Saturday, March 16, 2013
Since February 2012, the city’s Public Safety Department has trained more than 7,000 people in hands-only CPR.
The Woodbury Public Safety Department will celebrate its Take Heart Woodbury campaign later this month. The department last February announced an ambitious goal of training 7,000 people in hands-only CPR, and reached it last month. The public is invited to the celebration, set for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the department’s headquarters on Radio Drive. The event, which will be held in the Public Safety Education Room, will include a brief ceremony. “The purpose is to recognize everyone who helped the city reach its goal of training 10 percent of the population so they are better prepared to act in case of a sudden cardiac emergency,” reads a release from the department. “The Take Heart Woodbury initiative started in March of last year …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
His son, 8-year-old Evan, passed out at Saint Ambrose on Sunday.
With tears in his eyes and a catch in his throat, Tim Benetti on Wednesday thanked the city of Woodbury for its response after his 8-year-old son passed out at church on Sunday, Feb. 24. “Your guys were so calm, cool and collected,” he told the Woodbury City Council, relaying the story of how young Evan was transported to Children’s Hospital in St. Paul following the episode at St. Ambrose Church. By the time Evan reached the hospital, he was fine, Benetti said. He said the doors of the ambulance opened and his son told him: “‘Dad, they pricked my finger and I didn’t even cry.’” Benetti in particular thanked officer Fran Schmitz, who is cross-trained as a paramedic, for his quick response and calm demeanor. “It was very scary,” Benetti …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The city is closing in on training 7,000 people in the lifesaving technique.
Woodbury Public Safety is nearing its goal of training 7,000 people in hands-only CPR. There are only 46 left to go. “And we have those scheduled,” said Angela Kain, firefighter/EMT. Kain has been heading up the Take Heart Woodbury campaign since it launched Feb. 17, 2012. At the outset, Kain thought would it would be easy to teach 7,000 people how to do hands-only CPR, which is done without mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. “This is a cakewalk,” she recalled thinking at the time. But after a fast start, the initiative fell into a bit of a lull, Kain said. Woodbury Days helped get things back in gear, she said, and local schools have recently reached out to ask public safety officials to teach the method to students and staff. “Wonderful …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Solar panels will be installed on the roof of the building’s garage.
The shiny new Woodbury Public Safety building will soon get a little boost from sunshine. A series of solar panels will are set to be installed on the roof of the garage at the Radio Drive facility. The panels were delivered Wednesday, Oct. 24, and wiring and installation will happen in the coming days, said Bob Klatt, Woodbury’s Parks and Recreation director. The series of 3-by-4-foot panels will form a “solar panel array,” Klatt said. “It’ll save us money and it augments our electricity,” he said. Related: A Little ‘Green’ for Woodbury’s Boys in Blue The project will cost about $290,000, though the city’s share will only be about $40,000 because of rebates from Xcel Energy and federal energy tax credits, Klatt said. It is expected…
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The Woodbury City Council during Wednesday’s workshop is set to review several aspects of the Public Safety Department.
From cross trained cops/firefighters to an update of the city’s health and safety program, the Woodbury City Council on Wednesday is set to examine a number of initiatives within the Public Safety Department. The council workshop will also include a discussion of the city’s Fire Relief Association and a five-year review of fire and EMS operations. The city is looking at continuing a program that cross trains police as firefighters, and staff recommends adding another four of those officers in 2013. Woodbury began the program in 2005, but it was halted in 2009 because of budget constraints. It costs $2,850 to cross train and equip a police officer as a firefighter, according to a council memo on the matter. Such officers improve response …
Friday, April 13, 2012
A mock drunk driving crash was staged Friday by Woodbury High School students and the Public Safety Department.
With tears in their eyes, Woodbury High School students hugged and supported each other Friday afternoon after two of their classmates were driven away in hearses. Fortunately, it was merely part of a mock car crash put on by student groups and the Woodbury Public Safety Department a week before prom. But the impact of the program—which portrayed a drunken student getting into a deadly two-car crash that also injured several others—was clearly felt. And that’s the intent, according to Public Safety Chief Lee Vague. “We think this is really worthwhile—that the students think about the consequences of their actions,” he said. The Woodbury High School prom is April 21, and students from the school’s SADD group, along with staff, helped …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Woodbury considered several options for the space before deciding on the sculpture, which represents the city’s police, fire and EMS divisions coming together.
If you’ve driven past the newly expanded Public Safety Department on Radio Drive at night, you’ve probably noticed the neon lights. They’re part of a sculpture that commemorates the city’s police, fire and EMS coming together in July 1996. The sculpture is called “Confluence,” and was made by Minnesota artist Brad Kaspari. It was installed in September. Woodbury Fire Cmdr. John Wallgren said he wasn’t sure what to make of the sculpture at first. “It’s a little bit cooler when you know what it is,” he said. The neon bulbs are arranged in three descending tiers, denoting which Woodbury department was created first—fire, EMS, police, in that order. The lights come together in a centerpiece, and a metal arrow extends from it and points north…
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Residents will also get the chance to check out the new “green” roof.
Since the city finished off the refurbished public safety building, plenty of residents have been wondering when they would get a chance to tour the facility. The answer is Saturday. “We are excited about this opportunity to talk with citizens about what we do and demonstrate our equipment and facilities,” Public Safety Chief Lee Vague said in a statement. The open house is set for 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, and people will be able to meet Woodbury’s public safety staff and check out the department’s vehicles and equipment. The building is at 2100 Radio Drive. That same day, all the Woodbury fire stations will be open to the public for Fire Prevention Week. (See below.) The nearly $8 million expansion of the Public Safety Department’s …
Monday, August 8, 2011
The newly expanded facility is online, and Woodbury officials marked another step in its completion with a flag-raising ceremony Monday morning.
Woodbury's new Public Safety building has only a few finishing touches before the $7.7 million expansion project is complete. One of those was completed this morning, when three flags were raised outside the Radio Drive building. Operationally, the building is online, though there is some landscaping work to complete and a sign has yet to be installed. Patch also got a quick tour of the new training rooms.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
The newly expanded facility is 98 percent online, according to Public Safety Chief Lee Vague, and Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens took a squad car through police tape at the new garage to mark the occasion.
The Woodbury City Council on Wednesday toured the garage at the newly expanded Public Safety building. The city’s fire trucks are already in the Radio Drive facility and squad cars will start moving in today, July 28. Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens drove a squad car through police tape to mark the occasion. The mayor—along with Councilwomen Julie Ohs and Amy Scoggins and city staff—took about 20 minutes looking around the new garage before returning to City Hall for their regular business. The expansion project came in at $7.7 million, below initial estimates of $8 million, City Administrator Clint Gridley said. The new garage will save the city money on idling police cars during winter months, Public Safety Chief Lee Vague said. Without the…