Mound Fire Department awarded $151K federal grant!

Congratulations to Mound Fire Chief Greg Pederson, Vicki Weber and staff for their hard work in obtaining a $151,758 federal grant to replace Mound Fire Department’s 17 year old Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units!

MFD Grant

The Minnetrista area is served by both the Mound and St. Boni Fire Departments.

Press Release:

MOUND FIRE AWWARDED FEDERAL GRANT OF $151,758
Mound, MN, August 13, 2020: On July 31, 2020 the Mound Fire Department was awarded a federal grant of $151,758 from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The AFG grant program is federally funded with goals to improve fire department operations, with a focus on firefighter Health and Safety.
This grant will fund the purchase of 22 new Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units. SCBA are the air tanks and masks that firefighters wear when entering a hazardous or smoke filled environment. This AFG Grant allows us to replace all of our old-obsolete SCBA units that are now 17 years old. The new equipment will be a substantial upgrade to meet the up-to-date National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Safety Standards (our existing SCBA units are non-compliant and considered to be obsolete).
This grant award is very exciting news for our dedicated staff of 40. The primary benefactor of this grant will be the Mound firefighters. Nonetheless, the impact of this grant does not stop with our firefighters, or the 15,840 residents we serve, and $2.60 billion in property values we protect.
The grant program requires and 5% match, therefore the fire department budget must contribute $7,587 which is a relatively small amount of the entire project cost of $159,346. Our administrative staff is proud of our achievements with regard to grant awards. Over the past 7 years our fire department has added $515,449.20 in revenue through donations, fund raising efforts and grants.

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June 30, 2018

CLOSED DOOR MEETING ON WATER TOWER. As a result of questions raised about the commissioned water tower study at our last council meeting it was agreed to have some objective eyes review the report and to have the Fire Chiefs from St. Boni and Mound provide guidance on water storage needs for fire suppression. Fire suppression has been the primary reason given in the past for the urgency of a new water tower in the SW sector of the city but recent fire flow tests in that area have shown adequate flow rates well within standard requirements.

As the city council liaison on both the Mound and St. Boni Fire Commissions I informed the City Administrator that I expected to attend any meeting that was called with the two Fire Chiefs on this matter, my goal being to observe and ensure transparency. I was told, in no uncertain terms, he didn’t want me to attend and then I learned he met with both Fire Chiefs yesterday without informing me of the meeting. Not surprised. Millions are on the table and transparency will take a back seat.

As a council member and Minnetrista taxpayer I want to make sure we make decisions on infrastructure projects like this using unbiased advice from entities that don’t stand to profit from resulting contracts. If we legitimately need a water tower to support the SW area then we should build it but when the city insists on closed door meetings and intentionally avoids transparency it can’t help but breed distrust.