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Fire on Carroll Lake Road in Commerce Township under Investigation

January 7th 2019

Fire on Carroll Lake Road in Commerce Township under Investigation (Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Jan. 7, 2019) Commerce Township, MI – Deputies and the Commerce Township Fire Department responded to the 5000 block of Carroll Lake Rd at approximately 1:36am on the report of a residential structure fire. The home was abandoned at the time […]

Van and Mini Bus Catch Fire in Detroit

October 18th 2018

  Van and Mini Bus Catch Fire in Detroit (Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 18, 2018) Detroit, MI- At about 2:30pm on Oct. 18 Detroit Firefighters responded to a fire on Plainview near Trojan, a neighborhood near 8 Mile and Evergreen.  Two vehicles were in flames, a mini bus and a van. The vehicles were located […]

Milford Twp. Asking for Fire Services Millage on Aug. 7 Ballot

June 30th 2018

Milford Twp. Asking for Fire Services Millage on Aug. 7 Ballot (Crystal A. Proxmire, June 30, 2018) Milford Township, MI –Voters in Milford are being asked to vote on fire services funding on the Aug. 7, 2018 ballot. Here is the ballot language: Milford Township Fire Services Millage Proposal Shall the charter township of Milford, […]

North Oakland Fire Dept. Family Fun Day Feb. 18

February 4th 2017

North Oakland Fire Dept. Family Fun Day Feb. 18 (EVENT page) Holly, MI – North Oakland Fire Dept. Family Fun Day is  Feb. 18, at 5051 Grange Hall Road, Holly from 1pm to 3pm. Please join us for our second annual Winter Family Fun Day.  We will show a short fire safety video along with […]

Novelty Lighters Could be Dangerous Holiday Choice… (video)

December 16th 2015

Novelty Lighters Could be Dangerous Holiday Choice Fire Marshal Says (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, Dec. 16, 2015, orig. Dec. 15, 2014)   Lighters are not toys. It seems like an obvious statement for adults, but for Ferndale Fire Marshal Brian Batten it is a lesson that cannot be stated enough. Even in the Ferndale area […]

Suspected Heart Attack Takes Life…

July 31st 2012

The community is in mourning as news spreads that Donald Gattes, a longtime member of the Department of Public Works, passed away on Sunday in a medical crisis that Fire Chief Kevin Sullivan says was most likely a heart attack.

Ferndale Firefighers Show W. Maplehurst a Good Time

September 27th 2011

Firefighters from the Ferndale Fire Department blocked off the street at Pinecrest for a neighborhood fire truck party. The party was purchased collectively by three families on the block, at a silent auction for Drayton Avenue Co-op Preschool.

Fire Dept Merger Study in progress, Ray Riggs Explains

April 4th 2011

The Ferndale Fire Department and the Hazel Park Fire Department have long been discussing the idea of a merger. In order to make that happen, the cities have enlisted the help of SEMCOG (South East Michigan Council of Governments) and consultant Ray Riggs.

SAFER Grant in Question…

March 13th 2011

With so many variables in the City’s financial future, the Ferndale City Council has decided to delay acceptance of a $851,164 SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant that would allow them to re-hire four laid-off firefighters for a period of two years.

Tools of the Trade in the Ferndale Fire Department

January 12th 2011

When Dennis Warrilow began working at the Ferndale Fire Department nearly 25 years ago, some of the equipment for rescuing people and putting out fires was not as advanced as it is today. But yet, many of the tools of the firefighter’s trade are basics that have saved lives for over a hundred years. At the FPD they use a combination of old school gear, new technology, manpower and a whole lot of water to keep homes and people safe.