Nerstrand Fire & Rescue Update

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Greetings from Nerstrand Fire & Rescue. With fall harvest on the horizon it is a great time for a few reminders.

Harvest Safety - According to Ohio State University research data, Minnesota ranks first for combine fires. Most combine fires start in the engine compartment. Contributing factors include heat sources from faulty wiring, overheated bearings, and leaking fluid. Crop residue provides a ready source of fuel if a fire does develop. Help prevent fires by performing routine maintenance. Ensure you have charged extinguishers available and call 911 at the first sign of a fire! Ensuring your harvest crew understands your emergency plan as well as knowing the nearest address/intersection will help emergency responders if a fire or medical emergency occurs.

Burn Permits - Burning Permits are required throughout our service area for any fire larger than a recreation fire (3 feet by 3 feet) or when there is not a 3” deep snow cover immediately surrounding the fire. Burn Permits can only be obtained from the Minnesota DNR via their website - https://apps.dnr.state.mn.us/burning-permits/

CO/Smoke Alarms - Home heating season is approaching! According to MN State Statute 200F.51 & 299F.362 a dwelling must have a CO detector and Smoke Detector within 10 feet of each bedroom. Detector batteries should be replaced every six months. The devices should be replaced every 10 years. If you need help replacing batteries or installing a new alarm you can email nerstrandfire@gmail.com  or contact Nerstrand City Hall at 507-332-8000 and a firefighter would be happy to help!

Looking for volunteers - Nerstrand Fire & Rescue is always looking for Firefighters and First Responders. We provide paid training, retirement, and compensation for meetings and calls. If you are interested please email nerstrandfire@gmail.com or contact Nerstrand City Hall at 507-332-8000.

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