Approved: Paging Tower In Clifford Village

Yesterday evening the Clifford Village Council unanimously approved the construction of a fire/EMS paging tower on Village property and advised that construction could begin immediately.

radio_towerHowever, we still need to wait on several federal environmental studies to conclude in the next couple of weeks as well as FCC license modifications.

Motorola will begin ordering the steel and associated equipment for the site and electronics which shouldn’t take too long to come in.

This paging tower will bring much needed coverage to the northernmost portions of the county. We will have the antenna’s pointing in a directional pattern toward the south to cover Clifford, Burlington Township and parts of Rich and North Branch Township’s.

By increasing the coverage footprint in these area’s, the fire departments, medical first responders and Lapeer County EMS ambulances will better be able to receive their calls for service from dispatch. In turn they will be able to get a better response in terms of personnel and timeliness.

Shelter Move: North Branch to Columbiaville

Last week the shelter and generator that we have been using in North Branch since 1996 was lifted and moved to our new paging location in Columbiaville. We’ve moved away from the North Branch site to avoid paying continuing rental fees to American Tower Corporation. This site will also bring improved coverage to the Columbiaville and Otter Lake areas for EMS and fire paging.

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The next steps for the Columbiaville site are to bring electricity to the site, install the equipment and then provide connectivity back to the main system. At this time, it is undetermined how long it will take to get connectivity as we are still working out those details.

Below is an 18 minute video cut of the lifting and setting of the shelter and generator.

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Press Release: Residential Structure Fire Fatality

CITY OF IMLAY CITY FIRE DEPT

PRESS RELEASE, for immediate release

Fatality at a residential structure fire, 20 April 2013 in Imlay City, MI.

At 9:35 AM on 20 April 2013, Lapeer County Central Dispatch (911) received a call from the manager of an apartment complex in the 500 block of Townsend Court in Imlay City. The manager indicated that while checking on a smoke smell in one particular building, they had entered an apartment to check on the furnace. Upon entering the upstairs apartment, they found the apartment blackened by soot, the room temperature very hot and a person on the floor in the living room area. The caller believed the person to be deceased. Lapeer County 911 dispatchers had the caller start evacuating the entire 16 unit, two story building.FireBIG

Lapeer County Central Dispatch immediately sent Imlay City Police, Imlay City Fire Dept (ICFD), Attica Twp FD and Lapeer County EMS to the address for a structure fire. Imlay Police and fire departments arrived on scene within minutes of the call. First on scene responders found the upstairs apartment very hot, a lot of soot in the air and a deceased male in the living room. It was apparent that a fire had occurred in the apartment, but there were no flames showing on arrival. As the police began their investigation, the FD investigated for any extension of the fire into the attic areas and / or attached apartments. No additional fire was found and the displaced residents were allowed to reenter their apartments.

A medical examiner from the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept, as well as a State Police Fire Investigator was requested to the scene. Police then identified the victim as Kenneth Dahn, aged 22 of Imlay City. Mr. Dahn lived in the involved two-bedroom apartment. The exact cause of the victim’s death is undetermined at this time, but fire investigators believe inhalation and asphyxiation is a probability.

A preliminary fire investigation indicates there was a kitchen stove fire with a lot of smoke and carbon particles. The fire appears to have burned upwards from the stove top, through the cupboards, across the ceiling and spread out to the living room. It is believed Mr. Dahn may have been sitting on a living room chair, overcome with smoke and carbon monoxide and perished in the living room.

The investigation continues at this time. The fire is being deemed accidental and fire investigators are still trying to figure out the actual time of the fire and secondly, why the fire went out on its own. It is possible the fire used up all the oxygen, then went out on its own due to a lack of oxygen. There were three (3) smoke detectors in the apartment and one of the smoke detectors was sounding on arrival. An additional fire investigator is being requested for next week and some witnesses may be re-interviewed.

“Compared to the loss of a young man’s life, the fire damage was minimal. Kenny Dahn was a good kid who was known to us on the fire dept. His father and grandfather were both Imlay City Firefighters at a time, years ago, so we knew him from the time he was a little boy. This is a little tougher for us when it is someone you know, some tears were shed at our fire station. Words cannot express what Kenny’s family is going through. Our deepest sympathy to the entire Dahn family.” – Imlay City Fire Chief Kip Reaves
For any additional information, please contact D/Sgt Jason Parks at the Lapeer Co Sheriff’s Dept, detective division

Authority – Imlay City Fire Chief Kip Reaves, 20 April 2013
Contact 810.724.6262

This Week Is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

911_the_number_to_know_bugThis week—April 14-20, 2013—is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. It is designated as a time when citizens can thank public safety men and women who respond to emergency calls and dispatch emergency professionals and equipment during times of crisis. Americans can show gratitude to 9-1-1 calltakers, dispatchers, technicians that maintain radio and emergency phone systems, communications staff trainers, communications center personnel, and other public safety telecommunications staff across the country who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to help you during emergencies.

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Severe Weather Notification Options

 

Severe Weather Awareness Week – Tip #3

  1. Purchase a NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio with S.A.M.E. (specific area message encoding) capabilities. This feature allows you to enter only those counties you want to get weather alerts for. Some local stores carry these radios. You can also order them online. They range in price from $35 – $50 depending on the additional features you want (i.e. AM/FM radio, etc.). You can also research them prior to your purchase by going on to YouTube. These devices work like an AM/FM radio…if you get it home and cannot find a channel were you hear a computerized weather person speaking, then you may need a different radio or an external antenna. Don’t hesitate to call the Lapeer County Emergency Management Office at 810-667-0242 prior to purchasing one and we will be glad to help you.lapeer radar.jpg
  2. Another great source for early warning notifications are smartphone applications. Here are just a few examples (in no particular order):http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/tornado-app
    http://www.abc12.com/weather (browse the page until you find an option that says “download weather alert app to your phone”.)
    http://www.wnem.com/weather (browse the page until you find an option that says “download weather alert app to your phone”.)
    http://www.minbcnews.com/weather (browse the page until you find an option that says “download weather alert app to your phone”.)
  3. Tornado sirens. These are an “outdoor” warning device. If you cannot hear your community’s tornado siren on the first Saturday of each month (April – October) at 1:00pm, then please consider purchasing a weather radio.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact the Lapeer County Emergency Management Office at 810-667-0242.

Stay safe and stay dry!

Filling Sandbags, Stacking Sandbags & Building A Levee

Flood Wates Effect Areas Throughout ArkansasSevere Weather Awareness Week – Tip #2

Filling Sandbags, Stacking Sandbags & Building A Levee

Should you need to protect your home from flood waters, purchasing sandbags is the most cost effective method, but you can also purchase self-inflating sand bags – they look like a flat pillow and when they come in contact with water, they expand absorbing almost 40lbs of water. You build a levee with them just as you would with sandbags (without all the physical strains). It’s a bit more expensive, but an option for a person that may not be physically fit to fill sandbags.

Sandbag filling Procedures PDF

As you will read on page 3 – item #1, there are a lot of great video resources on YouTube relating to this as well.

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If you have any questions, or need additional information on something, please don’t hesitate to contact the Lapeer County Emergency Management Office at 810-667-0242.

Stay dry!

It’s Here! Spring Has Finally Arrived!

1200669813O0PEfKSevere Weather Awareness Week – Tip #1

Along with the arrival of green grass and beautiful flowers, unfortunately also comes the chance for severe weather.

That is why the State of Michigan has declared April 7th through the 13th Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Attached are a few items from the American Red Cross that will help you get started on your planning.

Safe and Well Fact Sheet

Power outages

Pet Safety