2009 News Archives

Please Don’t cut the Cables

by mobrian on November 27, 2009

Median Man Cables

New Safety Feature on Many of Michigan’s Highways

A new safety feature is being added to many stretches of select Michigan highways. A new barrier type called high-tension cable barrier (also known as cable guardrail) is being used by MDOT primarily in freeway medians to reduce the frequency and severity of median crossover crashes.

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Ann Arbors Bravest Battle Fire In Pinball Petes

by mobrian on October 25, 2009

Pinball Pete's Fire

Firefighters Limit Fire Spread

Last night, Ann Arbor Fire Department responded to a working fire in the former Pinball Pete’s on South University and Church St. next to University Towers.  The fire was dangerously close to adjacent south towers and in the down-town district.  Firefighters worked quickly with Pittsfield and Ypsilanti Firefighters to limit the spread of fire.

Early photos show that a large crowd gathered as firefighters worked to extinguish the fire in the vacant structure.  The building was formally used as an arcade and was one of the longstanding arcades in the area. v

Video of Exterior Operations

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MFFTC Adds New Information System

October 18, 2009

View your Records online The Bureau of Fire Services and the Office of Fire Fighter Training have created a new Information Management System which is now up and running.  The new system is designed to allow Fire Chiefs and Training Officers to stay on-top of their department personnel training records. The system also allows users […]

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Fire Kills 6 Across Michigan

October 14, 2009

3 Year Old Dies due to fire started by Candles Multiple fires across the state have lead to fatalities due to fire in the residential setting.  4 fires have killed six people on separate occasions accross Michigan.  It seems that many of the fires occurred in homes with smoke alarms that were either not working […]

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Fire Staff and Command

October 11, 2009

Now Taking Applications for the 2010 School Year Just as the 2009 class of Fire Staff and Command from Eastern Michigan University wraps up, the program is now open for applications for the 2010 calendar year.  This program is designed to enhance the education of the fire service leaders and many of todays Fire Service […]

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First Round of AFG Fire Station Grants Awarded

October 4, 2009

4 Michigan Municipalities Receive Funding On October 2, 2009 FEMA and the USFA announced the first round of awards for the Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Construction Grants (SCG).  Four Michigan Municipalities were awarded and have begun the process of these shovel ready projects. The awards went to: Washington Township Fire Department Washington MI $1,510,016.00 […]

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Vaccinations for Fire and EMS Personnel

October 2, 2009

U.S. Fire Administrator Urges H1N1 Vaccinations for Fire and EMS Personnel With the first deliveries of the H1N1 vaccine already underway, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as part of its mission to support first responders, joins the United States Fire Administration (USFA) in recommending that firefighters who provide emergency medical services (EMS) and EMS […]

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Chemical Fire at Hamtramck Plant

August 27, 2009

Detroit, Highland Park assist Hamtramck Fire Department A large fire is still burning in Hamtramck which has resulted in a partial closure of I-75 with evacuations. The fire at the Sterling Services building which is involved in Bio-Fuel has drawn resources from Hamtramck Fire Department, with mutual aid from Detroit and Highland Park fire departments. […]

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Michigan Fire and Rescue Awareness Day (Updated)

August 24, 2009

On September 8th, we hope you will join the Michigan Fire Services Coalition in Lansing to talk to your legislators about the importance of adequately funding the fire services in Michigan

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