. While this support is greatly appreciated, Robert, his family and the RCFD respectfully ask for the community to respect their privacy during this time. When the time becomes appropriate, an update on Robert’s progress and condition will be shared.
Lt. Jim Bussell, Public Information Officer for the Rapid City Fire Department, will be the official spokesperson for Firefighter/Paramedic Rendon and his family as well as for the organization. Please contact Lt. Bussell at (605)-394-4180 for questions or comment related to this release.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Rapid City Fire Department Welcomes Twelve New Recruits

Recruits Performing Well in Academy


Rapid City, S.D. - Twelve individuals began their careers with the Rapid City Fire Department on January 16. The recruits are beginning week four of the eleven-week academy process and are reported to be performing at a high level. The recruits are set to graduate at the end of March and will begin riding apparatus around April 1. The twelve recruits bring with them a variety of personal and professional experience to the Rapid City Fire Department

Dane Carlson- Dane is originally from Rapid City and is a St. Thomas More High School graduate. Recruit Carlson holds a degree in Exercise Science from Dakota Wesleyan University. Dane currently serves as the strength and conditioning coach for the Rapid City Rush. 

Jans Carlson- Jans is from Rapid City. Jans has previous fire service experience as he has been a member of the Rapid Valley Fire Department since August of 2015. Recruit Carlson also has experience in swift water rescue, mountain rescue and avalanche safety.

Matthew Curley- Matthew is originally from Douglas, Wyoming where he became a volunteer firefighter at age 16. Recruit Curley graduated from Casper College with a Fire Science degree and is currently enrolled in training to become a Paramedic. He anticipates graduating that program in May of 2017. Matthew enjoys the outdoors and riding motorcycles in the Black Hills. 

Nate Hower- Nate is from Rapid City and is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he worked as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician. Recruit Hower enjoys outdoors pursuits including hunting, fishing and camping.

Jordan Johnson- Jordan is originally from Platte, S.D. Jordan attended the University of Sioux Falls where he studied Sports Management and played football. While at USF, Recruit Johnson played defensive back and was part of the 2009 National Championship team. Jordan has previous fire service experience as a volunteer firefighter with the Platte VFD and the Rapid Valley Fire Department. 

Jonathon Knutson- Jon is a lifelong resident of Rapid City. Recruit Knutson is currently pursuing a degree in Professional Accountancy through Black Hills State University. Active in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting, Recruit Knutson has close to 30 bouts in his professional career. In addition to MMA, Jon competes in Brazilian Jiujitsu tournaments around the country. 

Dustin Kotzenmacher- Dustin is a native of Monticello, Minnesota. Recruit Kotzenmacher was a member of the Wright County Special Response Unit/Task Force Team and has 3 1/2 years of experience as Firefighter/EMT with the City of Monticello. Dustin is excited about the opportunity to live and work in Rapid City and the Black Hills.

Austin Mitchell-Briggs-  Austin is a lifelong native of Rapid City and is a 2003 graduate of Rapid City Stevens High School. Recruit Mitchell-Briggs is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Austin has an 8 year-old son that he describes as "my everything" and was the major driving force behind his decision to become a Rapid City Firefighter.  

Donavin Neugebauer- Donavin is originally from Rapid City and is a 2014 graduate of Rapid City Central High School. Donavin is on track to graduate from Western Dakota Technical Institute in the spring of 2017 with an Associates degree in Fire Science. Recruit Neugebauer has previous fire service experience as a seasonal employee of the United States Forest Service.

Bryan Ott- Bryan is originally from Elkader, Iowa. In 2014, Recruit Ott moved to the Black Hills to accept a position as a forester in the Hill City area. Bryan has a Bachelors of Science in Forestry from Iowa State University and previous fire service experience as a member of the Custer Fire Department. Bryan is following in the footsteps of his father who was also a firefighter. 

Brent Rutherford- Brent is originally from Sacramento, California and is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served for 10 years as a jet engine mechanic. Brent graduated from Western Dakota Technical Institute with an Associates degree in Fire Science and has one season of experience with the State of South Dakota as a member of the Bear Mountain Hand Crew.

Michael Vallone-  Michael is a native of Santa Barbara, California. After high school graduation, Michael attended Allan Hancock College near Santa Barbara and graduated with an Associates degree in Fire Science. Michael spent two years on a hand crew in the Los Padres National Forest. In 2015, Recruit Vallone accepted a position with the United States Forest Service that brought him to Rapid City. Michael and his family are excited to make Rapid City their new home.

Please join us in congratulating these individuals as we welcome them to an exciting and fulfilling career among Rapid City's Bravest.

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

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

RCFD Promotes Three

Promotions Come in Anticipation of Impending Retirement



Rapid City, S.D. - The Rapid City Fire Department would like to congratulate three of our finest employees on their promotion within the organization. The promotions come ahead of the April retirement of EMS Section Chief TJ Nicolai.

Brent Long was promoted to the position of EMS Section Chief. In this position, Chief Long’s responsibilities will include assurance of quality care by the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) system, gathering and analyzing statistical data and recommend system improvements, and oversee EMS related training including the Paramedic Field Training Evaluation Program. Chief Long has an extensive background in EMS serving as a Paramedic both at the Rapid City Fire Department and Black Hills Life Flight. Brent has served in several capacities within the RCFD. He has held the rank of Firefighter, Public Information Officer, Operations Lieutenant and Operations Captain.



Brian Povandra has been promoted to the rank of Operation Captain with a station assignment to be determined. Brian is currently the team leader of the Rapid City/Pennington County Water Rescue Team. Brian is currently a National Registry Paramedic and is highly trained in the area of technical rescue. Brian has held the rank of Firefighter/Paramedic and Operations Lieutenant.







Niell Goodart has been promoted to the rank of Operations Lieutenant with a station assignment to be determined. Neill is a National Registry Paramedic and has specialized training in the area of Hazardous Materials Emergency Response as a Hazmat Technician.








These three individuals are among the organizations best and brightest. We wish them congratulations and know that they will continue to make our department proud while serving in their new capacities.

Chief TJ Nicolai will retire from the RCFD in April after a distinguished 20 year career that began February 10, 1997. Chief Nicolai has been a Paramedic since 1985 and brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Rapid City Fire Department. Prior to employment with the Rapid City Fire Department, TJ served as a Pennington County Sheriffs Deputy. The Rapid City Fire Department wishes TJ all the best in retirement and congratulates him on an outstanding career in public service.






For questions regarding this release, please contact the Rapid City Fire Department at (605)-394-4180.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

RCFD Responds to Mid-Morning Fire in West Rapid City

High Call Volume Trend Continues

Above: Crews make entry into the home at 3529 Western Ave to put out a fire and rescue two cats. Photo Credit: Jerome Harvey- Pennington County Fire Administrator

Rapid City, S.D. - Fire crews from across Rapid City were called to a residential structure fire just after 10 am Thursday morning. 

At 10:04, Rapid City/Pennington County 9-1-1 dispatched a report of a structure fire at 3529 Western Ave. When the crew from Station 5 arrived three minutes later, they found a significant amount of smoke coming from all sides of the structure. The lone occupant of the residence informed arriving crews that no human occupants remained in the structure.

Upon entering the residence, the crews were able to quickly knock down the fire and stop it's forward progress. Lt. Gerry Baker and Firefighter/Paramedic Brett Morton rescued two cats from the home which were turned over to the homeowner. Both felines were transported to a local veterinarian for evaluation.

The residence sustained significant damage and is not tenable at this time. The American Red Cross serving Central and Western South Dakota was called to the scene and is assisting the occupant with immediate needs.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Also responding to the fire were representatives from Montana Dakota Utilities and Black Hills Energy, The Rapid City Police Department and South Dakota Highway Patrol assisted with traffic control. The Pennington County Fire Administrator, Jerome Harvey, was also on scene to provide assistance.

The structure fire came at a time when multiple crews, including Truck 1 and Engine 7, were performing an extrication of a trapped motorist as a result of a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of 8th and Kansas City streets. This was the second vehicle extrication for Engine 7 in less than 24 hours.

Since Sunday, the RCFD has seen a noticeable increase in call volume. In a 4 day span from 7 am Sunday, January 7th until 7 am this morning Rapid City Fire Department crews had run 234 calls. That figures out to 58 calls per shift. As of right now, from Sunday at 7 am until 1:52 pm, the department is at 263 calls during that span, or 61 calls per shift (about 4 and 1/3 shifts). The average calls per shift for the RCFD is around 44 calls per shift.

In the past 4 days the RCFD has made over 350 unit responses. That means that from 7 am Sunday to 1:52 today, we have had an apparatus respond over 350 times (about 81 times per day). The unit response number is higher than calls for service because some calls get more than one unit. For example, a motor vehicle crash with extrication will get a three unit response (an engine or truck Company, a rescue apparatus and an ambulance). The number of unit responses over the past 4 days is also above average.

We have had 7 Cardiac Arrests (personnel intensive and skills intensive) in 4 days. Calls with “pain” listed as the chief complaint are leading the way for specific categories. We have had higher than usual number of calls for “chest pain” and a slightly above average number of calls for respiratory difficulty.

Also notable, our Mobile Medic has been on 12 calls since Monday. He works 8 am to 4 pm. On half of those calls, he has prevented the need for an ambulance response. That means an ALS ambulance has been available for higher acuity/more severe calls for service.

So, what does this all mean and how does it affect the public? Well, it just means that we have seen a lot of really sick people lately and there have been a higher than normal number of accidents and mishaps in our community in the past 4 days. We can't put our finger on any one cause or find anything to really attribute it to. It's not like the Stock Show or Rally are in town and we can point to an influx of people. We haven't had a big storm to blame. There isn't a rhyme or reason for the increase in calls.

This is simply a good reminder for everyone to practice safe habits. Wear your seatbelt, be attentive when driving and slow down. Be careful when you walk on snow and ice. Check your smoke alarms and change them if they're over ten years old. In short: Just be safe out there. 

The good news is that your Rapid City Fire Department is well staffed with highly trained individuals ready to help anywhere, anytime. We have a great system in place to deal with the higher than normal call volumes and promise that we will be there if you need us.

If you have comments or questions related to this article, please contact Lt. Jim Bussell at (605)-394-4180.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

RCFD to Participate in Ice Rescue Training

Canyon Lake Park Area Will See Increased Emergency Vehicle Traffic


Rapid City, S.D. - Beginning 1-11-2017, the Rapid City Fire Department and the Rapid City/Pennington County Water Rescue Team will conduct ice rescue training at Canyon Lake Park on January 11, 12 and 13. This is an annual refresher for all RCFD personnel. Motorists and visitors to the park and park area will see a number of emergency vehicles and personnel in the park and on the lake. There is no actual emergency and the public should not be alarmed.

The training begins at 8 am at all Rapid City Fire Stations with a classroom presentation by certified Ice Rescue instructors Lt. Brian Povandra and Lt. Hunter Harlan. Once the classroom portion is complete, hands on training will begin in the park. Firefighters and apparatus will start arriving in Canyon Lake Park between 9 and 10 am. Training should be completed each day by 4:30 pm.

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

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