Fire chiefs seek rules for disposal of risky firefighting foam

By MAXWELL EVANS
Capital News Service

LANSING — Fifteen years ago, “way before anyone knew” about the dangers of the PFAS chemicals within, the Walker Fire Department purchased a stash of firefighting foam from the Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids to be used during training. Now, roughly 100 gallons of foam purchased from the airport — stored in plastic in an unused building — have nowhere to go, said Walker Fire Chief Bob Walker. That makes it crucial that a bill package to limit the use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams sets up a clear disposal mechanism for the materials, some fire chiefs say. PFAS chemicals are linked to cancer, immune system dysfunction and issues with child development, according to the National Institutes of Health. They were included in firefighting foams used on fuel or petroleum fires, said Pat Parker, the fire chief of the Grand Traverse Metro Emergency Services Authority.

First-ever female Scout group co-hosts pancake breakfast

Young Scouts—including the first cohort of a female Scout group in Okemos—were put to work early Saturday morning at 2|42 Church, 2600 Bennett Road in Meridian Township, greeting hungry faces at the door and serving empty bellies hot pancakes.

Ted Ferris, a former Scoutmaster of Troop 164 in Okemos, said leadership training is a big part of Scouts, and young members run most of the events.

Update to ‘Move Over Law’ in Michigan

A $400 fine? That is what Michigan is preparing to give out to drivers who display reckless driving behavior on the road, or, according to Captain Doug Monette of the MSU Police Department, is the opposite of, “Showing due care and caution on the road.” This update is to further ensure the safety of emergency personnel doing their jobs on the highways and streets of Michigan. It comes because after a dozen Michigan State police cars have been in accidents this year alone. Now, drivers must slow down ten miles per hour below the posted speed limit as well as merging over a lane when approaching emergency vehicles.

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Ingham County introduces text 9-1-1

‘Call if you can, text if you can’t’ is the new motto at the Ingham County 9-1-1 Central Dispatch. Ingham County became the 49th county in Michigan to enact the new service. Residents can now text 9-1-1 if they are in an emergency situation where they are unable to hear or speak. Lance Langdon, director for Ingham County 9-1-1, said communicating through the telephone and speaking in an emergency is most important, but also that text-9-1-1 should provide an addition support to those who can’t speak. “It could be something we talked about like a health-related problem, someone’s choking and they can’t speak, so their only option is to put a text message through,” said Langdon.

WATCH: Coverage on President Bush’s funeral, Amazon explosion and more

This week on the Spartan News Update: Former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral was today with over 3,000 people in attendance. Additionally, Amazon has a bear repellant fall and explode leaving 54 people injured. In more positive news, the Meridian Township Fire Department found a new way to recover patients from cardiac arrests. Please watch for more information.

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