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Published October 2, 2017

An explosion occurred Oct. 2, resulting in a subsequent fire, at a building on Hilton Road, according to the Ferndale Fire Department.

According to a press release, Ferndale dispatch received numerous 911 calls at approximately 2:52 p.m. about an explosion and fire at 3281 Hilton Road, which is a part of a small strip of businesses.

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Published September 26, 2017

Fire crews used some special tools recently to crack a safe that had three children trapped inside.

According to the Sterling Heights Fire Department, fire crews were deployed to the 13000 block of Maidstone Court, near Schoenherr Road and Metropolitan Parkway, at around 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24. The rescue workers were sent to help three kids — two 4-year-olds and a 3-year-old — who became locked inside a newly delivered gun safe on accident, Fire Chief Chris Martin said.

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Published September 26, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Fire Department has some new lifesaving technology in its vehicles thanks to a donation from Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. 

The hospital donated five King Vision video laryngoscopes for the Fire Department to use when responding to a scene. 

“We continue to look for ways that impact the outcome of the ways we serve the community,” said Greg Flynn, WBFD fire chief. “Henry Ford has been very generous in their most recent donation of laryngoscopes.”

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Published September 20, 2017

A hospital generator located 450 feet from Detroit Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Michigan, 350 W. Big Beaver Road, leaked diesel fuel into a detention pond before hospital staff stopped the leak just before 12:30 p.m. Sept. 19.

Firefighters on the hazardous materials response team arrived at the scene, confirmed that the leak had stopped and applied absorbent materials in an effort to minimize the release, according to a report from the Fire Department.

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Published September 19, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — The city’s 27-year-old fire training tower will undergo major renovations this fall.

“The tower has been there for quite a few years and has endured many, many hours of training,” Rochester Hills Fire Department Fire Marshal Bill Cooke said. “It has been a wonderful asset for the Fire Department.”

The training tower is located at Fire Station No. 1, on Horizon Court, off Livernois Road. Cooke said the condition of the tower is poor.

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Published September 19, 2017

STERLING HEIGHTS — Their destination was hundreds of miles away, but members of the Sterling Heights Fire Department did what they could to help Florida residents suffering under Hurricane Irma — even if their time to help was curtailed by Florida officials.

On Sunday, Sept. 10, four SHFD members were sent to the Sunshine State to help with hurricane-related rescue and recovery. The members were Fire Chief Chris Martin, Battalion Chief Ed Miller, Training Capt. Shawn Allen and Lt. Will Walker.

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Published September 19, 2017

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Optimist Club hosted an event last week honoring local first responders who dedicate their time to work with children. 

The “Respect for Responders” ceremony took place Sept. 12 at Stage Deli, on Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield. 

The three honorees were Orchard Lake police officer Jeff Gomez, West Bloomfield firefighter Derek Hall and West Bloomfield Police Detective Christina Koziarski. 

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Published September 18, 2017

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville City Council approved a replacement vehicle purchase in the amount of $217,330 for the Roseville Fire Department during the Sept. 12 council meeting at City Hall, 29777 Gratiot Ave.

The Fire Department will purchase a 2016 Road Rescue ambulance with a Ford E450 body.

“As council may recall, this is one of our capital replacement items as approved in the budget. We do plan to pay that over a three-year spread,” said Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins.

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Published September 18, 2017

ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Fire Department will receive a $106,292 Assistance to Firefighters grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help purchase equipment.

According to Roseville Fire Chief Mike Holland, Roseville applied for the grant last September and will receive the money sometime after the week of Sept. 18. Roseville has one year to purchase and install the equipment.

“That grant is presented to us for static ventilation systems for our two fire stations. It’s a really unique thing for fire stations,” he said.

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Published September 13, 2017

Hookah coals were responsible for causing a fire at a Sterling Heights apartment complex several months ago that caused one fatality and injured three other people, according to an investigation by city police and fire officials.

During the night of May 17, a two-alarm fire started at an apartment building and spread to an adjoining one at the Sterling Knolls apartments, located in the 11000 block of 15 Mile Road, near Dodge Park Road.

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Published September 12, 2017

ROCHESTER HILLS — A $4.2 million renovation and addition is planned for the city’s Fire Station No. 4, located on Walton Boulevard, east of Adams Road.

The station is the last of the city’s five fire stations to be renovated within the last several years.

“It was a challenging site,” Rochester Hills Fire Chief Sean Canto said about Fire Station No. 4. “Walton is a very busy road. There was a grade issue — a downward slope — and a cell tower.”

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Published September 11, 2017

WARREN — An early morning fire that gutted a home near 12 Mile and Ryan and left one man injured Sept. 8 remained under investigation at press time, as Warren police and fire inspectors continued to collect information about its cause.

Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams said firefighters were dispatched at around 2 a.m. to the 28500 block of Wexford, where they found the living area of a home “fully involved,” with flames extending through the front door.

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Published September 5, 2017

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MACOMB TOWNSHIP — It took six Clinton Township firefighters to get the roof off a small compact car caught under an overturned school bus, and get the student who was stuck in the passenger’s seat out.

The same firefighters had spent the previous 30 minutes getting the two other passengers out of the car, as well as tending to several Chippewa Valley Schools students who were passengers of the school bus.

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Published August 30, 2017

SOUTHFIELD — To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the Southfield Fire Department will host a free open house 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 10.

Residents of all ages are invited to the Fire Department headquarters, 24477 Lahser Road, for the event. Parking will be available at Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology, 24675 Lahser Road.

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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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