Grand Rapids Fire Department

Grand Rapids Fire Department accept framed copy of 1974 Emergency Medical Services Week proclamation signed by President Gerald R. Ford.
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As part of Emergency Medical Services Week, the Grand Rapids Fire Department and it Emergency Medical Services was honored Thursday at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum with a copy of President Gerald R. Ford’s 1974 proclamation.

“President Ford was always a champion for those who served to protect our communities; the fire, the police, EMS providers and first responders.”

In 1974 President Gerald R. Ford signed a proclamation Emergency Medical Services Week. It reinforced the need at the time to improve emergency medical care.

The Grand Rapids Fire Department wants to let community residents know that the smoke detectors installed by the department are “not” part of a nationwide recall.

“The smoke detectors we have installed through our program, are not affected by the recall from kidde.”

That’s Grand Rapids Fire Department Lt., William Smith.  He says the fire department wants to assure residents that the one’s the department installed are safe and ok to keep. But residents should be vigilant and double check the smoke detectors they have in their home.

The Grand Rapids Fire Department is warning residents to beware of a telemarketing scam that uses their name.  Officials with the department say don’t be fooled by telemarketers trying to get money over the phone.

“This isn’t uncommon. This happens from time to time, but as soon as we hear about it, we want to let citizenry know, that these are not operations that we’re involved in and most likely is some sort of criminal activity that’s going on.”

That’s Lieutenant William Smith, the Public Information Officer with the Grand Rapids Fire Department.

The Grand Rapids Residential Safety Program is being expanded thanks to a federal grant awarded to the Grand Rapids Fire Department. 

“You know it’s colorless, it’s odor less and carbon monoxide can incapacitate you very quickly and you’re not even aware it’s happening.”

Authorities say a man ran from a security guard and sprayed a fire extinguisher at him during a major fire at a northern Michigan ski resort.

The Petoskey News-Review  says David Soltysiak has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. Twelve people were injured early Sunday in a fire at the main lodge at Boyne Highlands, including a man who remains in critical condition.

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The City of Grand Rapids is celebrating a recent achievement of The Grand Rapid Fire Department.

It’s one of only a handful of departments to achieve International Accreditation status.

The Commission on Fire Accreditation International made the unanimous decision .

"It’s huge news for the Grand Rapids Fire Department; we’ve been working on this for about 15 months." 

Grand Rapids City Communications Director Steve Guitar says the GRFD's recent achievement is a really big deal.

Fire truck alert app for drivers piloted in Michigan

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A new app being tested in Grand Rapids warns drivers to the presence of emergency vehicle traffic.