The Fire Department provides a multitude of public safety activities throughout the City. Its services range from Fire Suppression to Hazardous Materials Response. The Fire Department is considered a combination fire department that provides services through a complement of highly trained and professional firefighters. The Department staff includes a full-time Deputy Director, a full-time Fire Inspector, and a full-time Office Assistant, along with paid-on-call firefighters. The paid-on-call firefighters bring with them a vast array of experiences to serve the residents of New Brighton.
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The New Brighton Village Fire Department began with two extension ladders and a hose cart that carried 600 feet of hose. The firefighters answered the call of a ringing alarm bell from the Town Hall. In an attempt to increase membership for fighting fires, compensation was approved by the Village Council in 1934 in the amount of $2.00 per call and $1.00 for each additional hour. The village maintained a contract with the Saint Paul Fire Department for assistance in fighting larger fires due to inadequate equipment.
In 1935, the Village purchased a fire siren and a truck with a pump. In 1937, the capabilities of the New Brighton Village Fire Department improved so much, the Mounds View Township board voted to pay New Brighton for fire protection. In 1940, another truck was purchased following community fundraisers. Due to World War II, New Brighton was no longer able to provide fire protection to Mounds View Township and the contact was cancelled.
In 1948, the Village of New Brighton adopted the by-laws of the newly organized New Brighton Fire Department. The first chief of the New Brighton Fire Department was Ed Krist. Since the formation of the New Brighton Fire Department 8 people have held the title of Chief: Ed Krist, Eugene Zamor, William Daniels, Herman Behrens, Jerry Frieden, Al Bauer, Mark Frieden, and Dan Olson, the current chief.
In 1947, the Village of New Brighton contained 1750 residents, small farms, and a few businesses. Sixty years later, the City of New Brighton contains over 22,000 residents, just under 10,000 residential units, and over 600 businesses. As the dynamics of the City have changed over the past 60 years so have the requirements of the New Brighton Fire Department. Today, the Fire Division of the Public Safety Department consists of highly trained firefighters capable of handling any emergency that may arise out of our changing society.
(Parts of this information was taken from “The New Brighton Fire Department, Celebrating Over 50 Years” by Edward L. & Rose Ann Schneider.
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Tony Paetznick, Director
Dan Olson, Deputy Director
Trevor Hamdorf, Deputy Director
Brad Krebsbach, Deputy Fire Chief
Mike Schute, Deputy Fire Chief
Jen Minwegen, Office Assistant
Kip LaMotte, Fire Marshall
Burt Emerson III
The North Suburban Hazardous Materials Response Team (NSHM) is a NIMS Type II joint powers team between the Vadnais Heights, Falcon Heights, Lake Johanna, Saint Anthony, White Bear Lake, and New Brighton Fire Departments. This Team serves the cities of Vadnais Heights, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Shoreview, North Oaks, Arden Hills, Saint Anthony, White Bear Lake, White Bear Township, Gem Lake, and New Brighton. The total approximate population served by the NSHM is approximately 140,000 people in suburban Ramsey and Hennepin County.
NSHM is trained and equipped to conduct a variety of activities related to the mitigation of a hazardous materials event. NSHM is equipped to conduct unknown chemical identification, toxic industrial chemical monitoring, radiation monitoring, as well as a variety of chemical/biological weapons detection. Additionally NSHM is equipped to provide real-time video feeds, scene documentation, plume modeling, onsite weather information, integration with law enforcement operations, and a other site and incident support capabilities. NSHM can conduct decontamination efforts for affected personnel including ambulatory and non-ambulatory victims in all weather conditions.
The New Brighton Fire Department maintains a highly trained and well equipped Ice Rescue team to respond to any emergency which may occur on any of the many frozen bodies of water located within the City. The Ice Rescue team conducts regular training to ensure a high level of proficiency in Ice Rescue.
Some of the equipment possessed by the Ice Rescue team are; cold water survival suits, Rescue Alive, flotation devices, specialized rope, traction devices, and personal flotation devices.
The New Brighton Fire Department maintains a water rescue team and two boats to respond to any emergency on the water. The Fire Department water rescue team is capable of providing emergency assistance to boaters in distress, swimmers in distress, and water searches. The rigid hull design of the two boats allows New Brighton Fire to pro-actively drag the bottom of lakes and rivers to rescue a victim of a water incident. One of the boats is equipped with a Global Positioning System and Sonar to aid in the search for victims.
The Fire Department maintains three rescue ready apparatus including two engines and one heavy rescue. Each rescue apparatus maintains a hydraulic extrication tool, commonly referred to as the Jaws of Life, cribbing, specialized cutting tools, and specialized vehicle extrication tools. The Fire Department has been called upon to provide extrication services to many complex and tragic vehicle crashes.
Confined space incidents have been responsible for a multitude of civilian and responder deaths. Confined spaces can be found anywhere, including attics, sewers, containment vessels, or any other space which is not meant for normal human occupation with restricted egress and the possibility of a lack of oxygen.
To ensure the safety of those living and working in New Brighton, the Fire Department maintains a skilled confined space entry team. The team is equipped with ventilation fans, tripods, rescue rope, specialized harnesses, specialized in-line breathing equipment, monitoring equipment, and a myriad of other specialized equipment to quickly and safely respond to a confined space incident.
The purpose of Fire Safety Inspections is to make the citizens and visitors to New Brighton safe. The Fire Department’s Inspection Program inspects existing businesses to make sure they are utilizing good fire safety habits. When residents and visitors come to New Brighton and visit a public place whether it is a business, school, nursing home, apartment building, etc., they can be confident that the building have been inspected for fire code requirements. Some buildings get annual inspections, some bi-annual and other small size, low hazard, and low occupancy buildings get inspected every few years.
The New Brighton Fire Department believes strongly in fire prevention through fire education. Each year, the Fire Department conducts over one hundred fire education events. The Fire Department conducts station tours, fire drills, literature, as well as providing speakers to various events. The fire education efforts have reaped benefits by reducing the total number of structure fires that the Fire Department responds to each year.
All firefighters are engaged in fire prevention and education activities year round at facilities ranging from schools, to office uses, to manufacturing uses. To schedule a fire station visit or other fire prevention activity contact Jen Minwegen.
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The firefighters of the New Brighton Fire Division are highly trained and professional members of our community. Firefighters answer the call to service by responding from home or work when the Ramsey County Emergency Communications Center alerts them of a call utilizing a one way voice paging system.
New Brighton Fire Department Notable Calls
Each year, the New Brighton Fire Department responds to hundreds of calls for service throughout our community and beyond. Occasionally, there are calls that test the training, dedication, and experience of our members. When called upon to do so our members have risen to meet the challenges and bring the lessons learned from these incidents back to our community to make us all more prepared.