Michigan News

Friday, February 23, 2024

Green Oak Fire Department Receives New Rescue Boat

PHOTOS: The Green Oak Township Fire Department has received a brand new rescue boat thanks to a grant. The grant comes from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Among the funding areas is providing first responders with lifesaving equipment. The new boat was delivered to the Main Fire Station 81 on Wednesday afternoon. Fire Chief Kevin Gentry tells WHMI this is the third grant they’ve received from Firehouse Subs, noting they previously received a LUCAS automated CPR machine and several sets of turnout gear. For this grant, he says they sought to get a new rescue boat with the forthcoming opening of the new fire headquarters at Silver Lake Road and Whitmore Lake Road – which will allow the department to have a rescue boat both on the Silver Lake side and at the Rushton Road Fire Station where their current boat sits.
WHMI-FM 93.5 Howell

Update: Ann Arbor police release bodycam footage of home explosion aftermath

VIDEO: Ann Arbor police have released body camera footage showing officers arriving on the scene of a house explosion on Monday. The department posted the video of the response to the explosion in the 700 block of S. Seventh Street on Facebook. According to the department, it shows Officers Cunningham and Betts arriving on the scene. Cunningham then evacuates nearby homes while Betts locates the man who was inside the home when it exploded. The 76-year-old man was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to be okay. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading. Officials with the Ann Arbor Fire Department traced the explosion to two 20-pound portable propane tanks that were being used for heating.
WXYZ-TV ABC 7 Detroit

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Casnovia Township Firefighter John Behler honored for 50 years of service

VIDEO: For 50 years, John Behler has called the Casnovia Township Fire Department home. "People need help," Behler answered when asked what keeps him coming back every day. In January, Behler was honored by the township for his decades of service. A firefighter through and through, Behler started in 1974 and has worked under at least five fire chiefs. There's nothing he hasn't done. "He can run any of our trucks, any of our equipment," said Captain George Rusco. "If we need something, he can do it for us." Things have slowed down over the years though. "Right now, it's getting where I'm getting older," Behler remarked. "I have a hard time sometimes getting going as much as some of the other ones. I say I'll be there one way or another if they need me; I'm on my way."
WXMI-TV FOX 17 Grand Rapids

Clarendon Township home burns in apparent arson

PHOTO: A home in Clarendon Township was fully engulfed in flames on Tuesday, and authorities believe the fire was not an accident. The fire occurred on N Drive South in Clarendon Township. Firefighters arrived to a home fully engulfed in flames. First responders determined that the home was empty and began to fight the fire. Nearby on M-60, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputies discovered a disabled vehicle and a fight in progress, which was apparently related to the fire. A 26-year-old Tekonsha man fled from deputies but was eventually located and arrested. Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.
WILX-TV NBC 10 Onondaga

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