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Local 4 Family Holiday Movie

Flix Brewhouse is offering us a reserved 153-seat theater viewing of The Polar Express. Popcorn is on the house! Wear your pajamas just like the boys and girls on the train!!

The reservation is scheduled for Saturday, December 14th. Pre-show starts at 0930h and Showtime starts at 1000h.

Please consider enjoying this free event. Send your family if you are on shift. We kindly ask that you RSVP with the number of your family members attending by Sunday, December 1st. We are planning to see if we will need a bigger theater.

DMFD point of contact: Nate Smith 319-573-0612 or natesmith1981@hotmail.com

UFD point of contact: Nick Heuer 515-210-9002 or medicheuer@gmail.com


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Fire Fighters make donation to MercyONE Katzman Breast Care

October is Breast Cancer Awareness!!!!

Des Moines and Urbandale Firefighters donated $1000 toward MercyOne Katzmann Breast Care providing additional support to patients and families beyond what the hospital is able to provide.

Many of the great people who made this happen gathered this morning for a quick photo-op.

Pictured here is Tessa Creglow and members of the MercyOne Katzmann Breast Care Team alongside representatives from Local 4 and iWork&Play.

Thanks and congratulations to everyone that made this donation possible!

B. Gray
publicrelations@iaff4.org


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New ambulance features to keep medics, patients safer while en route

DES MOINES, Iowa —
In two wrecks involving ambulances carrying patients in Des Moines, no one was hurt. The city's senior medic is praising the city for funding safety upgrades.

Lt. Tony Sposeto, senior fire medic for Des Moines Fire EMS, watches over a fleet of ambulances each costing $300,000.

"People call us on the worst day of their life," Sposeto said.

He claims the ambulances are like tanks, equipped with new safety measures like air bags, seat belts for medics and liquid ride suspension for a smoother ride.

"If we lose a patient, that would be catastrophic," Sposeto said. "We want to make sure not only our personnel are safe, but the people we serve are safe, as well."

The recent upgrades follow years of bad wrecks across the country. Ambulances are top-heavy by nature, meaning they're prone to flip. Sposeto said these new ambulances were designed to absorb that kind of impact.

"It's very structurally sturdy," Sposeto said. "In a rollover situation, that box will stay put."

Sposeto said air bags are not required in all ambulances.

Last December, four people were sent to the hospital after an ambulance flipped at Sixth and Franklin avenues in Des Moines.

Sposeto said the new airbags would have played a critical role in that incident.

"Literally probably saved not only the city, but taxpayers, thousands, if not millions, of dollars," Sposeto said.


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Medic squad involved in crash, 2 more ambulances respond

DES MOINES, Iowa —
Rescue crews were called to the scene of a crash in Des Moines Tuesday involving a medic squad.

The crash happened around 1:30 Tuesday at MLK and Forest Avenue.

A medic squad ambulance was involved in a crash with an SUV there.

There were injuries involved and two ambulances were sent to the scene to transport patients.

No other details have been released.

Check the KCCI Breaking News and Weather App for updates on this developing story.


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Des Moines Firefighters/Paramedics serving at the Iowa State Fair

The Fair has FINALLY begun!

The 2019 Iowa State Fair has officially kicked off, and you won't want to miss your Fair Favorites! Nothing Compares to State Fair Favorites: today's top performers, fried food concoctions and attractions the whole family will love at the Iowa State Fair.

Your Des Moines Firefighters provides medical coverage and firefighting coverage during the 10 days of the Iowa State Fair.

Stop- by and say Hi.


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Des Moines Fire Department Commissions New Ladder Truck

DES MOINES , Iowa -- The Des Moines Fire Department welcomed a big new addition to its team today ... a new aerial tower truck.

This isn't your typical truck. It will be the most advanced vehicle used in the long history of the DMFD. The truck is loaded with ground ladders, a 250-gallon water tank and a pumping system that can move 2,500 gallons of water per minute.

Fire Chief John TeKippe says the department knows this truck will meet their needs because it was designed by a team of firefighters with centuries of experience.

"The roughly 240 years of service that that committee had that went into this apparatus did not look backwards 240 years, they looked at today and going forward," said TeKippe, "Mosst of the creature comforts of this apparatus are by firefighters for firefighters and this will make them better at what they're doing and more comfortable and more safe in the process."

The truck cost more than a million dollars. TeKippe says it will respond to more than 45,000 emergencies in its lifetime.


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Fire Departments Ask for Help in Keeping Fire Hydrants Clear During Snow Storms

JOHNSTON, Iowa -- You clear the snow from your driveway, you clear the snow from your sidewalk ... but there's one thing you may be forgetting to clear.

Metro fire departments are asking you to take a minute to clear the snow from around the fire hydrants on your block. The hydrants are placed close to roads so they are easy for fire trucks to reach. That also makes them susceptible to being buried by snow plows.

You aren't legally responsible to dig out a fire hydrant in front of your house. However if its not clear and a fire breaks out then fire fighters will have to spend their time digging instead of extinguishing flames.

Tristan Johnson with the Johnston Fire Department says if you haven't unburied your fire hydrant yet then now is the time to act. "The more the weather gets cold, we have melting and refreezing, the harder it is to dig out," Johnson says, "The snow kind of gets compacted. The higher the pile gets the heavier it is for us to shovel out."


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