August 2009

Fire Ground Tactics Class

by mobrian on August 30, 2009

Fireground by John Norma

Grand Rapids Fire Regional Training Center Presents:

Retired FDNY Deputy Assistant Chief John Norman Author of the “Fire Officer’s Handbook of Tactics” FIREGROUND TACTICS CLASS “

There is more to firefighting then just getting into the building. The real trick lies in being able to remain there long enough to complete all the necessary tasks”

Date: Saturday September 26, 2009
Location: Northview High School 4451 Hunsberger DR NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525
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Chemical Fire at Hamtramck Plant

by mobrian on 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.

The detroit news media is reporting that intial reports have indicated the fire started in the area where truck loading occurs.  Marathon oil is reporting to provide additional foam to the fire department.  The fire is believed to have involved possible diesel fuel or gasoline.

From some of the camera views it appears the fire has involved multiple tank rail cars with an exposure of the plant

More details to follow as they become available.

Channel 2 live footage

Channel 4 live footage


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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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Trench/Excavation Rescue Technician

August 15, 2009

Hands on training and skill stations to provide the student with an understanding of trench rescue techniques and the equipment associated with safe practices of trench rescue.

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OFFT Update on Firefighter Curriculum

August 12, 2009

The Firefighter Training Council has made changes to the Firefighter I and II training program. The dates for implementation are drawing closer. As regional training centers and training committees work to establish updates, the OFFT has issued a memorandum with updated requirements for instructors.

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Sprinkler and Alarm Plan Review Classes

August 11, 2009

Three day training on conducting inspections and plan review of sprinkler and fire alarm systems

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All Day Training for Fire Inspectors and Investigators

August 6, 2009

This one day course will provide education on fire investigations, plan review techniques, and a great class titled Fire Inspector 101. The class is featuring: Fire Investigator Michael Waite, from Kerby Bailey and Associates, Mr. Tim Blackwood from Fire Safety Consultants and Mr. Mike O’Brian from Brighton Area Fire Authority

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MFSIA Annual Conference

August 5, 2009

The Michigan Fire Service Instructors Association has announced the details of their annual conference. The program is the premier educational conference for fire service instructors

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Crews Battle Fire at Michigan Fuel Facility

August 5, 2009

Multi-Agency Response and Community Evacuation In Vienna Township, multiple fire departments responded to a fire at the White Oil Company.  According to Assistant Chief Kerry Paulson, firefighters left unmanned form monitors on the fire, and evacuated the area for the safety of the firefighters on scene.  As many as 15 explosions are being reported from […]

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