New emergency equipment on tap for Linwood FD

Defibrillator, CPR aide worth nearly $20K


Alice Pickering
Linwood Reporter

It is a busy time for the Linwood Fire Department, as evidenced by updates from Chief Darryl Ballman at the Feb. 26 meeting of the Town Board.

Ballman presented proposals for purchase of two pieces of equipment: a Zoll Heart Monitor and a Lucas Device. The heart monitor ($5,000) is a highly effective heart defibrillator, while the other device ($13,969) improves the effectiveness of CPR.

Sources of funds to purchase the equipment are Fire Relief Association budgeted donations for 2012 and 2013 and calendar sale funds. Together, the funds total $10,415. Ballman anticipates there may also be donations from the Stacy Lions and the Forest Lake VFW. Any shortfall for the total safety equipment cost can be made up from budgeted funds from the 2013 LFD equipment budget which is $14,000. By a vote of 5-0, supervisors approved up to $8,600 to purchase the safety equipment.

Three members of the department have completed training to meet the requirements for state certification as fire instructor, said Ballman. Work continues on the mutual aid agreement with the Isanti Fire Department.

Supervisor Phil Osterhus reported on his visit to Pierce Company with members of the department’s truck committee in Appleton, Wis. The six-member committee fine-tuned placement of some accessories and equipment for the department’s new vehicle. In doing so, Osterhus says they believe they have a better truck for “less money than what was approved,” by about $800. Osterhus was impressed with the committee’s knowledge and felt the trip was worthwhile. The anticipated delivery date for the truck is sometime between this June and August.

Ballman indicated that the LFD is shifting to the record management system used by other emergency services in Anoka County. This information system provides a direct link and common data base between ambulances, fire departments, and law enforcement units.

Finally, Ballman announced that the Linwood Fire Department is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner to benefit a Linwood family. The benefit is scheduled from 4:30-8:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13 at the Linwood Fire Hall. The department’ auxiliary will also sponsor a silent auction during the evening. Contributions from individuals and businesses are welcome. For more information, contact Joe or Janet Dolphy at 651-462-4910.

Other Business

The probationary period for administrative assistant and accountant Janet Haapoja expires March 31. Supervisors unanimously approved changing her probationary status in the township office to a permanent one.

Clerk Judy Hanna reported that the township will be shifting to a different data system, one used by the Minnesota Association of Townships. There will be training to help Happoja learn to use the system.