Creston firefighters saved the life of a three-year-old lab after it ran onto Summit Lake and fell into the freezing water. Photo by Cindy Young of the Creston News-Advertiser.

    Creston firefighters saved the life of a 3-year-old yellow lab named Charlie over the weekend.

IFA President on the steps of the State Capitol in Des Moines.

     I’ve been thinking a lot about the job description of a typical firefighter in Iowa. When you think about the time we spend actually doing the job we signed up for compared to all of the other responsibilities we have to take care of in our department and communities, the numbers just don’t add up.

     Here we are once again, a few months into another new year. As we draw closer to the warmer months how much thought has everyone given to the upcoming wildfire season? We never know what the season will bring; will we have a busy fire season or will it be a quiet one?

Split Rock Fire, Brandon Fire and Minnehaha County Search and Rescue responded to a chimney Fire in Rural Minnehaha County. The inside of the house had to be exposed and dismantled in the chimney area to extinguish the fire and prevent extension to other areas of the home. Photo and information by Lynn DeYoung.

The Spirit Lake Fire Department responded to an apartment building fire that claimed one life on Dec. 7 and left dozens of people homeless. Assisting were fire departments from Arnolds Park/Okoboji, Milford, Superior and Lake Park. Photo by Fire Photographer Tara Yungluth.

Residents in one Spirit Lake apartment complex are still trying to recover from a fatal fire that left dozens homeless on Dec. 7.

Creston firefighters saved the life of a three-year-old lab after it ran onto Summit Lake and fell into the freezing water. Photo by Cindy Young of the Creston News-Advertiser.
IFA President on the steps of the State Capitol in Des Moines.
Smoke billows from a house fire in Falls City on Jan. 20. Photo by Nikki McKim of the Falls City Journal.
The Spirit Lake Fire Department responded to an apartment building fire that claimed one life on Dec. 7 and left dozens of people homeless. Assisting were fire departments from Arnolds Park/Okoboji, Milford, Superior and Lake Park. Photo by Fire Photographer Tara Yungluth.

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