Op-Ed on Proposal Against Increasing Fire Millage

Please Note: The following is an opinion/editorial letter from former Rochester Hills City Councilman Ravi Yalamanchi regarding the proposed fire millage that will be on the upcoming ballot in November. These opinions are his own and should in no way be considered an endorsement by Rochester Media, but rather to show our continuing commitment to presenting all sides of a story and/or issue. You can read former Rochester Hills City Councilman Scot Beaton’s Pro stance on the issue here. … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills EMS celebrates 10 years of excellence

Hills firefighters delivered this baby at a home in January.

The Rochester Hills Fire Department is celebrating 10 years of providing full-time emergency medical services transport. Prior to that, the department depended on private EMS agencies for ambulance service. “Having responded to more than 31,000 patients, while maintaining a 98-percent customer service satisfaction rating, speaks to our team’s commitment to providing superior service to our residents,” says Fire Chief Ron Crowell. During that time, the department has reduced response … [Read more...]

Kindling a passion for safety: Rochester Hills Fire Department celebrates Fire Prevention Week Oct. 7-14

Chris Kraft and Nick Birchmeier stand with a Rochester Hills Fire Department fire engine as the nationally celebrated Fire Prevention Week Oct. 7-14 approaches.

By Jen Bucciarelli The Rochester Hills Fire Department kicks off Fire Prevention Week as they host their annual Emergency Apparatus Display Friday, Oct. 12 from 7-9 p.m. followed by fire station open houses on Sunday, Oct. 14 from noon-4 p.m. This year’s theme is “Be Rabbit Ready.” Since rabbits build burrows with two exits, the theme hopes to teach children to know two ways out of every room if there is a fire. “It (will) heighten fire safety, prevention and awareness and … [Read more...]

FREE Kids Day in the Park

Come out to Bloomer Park for an afternoon of fun! Spend the afternoon checking out both the Rochester and Rochester Hills Fire Department trucks and ambulance. See Sparky the Dog!  Have the kids learn fire safety with the safe house.  See the Rochester Hills Fire Department challenge each other in the water ball challenge! See the Oakland County Sheriffs vehicles and get an I.D. Kit for your children. Kids can bring their bikes and helmets to get inspected and to learn bike safety … [Read more...]

Hills man rescued from Clinton River

A driver was rescued from the chilly Clinton River early Thursday morning after a car skidded off the road. Rochester Hills Fire Chief Ron Crowell said that shortly after midnight, his department and Oakland County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report that  a car had skidded into the river with a Rochester Hills man inside. Fire crews using specialist suits to protect them from the frigid water entered the river and were able to safely rescue the man through the back window and … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills firefighters deliver healthy baby girl

Pictured with the Govern family are (from left) Justin Boks, Andrew Matz, Doug Quaine and David Kopko

When Jewel Govern had her first baby four years ago, it took 15 hours of labor to arrive. Things went a bit differently Jan. 5, when baby number two arrived just an hour into labor and with the help of Rochester Hills firefighters. Fortunately, Govern and her family live very close to the main fire station off Livernois. Firefighter/paramedics arrived in just a few minutes, prompting Jewel’s husband Steve to ask a few days later: “Did you guys slide down a pole or something? How did you … [Read more...]

Hills firefighters go pink

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October is not only Fire Prevention Month; it is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Rochester Hills firefighters have joined numerous departments across the country in their efforts to raise awareness of the disease. For the month of October, the department traded its traditional uniform for pink shirts with a special logo, a breast cancer ribbon in the center of their department crest. “The color pink has become symbolic of breast cancer awareness,” said Mayor Bryan Barnett. “Many … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree Safety From The Rochester Hills Fire Department

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A Christmas tree, even one treated to be flame-retardant, is capable of burning explosively, spreading the fire throughout your home quickly. Following the Christmas tree safety recommendations below will help prevent this tragedy from occurring in your home! Choose Your Tree Carefully! A live tree which can be planted after Christmas will be more likely to stay fresh throughout the season than a cut tree. Choose a healthy one and water it moderately while in the house. When choosing a … [Read more...]

Change Your Clocks—Change Your Batteries

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There is a lot that we can do to keep our homes and families safe from fire and in future articles we’ll expand on the most prevalent home fire hazards but for now we’d like to present some details about one of the single most life saving devices you can have in your home---Smoke Alarms. Here are some tips from the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association to better protect homes: Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home (including the basement), outside each … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Fire Department and Buffalo Wild Wings Give Back!

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The family pet, whether it is a dog or a cat, is just as much a part of the family as the rest of you are.  The Rochester Hills Fire Department could not agree more with that statement.  That is why they recently held a fundraiser to aquire two new oxygen masks for animals.  When Nancy Butty, The Fire Public Education Specialist for the Rochester Hills Fire Department, received a phone call from Melissa Jones, the Marketing Coordinator for Buffalo Wild Wings in Rochester Hills, they … [Read more...]