September 2008

Responding to Ethanol Incidents

by mobrian on September 25, 2008

Its 5am and a 10,000 gallon tanker of ethanol is off loading at the local gas station.  Suddenly a spark due to friction ignites the transfer hose creating a leak on the ground which is now on fire and impinging on the remaining 9,000 gallons.  What do you do?  Will your foam work?  Do you have enough Foam?

The United States Fire Administration and the International Fire Chief’s have developed course materials that can be utilized in your own community to educate first responders on the dangers associated with E85 fuel.

Ethanol and ethanol-blended fuels are in use in growing quantities in the United States, and volumes have become substantial. Consumers in the United States use more than 140 billion gallons of gasoline per year. Today, there are more than 8 billion gallons of fuel ethanol produced in the United States.

The addition of ethanol to gasoline presents some unique [click to continue…]


Residential Sprinklers

by mobrian on September 22, 2008

This weekend 20 representatives from Michigan were involved in the code hearings for the 2009 proposed ICC codes.  The big vote RB 64 which would require residential sprinklers in all one and two family dwellings (after adoption of the IRC by the State and January 1, 2011) and townhouses in accordance with the IRC passed.  The IRC is the base document for the Michigan Residential Code and currently Michigan utilizes the 2006 edition.

This is a great move to help with the fire problem in Michigan and we have a lot of work to do.  This does not make it enforceable in the State.  Over the next year many of the fire service groups and interested parties will be working together to propose this code requirement in the State of Michigan.

In order to get this into the code in Michigan, every fire fighter and inspector will [click to continue…]


Howell Fire Chief to Retire

September 18, 2008

Long-time Fire Chief Jim Reed will be retiring from the Howell Area Fire Authority this month.  There will be an open house for Chief James Reed on October 10th from 10am to 2pm at the Central Fire station located at 1211 W. Grand River Ave, Howell, MI  48843. Download the Flyer

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MFS Radio Episode 1

September 2, 2008

Michigan Fire Service Radio, episode 1 is now available. We are proud to bring you the first edition of our radio station.  It doesn’t have fancy music or introduction (yet) but we are developing this great resources for you. You can listen online or download and listen on the go.  MFS Radio is designed for […]

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Great Thumb Forest Fire

September 1, 2008

Did you know in September of 1881 Michigan experienced a massive forest fire which devastated almost a million acres and several hundred people died. The fire engulfed Huron, Sanilac, Saint Clair, Tuscola and Lapeer Counties.  This was the second fire in a ten year span which affected the area.  The first fire in 1871 was […]

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