Michigan News

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Shelby-Benona Fire Department lieutenant receives state firefighter award

Shelby-Benona Fire Department Lt. Joe Rodriguez July 12 was presented the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs Company Officer of the Year award. The award is given to the company officer either career or volunteer that best reflects the high level of professionalism, dedication and leadership in the fire service. The award is presented at the Fire Chiefs annual dinner which this year was at Staffords Perry hotel in Petoskey. The award was presented by Michigan Fire Chiefs Association President Mike O’Brian, chief of the Brighton Area Fire Department.
Hart Oceana's Herald-Journal

Detroit firefighters rescue woman who fell into Hart Plaza grate opening

Detroit firefighters rescued a woman trapped in a hole after a grate flips up in Hart plaza. The woman was walking across the grate when it went up, sending her falling eight feet down Wednesday afternoon. Luckily some leaves and trash at the bottom helped brake her fall. Firefighters quickly arrived to the scene at about 1:30 p.m., keeping her calm. "They were assisting and just kept her talking as EMS prepared to come," said Collier. Within 5 to 10 minutes the woman was carefully pulled back out and taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital. She was treated for cuts and scrapes, a sore back and missing tooth.
WBJK-TV MyFox Detroit 2

Multi-million dollar Eaton County radio project to appear on November’s ballot

Police and firefighters happy tonight after Eaton County's board of commissioners voted to put a 12 million dollar radio upgrade on November's ballot. First responders say it's a long time coming. "I can list too many times where we've been limited with our radio communications," a Grand Ledge Police officer said. They say they're seeing more radio failures and are worried. Because if there's an emergency and first responders radios aren't working, it can be dangerous.
WILX-TV Lansing NBC 10

Woman found naked atop Battle Creek fire truck

A woman found naked in a Battle Creek fire station is not talking to police. Battle Creek firefighters found the woman lying on the roof of a truck at Station #6 at 2401 Capital Ave. S.W. when they woke Wednesday morning. Chief Dave Schmaltz said the first firefighter to wake about 5:30 a.m. noticed that someone had been in the kitchen and bathroom and moved some gear in the bays near the trucks. Then firefighters found the woman had climbed a ladder into the back of a truck and was lying on top of the cab. Firefighters were not sure she was alive until she began moving, police detectives said. She was naked and her clothes were found inside a tool box on the truck.
Detroit Free Press

Barn fire challenging fire crews in Fennville

Crews have been on the scene of a barn fire throughout the night trying to extinguish active embers. According to officials, the fire began in a large amount of straw that was located in the barn at the Hillside Dairy Farm in Allegan County. It is believed the fire sparked from a piece of farming machinery in the barn. As of Thursday morning, firefighters were using machinery to move the straw around to search for lingering hot spots. The damages caused by this fire is unknown at this time and no injuries are being reported.
WXMI-TV FOX 17 Grand Rapids

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Blaze at Buff Whelan is “biggest fire we’ve ever had in Sterling Heights”

An army of firefighters from 12 communities worked Tuesday night to extinguish a four-alarm fire apparently started accidentally by a cleaning crew at Buff Whelan Chevrolet in Sterling Heights, in what one official called the “biggest fire we’ve ever had.” Fire officials declared the blaze under control about 9:50 p.m., after working to put out the flames for more than two hours. The fire caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages to vehicles and the dealership’s service center.
Royal Oak Daily Tribune

State should play bigger role in local government pensions, task force says

State government would play a bigger role in monitoring and suggesting ways to fund local governments' debt to retirees, but counties, cities, villages and townships would maintain flexibility under recommendations from a task force appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder. Snyder created the task force early this year to explore ways to tackle the nearly $18 billion in unfunded pension and retiree health care debt carried by local governments. Lansing city government leads the state in unfunded health care costs, with nearly $432 million in debt on the books.
Battle Creek Enquirer

Family thanks Jackson firefighters who rescued girl from house fire

It’s now been almost two months since Jackson firefighters rescued a 9-year-old girl from a burning home. Tuesday, the girl and her family got to thank the firefighters who saved her life. 6 News was there for the meeting at the Jackson Fire Department’s Central Fire Station. It was a meeting full of hugs, tears, and gratitude for the firefighters who saved 9-year-old Amanda Oliver. “I thank you for saving me,” Amanda said. The morning of May 26, a fire broke out in the Oliver family’s home on Fourth Street in Jackson.
WLNS-TV CBS 6 Lansing

Dryden honors firefighter for 50 years of service

“Light My Fire,” was number six on the charts when Bob Stevens answered the call of the Dryden Township Fire Dept. the first time in 1967. And while the hit by the Doors is hardly heard outside oldies station anymore, Stevens is still stepping to the beat at the fire station on Main Street. On Sunday Dryden firefighters and township officials honored Stevens for 50 years of community service as a firefighter during the department’s annual picnic at General Squier Memorial Park. “We’ll never know how many lives he’s touched,” said fire chief Mark Hagemeister, who was a Boy Scout in the Troop Stevens once led.
Lapeer County Press

South Lyon firefighters honored for battling midnight blaze

Ten firefighters received a unit citation for their response to a midnight fire and four new firefighters were sworn-in at the South Lyon City Council meeting last week. South Lyon Fire Chief Mike Kennedy recognized the actions of South Lyon Fire Department employees who battled a structure fire at 12:14 a.m. June 16 at Water’s Edge Apartments, 664 Lakewood Drive. Units arrived to find a first-floor apartment fire on the rear bedroom window that was also traveling up the vinyl siding into the attic.
HomeTown Life (Observer & Eccentric)

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