Published January 05 2014
Forum editorial: Good work at oil fire wins rosesPRAIRIE ROSES: To the many first responders, emergency services and helping agency personnel who were on hand last week at the oil train derailment, crash and fiery explosions on the BNSF line near Casselton, N.D. Of special note was the overall coordination effort from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Paul Laney and his crew seemed to have the situation in hand in short order, not only in helping secure the site but also in establishing an atmosphere of competence that provided area residents with the information they needed to manage their personal and family situations. That was particularly important as the scene as the derailment was developing into a truly frightening scenario.
PRAIRIE ROSES: To the men and women of area firefighting units who have to deal with fires in the brutal cold that has descended on the Red River Valley. Winter fires, many caused by stressed space heaters or other heating and electrical appliances, are hard to fight when the temperature is far below zero and a wind is blowing. An extended period of deep cold is almost a guarantee of residential and commercial fires. It’s never easy fighting a fire, even in warm weather. But area firefighters really earn their pay when fires break out in the depths of a cold snap. Their work is appreciated.
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