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Grinnell Fire Department earns 2012 Life Safety Achievement Award

The Grinnell Fire Department was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its
fire prevention accomplishments in 2012 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM)
Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company.
The award was announced by J. William Degnan, president of the NASFM Fire Research and
Education Foundation.

“When we hear the fire truck coming down the street and see its lights, we know firefighters are
responding to someone in trouble. What we don’t know is that these unsung heroes are doing a lot
of things behind the scenes that save lives,” said Alan Clark, assistant vice president of Special
Investigations at Grinnell Mutual. “The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes fire departments
for their fire prevention programs that have been proven to save lives year after year.”

Since 1994, the Life Safety Achievement Award has recognized local fire prevention efforts that have
contributed to reducing the number of lives lost in residential fires. Grinnell Fire Department is one
of 117 fire departments across the United States to receive the award this in 2012.  The award was
received due to the department’s documented active and effective fire prevention programs as well
as a clear commitment to reducing the number of house fires in the community.

Although residential fires in the U.S. account for only 20 percent of all fires, they result in 80 percent
of all fire deaths. The NASFM Fire Research and Education Foundation is committed to reducing that

“Experience tells us that fire prevention activity and public education can significantly reduce life
and property loss from residential fires,” Degnan said. “Prevention and education are very cost
effective compared to the traditional approach of relying on fire suppression. The Life Safety
Achievement Award recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention efforts and encourages
them to continually improve upon those efforts.”

About NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation
The NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation is a public interest group whose mission is to
reduce residential fire deaths and injuries.  The Foundation advocates the use of residential fire
sprinklers, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and teaching people fire-safe behavior. The
Foundation assists fire departments with implementing residential sprinkler/smoke alarm programs
on a local basis. The Foundation’s partners include the United States Fire Administration, the
National Association of State Fire Marshals and private industry/associations with an interest in and
commitment to residential fire safety.

About Grinnell Mutual
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, in business since 1909, provides reinsurance for farm mutual
insurance companies and property and casualty insurance products through more than 1,600
independent agents in 12 Midwestern states. Grinnell Mutual is the 123rd largest property-casualty
insurance company in the United States and the largest primary reinsurer of farm mutual companies
in North America.

For more information about the Grinnell Fire Department and their fire prevention activities please
visit them on line at or on Face Book.


Jim Narva, Executive Director
NASFM Fire Research and Education Foundation
NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation website:


Daniel J. Sicard, Fire Chief
Grinnell Fire Department
1020 Spring St
Grinnell, IA 50112

The 2012 Life Safety Achievement award has been sponsored by a grant from the
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company

Two People Rescued From House Fire
Grinnell, IA January 14, 2012:
At 0152 Hrs on this date the Grinnell Fire Department responded to a reported trailer fire, with people
trapped, Arbor Trailer Park on Washington Avenue. On arrival at the scene there was fire coming
from the trailer, two people had escaped the fire (3 and 11 years old) and two more were reported
missing. Fire crews then rescued a 7 month old female and a 22 year old female from inside the
structure. Midwest Ambulance Service transported both patients to Grinnell Regional Medical Center.
Both victims were transported from there by air ambulance to Iowa City in critical condition. The
occupants that escaped reported not hearing any smoke detectors and the only detector found in
the trailer appeared to be unhooked. The fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshall’s
Office. Grinnell Fire Department was also assisted on scene by the Grinnell Police Department and
the Gilman Fire Department.

The Grinnell Fire Department is accepting applications for purpose of establishing an active Civil
Service hiring list for Firefighters. Applications are available at the Grinnell Fire Dept. 1020 Spring
Street Grinnell, Iowa 50112 or contact Chief Dan Sicard at 641-236-2688 or
Testing process will take place the weekend of March 16-18th 2012. Applications shall be received by
2PM on February 23rd 2012.

Full-time Driver Dave Thompson retires from the Grinnell Fire Department as a Paid Driver.  Join us
on Saturday the 23rd to wish Dave well at an open house at the Grinnell Public Safety Building. 2-4

Full time Driver Position Opening:
The Grinnell Fire Department has started the process to fill the position of Driver/Dispatcher.  Please
check back soon for a full description and when a test date will be posted.

The Grinnell Fire Department hosted an open house for Retired-Firefighter Larry Cox on Saturday
evening at the Grinnell Eagles.  Fellow firefighters and family gathered for a private meal and friends
joined an open house and dance afterwards.  Larry retired in August with 30 years of service.  He
was presented a Custom Painted Leather Fire Helmet as a sign of appreciation from Fire Chief Dan
Sicard on behalf of the Department.  Many firefighters shared memories along with family members
and Larry was honored throughout the evening.

Grinnell Fire Department Receives $16,500 from Monsanto Fund to Help Fund
Training Supplies for the New Public Safety Building

Grinnell, IA September 5th, 2008:  The Grinnell Fire Department  today announced it has received
$16,500 from the Monsanto Fund,  a private foundation and  the philanthropic arm of Monsanto
Company, to help fund training supplies for the new Public Safety Building.  This program will
provide new state of the art training software, up to date training manuals and supplies for the
Volunteers to construct a search and rescue maze in the new building.
“The Grinnell Fire Department  is pleased to team up with the Monsanto Fund to address the needs
of our community,” said Daniel Sicard, Grinnell Fire Chief.  “This grant will allow us to support our
Volunteer Firefighters with the best, most up to date, training available.”
The Grinnell Fire Department  protects approximetly 150 square miles covering the City of Grinnell
and portions of both Poweshiek and Jasper Counties.  The Department is made up of 5 full-time
firefighters and 28 volunteers.  Last year they responded to 470 calls for service.
“As Monsanto continues to grow and expand its facilities in the Grinnell area, we are proud to be a
part of the continued growth of the City of Grinnell and the surrounding area.  Safety awareness at
home and in the community are as important to Monsanto’s employees as safety awareness on the
job.  I feel a modern state-of-the-art public safety building is key

to a successful community safety awareness program. ”, said Al Henderson, Plant Manager of

The Monsanto Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company. Incorporated in 1964, the
Fund’s primary objective is to improve the lives of people by bridging the gap between their needs
and their resources. The Monsanto Fund is focused on grant-making in four main areas: nutritional
well-being through agriculture; science education, primarily on professional development for
teachers; the environment, which includes conservation, protection of biodiversity, clean water and
restoration of wildlife habitat; and improving the quality of life in communities where Monsanto
employees live and work.

Visit the Monsanto Fund at http:// or the Grinnell Fire
Department at http://

The Grinnell Fire Department held it's annual election of officers.  The following are the results
for the 2008-2009 year.

Scott Schmidt        Assistant Chief of Operations
Dan Walker             Assistant Chief of Training
Craig Sieck            Captain
Brett Epperly          Lieutenant  
Mike Groves           Lieutenant/Safety Officer

Don Ellis                President
Dave Byers            Vice President
Ken Conner           Sec/Treasurer

The Grinnell Fire Department will be hosting a FF1 class starting January 16, 2008 from 6-10:00
pm.  The class will run for 12 weeks with Saturday 4 hour class added after class size is
finalized.  Anyone interested please contact Captain Dan Walker @  The
class will be open to everyone in the Poweshiek and Jasper county area.  There will also be a
FF2 class starting on February 20, 2008.

April 11, 2007
Grinnell Annual Firefighters Ball
Check those mail boxes! The Grinnell Fire Department has sent out it's mailing for the Annual
Firefighters Ball.  This year the fire department is raising money for a Thermal Imaging Device.  
This will help enhance the firefighters ability to quickly perform a primary search in a house fire.  
The initial time saved by firefighters when they enter the house is the most crucial time in
getting the occupants to safety.  With the ongoing support of the citizens from the Grinnell Fire
Department area the department will be able to call the fund raiser a success!  Thank you for all
your support today and in the future.

October 8, 2006
Today is the kick off for National Fire Prevention Week.  The Grinnell Fire Department started the
week with a great start serving nearly 1000 people for it's Annual Fire Prevention Breakfast.  The
Fire Department will be doing numerous tours and fire prevention presentations throughout the
month of October.  Don't forget Operation EDITH (Exit Drill in the Home) Wednesday night the
11th at 6:00 PM. Please meet at a central place in yard This year we are very excited about a
new project.  We are giving away Smoke Detectors for FREE.  See get FREE Smoke Detectors for
more information.  Always Remember, Time to change clock, it is time to change your batteries
in your smoke detectors.  Stay safe

The Grinnell Fire Department and Wanda White will be hosting an open house and dance for Pat
White who has just retired from the Grinnell Volunteer Fire Department with 30 years of service.  
The Open house will be at the Eagles Hall across the street from the Firehouse on August 5,
2006.  Time will be
Tuesday June 13, 2006

The Grinnell Volunteer Fire Department held it's annual elections last night and elected the
following firefighters as their officers.
Asst. Chief    Scott Schmidt
Captain    Dan Walker
Lieutenant    Craig Sieck
Safety Officer    Mike Groves
President    Paula Ingle
Vice President    Ben McFarland
Sec-Treasurer    Ken Conner

Saturday April 22, 2006
The Grinnell Fire Department hosted the 128th annual Firemen Ball tonight.  Route 66 was the
Band for the evening.  This is one of the main fund raisers for the Grinnell Volunteer Fire
Department.  It was a huge success and a big Thank You goes out to all who contributed and
came and spent the evenings with the Firefighters.  As a little appreciation on behalf of the Fire
Department, 4 smoke detectors, 4 fire extinguishers, and 4 GFD hats were given away as door
prizes at the dance.  
The GFD Ladies Aux also had  2  1/2 hog raffle plus $25.00 of processing,  The two winners were
Ellie Renaud and Dan DeMott.  The hog was donated Barney Bahrenfuse
Thursday November 3, 2005
The Grinnell Volunteer Firefighter's Association announced this week that it received 20 new
self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) that will be donated to the Grinnell Fire department,
offering updated equipment that will act as a life line for anyone stepping through smoke and
Nearly $88,000 was brought in by the association over the past 2 years through grant writing and
fundraising campaigns. The group wants to raise $115,000 total, so it can purchase four more
SCBA. Another four were provided for the local department through a federal Homeland Security
The SCBA that are currently in use are more than 40 years old, so the new equipment, which all
firefighters will learn to use over the next month, will improve firefighter safety.
It also brings the department into compliance with national firefighting standards. The units
each have a built in alerting system that will sound if a firefighter is immobilized, an electronic
voice box that amplifies what a firefighter is saying. The equipment is also 15 pounds lighter
than what is now in use, which feels more comfortable because the weight is distributed to the
hips rather than the shoulders.
" It is a shame we had that old equipment as long as we did. Our volunteers are finally protected
to the level they should have been many years ago," said Dan Walker, Volunteer Training Captain
for the Grinnell Fire Department.
One of the candidates running for against an incumbent on the Grinnell City Council has
complained that the bidding process for the firefighters' equipment has not been open,
questioning how funds were used and how the bidding process worked. But no city funds were
used to purchase the equipment, and the volunteer group bought the Scott Air-Pac breathing
apparatus only after considering using similar units made by two other companies.
The association thanks residents and businesses that made the purchase possible. Financial
support came from the following: Alliant Energy Foundation, Claude and Dolly Ahrens
Foundation, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, Donaldson's Company Inc., Fraternal Order of
Eagles, Grinnell College, Grinnell-Newburg Community School District, Hammond's Hallmark,
Jeld-Wen Foundation, Sully Cooperative Exchange, and Monsanto Corporation.
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