Thursday, January 10, 2013
The new cost recovery system could mean $800,000 in recouped funds to the city's coffers.
A new program implemented at the Dearborn Fire Department will help to recoup as much as $800,000 in costs annually associated with emergency medical runs. According to the department, Dearborn firefighters went on 11,041 calls in 2012. Of their annual runs, around 8,000 are EMT runs—meaning that the call is medical in nature. And of those EMT runs, around 2,000 are what is known as “treatment, no transport” runs, which is where a team responds to a call but does not end up taking the person in question to a hospital. “What we were looking to do was come up with a reimbursement rate for those types of services,” Fire Chief Joseph Murray explained to the Dearborn City Council at a meeting in November. Costs for TNT runs would be billed at a…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Players hit the ice at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11.
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Wednesday, January 9
The public can show support for the good work done by the members of the Dearborn Police Department and the Dearborn Fire Department—and get their hockey fix—during a charity game at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center. The annual friendly rivalry raises money for the Dearborn Police Charities and the Dearborn Firefighter Burn Drive. The hockey game could also be a good refresher for those anticipating the start of the NHL’s abbreviated professional season in the coming days. Admission is by donation, and the charity event will also feature a 50/50 drawing and raffle. The DISC is located at 14900 Ford Road.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Expect to hear news on the possible consolidation by the end of the month.
A decision could come as early as the end of 2012 as to whether or not the City of Dearborn’s Fire Department will partner with Melvindale. Fire Chief Joseph Murray this week told Dearborn City Council that the merger is being decided upon alongside union contract negotiations, which are expected to tie up within the next week as members of the Firefighters Local 412 take their contract to a vote. “We’ve been talking with unions for the last few weeks to see where they’re at with it and come up with mutually beneficial agreements,” Murray told Patch. The plan, originally presented in September, would result in a presentation to City Council that will detail what the process would entail, and how the result would or would not benefit both …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Toys will be delivered on Dec. 18.
Dearborn firefighters got to be Santa's elves for a day as they shopped at Toys 'R' Us for their annual toy donation. The Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive, which supports area families in need due to a fire or other circumstances, each year gives toys to local children to ensure that all of them have a good Christmas. This year, firefighters will donate the toys on Dec. 18. Learn more about the Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive on their website.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Santa Claus came to Dearborn this weekend.
Santa Claus was at the Dearborn Fire Department Fire Safety House this weekend—and we've got the photos to prove it! Check out our shots from Santa's visit with local kids at Fire Station No. 2, and add your own photos by clicking on the "Upload Photos and Video" button."
Friday, November 30, 2012
Meet Santa, grab some holiday goodies and see the Dearborn Fire Department trucks.
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Friday, November 30, 2012
Santa is coming to town! More specifically, to the Dearborn Fire Department’s Fire Safety House The annual Santa at the Smokehouse fundraiser will be held on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1. Santa will arrive by ladder truck at 6 p.m. both nights. He will stay until 8 p.m. The Fire Safety House is next to Fire Station No. 2, located at 19750 Outer Drive. This holiday event includes a picture with Santa and a tour of the Fire Safety House, along with winter favorites of cookies and hot chocolate. No one will leave empty handed as every child will receive a coloring book and balloon. The festivities are free, but donations will be accepted. All proceed will benefit the Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive and help firefighters purchase toys…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Around 4,000 DTE customers were without power for 4-12 hours after a van parked near a power substation caught fire in west Dearborn.
11 p.m.: Power appears to be restored to all Dearborn homes and businesses affected by the outage Thursday. The restoration efforts—aided by dozens of DTE workers—happened in phases. Some regained power as early as 1 p.m.; the last blocks waited until after 10 p.m. for their lights and heat to come back on. The buzzing of generators could be heard coming from many Dearborn homes. The cause of the van fire that spurred the outages was still unknown Thursday night. 4:20 p.m.: Around 2,000 Dearborn homes and businesses were still without power late Thursday afternoon after a fire resulted in an outage that morning. According to DTE representatives, power has been restored to 2,000 of the 4,000 customers who originally lost power. "We should …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
A donation of 30 teddy bears was made to the Dearborn police and fire departments.
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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Who isn’t comforted by a teddy bear? And if you're a child in a stressful situation, a stuffed animal can be an emotional life-saver. Thanks to the Knights of Columbus Bishop Foley Council 2660, the Dearborn Police and Fire departments will now have 30 teddy bears to give to children after house fires, auto accidents or other traumas. Fire Chief Joseph Murray, Mayor Jack O'Reilly and Police Chief Ronald Haddad accepted the bears this month on behalf of the city. This is the 13th year in a row that the KofC has donated the stuffed toys.
Monday, November 5, 2012
The Dearborn Fire Department responded to the fire around 1:30 p.m. Monday.
A fire destroyed the garage of an east Dearborn home on Monday. Reports of smoke coming from a garage came in to the Dearborn Fire Department around 1:30 p.m. Firefighters responded from stations 1, 3 and 4 at to battle the blaze at the home on Esper Boulevard near the intersection of Appoline Street. The fire began in the ranch-style home's attached garage. Firefighters were able to stop the fire's spread into the house; however, the garage was destroyed. No one was injured.
The Advanced Life Support level of service is now available on all the department's trucks.
Joint efforts by the Dearborn Fire Department administration and Dearborn Firefighters Local 412 will mean that firefighters can bring the emergency room to the emergency scene, the department recently announced. The department's ladder trucks have been upgraded to provide Advanced Life Support services—adding life-saving treatments capabilities such as medication administration, IV fluids, cardiac electrical therapy, intubation and advanced airway procedures. With the upgrade, all of the department's trucks are ALS certified; concurrently, all but one of the department's employees are certified as paramedics—thus capable of treating victims of fire in emergency circumstances. The effort has been about a year in the making, said union …