Wednesday, September 7, 2016

2016 Fire Prevention Displays and Events

Every year, since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has celebrated National Fire Prevention Week, during the Sunday-Saturday in which October 9th falls.  October 9 is the date the the "Great Chicago Fire" did the most damage, fires also did mass devastation in Peshtigo, Wisconsin and across Michigan.  The NFPA also chooses a theme for the week, this year's theme is "Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years"

Fire departments use the month of October to do a variety of public education displays at schools, fire stations, businesses, etc to raise awareness of why fire safety is important and to showcase the equipment they use, answer questions, and let kids (big and small) try out the various equipment.

Most fire department open houses include some sort of demonstration (vehicle extrication, fire attack, rappelling, etc), a variety of emergency vehicles on display, freebies for the kids, etc.  Some of the open houses may include some food (breakfast, hot dogs, cookies, etc), a helicopter, bounce house, and more. Check with your local fire department for more information.

Below is a list of fire department open houses from across the state that I have been able to compile.  If your local FD is not listed, check with them to see if they will be having one.  If you know of one that's not listed feel free to share it with me as well and as time allows I will update the list.  Feel free to share with others.

The list goes in order by date:

9/10

Waterford - Breakfast - 830-11 - 2495 Crescent Lake - Oakland County 

Holly - Community Fun Day - All Day - Downtown - Oakland County

Hamburg Twp - 10-3 - 10100 Veterans Memorial - Livingston County

Livingston County Emergency Preparedness Expo - 930-330 - 1911 Tooley, Howell


9/11

Bloomfield Hills - 12-4 - 45 E Long Lake - Oakland County

Cadillac - Safety Expo - 1-4 - 200 N Lake - Wexford County

Elba Twp - Breakfast - 8-12 - 4717 Lippincott - Lapeer County


9/13

Flint Twp - National Night Out - 430-730 - several area PD & FD on hand - 5200 Norko - Genesee County


9/17

Alto - Breakfast - 7-10 - 6260 Bancroft SE - Kent County

Van Buren Twp - 10-2 - 10276 Belleville - Wayne County


9/22

North Muskegon - 6-8 - 1102 Ruddiman - Muskegon County


9/24

Norton Shores - 10-3 - 1100 E Pontaluna - Muskegon County 

Bridgeport Twp - 75th Anniversary - 11-3 - 6204 Dixie Hwy - Saginaw County 

Wayne County Community College Downriver - 9-1 - 21000 Northline 

Shelby Twp - Police Open House - 10-2 - 52530 Van Dyke - Macomb County 

Berkley - 1-3 - 2395 W 12 Mile - Oakland County 

Oak Park - 1-4 - 14000 Oak Park Blvd - Oakland County 

Mt Morris Twp - 11-3 - 4135 N Jennings - Genesee County 

Gladwin - 11-2 - 700 E Cedar - Gladwin County


9/25

Thomas Twp - Breakfast/Open House - 9-1 - 355 N Miller - Saginaw County

Birch Run - Breakfast - 9-1 - 8411 Main - Saginaw County


10/1

Rochester Hills - Display/Demonstration - 9-12 - Home Depot, 225 W Avon - Oakland County 

Maybee - 11-3 - 8755 Baldwin - Monroe County 

Highland Twp - Breakfast - 730-1230 - 250 W Livingston - Oakland County 

Highland Twp - Open House - 11-3 - 250 W Livingston - Oakland County 

Frankenlust - 11-3 - 2401 Delta - Bay County

Waterford - 10-2 - 2495 Crescent Lake - Oakland County 

Delta Twp - Community Day - 11-2 - Lansing Mall - Eaton County - Several area depts

Addison Twp - 11-2 - 4026 Forest - Oakland County 

Fraser - 1130-330 - 33000 Garfield - Macomb County

Wayne-Westland - Breakfast - 9-12 - 3300 S Wayne - Wayne County

Cannon Twp - Breakfast - 8-1030 - 6878 Belding NE - Kent County

Moorland Twp - 12-2 - 12416 Apple - Muskegon County 

Oakland Twp - 12-4 - 1888 Rochester - Oakland County

Dutton - Community Event - 10-2 - East Kentwood HS, 6230 Kalamazoo - Kent County


10/2

Rochester Hills - 12-3 - 1111 Horizon Ct - Oakland County 

Argentine Twp - 12-4 - 9048 Silver Lake - Genesee County

Washington Twp - 12-4 - 11300 27 Mile - Macomb County

Roseville - 1-4 - 18750 Common - Macomb County 

Sterling Heights - 11-2 - 12850 15 Mile - Macomb County

Escanaba Twp - 1-5 - 8189 P-5 Road - Delta County 

Ray Twp - Breakfast - 7-1 - 20301 29 Mile - Macomb County

Saugatuck Twp - 12-3 - 3342 Blue Star Hwy - Allegan County

Commerce Twp - 12-3 - 1485 E Oakley Park - Oakland County 

Saginaw Twp - Breakfast/Open House - 9-1 - 3211 McCarty - Saginaw County 

Mundy Twp - 1-4 - 4011 W Hill - Genesee County 

Grosse Pte Woods - 12-3 -20025 Mack Plaza - Wayne County

Southgate - 10-1 - 14730 Reaume - Wayne County


10/3

Mills Twp - 6-8 - 2601 E Shearer - Midland County

Port Sheldon - 6-8 - 16207 Port Sheldon - Ottawa County


10/6

Muskegon Heights - 6-8 - 2715 Baker - Muskegon County


10/7

Rochester Hills - Apparatus Display - 7-9 - several area FD on hand - Meijer, 3175 S Rochester - Oakland County 

Farmington Hills - 3-7 - 31455 W 11 Mile - Oakland County

Holland - Fire Truck Parade - 7pm - along 8th in Downtown Holland - Ottawa County

Holland - Safety Event - 730p-9p - 150 W 8th - Ottawa County


10/8

Dryden - 10-2 - 5532 Main - Lapeer County 

Royal Oak - 11-2 - 215 E Sixth - Oakland County

Birmingham - 1-4 - 572 S Adams - Oakland County 

Dearborn Heights - 10-2 - 1999 N Beech Daly - Wayne County 

Wayland - 2-4 - 160 W Superior - Allegan County 

Brown City - 10-2 - 4090 Main - Sanilac County 

Wixom - 10-2 - 1345 N Wixom - Oakland County 

Leighton Twp - 10-2 - 1148 144th - Allegan County

Richland Twp - 9-1 - 7401 N 32nd - Kalamazoo County

Frankfort - Breakfast - 7-12 - 1223 James - Benzie County

Mason - 10-2 - 221 W Ash - Ingham County 

Dearborn - 12-2 - 19800 Outer - Wayne County 


10/9

Allen Park - 12-3 - 6730 Roosevelt - Wayne County 

Grand Blanc - 12-3 - 117 High - Genesee County 

Fenton Twp - 11-3 - 5120 Owen - Genesee County 

West Bloomfield - 12-3 - 4601 Orchard Lake- Oakland County 

Troy - 1-4 - 1019 E Big Beaver - Oakland County

Troy - 1-4 - 5600 Livernois - Oakland County

Troy - 1-4 - 2400 W Big Beaver - Oakland County

Troy - 1-4 - 6399 John R - Oakland County

Troy - 1-4 - 5901 Coolidge - Oakland County

Rochester - 12-3 - 277 E 2nd - Oakland County

Bloomfield Twp - All City Services Open House - 12-4 - 1155 Exeter - Oakland County 

Chesterfield Twp - 12-3 - 33991 23 Mile - Macomb County

New Baltimore - Breakfast - 8-1 - 36535 Green - Macomb County

St Clair Shores - 12-3 - 26700 Harper - Macomb County

Macomb Twp - 12-3 - 47711 North Ave - Macomb County

Utica - 11-3 - 7609 Auburn - Macomb County 

Swartz Creek - 1-4 - 8100 B-Civic - Genesee County

Hartford - Breakfast - 7-12 - 436 E Main - Van Buren County

Mt Clemens - 12-4 - 2 Dickinson - Macomb County 

Pittsfield Twp - 12-3 - 6227 W Michigan - Washtenaw County 

Oxford - 12-3 - 96 N Washington - Oakland County

Riga Twp - 2-6 - 7817 Riga - Lenawee County

Lincoln Park - 12-4 - 1355 Cleophus - Wayne County 

Lenox Twp - 11-3 - 59950 Gratiot - Macomb County


10/10

Newaygo - 6-8 - 177 Cooperative Center - Newaygo County

Milan - 6-9 - 45 Wabash - Wayne County

Crockery Twp - 6-8 - 16875 Main - Ottawa County


10/11

Grandville - 6-8 - 3215 Wilson - Kent County

Egelston - 6-8 - 5380 E Apple - Muskegon County

Benton Twp - 6-8 - 4713 Hartel Rd - Eaton County

Grand Haven Twp - 530-8 - 13250 168th - Ottawa County


10/12

Gobles-Pine Grove - 6-9 - 15919 32nd - Van Buren County

Dalton Twp - 6-8 - 1650 E Riley Thompson - Muskegon County 

Forsyth Twp - 6-8 - 99 Pine - Marquette County

West Iron County - 5-?? - 640 N 9th - Iron County


10/13

Delta Twp - 6-8 - 811 N Canal - Eaton County

Spring Lake - 6-8 - 16681 148th - Ottawa County

Grant Twp - 6-8 - 7942 Wildcat - St Clair County

Potterville - 6-8 - 317 N Nelson - Eaton County 


10/15

Van Buren Twp - Breakfast - 9-12 - 7981 Belleville - Wayne County 

Armada - 10-4 - 23175 Armada Center - Macomb County

Huron Valley Ambulance - 1-4 - 1200 State Circle, Pittsfield Twp - Washtenaw County 

Hamlin Twp - 11-2 - 64635 Clinton Trail - Eaton County

Fenton City - 12-3 - 205 E Caroline - Genesee County

North Oakland County Fire Authority - 1-4 - 5051 Grange Hall

Madison Heights - 10-2 - 31313 Brush - Oakland County 

Milford - 11-3 - 325 W Huron - Oakland County 

Grand Haven - 11-1 - 525 Washington - Ottawa County

Shelby Twp - 10-2 - 6345 23 Mile - Macomb County 

Northville City - 9-4 - 215 W Main - Wayne County (other events at station 10/10-10/14)

Brownstown - 11-3 - 24150 Sibley - Wayne County

Jamestown Twp - Breakfast - 7-10 - 36th x Perry - Ottawa County

New Haven - 10-2 - 57775 Main - Macomb County 

Dorr Twp - Breakfast - 8-12 - 4196 18th - Allegan County

Battle Creek - 2-4 - 145 N Washington - Calhoun County

Fairfield Twp - 12-3 - 9965 Brown - Lenawee County

Grand Traverse Metro - 11-3 - 3000 Albany - Grand Traverse County

Augusta Twp - 12-4 - 10985 Whittaker - Washtenaw County

Livonia - 10-1 - 35000 7 Mile - Wayne County

Williamston - Breakfast - 8-1130 - 1296 W Grand River - Ingham County

Midland Twp - 10-2 - 973 Poseyville - Midland County

Monroe - 12-4 - 75 Scott - Monroe County 


10/16

Brighton - 12-3 - 615 W Grand River - Livingston County 

Howell - 1-4 - 1211 W Grand River - Livingston County 

Clawson - 12-3 - 111 Gardner - Oakland County

Clinton Twp - 12-3 - 42601 Romeo Plank - Macomb County

Centerline - 10-2 - 7070 E 10 Mile - Macomb County

Richmond - Breakfast - 830-12 - 68225 Main - Macomb County 

Richmond - 12-3 - 68225 Main - Macomb County 

Chelsea - 12-4 - 200 W Middle - Washtenaw County

Almont - Breakfast - 8-12 - 7487 Tubspring - Lapeer County

Ira Twp - Breakfast - 8-12 - 7065 Meldrum - St Clair County

Carsonville - Soup Dinner - 11-6 - 4055 Orchard - Sanilac County

Ford River - Breakfast - 8-1 - 3845 K - Delta County

Wyandotte - Breakfast - 8-12 - 266 Maple - Wayne County 

Monitor Twp - 12-3 - 2483 Midland - Bay County

Orion Twp - 11-2 - 465 S Baldwin - Oakland County 


10/19

Croswell - Spaghetti Dinner - 430-730 - 7 Croswell Rd - Sanilac County


10/22

Portage - Public Safety Display - Lowe's, 5108 S Westnedge - Kalamazoo County

Meridian Twp - all day - 5000 Okemos - Ingham County

Hillsdale - Halloween - 530-7 - 2323 W Bacon - Hillsdale County 


10/29

Sparta - Halloween Carnival - 11-2 - 36 Elmwood - Kent County

Ross-Augusta - Halloween - 1-4 - 109 W Clinton - Kalamazoo County 


10/30

Portsmouth Twp - Breakfast - 9-1 - 1711 Cass Avenue - Bay County


10/31

Olivet - 6-8 - 117 East - Eaton County


11/5

Ahmeek - Spaghetti Dinner - 12-6 - 13 Vivian - Keweenaw County 



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

2015 Fire Department Open Houses and Displays

Every year, since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has celebrated National Fire Prevention Week, during the Sunday-Saturday in which October 9th falls.  October 9 is the date the the "Great Chicago Fire" did the most damage, fires also did mass devastation in Peshtigo, Wisconsin and across Michigan.  The NFPA also chooses a theme for the week, this year's theme is "Hear the beep where you sleep."

Fire departments use the month of October to do a variety of public education displays at schools, fire stations, businesses, etc to raise awareness of why fire safety is important and to showcase the equipment they use, answer questions, and let kids (big and small) try out the various equipment.

Most fire department open houses include some sort of demonstration (vehicle extrication, fire attack, rappelling, etc), a variety of emergency vehicles on display, freebies for the kids, etc.  Some of the open houses may include some food (breakfast, hot dogs, cookies, etc), a helicopter, bounce house, and more. Check with your local fire department for more information.

Below is a list of fire department open houses from across the state that I have been able to compile.  If your local FD is not listed, check with them to see if they will be having one.  If you know of one that's not listed feel free to share it with me as well and as time allows I will update the list.  Feel free to share with others.

The list goes in order by date:

*October*

10/1

Muskegon County - Muskegon Twp - 10/1 6-8 - 1699 Getty

10/2

Oakland County - Farmington Hills - 10/2 3-7 - 31455 W. 11 Mile

10/3

Oakland County - Huntington Woods - 10/3 430-6 - 12755 W. 11 Mile

Oakland County - Oakland Township - 10/3 12-4 - 1888 N Rochester

Oakland County - Waterford - 10/3 10-2 - 2495 Crescent Lake

Lenawee County - Blissfield - 10/3 11-4 - 299 E. Adrian

Shiawassee County - Owosso - 10/3 9-1 - Home Depot

Macomb County - Utica - 10/3 11-4 - 7609 Auburn

Macomb County - Bruce Twp - 10/3 10-1 - 223 E. Gates

Muskegon County - Moorland Twp - 10/3 12-3 - 12416 Apple

Wayne County - Canton -10/3 10-2 - 1100 S. Canton Center

Wayne County -Dearborn (Melvindale) - 10/3 12-2 - 3160 Oakwood

10/4

Washtenaw County - Pittsfield Twp - 10/4 12-3 - 6227 W. Michigan Ave

Macomb County - Sterling Heights - 10/4 11-3 - 12850 15 Mile

Macomb County - St Clair Shores - 10/4 12-3 - 26700 Harper

Macomb County - Macomb Twp - 10/4 12-3 - 47711 North Ave

Macomb County - Washington Twp - 10/4 12-4 - 11300 27 Mile

Macomb County - Armada - 10/4 12-3 - 23175 Armada Center

Wayne County - Grosse Pte Woods - 10/4 12-4 - 20025 Mack Plaza

Genesee County - Argentine Twp - 10/4 10-2 - 9048 Silver Lake

Oakland County - Troy - 10/4 1-4 - All 6 fire stations

Oakland County - Commerce Township - 10/4 12-3 - Richardson Center, 1485 Oakley Park Rd

Oakland County - West Bloomfield Twp - 10/4 12-3 - 4601 Orchard Lake

Oakland County - Rochester Hills - 10/4 12-3 - 1111 Horizon Ct

Saginaw County - Saginaw Twp - 10/4 9-1 - 3211 McCarty


10/5

Allegan County - Leighton Twp - 10/5 7-830 - 4451 12th Street (Library)

10/6

Muskegon County - Egelston Twp - 10/6 6-8 - 5380 E. Apple

Washtenaw County - Milan - 10/6 6-9 - 45 Wabash

Kent County - Grandville - 10/6 6-8 - 3215 Wilson SW

Oakland County - Orion Twp - 10/6 5-9 - Hollywood Market, 1100 S Lapeer

Ottawa County - Grand Haven Twp - 10/6 - 530-8 - 13250 168th Ave

10/7

Van Buren County - Gobles - 10/7 6-9 - 15919 32nd St

Allegan County - Wayland - 10/7 6-8 - 160 W. Superior 

10/8

Ottawa County - Spring Lake - 10/8 6-8 - 16681 148th Ave

10/9

Oakland County - Rochester Hills - 10/9, 7-9 - Meijer, 3175 S. Rochester - Apparatus Display

10/10

Oakland County - Rose Twp - 10/10 1-4 - 280 W Rose Center (North Oakland Sta 3)

Oakland County - Birmingham - 10/10 1-4 - 572 S. Adams

Oakland County - Wixom - 10/10 10-2 - 1345 N. Wixom

Oakland County - Walled Lake - 10/10 10-2 - 1499 E. Maple

Oakland County - Addison Twp - 10/10 10-2 - 4026 Forest

Ottawa County - Grand Haven - 10/10 11-1 - 525 Washington

Eaton County - Hamlin Twp - 10/10 11-4 - 6463 S Clinton Trail

Genesee County - Fenton City - 10/10 12-4 - 205 E. Caroline St

Lapeer County - Metamora - 10/10 10-2 - 730 W Dryden

Manistee County - Manistee - 10/10 11-3 - 281 First St

Osceola County - Reed City - 10/10 12-2 - Roth Street Park

Washtenaw County - Augusta Twp - 10/10 12-4 - 10985 Whitaker

Macomb County - Shelby Twp - 10/10 10-2 - 6345 23 Mile

Grand Traverse County - GTC Metro - 10/10 11-3 - all 5 fire stations (1, 8, 9, 11, and 12)

Washtenaw County - Augusta Twp - 10/10 12-4 - 10985 Whittaker Rd

Wayne County - Dearborn - 10/10 12-2 - 19800 Outer Drive

Wayne County - Brownstown Twp - 10/10 10-3 - Sibley x Telegraph 

10/11

Monroe County - Monroe Twp - 10/11 1-4 - 15331 S. Dixie Hwy

Washtenaw County - Manchester - 10/11 1-3 - 275 S Macomb St

Oakland County - Clawson - 10/11 12-3 - 111 Gardner

Oakland County - Hazel Park - 10/11 10-1 - 22830 Russell

Oakland County - Bloomfield Twp - 10/11 12-4 - 4200 S. Telegraph 

Oakland County - Milford - 10/11 11-3 - 325 W. Huron

Oakland County - Rochester - 10/11 12-3 - 277 E. Second

 Livingston County - Brighton - 10/11 10-3 - 616 West Grand River Ave

Macomb County - New Baltimore - 10/11 8-1 - 36535 Green (Pancake Breakfast)

 10/12

Ottawa County - Ferrysburg - 10/12 6-8 - 601 174th

10/13

Muskegon County - Ravenna - 10/13 6-8 - 3770 Blackmer Rd

Clinton County - DeWitt Twp - 10/13 6-8 - 1080 E. Wieland 

10/14

Muskegon County - Dalton Twp - 10/14 6-8 - 1650 E. Riley-Thompson

Eaton County - Charlotte - 10/14 630-9 - 911 W. Shepherd

10/17

Wayne County - Dearborn Heights - 10/17 10-2 - 1999 N Beech Daly

10/18

Washtenaw County - Chelsea - 10/18 12-4 - 200 W Middle St



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Oakland County Fair Public Safety Day 2015

Earlier this year, I was asked by a member of the Oakland County Fair Board to be her vice-chairperson for the public safety day event.  This will be the fair's third attempt at the event.  The first year was geared towards fire department related activities and was great except for lack of participation from most departments in the county.  Last year the event was mostly rained out due to the arena being under water.  I have expressed a desire in the past to help out and volunteer and due to that and the other staff who usually help being pre-occupied with full-time work, I was asked to help run the event.
I'm excited and look forward to this great opportunity to prove what I can do.  So far I've had help from a couple of chiefs circulating the info amongst the various fire and police departments across the county.  I have also emailed a couple of ambulance companies, the Michigan State Police, and utility companies to see if they would be willing and able to participate in some capacity.
Some of my ideas of things I'd like to do that day include, but not limited too:
- static display of current, unique, and antique emergency vehicles
- a K-9 demonstration
- a vehicle extrication demonstration
- booths for agencies to put up displays, brochures, pamphlets, job applications, etc...
- waterball
- Stan Safety the magical fireman
- plastic helmets, sticker badges, etc
- and more, much more
So far I've had phone calls from the DEA and Consumers Energy saying they are highly interested and MSP has already committed to participating.
If you're on an Oakland County FD, PD, or EMS agency, please encourage your agency to be involved.  There will hopefully be some prizes awarded, but most of all you'll be showcasing your agency to the residents of the county and maybe getting some people interested in helping your department.
If you have any ideas of other agencies to contact, or ideas for games, events, and demonstrations or for more info please email me at almont2@yahoo.com.
Thanks for your time.

*Update 3/13/15*
I have 2 more confirmations:
- Michigan EMS Memorial committee
- Star EMS with ambulance and doing free Blood Pressure checks

*Update 3/18/15*
- Currently working with Kidde for smoke detector donations, Kohl's Cares and DMC for bicycle helmet donations.
- National Weather Service is interested in coming out.
- Bloomfield Twp PD is looking into possibly bringing out their drunk driving simulator goggles.

*Update 3/20/15*
- Beaumont Hospitals is looking at bringing out information from it's Safety City USA display

*Update 3/23/15*
- Southfield PD will at the least be doing a table spot with flyers & applications. They may be bringing a specialized unit as well.

*Update 3/25/15*
Rochester Hills FD has agreed to participate in some form

Friday, February 13, 2015

SeaLife of Michigan review

Yesterday (2/12/15), we took Alex up to SeaLife of Michigan at Great Lakes Crossing.  My review, I think it is mediocre and not worth the hype.  We have been to other aquariums that for the same price or less than $5 more it is a lot more interactive (touch tanks for Rays and Tiger Sharks), had a bigger tunnel, more sea life, and penguins. The other places also provided better customer service and seemed more eager to treat walk up traffic the same as prepaid traffic.  I will most likely not be going back and saving my money for other things (heck I'd gladly pay an admission  for Rainforest Cafe, it seems like a better experience).

One of my biggest gripes was that we just walked up and they said they had to let the prepaid people in first.  So we patiently waited 10 mins, but just as they were about to take us another prepaid walked up and got in first.  I finally just pushed my way up to counter and said you're either taking my money now or I go home. They are also having problems with their website, they said, so even if we tried to buy tickets online while in line there's no guarantee it would have went through.

So my suggestion is enter at your own risk, be patient,  plan on at least 30-60 minutes to get through it, and go with an open mind. Also whether you liked it or not do the exit survey before leaving.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Vote YES to support your local FD/PD

This coming Tuesday, November 4th, many local fire and police departments will be asking their residents to get out and vote yes to support their agencies. There is a good reason you need to vote yes for many of them, but always do your own research and don't just listen to me or them. Some agencies are listed below.
One of the agencies asking you to vote yes is the Rochester Hills Fire Department.  14 years ago the department ran 2 on-duty paramedic firefighters out of 1 station 24 hours a day, they worked in 12 hour shifts. Over the years, they have added personnel and expanded as much as they can.  Unfortunately this is not enough, there have been times where there have been no firefighters available, because of high call volume and they have to call in assistance from surrounding cities. There are days where they run 20+ calls a day. A yes vote will now staff at least 2 firefighter paramedics and 1 firefighter EMT at each of the 5 stations and help with improving the stations to allow firefighters to sleep, shower, etc. at them. The Citizens for a Safer Rochester Hills are looking for volunteers to help them pass out information in the neighborhoods this Saturday, November 1st.  For more information, yard signs, or to volunteer on Saturday please contact them at saferrochesterhills@gmail.com
Another agency is the Orion Twp Fire Department.  Their millage request is to allow the construction and improvement of stations and the purchase of new equipment.  The big purchase they need to make is for a new ladder truck.  Their current ladder truck is 40 years old and as been through at least 2 departments.  They need to get a newer ladder truck that will have many of the newer safety features to reduce the risk of injury to firefighters, but also that they can rely on to make it to fire scenes. A ladder truck is not only needed if there ever was another fire downtown, but also at other structure fires, and new ones can even be used to aid at water and technical rescue scenes.
Another agency that will be asking its voters for a yes vote is the Oxford Fire Department.  A yes vote for them will allow for extra staffing at the stations.  They get critically low on staffing at times, because of their increased call volume and distance to the local hospitals.
Most fire departments are asking for millages for manpower due to increased call volume.  The only way they can provide adequate protection in the event of an emergency is with safe staffing levels.  If you live in a community like those listed above please not only get out to vote yes, but also check with your local fire department to see how you can help. Many departments are actively hiring paid on-call firefighters to help respond to fires or large incidents, this is an important and much needed role in the community.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bloomfield Twp Open House 2013

This past weekend was the end of National Fire Prevention Week, and it went out with a bang.  The best overall open house we attended this year was Bloomfield Twp. They not only had the fire department open house, but every department for the township participated.

The fire department lit a pan on fire on the stove to simulate a grease fire and show the proper way to put it out and what happens if something goes wrong.  They also did an extrication demo, had tons of information and things for kids to do.  As usual the trucks were on display and they even brought in a UofM Survival Flight helicopter.

The department of public works had 1 vehicle of everything they use on display for kids to check out, had some games for kids to do and even gave rides in a dump truck.

The police department had several vehicles on display including their brand new Ford Interceptor SUV and their BMW motorcycles.  They did a gun range demonstration, had a canine unit available, and even a drunk goggles simulator.

Other township departments were also on hand with flyers and to answer questions you may have.  This was hands down the best open house for families to enjoy over the past week.

Here is a link to some pictures that I took and posted on one of my pages.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Waterford Regional FD Open House 2013

Yesterday, 10/5, Alex and I went to the Waterford Regional FD Open House.  They put on a spectacular show.  First off they had every active Waterford based Engine, Rescue, and Tower there and on display.  This allowed me to get some great pics.

Second they had lots of great activities for the kids.  They had a smoke house there to go in and see how to safely exit a "burning" building.  They put on a puppet show (I'm told it was an award winning show) geared towards preventing kitchen fires, which Alex didn't seem to care about, since there were BRTs (Big Red Trucks) outside.  They had a "burning" house for kids to put out with a real fire hose, firefighting gear for the kids to try on, and even "Ember" a 4 year old Dalmatian owned by one of the firefighters who has become the station mascot.

There was also some demonstrations put on, including an extrication display.  There was hot dogs, chips, cookies, and pop all for free for those in attendance along with your other routine open house giveaways.  They were supposed to have Superior Air-Med 1 stop by, but due to the weather conditions they were grounded.

I have posted a few pics on this blog, but if you would like to see more here is a link to my Facebook page with more pics, just look under the albums for the pics you want to see.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Station-4-Photos/144483915759045