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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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