Volunteer Fire Department

Lester Prairie Fire Department 2021 Annual Report
In 2021, the department responded to a total of 195 calls for service. 150 calls in 2020. The previous 5-year average was 146 per year. A total of 2,299 man-hours were expended on these calls.

The call breakdown is as follows:
(12) Fire incidents. Total property and contents loss of $85,000.
(133) Medical and vehicle crashes
(8) Hazardous condition (gas leaks, chemical spills, CO alarms)
(10) Service calls (lift assists, assist PD)
(27) Good Intent (Canceled en-route, authorized controlled burn)
(5) False alarms
(0) Severe weather
Calls by district:
City of Lester Prairie – 124
Bergen Township – 30
Winsted Township – 21
Mutual Aid / out of area / other – 20
Classroom and hands-on training accounted for another 854 man-hours.
Incident response protocols were adjusted due to Covid. In general, the goal was to expose as few responders to potentially hazardous situations as possible. Fortunately, Covid did not impact our ability to respond to any incidents.

Highlights:
• Lions donation to purchase Lucas CPR device – $11,800.
• UFC donation of $2K – purchased pagers.
• Firefighter rehab trailer has been built and equipped.
• PERA increased to $1,500/year of service from $1,300. No cost to city and townships.

Membership:
Currently at a full roster of 30 members. Gained five new members (Max Zitzloff, Alex Hoese, Mallory Feltmann, Dustin Reid, Mat Karschnik). Two retirements (Dave Dressler – 30 years, Andy Heimerl – 21 years) Three Leaves of Absence (Chris Ehalt, Josh Lamp, Tiffanie Shimanski)
The department was saddened by the untimely death of active firefighter Jeff Schrupp in September.

Current officers and members:
Matt Tonn, Chief; Dave Horsman, Assistant Chief; Steve Dietel, Assistant Chief; Scott Christenson, Captain; Keith Christen, Captain; Chris Bahr, Captain and Training Officer; <Open>, Secretary; and Paul Christensen, Treasurer.
Don Artmann, Josh Artmann, Chris Bahr, Keith Christen, Paul Christensen, Scott Christenson, Kevin Danielzuk, Paul Dhoore, Shadd Dial, Steve Dietel, Chris Ehalt(LOA), Mallory Feltmann, Jeff Forcier, Nick Fosdick, Josh Foust, Alex Hoese, Tyler Hoese, James Hoof, Aaron Hoover, Dave Horsman, Mat Karschnik, Dan Kroells*, Josh Lamp(LOA), Mike Lindberg, Luke Meyer, Chris Mike, Fred Pawelk, Dustin Reid, Dan Ruschmeier*, Mike Schauer, Tifanie Shimanski(LOA), Matt Tonn, Maurice Tonn, and Max Zitzloff.
* Reserve Members
LOA – Leave Of Absence

Projects:
ARMER Radio replacement. County looking at using ARPA funds to cover the cost.
Implement Box Alarms within the county.
MNFire training. Cancer, Cardiac, and mental health are huge issues in the fire service. Additional training is being provided to all fire departments in the state to help increase awareness of what can be done to prevent and treat these conditions.

Long-Range:
Truck purchase in 2025. Rescue is next but may look at a tanker replacement instead.
Officer / Command vehicle using retired PD squad. Exploring the concept.
Fire station improvements – flooring, HVAC, exhaust removal, possible generator.