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Published August 29, 2017

TROY — It took 14 firefighters to move the 800-pound dining table from the old 5,116-square-foot fire station on Maple Road to the newly constructed $4 million, 10,500-square-foot Fire Station 4 next door. 

Troy Fire Station 4 Lt. Shawn Hugg joked that the station was designed around the table. 

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Published August 28, 2017

BERKLEY — A fire that started in the home of a Berkley city councilwoman could have led to a tragedy, if not for the quick thinking of the councilwoman’s granddaughter.

At around 1:07 a.m. June 12 in the 1500 block of Dorothea Road, the Berkley Public Safety Department was dispatched to a home for a possible fire. When public safety officers arrived, the fire already had been extinguished by occupants of the home.

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Published August 23, 2017

HUNTINGTON WOODS — The Huntington Woods Public Safety Department has a reason to be proud lately, as it has earned a higher rating from the Insurance Services Office’s Public Protection Classification.

According to the agency, ISO is an insurance advisory organization providing insurers with a variety of underwriting and rating services. It performs PPC evaluations on behalf of the property insurance industry.

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Published August 23, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Full-time Macomb Township firefighters would like to see a better working relationship with the township and on-call firefighters after filing a list of grievances with the Board of Trustees earlier this year.

Several full-time firefighters that are part of the International Association of Fire Fighters took to the podium during the Aug. 9 board meeting to reiterate their concerns about discrimination against those firefighters who did join the union versus those who did not.

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Published August 22, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — The history of Avon Township’s fire department began in 1946, when residents of the Brooklands neighborhood realized that Rochester’s fire resources were too far away.

“We forget how rural these areas were,” Rochester Hills Museum Director Pat McKay said. “Twenty-five men got together. The guys had come home from the war.”

The Brooklands men — who lived off of Auburn Road, near John R — held chicken dinners to raise funds and volunteered their time.

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Published August 22, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council approved the purchase of three new thermal imaging cameras for the Fire Department, praising fire officials for finding the cameras at nearly half off.

While three new thermal imaging cameras would have cost more than $30,000, the Fire Department discovered that the manufacturer of the cameras, MSA Corp., had a number of cameras that had only been used for demonstrations at vendor shows.

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Published August 22, 2017

Sterling Heights has officially received a way to pay for new firefighting staff to run its new emergency transport plan.

According to city officials, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the city a $2.62 million federal grant over a three-year period via the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program.

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Published August 14, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — After more than a year of hoping, budgeting and waiting, the St. Clair Shores Fire Department has been awarded a grant to purchase a new “quint” ladder truck, replacing the functions of two aging vehicles.

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Roseville, announced in July that the city’s Fire Department had been awarded a $631,819 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Department of Homeland Security. 

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Published August 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On July 18, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees approved the relocation and construction of Fire Station No. 4 in order to address the township’s northward-expanding development.

The $1,999,044 station will be constructed on a 2.8-acre parcel of land on the northwest corner of 25 Mile and Schoenherr roads that the Fire Department purchased several years ago, right after it purchased the property for the new Fire Station No. 5 at 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

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Published August 9, 2017

TROY — No one was hurt when a one-story home on Virgilia Drive, in the Livernois and Wattles roads area, caught fire just after 5 p.m. Aug. 3. 

According to reports, a resident called 911 and said smoke was filling the home and that they were unsure of the source. 

Firefighters arrived at the scene and discovered a working fire, with visible smoke coming from the small one-story home. The resident met the firefighters outside the home and said everyone was out, according to reports. 

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Published August 2, 2017

TROY — Royal Oak resident Molly Stapleman knows how to throw a picnic. 

She founded the Lucky Fin Project — a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization — seven years ago to raise awareness and celebrate children and adults with abnormalities in their upper limbs, known as upper limb difference or symbrachydactyly. Her daughter, Ryan, now 10, was born with a right hand that has a small palm, no fingers and a tiny thumb. 

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Published July 26, 2017

Thanks to local firefighters, life turned out just ducky for a swarm of ducklings July 12, but officials warned that people should not endanger themselves by attempting to rescue such animals from a sewer or storm drain.

Sterling Heights firefighters from Fire Engine No. 2 went to Windwood Drive, which is near Hall Road and Lakeside Circle, at around 5 p.m. July 12 after learning that some ducklings had fallen into a sewer.

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Published July 26, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A majority of patients experiencing heart problems are getting from their homes in the city to a hospital and receiving care within 90 minutes, according to the American Heart Association, which presented the St. Clair Shores Fire Department with a 2017 Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver recognition award July 17.

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Published July 20, 2017

A dust filter at American MSC Inc., on Elliott Avenue, near Executive Drive, in the 14 Mile and John R roads area, caught fire at 6:30 p.m. July 19.

Firefighters were called to the same business to extinguish a fire in a dust filter just after 1 a.m. June 2. No injuries were reported in either incident.

When firefighters arrived on the scene July 19 all occupants had safely evacuated the building, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer.

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Published July 19, 2017

A four-alarm fire that caused major damage to a Sterling Heights auto dealership July 18 required the assistance of multiple fire departments to put it out, according to the Sterling Heights Fire Department.

The city reported that evening that firefighters were summoned to Buff Whelan Chevrolet, 40445 Van Dyke Ave. Thick black smoke could be seen from miles away.

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Published July 17, 2017

The St. Clair Shores Fire Department battled two fires July 13-14 that appeared to be accidental in nature.

The first broke out around 11 a.m. July 13 in the 30000 block of Rosebriar Street.

Fire Marshal M. Bodnar said that four people live in the home, but only the oldest son was there at the time, with his girlfriend and dog. The couple was in the house when neighbors pounded on the door to tell them that there was smoke pouring out of the vent of the garage, which the family uses for entertainment.

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Published July 12, 2017

While the search is on for a new head of the Fire Department, St. Clair Shores has named its training chief, Ryan Koepp, as Interim Fire Chief.

Koepp, who has been with the department since 1998, began in the interim position July 10, more than a week after the retirement of Fire Chief George Morehouse.

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Published July 7, 2017

About a dozen guests were evacuated from the Red Roof Inn at 2350 Rochester Court just before 8:30 p.m. July 5 while firefighters extinguished a blaze in a dumpster 5 feet away from the two-story, wood-framed hotel.

Heavy smoke obscured the 40-yard commercial dumpster being used to hold debris from a remodeling project inside the building, according to the Fire Department.

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Published July 5, 2017

WARREN — A Warren man was taken to the hospital after a fireworks mishap on Toepfer near Ryan at around 6:30 p.m. July 3.

“It was a 67-year-old male, extremely intoxicated, shooting off a type of bottle rocket in a glass container,” Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams said. “Somehow, something went wrong and the container, the glass bottle exploded, sending glass into his neck, upper torso and now I’m being told that he has some injuries to his lower legs, also.

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Published July 5, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS —  No injuries were reported in two recent house fires. Police officials have determined that both fires were accidental in cause and were contained to small areas.

According to a police report, at 12:02 p.m. June 28, a house fire in the 300 block of Tourangeau Drive occurred in a laundry area. Firefighters extinguished the flames at the home, located in the Rochester Estates manufactured home community near Avon and John R roads, before the fire spread to other areas, the report states.

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