Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department

Anyone driving on University Avenue near 111th Avenue Monday evening, Jan. 28 saw fire trucks parked by three dilapidated Blaine homes. Flames and smoke were not visible from the outside. The fire truck lights were not even flashing.

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Doug Nelson did not anticipate a long-range career when he volunteered for the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department in December 1990, but he eventually earned a coveted full-time position and is now retiring from the department after 23 years.

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Blaine will save almost $450,000 by refinancing the remaining debt for construction of Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View (SBM) Fire Station No. 3, according to the city’s financial consultant Springsted.

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Becky Booker knows from her job as a life and safety educator for the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department that some immigrants and refugees do not think about their house burning down, child car safety seats or what they would do if a tornado was spotted in the area because these things were not common in the countries from which they came.

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The Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department collected just over 6.5 tons of food for the food shelf at its second annual food drive parade in which there were four specific routes from Dec. 3-6 in Blaine, Mounds View and Spring Lake Park. Dan Retka, battalion chief, said the donations were “up dramatically” compared with [...]

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