Michigan News

Friday, May 29, 2020

Alpena Township buys $47K in fire equipment

Money from Alpena Township wallets continues to support the safety of the community, the township supervisor said Thursday. At Tuesday’s township Board of Trustees meeting, the board voted to use $47,000 to purchase six new air packs and 12 bottles for compressed air for use by township firefighters. The packs, which will be identical to another set purchased five years ago, will be paid for using accumulated money from a property tax for equipment passed by voters two years ago. The 0.65-mill tax costs the owner of a $100,000 house about $32.50 a year. The tax, used last summer for the purchase of two new ambulances and power cots, will accumulate another $675,000 over the final three years of its life, which, added to the approximately $20,000 leftover after the purchase of the air packs, should provide about $700,000 toward the department’s next big purchase, according to Nathan Skibbe, township supervisor.
The Alpena News

South Lyon firefighters rescue elderly woman from burning kitchen

South Lyon firefighters rescued an elderly woman from an apartment fire Thursday afternoon. They were dispatched to a single-story apartment fire in the 400 block of Washington Street at about 1:34 p.m., they said in a report. Smoke was coming from the home and the deaf woman still inside. She had used her video phone to call an interpreter about the fire. The interpreter then called 911. Firefighters took the woman from the apartment and extinguished the fire. Flames were contained to the kitchen. Chief Robert Vogel said the fire seems to have started in the microwave. The woman was heating up wrapped-up food when the emergency happened. A Huron Valley Ambulance crew treated the woman on the scene. Although apartment damage was minor, she will stay with family for a few days. An investigation continues.
HomeTown Life (Observer & Eccentric)

Marysville to buy new radios for fire trucks, ambulances

The city of Marysville recently approved the purchase of new radios for its fire trucks and ambulances from two different vendors. At its regular meeting on May 26, the city council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of the radios for the fire trucks from Digicom Global, which carries Kenwood equipment, for about $12,980, and for the ambulances from AMK Services, which specializes in Tait electronics, for about $4,880. "Back in about 2014, we were told by Motorola that they were no longer going to service our current radios," said Tom Konik, public safety chief. "Since then, we've been aggressively pursuing grants and alternative funding to try to update our radios, which total more than $100,000 in capital assets.
New Baltimore Voice News

State trooper, local firefighter help revive man from electric shock at site of failed dam in Midland County

A Michigan State Police trooper and a local firefighter assisted local construction workers in reviving a worker who nearly died from an electrical shock at the failed Edenville Dam site. About 1:25 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, Trooper Christopher Kustra of the Tri-City Post responded to a call at the Wixom Lake Dike of a man unresponsive after having suffered an electrical shock. When Kustra arrived, he saw CPR was being performed on the unresponsive man. After confirming the man was not breathing and did not have a pulse, Kustra deployed his automatic external defibrillator (AED) and administered an electric shock. Following use of the AED, the unresponsive man’s heart resumed beating and he began breathing on his own.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Governor expands mid-Michigan flood disaster area, adds Iosco County

Mid-Michigan's emergency disaster area from last week's flooding got bigger Wednesday, with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer adding Iosco County to Saginaw, Midland, Gladwin and Arenac counties. Days of rainfall, followed by the failure of both the Edenville and Sanford dams, led to the evacuation of 10,000 Michiganders and the destruction of homes, roadways and bridges. However, north of there, in Iosco County, residents said heavy rainfall alone — 8 inches or more — overflowed rivers, streams and lakes, causing flooding they had not seen in their lifetimes. .."I've been in the fire service for 36 years, and chief for 15, and this is the worst flooding situation I've seen in my career — by far," said Steve Masich, Tawas City's fire chief. "It's not as bad as Midland, but bad for our area." Fortunately, he said, his fire station, and home, were spared.
Detroit Free Press

Two men killed in northern Oakland County crash

Two men died Tuesday afternoon in a traffic crash that closed M-15 for several hours in Brandon Township. The crash occurred just before 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, on South Ortonville Road north of Oak Hill Road. The two men were in separate vehicles that collided head-on, both wearing seatbelts, both from Brandon Township, and both the lone occupants of their vehicles. A 2014 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by 52-year-old Kenneth Kauffman, was driving northbound on M-15, while a 2009 Ford F-150 driven by 71-year-old Clyde Alvis, Jr., was traveling southbound. Brandon Township firefighters assisted at the scene. The northbound vehicle crossed the center line into the southbound lane, smashing into the Ford F-150, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office reported.
Oakland Press

Man accused of lighting multiple fires along Clio Bike Path faces arson charges

A man who police say lit up to 13 fires along the Clio Bike Path in Vienna Township over the past three months is facing faces three felony counts of arson. Derek Foster, 30, was arraigned on three felony counts of fourth-degree arson Wednesday, May 20, according to court documents. The Clio Area Fire Department responded to 12 fires along the bike path between March 9 and May 11, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said during a Wednesday, May 27 news conference. Officials with the Clio Fire Department deemed the fires suspicious. A fire was reported Monday, May 11, near Dead Man’s Hill located behind the Clio Plaza in Vienna Township. Members of the Clio Fire Department, Clio Police Department and Genesee County Sheriff’s Office surveyed the area and identified Foster riding a bike away from the scene.

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