Michigan News

Friday, July 12, 2024

2 killed in Oakland County house fire

VIDEO: Officials are investigating after a man and a woman were found dead in an Oakland County house fire early Friday morning. Hazel Park Fire Chief Richard Story said a person in the area saw smoke at about 5 a.m. while they were on Eight Mile Road. They turned around to get the address of the house and then called 911 to report the fire. The department then responded to a house at 1561 East Muir Ave. and discovered a heavy fire. Story said crews arrived at the scene just after receiving the 911 call, and the fire was put out by around 6:30 a.m. Once firefighters entered the home, they found a man and a woman who were dead. Story said one person was found near the front door, and the other was found in the bedroom. Hazel Park police identified the victims as a 59-year-old resident and an 80-year-old resident of the home.
WWJ-TV CBS 62 Detroit

Fife Lake Springfield Fire Department first in state to become Certified Autism Center

VIDEO: A Northern Michigan Fire Department is the first in the state to become a certified Autism Center. It's an accomplishment that hits close to home for one of the firefighters. "It feels pretty amazing. To be able to have this for our little community is amazing," said Fife Lake Springfield Fire Department Firefighter Alicia Thayer-Duran. Alicia's son was diagnosed with autism last year, and as a firefighter at the Fife Lake Springfield Fire Department, she knew she wanted to make a difference in his name and be able to help others like Lucas. "The biggest importance was I'm a mom of four children, and my middle son Lucas is autistic, so it's really close to home," said Thayer-Duran. "To be able to be trained and provide the community and other children and adults like him with our knowledge, and it's amazing."
WWMT-TV CBS 3 Kalamazoo

Battle Creek Fire Department seeks to modernize its facilities

PHOTOS: Gender-neutral bathroom facilities at many businesses and organizations are there by choice. Not so for the Battle Creek Fire Department which is seeking a $20 million plus bond to bring its buildings into the 21st Century. An additional $5 million has been added in some of which will be used to for work on the HVAC system at Kellogg Arena and upgrades at Claude Evans Park, says Battle Creek City Manager Rebecca Fleury. “We’re trying to get as much of that $25 million as we can in the fire stations. We’re looking at $22 to $23 million for the fire stations. It will all depend on how much the actual bids are for work on the fire stations as well as the arena.” The current proposal includes building a new Station 2 near the current one and remodeling and expanding stations 1, 5, and 6 with a recommendation to close Station 3 and relocate that crew to Station 1, Beaty says.
Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Michigan to receive $25M a year supporting fire departments

Sen. Gary Peters highlighted a newly signed law that will financially support fire departments across the U.S. President Joe Biden signed the Fire Grants and Safety Act into law Tuesday evening. The legislation garnered overwhelming support in the U.S. House and Senate. It reauthorizes funding for a handful of federal programs, allowing fire departments to tackle staffing and equipment issues. The law also helps support emergency medical services as well as fire education and training. These resources are guaranteed through 2030. “I've traveled all across the state of Michigan visiting fire departments. I've seen firsthand how important this grant money is,” says Peters. “We have to remember our firefighters and EMS are called into all sorts of situations and need a wide range of equipment, as well as training for their personnel.”
WXMI-TV FOX 17 Grand Rapids

Emergency responders clean up diesel fuel spill on Grand River in Lansing Township

VIDEOS/PHOTOS: Several emergency responders were on the scene of a diesel fuel spill in the Grand River just south of downtown on Wednesday, according to Lansing Township Fire Chief Todd Hendy. Lansing Township’s fire chief, Todd Hendy told 6 News that crews arrived the the spill around 11 a.m. Wednesday. He said they believe the spill was caused by the riverboat fueling up and as it was filling, fuel burped out of the vent and went into the river. “It sounds as if most of the time they put a catch bucket under the vent. And that may have slipped up this time and they hadn’t used that,” Chief Hendy said. Officials said they are still trying to figure out how serious it is. By Wednesday evening, clean-up efforts were underway. The sheen of the fuel stretches between 200 and 300 yards long, according to Hendy.
WLNS-TV CBS 6 Lansing

Romulus Fire Department commends police officers; together they helped save a life

While on a fire run with life-threatening consequences, two Romulus firefighters were in critical need of additional rescue units, but a group of police officers stepped in and helped save the life of an unconscious patient. It might sound rather unusual for a fire department to award certificates of appreciation to its police officers, but that is exactly what the Romulus Fire Department did for several officers who stepped up and made themselves available during a crisis. With the additional fire unit across town engaged in another event, the police officers answer the call just before 2 a.m. on Feb. 17. Upon their arrival, the firefighters found the unresponsive patient with labored respirations in a bathtub. Due to the tight space and only two firefighters on the scene, the officers assisted the firefighters moving the patient from the bathtub into the living room.
Dearborn Press & Guide

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