Walnut Fire Chief Justen Tooley along with Asst. Fire Chief Brett Petersen and Fire Lt. Michael Gettler recently flew to Washington, NC to VT Hackney, Inc. to pick up the Walnut Fire Department's new quick attack.
The Walnut Volunteer Fire Department was busy in 2013, responding to well over 100 calls. The members also attended a wide variety of mandatory and elective classes throughout the year.
They continue to offer the cadet program to the youth of our community. This program allows the Department to utilize the strength and energy of Walnut's youth, while giving them the opportunity to develop responsibility and citizenship.
The City of Walnut has an outdoor warning system. This warning system was designed to warn citizens of Walnut who are outdoors of an impending weather or other emergency so that they can get indoors to safety and to tune to radio or television for more information about the emergency. The warning system was not designed or was it intended to be heard indoors throughout the City.
A three (3) minute steady siren will sound if severe storms are approaching Walnut, Take Shelter.
Four (4) short sirens will sound in case of a fire.
The siren also sounds once at 7:00 a.m., Noon and 6:00 p.m.
If you notice a siren is not working, please contact City Hall at 712-784-3443.
Click here for Pottawattamie County Emergency Management Siren Operations Policy.
The City of Walnut has 65 fire hydrants located through the City. As you can imagine, it would take both of the City men working a couple of days after every storm to dig out all of these fire hydrants. Fire hydrants need to have a 3-foot clearance to assure the Fire Department can make a quick connection to water. The hydrants themselves and this 3-foot clearance area is actually City property. Any one in the neighborhood is free to keep their hydrant clear, even if it's not on their property. However, if you are hesitant to clear the hydrant on someone else's property, be assured that the fire fighters will be happy to clear out the hydrants whenever they might need them to fight a fire at your house. However, time spent just finding a hydrant and then cleaning a winter's worth of frozen ice and snow from around it will, of course, take valuable resources and time away from actually fighting and extinguishing a fire. Fire Chief Justen Tooley encourages all residents to know the location of the closest hydrant to their home and to make sure that it is always accessible. The Walnut Volunteer Fire Department hopes everyone in the community will cooperate in keeping hydrants clear. Anyone with any questions should call City Hall at 784-3443.
Click here to find a map of Walnut's fire hydrants.