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Minden firefighters’ practice burn costs $1,000 in DEC fine

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Minden firefighters will look a little harder at state regulations before setting their next practice blaze. Its last real-world training effort got the South Minden Volunteer Fire Department a $1,000 fine — not for setting fire to a disused structure, but for not removing the trash inside before striking the match. “We were asked to do a controlled burn by a landowner,” said Douglas Simmons, a firefighter and the department treasurer. “And we did.” The ...

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February 22, 2013
8:15 a.m.

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Mr. Simmons' humility in the face of a stupid mistake is inspiring.

February 22, 2013
5:46 p.m.

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I sure hope if that DEC officer ever has need for a fire department that he is more than grateful that they don't charge for their services by sending the fire department a nice donation.