Over one month after six people were killed and two others injured in a series of random shootings taken place in Kalamazoo County, Meridian Township residents and officials still face the question of how to prepare for potential violent events on the homefront. Meridian Township Fire Chief Fred Cowper is confident of Meridian Township’s advanced planning for violent emergency situations. “You aren’t going to find many townships with the equipment or the training that we have,” Cowper said. “We are well ahead of the curve.”
Cowper explains the Meridian Township Police Department and the Meridian Township Fire Department were awarded over $1,000,000 by the state of Michigan through a grant. Of that, $240,000 of was given to the departments to train for such emergencies, according to Cowper.
Firefighters served up more than food Oct. 10 at the sixth annual pancake breakfast and open house at the fire station at 1296 W. Grand River Ave. The event’s purpose was to teach about fire prevention as part of national fire prevention week. It also raised money for the Williamston Firemen’s Association, said Tony Worth, president of the group. The money buys new equipment for the department and is donated to organizations such as the food bank.
Three Mason firefighters were recognized on Oct. 6 for rescuing a woman from a burning building. At the City Council meeting, firefighters Scott Davidson, Jacob Meyers and Joshua Woodland were asked to accept plaques describing their heroic feat. Mayor Leon Clark presented each plaque to them. Along with the plaque, they were each given a day of the year that Mason would recognize.
MASON—Chief Kerry Minshall presented the Mason Fire Department’s annual report at Monday’s city council meeting. The report documented every fire incident as well as improvements in response time and membership. Minshall said the report helps the fire department reflect on the past year and focus on the future. “We’re always learning and always looking for that continuous improvement,” Minshall said. According to the report, the fire department responded to 174 incidents in 2012.
By Cortni Moore
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
EAST LANSING — The East Lansing Police Captain, MSU Police Sergeant and the East Lansing Fire Marshal can all relate when it comes to the amount of calls they get and problems that arise on game days involving the consumption of alcohol. With six games left of the Spartan football season, three of them being home games including homecoming, public safety officials give tips on how to enjoy game day while staying out of trouble. 1. During the game – Although alcohol isn’t allowed in the stadium, many fans tailgate prior to the game. MSU and East Lansing provide police officers inside of the stadium along with seven first aiders from the East Lansing Fire Department.