Frankenmuth FD assists Bridgeport on fatal house fire
The Frankenmuth Fire Department answered calls for an illegal burn, a vehicle fire and a pair of medical assists last week.
At 5:21am Tuesday, October 6, the FFD was requested to assist MMR Ambulance Service and the Frankenmuth Police at Medilodge, 500 West Genesee Street, for a medical incident involving a resident. FFD Chief Phil Kerns said Squad 4 responded with four personnel; seven reported to the station. They cleared 20 minutes later.
At 2:15pm Saturday, October 10, Saginaw County Central Dispatch 911 summoned the local fire department for an illegal burn inside the city limits, in the 900 block of West Tuscola Street.
FFD Captain Doug Van Wormer said a resident was burning hedge trimmings in a barrel, causing smoke to be emitted in the vicinity. Engine 1 and Squad 4 responded and a crew assisted in helping the resident extinguish the fire with a garden hose. A total of 17 firefighters responded and cleared within 15 minutes of the call.
Van Wormer warned the resident of burning regulations and was given information on the city’s weekly yard waste curbside collection program.
use of the odors emitted from open burning and the close density of homes, outdoor burning is not permitted within the city limits. The city has a robust collection system giving residents realistic options to dispose of yard waste and brush versus having to burn it,” Kerns stated.
Shortly after 7am Sunday, October 11, the FFD was called for a vehicle fire in the 300 block of West Schleier Street.
FFD Crew Leader Eric MacKinnon said upon arrival the engine compartment of the four-door sedan was fully engulfed and Engine 1 and Engine 2 crews doused the fire. A nearby vehicle did not appear to have damage as a result of the nearby flames.
MacKinnon said the vehicle owner parked the car after driving from Genesee County and immediately saw flames near the headlights when she exited the vehicle.
The crews were on the scene for 45 minutes. Seven firefighters reported to the fire hall.
The 109th run of 2020 took place at 9am Monday, October 12, when the FFD was called to assist MMR and the FPD in the 6000 block of South Dehmel Road for a medical assist.
FFD Fire Prevention Officer Ethan Crichton said Squad 4 responded and the crew cleared before 9:30am. A total of 11 fire personnel traveled to the station.
Last night, the FFD and Frankenmuth Police held a joint graduation ceremony to recognize the recently-graduated FPD reserve officers and two FFD firefighters that passed their state certification requirements to be firefighters.
Following graduation, FFD met with the Saginaw & Tuscola County Medical Control Authority representatives to review updates on the COVID-19 pandemic and assists to the limited medical responses the department is called upon from time to time. So far this year, FFD has assisted eight times for such calls, compared to 13 last year, Kerns pointed out.