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Fire News

Published October 5, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Oakland County Medical Control Authority honored West Bloomfield firefighter/paramedic Ryan Wetter and police officer Chris Fredericks Sept. 22 for saving a West Bloomfield resident who was choking on a piece of hot dog. 

The West Bloomfield Fire and Police departments were recently dispatched to assist a woman who was in distress. Fredericks said that upon his arrival at the home, he was told she was either choking or having a stroke. 

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Published October 5, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  The West Bloomfield Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 4900 block of Cherry Blossom Circle, near Greer Road and Rosedale Street, at 12:15 a.m. Sept. 22. 

The residents were reportedly watching TV when the husband smelled smoke. Fire Marshal Byron Turnquist said that the man began searching for the source of the smell, and when he opened the pedestrian door to the garage he was met with smoke. 

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Published October 5, 2016

WARREN — Years of wear and incessant use in all sorts of weather left four Warren fire trucks out of service after failed inspections earlier this year.

While officials said stations have continuously remained open and full operations have been maintained since, Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams has told members of the City Council that the city’s fire apparatus fleet has been left “razor, razor, razor thin.”

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Published October 4, 2016

ROCHESTER — In an effort to spread awareness of fire prevention, the Rochester Fire Department will host an open house for Fire Prevention Week. 

“The whole thing is to help educate the public to have better fire prevention,” Rochester Fire Chief John Cieslik said.

During the free event, to be held noon-3 p.m. Oct. 9, the department will offer displays and information on fire safety and emergency response. Firefighters will conduct station tours and will demonstrate various skills. Trucks will be on display for the kids to climb into and explore.

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Published October 4, 2016

Did you know you should replace smoke alarms every 10 years, even if you are vigilant about replacing the batteries?

People can learn fire safety and hang out on ladder trucks and with Troy firefighters during the annual fire open houses held at five of Troy’s six fire stations Oct. 9.

Station 4 on Maple Road, east of John R Road, while operational, is undergoing renovations, and there is no parking available there, explained Troy Fire Chief Dave Roberts.

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Published October 3, 2016

HAZEL PARK — The chief of the Hazel Park Fire Department is hailing one of his men as a true hero after the firefighter rushed inside a burning building to rescue a woman trapped inside. The chief also credits the team that provided support, making the rescue possible.

The fire occurred around 8 a.m. Sept. 23 in the 100 block of Morehouse, the first block off John R near East Woodward Heights. The fire appears to have been caused by the woman smoking indoors, possibly falling asleep and dropping her cigarette.

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Published September 30, 2016

WARREN — A fire at a commercial building on Mound was extinguished within 40 minutes on Sept. 28, but left an estimated $150,000 worth of damage to the occupant’s space and the surrounding businesses that share the structure.

Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams said firefighters were dispatched to Modern Art Studio at 32480 Mound Road at about 9:50 p.m. after an employee was alerted by a smoke alarm.

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Published September 30, 2016

Rainwater that came in contact with an outside electrical wall outlet sparked a fire at a home on Renshaw Drive, near Long Lake and Dequindre, just before 6:15 a.m. Sept. 29.

Residents called 911 and said smoke was filling their home, according to reports. Firefighters arrived  at the single-story home and saw smoke coming from the home. The residents waited outside, in their car.

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Published September 28, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Fire trucks on display, car seat safety checks and the distribution of kids fingerprint kits will be part of the annual Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department open house from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 2. 

“It’s an important event for the whole family,” Public Safety Director John Kosanke said. “This is the time we’ve set aside so you can come interact with us.”

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Published September 28, 2016

FRASER — Nearly three decades after its inception, Fraser’s paid on-call Fire Department’s open house is still giving thrills to community children.

The open house operates in conjunction with Fraser Parks and Recreation’s Fall Fest. This year’s event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Steffens Park. The park is located near the intersection of 14 Mile and Garfield roads, near Fraser City Hall.

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Published September 28, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Are you up to date on fire safety and prevention? 

Would you like to learn more? 

The West Bloomfield Fire Department’s annual open house will return noon-3 p.m. Oct. 9 at Fire Station No. 1, which is located next to West Bloomfield High School. Parking will be available at the high school, and the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission will provide a shuttle service to and from the station. The event will run rain or shine.

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Published September 27, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Before the cold weather creeps in, fire safety officials are reminding residents to make sure they have a working smoke detector.

Each year, the National Fire Protection Association launches a Fire Prevention Week campaign, which this year runs Oct. 9-15. This year’s theme — Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years — was announced in May.

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Published September 26, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Kar’s Nuts factory in Madison Heights had to close Sept. 15 when a fire broke out in the middle of the plant, but the fire was contained thanks to working sprinklers and a quick response by area fire departments. 

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Published September 21, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Fire Department is one step closer to going paperless. 

The department recently was awarded a $1,898 grant from property insurance company FM Global to purchase two laptops that will be used for mapping and incident preplanning. 

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Published September 21, 2016

HARPER WOODS — No police or fire department can handle every emergency on its own, particularly in the event of a major disaster. Every community relies on its neighbors for assistance, and the city of Harper Woods is no different.

Harper Woods follows the same universal system every community in Michigan uses when it comes to large-scale incidents. Harper Woods Police Chief Jim Burke said modern emergency services departments always have a plan in place to share and coordinate resources.

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Published September 21, 2016

Troy firefighters fought a blaze at a home on Berwyck Street, near Livernois and Long Lake roads, just after 5 a.m. Sept. 13, and responded to a fire in an office building on Axtell, near Maple Road and Coolidge Highway, just before 7:15 a.m. Sept. 14.

Firefighters arrived at the medium-sized, two-story home on Berwyck Street to find smoke showing, Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said in a prepared statement.

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Published September 19, 2016

Firefighters rescued a cat and two dogs from a house fire on Red Maple Lane Sept. 19.

St. Clair Shores and Eastpointe Fire Departments responded to a call from the 22000 block of Red Maple Lane around 7:40 a.m. Sept. 19. The homeowner and her stepson were home at the time and the homeowner was trying to extinguish the fire, according to a report from the St. Clair Shores Fire Department.

“The female homeowner and her stepson were notified of the fire by smoke detectors and the smell of it,” said Fire Marshal M. Bodnar.

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Published September 15, 2016

Rochester police have apprehended a local man they believe is responsible for “willfully burning” an occupied, multi-unit dwelling on Oak Street last month.

Tobby Farrington, a 44-year-old Rochester resident, was arrested Sept. 14 and charged with first-degree arson. Farrington was arraigned Sept. 14 before 52-3 District Court Judge Nancy Carniak, who set bond at $100,000 cash.

The Rochester Fire Department responded to a fire at the multitenant building at 325 Oak St. at around 8:19 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.

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Published September 14, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Despite the emergency nature of the problem, St. Clair Shores will put the roof on the North End Fire Station out to bid again after issues crept up with the latest request for proposals. 

“This whole thing is a mess,” said City Councilwoman Candice Rusie.

Battalion Chief Greg Coplai said that there have been several patches put on the roof, some as recently as the end of August, and “they’re all failing.” 

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Published September 14, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Federal Emergency Management Authority awarded the Eastpointe Fire Department a $127,137 grant, according to a Sept. 6 press release from U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters.

The Fire Department had applied to FEMA for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant earlier this year.

The FEMA website says that the grant’s goal is to provide financial help to fire departments, organizations that provide emergency medical services, and training academies to equip and train emergency personnel and increase the public’s safety.

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