Friday, June 22, 2012
The new camera will assist firefighters searching for smoke or bodies during emergency operations.
When an emergency strikes, having the right tools can mean a matter of life or death for members of the Dexter Area Fire Department. On Wednesday, the department received a $10,000 donation from ITC Holdings Corp., a Novi-based electrical company, to purchase a brand new thermal imaging camera to add to its arsenal. "We are extremely grateful for ITC's generous donation," DAFD chief Lauren Yates said. "A thermal imaging camera is an extraordinary piece of safety equipment and will help us further our efforts to protect our citizens and our personnel responding to their needs." Lt. Michael Grissom said the camera protects both firefighters and homeowners by detecting heat signatures quicker, thus preventing significant structural damage …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The alleged collision took place at the crosswalk near Monument Park on Thursday afternoon.
First responders were dispatched to Dexter-Ann Arbor Road near Monument Park in response to a vehicle accident involving a bicyclist on Thursday afternoon. According to Capt. Don Dettling of the Dexter Area Fire Department, at approximately 4:05 p.m., an SUV turning westbound onto Main Street from Baker Road allegedly collided with a female bicyclist and her child. "Both the woman and her child were wearing helmets and both were alert and conscious when we talked to them," Dettling said. Dettling said minor injuries were reported. The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, and Huron Valley Ambulance also responded to the scene. "It's unknown if anyone was transported to the hospital," Dettling said.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Dexter Township Board directed its Public Safety Advisory Committee to draft a proposal to bring to the board for its June 19 meeting.
Dexter Township residents may be asked to vote for a public safety millage to help fund a permanent fire station and an outdoor tornado warning system in the township during the general election in November. The township board directed Dominic Tregalia, chairman of the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), to draft a proposal outlining how much it would cost to fund a permanent fire station in the township during its meeting on Tuesday. "I think a permanent substation is in the best interest of this community," Tregalia said. "The run data shows that having the temporary substation has been effective and the response time has greatly been reduced. I know that I'm thankful if I have an emergency, someone will respond right away." In 2010…
Monday, April 16, 2012
More than 300 animals were killed in a barn fire on the Welshan family farm last week.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
No injuries were reported from a fire that broke out west of Ann Arbor on Wednesday morning.
Firefighters from Chelsea, Dexter, Scio Township and Manchester responded to an early morning fire on Wednesday that destroyed a family barn. According to Ann Arbor.com, the barn was located at Scio Church Road near Parker Road and was filled with livestock. Firefighters have not determined how many livestock were in the barn when the fire broke out. There are six buildings located on the property and at least two of them were damaged, Chief James Payeur of the Chelsea Area Fire Authority told the News. A family of five lived in the home, which was scorched in the back, close to the barn. Firefighters said at least one propane tank located in the back of the barn exploded during the fire. No injuries were reported. This story will be …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
The council is expected to vote on a resolution of support for the regional fire department at its March 12 meeting.
For the second time this month, the name of a proposed regional fire department in Dexter was met with mixed response from Dexter Village Council trustees. Officials in Dexter and the surrounding townships — Webster, Scio and Dexter townships — have been in negotiations for the past two years to develop a plan to merge Scio and Dexter's departments into one unit. One issue that has continually stalled the village's decision to press forward, however, involves changing the name of the proposed department from the Dexter Area Fire Department (DAFD) to Washtenaw Fire and Rescue. During Monday's village council meeting, Trustee Jim Carson, who has remained vocal in his opposition to a name change, expressed frustration with "a lack of …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Dexter Area Fire Department members say remaining a regional fire department would be costly.
Concerns over a proposed consolidation of the Dexter Village and Scio Township fire departments were brought before the village council during their regular meeting on Monday. Two salient issues addressed by members of the Dexter Area Fire Department (DAFD) included frustrations over a departmental name change and issues related to staffing a regional department. "We feel that without a plan to merge 45 employees from two different departments and different personalities, it sets this whole thing up for failure," Jason Hilberer, president of the Dexter Firefighters Association said. "Everything we've read shows that all decisions in this proposed consolidation would default back to a chief, who hasn't been appointed yet." Trustee Paul …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Dexter Village and three surrounding municipalities are moving closer to an agreement for a regional fire department.