Milbank Fire Chief Kevin Schuelke reports recent calls for gas leaks and sewer vent issues. He reminds everyone to be especially vigilant if we should get any more bouts of severe cold weather this spring. In extremely cold weather, water vapor in the vent can freeze the top of your stack and close it off completely. Then, the pressure in your drain system can be disrupted and cause the water traps to empty. With no vent to the roof, dangerous gases can quickly build up in your home.
The Milbank Fire and Rescue Department has also been attending specialized training. On Saturday, February 26, members of the Big Stone City, Milbank, and Corona fire departments participated in water and ice rescue training. The session was hosted by the Big Stone Fire Department and held at the Big Stone Lake Otter Tail Power Plant pump station on Lake Street.
Chief Schuelke says, “We have also been conducting pre-fire planning or ‘walk throughs’ of many businesses. This year we focused on West Con, State Auto, some of the schools, many churches, auto dealerships, parts stores, and shops. We selected them because they provide a chance for our firefighters to get familiar with building construction, floor plans, exits, entrances, contents, outside utilities like electric and gas lines, shutoffs, etc. We also become more familiar with hydrant locations and any hazards associated with the property.”