Two decades ago, a machine shed fire in rural Plymouth County might have taken one, maybe two, fire departments to put out the flames.

But in 2019, it took five just to get enough manpower and water to put out the fire. No single department had enough available volunteers or resources.

“The days where the butcher, the baker, and the horseshoe maker ran down the street when the fire whistle blew in town, that doesn’t happen anymore,” Le Mars Fire Chief David Schipper said.
– PUB DATE: 1/21/2020 12:00:00 AM – SOURCE: Des Moines Register
Source: SEAFC National Fire News

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