January 2009

Fire Prevention and Safety Grants Open

by mobrian on January 31, 2009

The Department of Homeland Security has posted the FY2008 Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grants Program Guidance on the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program Website. The application period is scheduled to begin on February 2, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Applications for these grants must be received by March 6, 2009, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

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News for the Week of January 25, 2009

by mobrian on January 26, 2009

Firefighter Tigers

Detroit Tigers have paid a visit to the Detroit Fire Department.  Several Tigers have given a an autographed fire department helmet and custom Walter Harris jersey to the fellow firefighters and family of Walter Harris.

On a separate day Detroit Tigers were treated as fire fighters for a couple hours as they worked through a maze and donned fire gear at the Detroit Fire Academy.

Livonia Fire Department, 6 fires in 5 days

In a recent rash of fires, Livonia Fire Officals are recommending that homeowners use heating and candles with care.  The 6 fires have kept this suburban fire department busy.  Livonia Fire Department covers 36 square miles from 5 fire stations.

Venting the Roof

Novi Firefighters stretched on [click to continue…]

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Its Not Only we Can, We Must!

January 23, 2009

Go back a year to last January and ask yourself if you could have ever imagined the $700 billion bank bailout, Fannie May and Freddie Mac crumbling down, the big three automakers pleading for the government’s assistance just to stay afloat for a few months and receiving $23.4 billion and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) failures in the former Nasdaq chairman Bernard Madoff’s $50 billion embezzlement scheme case. If we thought that the failures of the years before, such as Enron and the bottomless pit of the home foreclosures were bad enough, these recent economic failures broke the paradigm and dragged us to a new low; where even the term “billion” has lost its true significance and value.

It is during these tough economic times that the fire service will be facing the challenging task of reauthorization for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program that is due to expire in 2010. In October, Bill Webb, executive director of the Congressional Fire Service Institute (CFSI), wrote an article titled “Working Together to Sustain Federal Support for Fire and SAFER Funding”. In that article, Bill reminded us of the political nature of this effort, especially during the current economic environment, stressed the importance of the unity of purpose and active participation and pointed out that, “everyone in the fire service plays a vital role in continuing the grant process”

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Hypothermia and Other Cold Weather Injuries

January 22, 2009

Hypothermia at its most simple is when you are losing heat faster than you can generate it. It’s simple math that applies across the spectrum of ages. Some groups are more susceptible than others, the very young or old, diabetics and those with peripheral vascular disease just to name a few. For most it isn’t a serious threat, but it can be deadly.

As we are all aware it is not always possible to stay inside on these cold winter days. For those who must brave the elements there are some simple precautions that can help us stay safe and as warm as possible.

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MEVEDA 5th Annual Emergency Equpment Expo

January 21, 2009

The Michigan Emergency Vehicle Equipment Dealers Association is hosting at no charge (with municipal or emergency service credentials) the 5th Annual Emergency Equipment, Products & Accessories Expo. This event will be held May 29-30, 2009 at the

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Chief(less) on Main Street?

January 20, 2009

As our elected officials debate the merits of ‘Wall Street vs. Main Street’ and try their best to fix this national economic mess, local municipal budgets are certainly being impacted. Then the local fire chief leaves, so now what does your community do?

The obvious first answer should be: ‘Hire a new chief!’ There will often be an interim period, because a finding a qualified candidate to lead the department is desired. An unfortunate trend is emerging, however, which if left unchecked, has the potential to cause many problems for the fire service.

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OCAFFI 37th Annual Origin and Cause Seminar

January 19, 2009

The Oakland County Association of Arson and Fire Investigators, Inc.,
In Cooperation with Isabella County Sheriff’s Office presents the 37th annual Origin and Cause Seminar.

This two day seminar will highlight education sessions from Dr. John DeHaan and Dr. Dave Icove. The seminar will include selected topics on Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction Thursday and Friday April 30th and May 1st, 2009

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News for the Week of January 18, 2009

January 18, 2009

Lots of good news this week include the award of two departments from FEMA AFG grants. A couple notes on personnel changes including the hiring of Richard Marinucci as fire chief in Northville Township and the hiring of John Kelley with Green Oak Fire Department.

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Drivers Training Update and New Train the Trainer

January 17, 2009

he Michigan Fire Fighter Training council has updated the Driver’s Training program and has a required update for all current instructors (Drivers training instructors). There are multiple update classes being held across the state. In addition if you are an approved instructor through the MFFTC you can apply to become a new driver’s training instructor and attend one of the upcoming courses.

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