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 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)
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.
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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.