Michigan News

Thursday, September 21, 2017

South Haven set for $846,600 in fire service upgrades

If people and property owners feel a bit safer soon in the South Haven area, there's a big, new, red reason for it. South Haven Area Emergency Services has taken delivery of a new 75-foot ladder truck. The vehicle, manufactured by Spencer Manufacturing of South Haven, will replace a 50-foot ladder truck the department has used for the past 31 years. The new truck was purchased at a cost of $778,000 with funds regularly set aside by South Haven Area Emergency Services. It is accompanied by a purchase of more than $57,600 in new loose equipment.

Flint Township Fire Department hires several new firefighters

With his swearing in on Thursday as a full-time firefighter, Mark Rowley Jr. will be following in the footsteps of his father Mark Sr., who served the department for 25 years, including five as assistant chief; and those of his grandfather Don Rowley, who served 33 years, including 12 as chief. “Three generations from one family serving to protect the safety and welfare of residents, business owners and visitors to the township is unprecedented and not something we are not likely to see again,” said Township Clerk Kathy Funk, in a memo to the township board.
Flint Township View

Marquette Township Fire Department to purchase radios with $98,000 FEMA grant

The Marquette Township Fire Department will soon have safer, better communication during emergencies. Fire Chief Ron DeMarse announced the department had received a $98,722 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program during a department update Tuesday at a Marquette Township Board meeting. The MTFD will be responsible for the 5 percent match for the grant, which amounts to $4,936, DeMarse said. The award will be used to purchase 17 to 20 dual-band portable radios, he explained.
Marquette Mining Journal

Rochester Hills fire training tower repairs planned

The city’s 27-year-old fire training tower will undergo major renovations this fall. “The tower has been there for quite a few years and has endured many, many hours of training,” Rochester Hills Fire Department Fire Marshal Bill Cooke said. “It has been a wonderful asset for the Fire Department.” The training tower is located at Fire Station No. 1, on Horizon Court, off Livernois Road. Cooke said the condition of the tower is poor. “The masonry is damaged by water, and the door to control smoke is missing — rusted away.”
C&G Newspapers

Man enters plea in fire that killed 13 horses in Lowell Township

A 20-year-old man has pleaded guilty to charges in connection to a barn fire in which 13 therapy horses were killed. Payton Mellema pleaded guilty to third-degree arson and animal cruelty charges Thursday, according to the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office. As part of the plea agreement, Mellema will serve five years of probation with no early release. For three years of the probation, he will also be housed and treated at a mental health facility. He has also been ordered not to have any contact with the victims.
WOOD-TV NBC 8 Grand Rapids

Firefighters extinguish tire fire in Quinnesec

Three fire departments were needed to extinguish a fire in a pile of shredded tires Wednesday morning at the Niagara, LLC., landfill off of Kimberly Road in Quinnesec. Someone accidentally dumped hot material in the tire pile about 9:55 a.m., igniting the blaze, Breitung Township Fire Chief Jeff Iverson said. Breitung firefighters weren’t concerned about the fire spreading, Iverson explained, as the pile was out in the middle of a field. However, they did request help from Norway and Niagara firefighters in providing extra water, Iverson said.
Iron Mountain Daily News

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bay City votes to retain full-time firefighters, but how many is unclear

Bay City Mayor Kathleen Newsham used her rare tie-breaking vote to create a division of the city's public safety department made up of full-time firefighters, as opposed to moving forward with a 2012 plan to operate a department consisting solely of cross-trained public safety officers. While an exact number of full-time firefighters was initially proposed, the amended resolution approved Monday, Sept. 18, gives the city manager the final say on the size of the newly created division. Last month, Bay City Commissioner Ed Clements, 8th Ward, authored a resolution that called on the Bay City Department of Public Safety to staff no fewer than 22 full-time firefighters. That resolution was sent back to city staff for review.

Explosion destroys Street Royalty Motorcycle Club’s building on Detroit’s west side

An explosion likely caused by natural gas destroyed the Street Royalty Motorcycle Club's building overnight on Detroit's west side. The explosion happened about midnight at the building on Dexter Avenue at Webb Street. Firefighters arrived to the smell of natural gas. DTE Energy workers rushed to shut off the gas line. It's unclear what caused the gas leak and what sparked the explosion. Arson investigators from the Detroit Fire Department were sifting through the debris Wednesday morning. No one was inside the building at the time of the explosion, and no injuries were reported.
WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit

Residents escape mobile home fire in Spring Lake Township

Fire seriously damaged a home in the Country Estates Mobile Home Park late Tuesday afternoon. “It’s a total loss,” Spring Lake Township Fire Chief Brian Sipe said. Firefighters responded at about 3:30 p.m. to a call of flames showing at the home located at 17381 Vancouver Drive. The blaze was coming out the front door when the first firefighters arrived on the scene, Sipe said. The residents had all safely evacuated. Vancouver is between Quebec and Sarnia streets in the park, which is located at the corner of 148th Avenue and State Road in Spring Lake Township.
Grand Haven Tribune

Firefighters battle fire at Magnum Coffee Roastery in Nunica

Emergency crews responded to a fire shortly after noon Tuesday at Magnum Coffee Roastery, 1 Java Blvd. in Nunica. A report that came across the scanner said flames were visible on the roof. Firefighters from Crockery Township, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg responded to the business located along M-104 east of 130th Avenue. The three departments have an automatic response agreement in case of a structure fire. A Magnum Coffee official said some chaff (a byproduct of coffee roasting) caught on fire when it came out the stack. He said there was no fire in the duct work or in the building.
Grand Haven Tribune

Man burned after sailboat hits power line in Grand Haven

A Spring Lake man has severe burns after a boating accident in Grand Haven. It happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday on the Grand River near Robbins Road and 152nd Street, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say Michael Saunders was out on a sailboat when the mast hit a power line, causing an electric shortage then a fire. After the fire broke out, deputies say Saunders jumped out of the boat and swam to shore.
WOOD-TV NBC 8 Grand Rapids

Firefighter buys piece of Flint history as wedding gift

Residents in Flint may recall spotting a 45-foot-long yellow streak racing through the city's streets on the way to a house fire or accident scene. The 1968 American LaFrance truck hasn't been on a call in a few years, but it found a place in the heart of Flint Fire Department Quartermaster Rico Phillips who purchased the truck in a 2003 city auction after it was decommissioned. It has been in countless parades, the Frankenmuth Fire Muster, a scene in the Will Ferrell movie "Semi-Pro" and many days in the former Fire Station 2 at the corner of Martin Luther King and 4th Avenues near downtown Flint.

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