It is with much appreciation that International Paper has awarded the Austin Fire Department a $5000 Foundation Donation. These dollars were used to purchase a thermal imaging camera assisting with fire crew safety and savings lives on the fire ground.
Photo is of Felipe Juarez, International Paper Site Manager, and Les Powell, Complex EHS Manager, presenting the grant check from International Paper for $5000 to Fire Chief Jim McCoy.
2023 NW HYDRANT FLUSHING NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/24/2023
Fire hydrant flushing will take place in the northwest quadrant this Spring. It will begin in May and continue through the summer. The Austin Fire Department performs this maintenance annually to ensure hydrants are in working order and to clear accumulated minerals and sediments from the water lines.
When hydrant flushing is being performed you may see water rushing out the side of the hydrant. Your home water may have an orange or rusty tint; although, is safe to use and drink. This discoloration is caused by iron sediments in the water main which are disturbed during the flushing process. If discoloration does occur within your home water, run the COLD water for several minutes and flush your toilets once or twice, this should clear your lines. If you have any questions or concerns regarding hydrant flushing, please call the Austin Fire Department at 507-433-3405.
2022 SHOVELING AROUND HYDRANTS NEWS RELEASE
SHOVELING AROUND HYDRANTS
Austin, Minn. — With the recent snowfall, the Austin Fire Department is reminding citizens of the need to clear snow and ice from around the hydrant leaving a three foot wide perimeter and a path to the street. This protects you, your family, and your neighbors and assists emergency personnel by providing immediate access to hydrants when needed.
Please take time to clear around the hydrants when you are shoveling your sidewalks or driveways and help neighbors and friends who are elderly or have a medical condition and are unable to take care of this themselves. The safety of our community is of the utmost importance.
Welcome to the Austin Fire Department. Our department is made up of many dedicated employees and community members that strive to keep you safe.
The department consists of 30 trained staff members. Eleven full-time staff which includes the Chief, three Commanders and six Engineers providing 24 hour coverage in three shift intervals and one Administrative Assistant. Included in our staff are 19 part-time fire fighters who provide added service to the citizens of the Austin community in addition to their regular employment.
Austin Fire Department
122 1st Avenue NE
Austin, MN 55912
Due to Covid19, burning permits will not be issued within the City of Austin. Any violations for burning within the City of Austin when a permit is required will result in citations being issued. Recreational fires are allowed with unpainted and untreated wood, coal or charcoal. Recreational fires must not be within 25 feet of a structure or any combustible materials. Fires contained within an approved appliance shall maintain a 15 foot separation from combustible materials or structures. A 55 gallon drum is not an approved appliance. Fire extinguisher, buckets of sand or water, shovels or garden hoses shall be readily available. Recreational fires shall be constantly attended by a person knowledgeable in the use of fire extinguishing equipment and shall be supervised until fully extinguished. Remember to following social distancing when conducting recreational fires.
As the situation with Covid19 evolves, there may be updates made. Please watch your local news or check the City of Austin Facebook page.
Thank you International Paper for awarding the Austin Fire Department a $5500 Foundation Donation. These dollars are very much appreciated and were used to purchase firefighter gloves and hoods to protect against hazardous cancer causing particulates during fire emergencies.
Photo is of Les Powell, International Paper NRP, CSSS, HM-M, SAPA, RSO, FF-III Complex EHS Manager; Austin Fire Chief Jim McCoy; and Felipe A. Juarez, International Paper Site Manger.
Thank you Alliance Pipeline for awarding the Austin Fire Department a $5000 Safe Community Grant. These dollars are greatly appreciated and will be used to purchase a Thermal Imaging Camera.
Photo is of Randy Phillips, Corridor Management form the Alliance Pipeline – MN, presenting the check to Austin Fire Chief Jim McCoy.
Jim McCoy, Fire Chief
Tom Schulte, Commander
Troy Tigner, Commander
Josh Kunze, Commander
Tim Hansen, Inspector
Chris Grunewald, Assistant Inspector/Engineer
Jim Halsey, Assistant Inspector/Engineer
Tim Olson, Engineer
Hans Gilbert, Engineer
Matthew Wyse, Engineer
Marie Ree, Administrative Assistant