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Fire Recruit Graduation - Congratulations

CONGRATULATIONS to the City of Des Moines 96th Fire Academy Recruits....

You are cordially invited to view the Graduation ceremony for the
96th Fire Academy at
Thursday, August 6th, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Welcome to the recruits of the DMFD 96th Recruit Training Academy!

New Recruits are: Johnathon Mitchell, Doug Cole, Brandon Osterman, Kevin Farrell, Trenton Gavin, Thomas Bender, Trang Pham, Keven Brundrett, Jeremy Marker, Michael Saavedra, Jacob Kray, Evan Pitch, Trace Ball

First day in the Fire Stations was Monday, August 10th, 2020.

All Recruits have completed their Emergency Medical Training, Fire Training and then Emergency Paramedic Training.

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Happy EMS week

As we kick off National EMS Week 2020, we would like to take this time to thank all of our Des Moines Fire Dept. members and employees for all that they do for the City of Des Moines community. ?? Looking back all the way to this time last year, a lot has happened and a lot has changed. That has all been made possible by our dedicated men and women!

With COVID-19, EMS has once again proven to be an extremely trying field of work, and these men and women continue to show up each and every day in order to get the job done!

The City of Des Moines and the entire community continue to support us each and every day, and for that we are extremely thankful!

To our extended group of EMS friends and family from services throughout, Happy National EMS Week to you too! ?? We are all in this together!

Stay safe everyone!

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As most restaurants are closed or providing limited service due to COVID-19, the Wahlberg family – owners of the Wahlburgers restaurant chain – is giving back to fire fighters and other first responders on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wahlburgers launched the #WhateverYouNeed campaign to feed frontline workers in the United States and Canada over a period of nine days.

The Wahlbergs – including Walburgers founders Chef Paul Wahlberg and actors Donnie and Mark Wahlberg – grew up in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, as did General Secretary-Treasurer Ed Kelly.

“During this COVID-19 pandemic, my family knew we had to step up and make a difference for the people on the frontlines and people in need,” says Mark Wahlberg. “So, with my brother Paul’s talents, we decided to serve as many meals as we could.”

The problem was how to deliver 30,000 meals throughout the United States and Canada. That’s when Wahlberg called on his old pal, Ed Kelly, for assistance.
“I want to thank the Wahlbergs for their generosity,” says Kelly. “Our brother and sister fire fighters are working side-by-side with other first responders, serving citizens during this deadly pandemic. We are all in this together. The #WhateverYouNeed campaign is the perfect demonstration of that concept.”

Working through their district vice presidents, affiliates in the United States and Canada are hosting #WhateverYouNeed events. Wahlburgers provided the meals, and IAFF members distributed the food to their fellow fire fighters, as well as to police stations, medical facilities and locations served by other first responders.

Des Moines Professional Fire Fighters “Local 4 President Joe Van Haalen are proud to host this event benefiting our members and other first responders across the city of Des Moines & West Des Moines,” “This pandemic has challenged all of us. It’s nice to be able to distribute a bit of goodwill.”

In Des Moines, the #WhateverYouNeed campaign is a two-day event (WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY). “Our members have been working hard with other first responders to protect the public during these unprecedented times,” says Local 4 President Joe Van Haalen. “We are thankful for all the hard work from everyone involved to make this event happen.”

Cities receiving Wahlburgers meal deliveries include the following:

Des Moines
New York City
Northern New Jersey
Los Angeles
San Francisco Bay Area
Kansas City, KS

The campaign runs through May 15. Learn more about this partnership and Wahlburgers’ current efforts with the #WhateverYouNeed campaign.

Media Info:
Des Moines Professional Fire Fighters
President Joe Van Haalen

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Des Moines police ID mother, child killed in house fire

A mother and child died Sunday in a Des Moines house fire, according to police.

The Des Moines Police Department said Monday that 40-year-old Tharassa Page and her son, 5-year-old Reginald Page, died in a structure fire at 1325 9th St.

Des Moines police and fire crews responded to the fire Sunday around 10:43 a.m.

According to police, a caller said three people exited the home safely, but Tharassa and Reginald Page were still inside.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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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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