Michigan News

Friday, June 22, 2018

City of Muskegon mulling formal fire service proposal from Muskegon Heights

The city of Muskegon has received and is reviewing a controversial proposal to contract fire service from Muskegon Heights, officials said recently. But a vote on the deal, which calls for the city of Muskegon to dismantle its fire department and contract fire service from Muskegon Heights, is still more than a few months away, said Muskegon City Manager Frank Peterson. Peterson addressed the deal during an update to the Muskegon City Commission. He also updated the body on when they might get a chance to review the proposed contract, and on the status of negotiations between the city and the firefighters union. The Muskegon Heights City Council voted to recommend an early working version of the proposal by a 5-2 margin June 11 during its regular meeting.

Adrian fire chief retiring, leaving on a good note

After serving the Adrian community for 24 years, fire chief Tim Bartenslager will be heading into retirement at the end of next week feeling good about the direction in which the department is headed. “I’m leaving excited for them,” Bartenslager said of the department he’s led the past two years — citing recent additional manpower hires and taking on a full-time ambulance service. His desire to become a firefighter began at Tecumseh High School while participating in the fire explorer program in Palmyra Township. He said he also was inspired by two uncles who were in the fire service. He joined the U.S. Navy after graduating in 1985 and said it was important to him to serve his country and begin learning about the medical field in preparation of becoming a paramedic along with a firefighter. He served as hospital corpsman. After four years in the Navy, he came back home to get more training with Huron Valley Ambulance. He would work full-time as an emergency medical technician in Monroe County and part-time as a paramedic/firefighter with Raisin Township, where he eventually was hired full-time for a year before coming to Adrian in 1994.
Lenawee/Adrian Daily Telegram

Students learn what it takes to be a firefighter at Grand Rapids Fire Department’s Youth Fire Academy

West Michigan students got a first-hand look at what it takes to be a firefighter at the Grand Rapids Fire Department's Youth Fire Academy. The students spent time in the classroom learning about emergency medical services and how to address different emergency situations. Students also got the opportunity to learn at the GRFD's training facility and went through rope rescues, confined space rescue and hazardous material response. The group of students will have an official closing ceremony on Friday from 6-7:30 p.m. at the training center.
WXMI-TV FOX 17 Grand Rapids

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Grand Rapids Fire Dept. shows drone dropping life jacket in water rescue training

The Grand Rapids Fire Department was showing off some new technology Wednesday to high school students at its training center. The Youth Fire Academy has been going on all week. Seven high school students are learning what it takes to be a firefighter. Wednesday, the fire department posted pictures and videos on Facebook of water rescue training, including the use of a drone to drop a life jacket to a person in the Grand River. Lt. Bill Smith says that they are still evaluating the use of the drone for water rescues, but they can use it in water rescues if necessary. Thursday, the students will be learning rope and confined space rescues and hazardous material responses, as well as vehicle extrication. Friday, they’ll be learning about emergency medical services.
WXMI-TV FOX 17 Grand Rapids

Flint man, mother sentenced to 18 year minimum in fire that killed 3 children

The Flint man and woman found guilty of murder in a fire that killed three children were sentenced to prison Wednesday. Rodney King, Jr. was found guilty of three counts of second degree murder and one count of first degree arson. Erica Starkey was found guilty of eleven felony counts, including three charges each of second degree homicide, second degree child abuse and unlawful imprisonment as well as two charges of killing/torturing animals. The sentences mean King and Starkey will each serve a minimum of 18 years and up to a maximum of 36 years in prison. The charges stem from a June 2016 fire that killed three children, two of whom were Starkey’s son and daughter. The children killed were Starkey’s son, four-year-old Kaydon Hull, her daughter 13-year-old Onyah Starkey and 13-year-old Brianna Beaushaw, a friend staying the night at the residence.

Firefighters respond to small wildfire in Luce County

Michigan Department of Natural Resources crews and volunteer firefighters were called to a small wildfire in northern Luce County Wednesday afternoon. Smoke was reported at 1:36 p.m. in the area of Pretty Lake and County Road 416, about 25 miles north of Newberry. According to Celeste Chingwa of the Michigan DNR, five DNR units were sent out, along with two trucks from the Newberry Fire Department. Chingwa said preliminary estimates are that a lightning strike from storms a few days ago began the fire. She said sometimes, in wooded areas, it can take a couple days for a fire to be noticed by someone. As of about 3 p.m., the estimated five-acre fire was mostly contained.
WLUC-TV NBC 6 Marquette

Dearborn Heights firefighters get ready to Fill the Boot

The Dearborn Heights Professional Fire Fighters Association Local #1355 is showing support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger. Continuing a more than 60-year tradition, 50 dedicated fire fighters from the union will hit the streets or storefronts with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA on June 23 starting at 8 a.m., at Van Born and Telegraph. “We are thrilled to be working with the Dearborn Heights Professional Fire Fighters Association Local #1355 for another year of Fill the Boot to help provide the funds needed to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” said Executive Director Brian Springett.
Dearborn Press & Guide

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