Fire News

Published February 16, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — While the number of fire runs and medical runs didn’t change much between 2014 and 2015, one thing that did change for the Madison Heights Fire Department was the youthfulness of its staff.

There were five new hires in 2014 and 2015. Another two have been hired this year. And the plan is to hire two more in the next few weeks.

Each of these nine hires are replacing firefighters who have retired. And there are plans for another four hires by the end of 2016.

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Published February 5, 2016

It was a busy week for fire crews in Shelby Township.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski praised members of the Shelby Township Fire Department for quick thinking and actions to extinguish fires at two houses and an apartment on Feb. 2, 3 and 5.

During the afternoon Feb. 2, Swinkowski said, fire crews responded to a house fire at a residence on Province Court, near 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

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Published February 1, 2016

Firefighters spent more than four hours fighting a house fire along Lake St. Clair Jan. 30 that necessitated help from four neighboring agencies, as well.

“I saw a haze off the back,” said Maynard Buszek, who lives three doors down from the house that went up in flames that morning. “I could hear crackling and I saw flames on the back deck (and) smoke coming out the roof.”

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Published January 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Jan. 19, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a three-year extension of Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski’s contract, effective Feb. 1.

Swinkowski’s contact includes a $2,000 salary increase to $107,610, effective Feb. 1, and another $2,000 salary increase to $109,610 for the remainder of the term, effective Feb. 1, 2017.

Swinkowski formally has led the Fire Department since Jan. 19, 2013, but he also served as “acting” fire chief after former Fire Chief Gene Shepherd passed away in May 2012.

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Published January 19, 2016

EASTPOINTE — A 68-year-old woman died following a house fire in Eastpointe the morning of Jan. 19.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Larry Folkerts, fire crews got a call around 7:20 a.m. about a house fire in the 23000 block of Lexington Avenue, at its intersection with Semrau Avenue. The intersection is west of Kelly Road and north of Nine Mile Road. When firefighters arrived, Folkerts said, the house was completely on fire.

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Published January 14, 2016

Crew members from all six West Bloomfield fire stations were dispatched to a house fire in the 6200 block of Rue du Lac, near Pontiac Trail and Halsted Road, at 2:14 a.m. Jan. 14.

Residents from across Upper Straits Lake reported the fire, and fire crews from Station 3 could see flames while responding, according to a press release. Upon arrival, fire crews reportedly found the house almost completely enveloped in fire.

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Published January 6, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — In March, voters will be asked to support a two-year millage increase of 1.083 mills that will provide taxpayer support for police, fire and general operations within Harrison Township.

The 8.20 millage rate ($8.20 per $1,000 of taxable value) funds the operation of the Harrison Township Fire Department, the Macomb County Sheriff’s contract and the general operating procedures in the township.

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