Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Six Birmingham firefighters climbed more than 1,000 steps at Detroit's Renaissance Center this weekend, raising more than $2,700 for the American Lung Association.
Sweating and wearing 70 pounds of gear, six Birmingham firefighters climbed more than 1,000 steps this weekend. They weren't responding to a fire but they were saving lives: Birmingham's firefighters joined hundreds at Detroit's Renaissance Center on Sunday for the Fight for Air Climb Firefighter Challenge, an annual fundraiser for the American Lung Association. Six firefighters from the Birmingham Firefighters Association, as well as one family member, participated in the challenge, led by team captain Alan Soave. In total, the team raised $2,750 for the American Lung Association, far exceeding their $500 goal. Climbing the stairs on Sunday (with their times) for the Birmingham team were: Overall, participants raised $234,190 during the …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Fire investigators are still unsure what started the fire that caused "substantial" heat and smoke damage to a Birmingham home Tuesday night.
Two Birmingham residents and their dog escaped safely from a house fire that damaged a home on Pilgrim Street Tuesday evening. According to Birmingham Fire Marshal Lyal Bigger, investigators are still unsure what started the fire though officials believe it originated in the kitchen area a little before 8 p.m. on Tuesday. "The fire was coming out the windows by the time we arrived," Bigger said. In total, firefighters from Royal Oak, Southfield, Bloomfield Township and West Bloomfield assisted in fighting the blaze, swarming the home which is located near the intersection of Pilgrim and Redding in the northwest corner of town. When firefighters got there, however, Bigger said said the homeowner, her son and their dog had already gotten out…
Monday, November 19, 2012
The fire began in the rear of a home on the corner of Lincoln and Clark, just outside of downtown Birmingham, around 9 a.m. Monday. The cause is still unknown.
No one was injured — in fact, no one was home — during an early-morning house fire on Lincoln Street Monday morning. According to Capt. John Donohue of the Birmingham Fire Department, the fire occurred at a home at the corner of East Lincoln and Clark around 8:45 a.m. Monday. Donohue said neighbors calling 911 told firefighters flames were erupting from the rear of the house. Firefighters from Birmingham, Bloomfield Township and Royal Oak responded to the fire, though he said Birmingham firefighters were able to extinguish the bulk of the fire before other departments arrived 15 minutes later. Donohue said the house was empty at the time of the fire and while most of the damage was contained to the rear of the house, the rest of the home …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Lyal Bigger, who will work as a part-time assistant fire chief and fire marshal in Birmingham, fills a position that's been vacant for more than a year.
There's a new face at Birmingham's Adams Street Fire Station and he's here to help residents with their fire prevention questions. Lyal Bigger is now installed as Birmingham's new part-time assistant fire chief and fire marshal. Bigger recently retired from the Bloomfield Township Fire Department, after spending 28 years with the department as an assistant fire chief and fire marshal. In Birmingham, the position of fire marshal has been vacant for a year and a half, after 33-year Birmingham veteran and the city's last full-time fire marshal, Charlie Monti, retired from the department in early 2011. Fire Chief Mike Metz said the city decided in 2010 not to hire another full-time fire marshal as part of ongoing budget cuts. Monti's …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Union president hopes the department can move forward on a long-delayed plan to offer ambulance services.
After almost two years of negotiations and arbitration, the Birmingham Firefighters Association has agreed to a stipulated contract through 2014 with the city of Birmingham. This makes the firefighters the final city group to shift its retirement plans to a money-saving defined contribution plan. "By having this last group come on board, we've significantly modified the city's retirement program to eliminate the legacy costs that we've had to deal with," Assistant City Manager Joe Valentine said. The previous contract with the 22-member Birmingham Firefighters Association Local 911 expired in July 2010. The new contract will last through July 2014. According to Valentine, the terms of the stipulated contract are similar to those of the …
Friday, March 16, 2012
According to Assistant Fire Chief John Connaughton, the fire was contained to the kitchen and was extinguished before spreading anywhere else.
Firefighters from the Birmingham Fire Department responded to a second-floor apartment home early Friday morning, extinguishing a cooking fire. According to Assistant Fire Chief John Connaughton, the call came in around 1:03 a.m., with trucks arriving at the residence at 1010 Henrietta three minutes later. The home is a duplex, he said, with the fire originating in the second-floor apartment's kitchen. According to Connaughton, the renter was cooking something on the stove when she fell asleep. Cooking oil ignited, he said, and the fire spread from the back wall to the cabinets. No injuries were reported from residents of either apartments, and Fire Chief Michael Metz noted there was limited smoke damage throughout the building. By closing…
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Three Birmingham firefighters participated in the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb in downtown Detroit Sunday.
Three firefighters from the Birmingham Fire Department — Alan Soave, Mathew Bartalino and Andy Haid — participated in Sunday's Fight for Air Climb Firefighter Challenge in downtown Detroit, benefiting the American Lung Association. According to Paul Wells, president of the Birmingham Firefighters Association, the three raised approximately $2,000 at the climb. The trio joined 22 fire departments from Detroit and the metro area. During the Fight for Air Climb, participants climbed the 1,035 steps of Detroit's Renaissance Center. Many of those participating in the Firefighter Challenge did so with their full gear on — all 70 pounds of it.
Friday, February 3, 2012
At the city's long-range planning meeting on Jan. 21, Fire Chief Mike Metz mentioned purchasing a new fire engine, reserve ambulance and various life-saving equipment.
The Birmingham City Commission held its annual long-range planning session Jan. 21, during which commissioners heard reports from various city departments on what happened in 2011 and what's in store for Birmingham in 2012. Birmingham Patch was there all day, but just in case you missed it, here are some of the highlights about the upcoming year in city government. At the Jan. 21 long-range planning session, Fire Chief Mike Metz presented a list of the Birmingham Fire Department’s projected purchases for the upcoming year, including buying a new power stretcher that could reduce firefighter injuries and replacing a 17-year-old EKG monitor. Metz also spoke of the department’s plans to eventually replace its 15-year-old reserve ambulance as …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
What's going on this weekend around Birmingham? Patch wants to tell you!
There is a lot to do this weekend around Birmingham. Because we know that sometimes making planning decisions can get overwhelming, we are here to help. So far this week, we've discussed: Our pick for today: Birmingham Fire Department Open House Come back to Birmingham Patch tomorrow for more weekend-things-to-do options. Or, visit our Event Calendar here.