Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014
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 "Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month."
Fire departments use this week in particular 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's kids (big and small) play with some of their toys.
Most fire department open houses include some sort of demonstration ( vehicle extrication, fire attack, rappelling, etc), a variety of emergency vehicles, freebies for the kids, etc. Some of the open houses may include some food ( breakfast, hot dogs, cookies, etc), a helicopter, rides, and more. Check with your local fire department fore more information.
Below is a list of fire department open houses from across the state that I have been able to compile. Of 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 with me as well. As time allows I will be updating the list and filling in address info. Feel free to share with others.
*CANCELLED* Rochester Hills vehicle display at the Meijer's at Rochester & Auburn from 7-9
Northville Twp, 45745 6 Mile, 10-2
Oakland Twp, 1888 Rochester, 12-4
Waterford, 2495 Crescent Lake, 10-2
Bruce Twp, 223 E Gates, 10-1
Ingham Twp, 1420 Johnson, 10-1
Grand Traverse Metro, Home Depot, 10-2
Plainwell, 119 Island, 10-3
Chesterfield Twp, 23 Mile & Baker, 12-3
Rochester Hills, all stations, 12-3
Allen Park, 6730 Roosevelt, 11-3
Springfield Twp, 10280 Rattalee Lk, 12-5
Commerce Twp, Community Center, 12-3
Troy, all stations, 1-4
Macomb Twp, 47711 North Ave, 12-3
Armada, 23175 Armada Center, 12-3
Pittsfield Twp, 6227 W. Michigan, 12-3
West Bloomfield, 5425 W. Maple, 12-3
Shepherd, 410 N. Chippewa, 3-5
Lenox Twp, 59960 Gratiot, 11-3
St Clair Shores, 26700 Harper, 12-4
Sterling Heights, 12850 15 Mile, 11-2
Utica, 7609 Auburn, 11-3
Grosse Ile, 24525 Meridian, 1-4
Tittabawassee Twp, 355 Church, 11-2
Walker, 4101 Lake Michigan, 6-8
Milan, 45 Wabash, 6-9
Wayland, 160 W. Superior, 6-8
Dalton Twp, 1650 E Riley Thompson, 6-8
Forsyth Twp, 47 N Johnson Lake, 5-7
Farmington Hills, 31455 W. 11 Mile, 3-7
Burton, 1320 S. Belsay, 9-1
Nottawa-Sherman, 6263 W. Weidman, 10-2
Livonia, 35000 7 Mile, 10-1
Birmingham, 572 S. Adams, 1-4
Wixom, 1345 N. Wixom, 9-1
Hamlin Twp, 6463 S. Clinton Trail, 11-4
North Oakland Fire, 5051 Grange Hall, 1-5
Garden City, 6000 Middlebelt, 11-3
Clio, 3291 W. Vienna, 10-1
Metamora, 730 W. Dryden, 10-2
Fenton, 205 E. Caroline, 12-4
Newaygo, 177 Cooperative Center, 11-2
Dorr Twp, 4196 18th, 7-11
Otsego, Home Depot, 9-1
Comstock, 1960 River, 11-2
Portage, 7800 Shaver, 10-2
Shelby Twp, 6345 23 Mile, 10-2
Dearborn, 19800 Outer, 12-2
Gibraltar, 29450 Munro, 9-1
Metro Lansing, Eastwood Town Center, 10-2
Dearborn Hts, 1999 N. Beech Daly, 10-2
Bloomfield Twp, 4200 Telegraph, 12-4
Clawson, 111 Gardner, 12-3
Rochester, 277 E. Second, 12-3
Centerline, 7070 E. 10 Mile, 10-2
Monitor Twp 12-3
Clinton Twp HQ 12-3
Grand Rapids, John Ball Zoo, 10-3
Rochester Hills, Home Depot, 9-12
Hamburg Twp, 10100 Veterans Memorial, 10-3
Tuesday, October 15, 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
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
Monday, September 30, 2013
This past week the DTE Energy Foundation sponsored the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in your community concert series. The DSO played 4 free concerts in St. Clair Shores, Detroit, Taylor, and Clawson.
My family chose to go see the concert in Clawson at the high school and were very impressed. The show was spectacular, the crowd was great, and the venue is awesome.
The DSO started out with the Star Spangled Banner and finished up with Stars and Stripes Forever. In between those patriotic songs they played pieces from Aaron Copeland, Duke Ellington, and music from Star Wars and Indiana Jones. The conductor was great by giving background on some pieces and even interjecting some humor.
If you ever get the chance to see the DSO whether it be in Detroit, Greenfield Village, or any other number of events they participate in, I highly suggest going to see them.
The only complaints I had were not enough handicapped seating for some of the elderly and no signage outside directing people where to go. Otherwise this was a great event and I hope that they continue this series of concerts in the future.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Here is a list of 2013 Metro Detroit area Fire Department open houses events. If you have any to add feel free to comment. Aldo feel free to share with others.
-Berkley from 10-2
-Waterford, Crescent Lake Station from 10-2
-Pontiac, Home Depot from 9-12
-Trenton, Station 1 from 11-2
-Huntington Woods starting at 4pm
-Bruce Twp, Twp offices from 10-1
-Troy, All Stations from 1-4
-West Bloomfield Twp, Maple Rd Station from 12-3
-Roseville from 1-4
-Centerline from 10-2
-Rochester from 12-3
-Bloomfield village from 1-230
-Clinton Twp, Romeo Plank station from 12-3
-Sterling Heights, 15 Mile Rd station from 11-3
-Armada Twp from 12-3
-Argentine Twp from 10-4
-Commerce Twp, Richardson Community Senior Center from 12-3
-Oxford, station 1 from 12-4
-Chesterfield Twp, 23 Mile & Baker from 12-3
-Utica from 11-3
-St. Clair Shores, Central Station from 12-4
-Farmington Hills, 11 Mile Rd Station from 3-7
-Rochester Hills, Meijers at Rochester & Auburn starting at 7pm
-Birmingham, Adams Station from1-4
-Allen Park from 11-3
-Gibraltar from 10-1
-Canton, Canton Center Station from 10-3
-NOCFA (Holly & Rose Twps), Rose Center Station from 1-4
-Burton, All Stations from 12-4
-Addison Twp (Oakland), Station 1 from 1-5
-Dearborn Heights, Station 1 from 10-2
-Garden City from 11-3
-Royal Oak, Downtown Station from 9-???
-Wixom from 10-1
-Clawson from 12-3
-Brighton, Station 1 on Grand River from 10-3
-Rochester Hills from 12-3 at Station 1 (Livernois), Station 2 (Auburn between John R and Dequindre), and Station 4 (Walton)
-Brighton, Station 1 on Grand River from 10-3
-Bloomfield Twp, Station 1 from 12-4
-Milford from 9-3
-White Lake Twp, Station 1 from 1-4
-Almont breakfast from 8-12, open house from 12-3
-Mt Morris City from 11-3
-Hazel Park from 11-2
Updated: 9/25 to include RHFD
Updated: 9/28 to include Bloomfield Village, Clinton Twp, Sterling Heights, Dearborn Heights, Addison Twp, Brighton, Bloomfield Twp, Mt Morris City
Updated: 9/30 to include Pontiac, Armada Twp, Argentine Twp, Commerce Twp, and Garden City
Updated: 10/1 to include Trenton
Updated: 10/2 to include Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Milford, Royal Oak, Oxford, White Lake, Wixom, Almont
Updated: 10/4 to include Utica, St. Clair Shores, Chesterfield Twp, Bruce Twp
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
My family recently took one of the good old fashioned style road trips. We got to see and do lots of incredible things.
We went to several different attractions including zoos, museums, and even a race track. We hit several cities in the Gulf Coast states including Pensacola, Mobile, and New Orleans.
I plan on going into more details on the specific locations we stopped in future blogs, but until then just know it was fun and a definite area to visit.