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Fire department makes crucial upgrades to equipment


By Scott BolthouseHub Editor

The Huron Township Fire Department has made several much needed upgrades to their equipment, according to Public Safety Director Everette Robbins.

“Each of the upgrades to our fire department were long overdue and very much needed by our staff. As a public safety family, only two things really matter in a time of crisis, one, that our residents are safe, and two, that each one of our firefighters make it home to their families each and every night. We think we have made significant improvements to make sure those things happen,” he said. “Our Fire Department is definitely a department that is on the rise. What Chief Hinojosa has been able to do working side by side with his staff in such a short time has been amazing.”

New equipment slideshow. Photos courtesy of Everette Robbins. 

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A list of the upgraded equipment and costs, courtesy of Public Safety Director Robbins:

  •  Grass fire slide unit. The purpose of this unit is to maneuver into small spaces that a full-size engine cannot reach. This has the ability to spray water or foam. The fire department will benefit from the use of this unit while fighting grass and field fires.
  •  Six brand new self-contained breathing apparatus with 12 air bottles. Complete with 20 AV-3000 masks with voice amplifiers. These are used to assist firefighter breathe in hazardous atmospheres. Each front-line engine is now equipped with two of the new SCBA’s. Previously, Huron Township Firefighters were using SCBA’s that were 1994 compliant.
  •  Ten used SCBA 2007 compliant Self-contained breathing apparatus with 20 air bottles and ten masks. These were purchased through a state bid auction from the City of Rochester Hills. These were purchased for a tenth the cost of a new unit. Our front-line engines now have three of these on each. This now ensures that all Firefighters on each engine have access to an updated SCBA Unit.
  •  SCBA fill station purchased from the City of Romulus at one-fifth of the cost of a new fill station. This gives our firefighters the ability to fill air tanks to capacity in the event of a fire. The previous air tank was unable to fill the SCBA tanks to capacity shortening air time for firefighters inside a hazardous atmosphere.
  •  In January 2017, Huron Township Firefighters were fighting a house fire for more than eight hours in 14-degree weather and 30 mph winds. All of them were wearing boots that were more than 16-years-old, some held together with rubber cement or patching material. The firefighters boots were all filled with water at the end of the incident. 18 pairs of boots were purchased as emergency replacements. A special thank you to the Applefest committee for a major contribution to the purchase of the boots for OUR firefighters.

“We are thinking outside of the box and using every resource available to improve every area of our fire department. Our men and women deserve it as do our residents. If our firefighters can’t protect themselves, then they can help those they protect,” Robbins said.

He continued: “Something that makes me proud is the dedication and selflessness of our fire staff. Not once did a firefighter complain, even in 14-degree weather for eight hours with their boots full of water. They used the tools they were given and got the job done without hesitation to protect our residents. My thanks and appreciation goes out to each and every one of them.”

Dads and daughters dance the night away in Huron Township

Photos courtes of Terri Riopelle/Huron Township Rotary

Photos courtesy of Terri Riopelle/Huron Township Rotary

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor

Hundreds of dads, daughters, grandpas and uncles danced the night away in Huron Township Friday evening during a daddy-daughter dance held in the media center at Huron High School.

The event was sponsored by the Huron Township Rotary.

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“We had just over 400 attendees, two photo booths, pizza, cookies, and DJ Scott Wellman had music piping in 2 rooms,” said Terri Riopelle, rotary member.

“Even though Huron Rotary was the sponsor, the chairperson for this event was Marlene Krause, and the committee was Melanie Shepler, Pam Stano, Terri Riopelle and Linda Spangler. Kudos to the entire team.”

“It was truely a huge success for the rotary, in particular the women of rotary. The women of rotary have a new logo–WRR–Women Rock Rotary,” she said.

The rotary plans to host another daddy-daughter dance next year. Find out more about them at hurontownshiprotary.org.


No-one injured in Thursday evening structure fire

Photos courtesy of Huron Township Department of Public Safety

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor

A structure fire that occurred Thursday evening in the 29400 block of Wedgewood is still under investigation, according to the Huron Township Department of Public Safety.

Public Safety Director Everette Robbins said that no-one was injured in the fire, and that personnel from both the fire and police department responded to the scene.

Just hours earlier Thursday afternoon, the department of public safety announced that they had upgraded several pieces of crucial firefighting equipment recently.

Robbins said that those upgrades came just in time.

“Although you hope you never have to use it, the new equipment provided for our fire staff was utilized right away. They were well prepared and did an outstanding job containing the fire from spreading to other homes in the area. It was a great display of team work,” he said.

Willow Church hosting fried chicken dinner in March

Source: Creative Commons

Source: Creative Commons

Willow United Methodist Church will be hosting a chicken supper on March 8, and all residents in the area are welcome.

The church is located at 36925 Willow Road, New Boston, MI.

The menu will consist of friend chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, biscuits and gravy, cole slaw and dinner rolls.

Coffee, hot tea, milk and dessert will also be served with the meal.

The meal starts at 5:00 p.m. and lasts until sell out. Hungry residents can carry-out food after 4:30 p.m. if they prefer to take some home.

The cost is $10.00 for adults for $5.00 for children 12 and under.

For more information, feel free to contact Willow United Methodist Church at 734-654-9020.

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Detroit Metro Airport invites community to final Master Plan update meeting

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Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is providing the community one last opportunity to share feedback on DTW’s Master Plan Update. The final Public Information Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 2, 2017, at the Wayne County Community College District Downriver Campus. The community is invited to stop by anytime between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to discuss the results of the planning process and recommendations. Airport subject matter experts will deliver brief introductory remarks at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The Master Plan Update is a collaborative effort involving airport users, local businesses and community stakeholders to address the increasing needs of the airport’s customers and surrounding communities over the next 20 years. The final recommendations will guide future development of airport facilities and infrastructure.

“As a result of the Master Plan Update, there will not be any major changes like a runway expansion,” said Airport Authority CEO Joseph Nardone. “However, the work of our Airport Authority team and consultants was critical to helping us understand DTW’s future needs.”

“Throughout this process, we were able to hear from our community partners,” said Airport Authority Deputy Director of Planning Bryant Holt. “We value their opinions and know it’s important to review the Recommended Development Plan with them on March 2 before moving into the next phase.”

Review of the proposed Master Plan Update included two community meetings last year. It is expected the final Master Plan Update will be adopted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) later this year.

Visit the airport’s Master Plan website at www.detroitmetroairportmasterplan.org for the latest information and to leave a comment.

Reasonable auxiliary aids and services, such as signers for the hearing impaired, will be provided at the meeting upon notice to Kristy Exner, via e-mail at kristy.exner@wcaa.us or (734) 247-2223.

Source: Wayne County Airport Authority

Here’s the agenda for this week’s board meeting (updated) 

By Scott BolthouseHub Editor

There will be a regular board meeting on Wednesday evening. 

A previously scheduled and announced special meeting planned for Friday has been cancelled. 

For more information about agenda items, visit the township’s website, where you can view a PDF file linked to each item.

Wednesday’s regular meeting:

Friday’s special meeting: cancelled
This article has been updated.