Grand Rapids Fire Department

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

Nov 24, 2015

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