Michigan News

Monday, April 23, 2018

Harbor Beach fire chief retires after 40 years of service

After leading the Harbor Beach Fire Department for more than a quarter century, J.P. Lermont has decided to retire from his position as fire chief. Lermont’s decision to step down was precipitated by some health concerns — concerns which seem to under control at this time. He will continue with the department in other capacities. “I’ll remain as a firefighter for a while, but I won’t be doing the heavy duties," he said. The longtime firefighter has put in 40 years of service to the department. He was born and raised in Harbor Beach, and joined the department shortly after graduating from Harbor Beach High School in 1978. “I was influenced by my dad, who was on the fire department," he said. "He was a firefighter and was the assistant chief during his firefighting career.” Lermont is the son of the late John and Lexie Lermont.
Huron Daily Tribune

Firefighters battle blaze in historic 1915 home in Detroit’s Arden Park

A raging house fire breaks out in the historic Arden Park neighborhood Friday. A fire started in the back of the home on the first floor then quickly moved up the house into the attic. Thankfully no one was inside when it began. "She called me at about 4:30 and told me the house was on fire," said Shirley Joyner, the homeowner. "And that is all I know." FOX 2: "Your heart must have sunk" "Sank? Yes." Shirley Joyner could only watch and worry as firefighters beat back flames that ripped through her home in Detroit's Arden Park neighborhood. She and her family have lived at 505 E. Boston for 20 years. The historic home that weathered riots, recessions and urban decline stood up as much as it could to fast moving flames Friday afternoon. The attic and second floor are heavily damaged. Joyner's belongings and family heirlooms were fuel for the fire.
WBJK-TV MyFox Detroit 2

Alpine Township to hire consultant to review fire department’s operations, future needs

Alpine Township will spend $15,000 to have the McGrath Consulting Group, of Wonder Lake, Illinois, do a study to review the Fire Department's operations and future needs. Unlike several other fire departments in the area that have brought in the same consultant over the last few years, Alpine Township officials say they don't have operational or personnel issues that need to be addressed; what they are looking for is an analysis of the department's current capabilities and needs and future needs. Township Supervisor Greg Madura said the primary issue is working to determine where the township should build a new fire station and when it should be done. "In talking with Tim McGrath, we learned that 90 percent of the work they do is for communities whose fire departments are in trouble. That's not Alpine Township," he said.

Controlled fire gets out of hand, burning upwards of 25 acres in Marshall

A total of six fire departments, including Emmett Township, Marshall, Fredonia Township, Bellevue, Pennfield Township and Marengo Township, are responding to an out-of-control brush fire in Marshall near L Drive North that started around 1 p.m. According to Marshall Township Fire Chief Steve Riggs, a controlled burn that got out of hand due to wind conditions at 14693 L Drive North has now burned upwards of 25 acres. Although the fire is mostly under control now, fire officials are still working to get it under control. "The biggest challenge we've had is wind," Riggs said. "It's going one direction and we're fighting the fire and before you know it, it changes direction. That makes it hard to get everything under control."
WWMT-TV Kalamazoo 3

Adrian firefighter charged with theft

A firefighter is accused of stealing pain pills from a man who he had helped treat last year. Russell Daniel Fenner, 39, of Adrian is charged with one felony count of larceny in a building. He was arraigned Friday in Lenawee County District Court. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, April 27. A personal recognizance bond was continued. Fenner is accused of going to a home on East Front Street in Adrian on March 21 to check on a man who was seriously injured in June in a fall from his home’s roof, said 1st Lt. Tony Cuevas, commander of the Michigan State Police post in Monroe. Fenner was one of the Adrian Fire Department personnel who responded to the call about the fall.
Lenawee/Adrian Daily Telegram

First responders hold mass casualty training in Emmet County

On Saturday morning, Emmet County first responders practiced how to react if a school bus route goes wrong. Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet Office of Emergency Management and Resort-Bear Creek Fire Department sponsored a live mass casualty training at Click Road Soccer Complex in Petoskey. More than 30 Petoskey students were in a toppled-over bus, and it was up to the Resort-Bear Creek and Petoskey fire departments to get the kids out of the bus. "We have a new tracking system. That was the main goal: using this E-M tracking. We can track the patients from the scene to the hospital. That was the main part of this. The second part was actually being able to extricate those students from the bus and have accountability of them, and making sure that we have that."
WGTU-TV Up North Live

Friday, April 20, 2018

Mike Kennedy appointed as Ann Arbor’s new fire chief

Mike Kennedy, who was recently hired as an assistant chief for the Ann Arbor Fire Department, is now transitioning into the department's top position. The City Council voted unanimously this week to officially make Kennedy the city's new fire chief effective May 1. Kennedy joined the AAFD as an assistant chief in December following a statewide search. He was selected for the fire chief position following an internal search that involved the city administrator, fire department personnel, service area administrators and other city staff. Before coming to Ann Arbor, Kennedy simultaneously served as South Lyon's fire chief and as a senior emergency management specialist with the University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security from 2010 to December 2017.

Man killed in house fire on Danbury Street in Detroit

Arson investigators from the Detroit Fire Department are investigating a deadly fire that started around 2 a.m. Friday on Danbury Street. The fire happened at a house in the 19400 block of Danbury Street, which is in the area of 7 Mile Road and John R. The victim has been identified as David Thomas, 64. Three other people were able to escape without injury. Family members said the fire started on the first floor in the kitchen and spread to the second floor, where the man was trapped. Smoke overwhelmed Thomas.
WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit

Disabled man dead in Wyoming house fire

A relative says James Taylor was in his 60's, and somewhat disabled, but he does not know if that's why he did not escape when his house caught fire in Wyoming Thursday, April 19. The fire happened at 1263 Rathbone St. SW was called in just before 9:00 a.m. Investigators have not said how they think it started, but when they arrived firefighters say they could see an electric meter on an outside wall was burning. When they went inside, they say Taylor was found dead in a rear bedroom of the two-story house. “He died? What do you mean he died?” said neighbor Kamorra Curtis after hearing the news. “There was a lot of smoke but I don’t see somebody dying in that smoke unless it was worse in the house.” “He couldn’t really walk right,” says friend Alex Hernandez. “He could walk but he couldn’t do much. I think he was just trapped.”
WZZM-TV Grand Rapids 13

Fire breaks out at house on Portage Lake

Firefighters responded to a garage fire that spread to a home in Putnam Township Thursday afternoon. The fire occurred at a residence in the 11000 block of Kennedy Drive on the north side of Portage Lake. Firefighters were called to the blaze around 3 p.m. Flames could be seen coming from the back of an attached garage. The fire appeared to have spread to the roof line of the single-family home. The fire appeared to be under control about an hour later. Firefighters from Putnam Township Fire, Hamburg Township Fire, Unadilla Fire and Howell Area Fire departments responded to the blaze. It does not appear anyone was injured in the blaze. Fire officials were not immediately available for comment.
Livingston Daily Press & Argus

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