By Lynda Jensen
DASSEL, MN Due to donations, the Dassel Fire Department is now better equipped and was able to purchase a Rapid Deployment Craft (RDC) recently, along with another defibrillator used for cardiac patients.
The RDC something that Fire Chief Dale Grochow said looks very much like a large banana is a versatile inflatable craft that can be used in water or over snow, and inflates in seconds. It cost $5,000.
The craft is made by Oceanid, which noted that it “is the most versatile, safest, durable, easiest-to-use inflatable rescue boat ever made.” It is specifically designed for rough water, snowstorm, or ice rescues as well as other emergency situations, and can be used as a tow-behind craft for snowmobiles or with a personal water craft.
The craft weights 50 pounds and can be easily carried by one person.
In addition, donations were used for a new defibrillator, which cost $3,000, Fire Chief Dale Grochow said. Money from the Community Chest was specifically tagged for the defibrillator, he added
‘Large’ calls were up last year, chief says
During the Dassel City Council meeting last Monday, Grochow gave an annual report to the council, where he reported the total number of calls, amongst other items.
The total number of calls came to 235, which included three major house fires and three barn fires, he said. “Last year we had quite a few larger fires,” he observed.
Calls were as follows: 145 medicals, 19 fires, 20 car accidents, one mutual aid, three vehicle fires, four hazardous material calls, seven grass fires, one rescue, 25 fire alarms, one search, and four miscellaneous, Grochow said.
Five calls were made that were associated with the DC School District.
A breakdown of the calls is as follows: 80 from the City of Dassel, 15 from the City of Darwin, and four from the City of Kingston; along with the following township calls: 49 from Dassel Township, 29 from Collinwood, 19 from Kingston Township, 21 from Ellsworth, and 11 from Darwin.
Officers were also approved by the council during its meeting, with the same officers for 2010 as 2009. Grochow remains as chief, and Dave Johnson as assistant chief.
The council also approved changes to bylaws for the relief association, since the old version made it very difficult to have a quorum. “Before, we needed just about everybody to be there,” Grochow said, even those who lived out-of-state on pensions. “We were having to cancel meetings (due to lack of a quorum),” he added.