Letter to the Editor: Rochester Hills Residents Want a Mayor with Integrity

Negative and divisive flyers and Robo calls sent from the Barnett campaign under false pretenses is very serious lack of judgment which has been indicative of the Barnett administration. The Yalamanchi campaign has verified that the Rochester Hills Fire Chief and the President of the Firefighters Association had no knowledge that the Barnett campaign had PAID to put out such messaging. This type of behavior is reflective of the Barnett's administration of cheap politics and negative … [Read more...]

Everyday Heroes Story time

Come to the Story Room and meet heroes from the Rochester Hills Fire Department, Police Department, and Emergency Services at a story time about their jobs. This event is perfect for all ages, but please register all children attending. Online registration begins Wednesday, June 24. Residents of Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland Township, don’t miss these exciting events at Rochester Hills Public Library. The Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library fund all youth programs. Each … [Read more...]

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


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...]