Emergency Response News
The CAFD answered a call for assistance on May 31 at the VERSO Paper facility in Sartell Minnesota. On Thursday afternoon the CAFD received a call from the state Fire Chiefs Assistance and Support Team (FAST) to provide Chief level Command and Safety personnel at the the large industrial fire burning at the VERSO papermill in Sartell. The fire started on Monday May 28, 2012 after an air compressor failed and ruptured, resulting in one fatality and multiple injuries. The fire burned for over a week, and required numerous fire departments from around the state to provide 24 hour operations for this period of time.
Division Chief – Training & Safety, Ken Klatt, responded to the call for assistance and worked with a four person Command Team as the Incident Safety Officer. Ken worked to coordinate suppression operations, ongoing mill operations and near by rail activity to ensure the safety of all fire staff and others working on site. The fire burned through a warehouse area contained a large quantity of bulk paper rolls.
According the the Minnesota State Fire Chief’s Association, 70 fire departments have assisted with this fire and over 4 million gallons of water had been applied as of June 1, 2012.