The department, which was formed in 1985, provides fire and rescue coverage for the cities of Lino Lakes, Circle Pines, and Centerville. It is a paid-on-call department with three full-time staff that operates out of three stations—one in each of the three cities.
The department has made safety a priority. Fire Chief Jerry Streich said, “We expose our paid-on-call firefighters to more risk and danger as firefighters than they ever face in their normal lives and need to make it as safe as possible.” The department was also a test site for the Training Safety Officer (TSO) program. Finally, the department has created a color-coded system to indicate the level of risk in their training sessions and is experimenting with rolling it over to their responses.
|A TSO and firefighter work together at training.|
Responder Safety = Public Safety
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In the meantime, stay safe and be careful.