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.
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.
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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.
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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.”
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.
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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.
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