Fire departments represented by Michigan Association of Fire Fighters (MAFF) are hosting events throughout September and October in honor of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, 2019. Fire Prevention Week is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 8-9,1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). This year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fire prevention week theme is “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and Practice your Escape.” Visit National Fire Protection Association website for fire safety prevention tips.

Local Fire Prevention public events include:

  • Augusta Charter Township Fire Department Open House
    Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
    Location: 10985 Whittaker Rd., Whittaker, MI 48190
    Contact: (734) 461-9500 or www.augustatownship.org
    Fire trucks and Huron Valley Ambulance will be on display. The event will also feature a smoke house where adults and children can learn fire safety, spray the fire hose and knock down a pretend fire. Augusta Township Fire Pup will visit the children. There will be free food and drink, literature and coloring books, and raffles for gift cards and other items donated by community businesses.
  • Burton Fire Department Open House
    Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
    Location: Fire Station 2 - Department Headquarters, 1320 S. Belsay Rd., Burton, MI 48509
    Contact: (810) 742-2158
    Event featured an obstacle course, Stop, Drop & Roll presentation and vehicle extrication demonstration. Enjoy free hot dogs, chips and face painting for kids. Meet firefighters, tour the station and trucks, receive free smoke detectors and batteries, fire safety handouts and view a reflective sign demonstration.
  • Chelsea Area Fire Authority Fire Safety for Children
    Time:
    Week of Oct. 6-12, 2019 National Fire Prevention Week
    Location:
    Area schools, daycares and churches including: North Creek Elementary, South Meadows Elementary, Lambs of Our Savior Christian Preschool and Chelsea Preschool.
    Contact:
    (734) 475-8755
    Fire safety instruction is geared toward children focusing on Stop, Drop & Roll; how to recognize smoke in house; having an outdoor family meeting place; navigating cell phones for emergency use; not looking for pets; opening or breaking windows and throwing stuffed animals outside to help firefighters find trapped individuals; placing blankets in front of cracks of door and not hiding during fires. Others interested in scheduling a fire safety event at their location should call the phone number listed above.
  • Chelsea Area Fire Authority Open House
    Time: Noon - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019
    Location: 200 W. Middle St.
    Contact: (734) 475-8755
    The event will feature a smoke house with a video playing inside for children to watch which teaches them how to crawl and get out of the house safely. Also featured are bounce houses, a petting zoo, jaws of life for children to cut cars, spray fire hose, face painting, balloon animals, fire truck tours, Red Cross and Huron Valley Ambulance on scene, popcorn, doughnuts and cider.
  • Clay Township Fire Department Safety Tikes at Clay Township Park
    Time:
    12-3 p.m. Sat. Oct. 26, 2019
    Location:
    4768 Pointe Tremble Rd., Clay Township, MI 48001
    Contact:
    Cindy at (810) 794-9320.
    The event will feature Paw Patrol characters Chase, Marshall and Skye. There will be safety illustrations for children to color and Paw Patrol-related prizes.
  • Flat Rock Fire Department Fire Safety Events @ Flat Rock area schools
    Time: October-November 2019
    Location: Ethel Bobcean Elementary, John Barnes Elementary, Summit Academy, Thomas Simpson Middle School, Community Lutheran Church Pre-School and other public and private schools and Home School groups as requested.
    Contact: Flat Rock Firefighter Tim Webb at (734) 341-1957
    The fire department conducts fire safety assemblies for older children and fire safety classroom presentations for public and private preschools and elementary schools. Call Tim Webb above to schedule a presentation.

Local Executive Board Members and Local Stewards are encouraged to attend free fall Grievance Seminars on Fridays at the MAFF Office.

The Seminars, conducted by MAFF Executive Director Fred Timpner, will provide valuable information about key grievance issues. Two fall seminars are scheduled Sept. 20 and Oct. 25, 2019. The Sept. 20 seminar will focus on Contract Interpretation. Discipline will be the topic at Oct. 25 seminar. Seminars begin at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served. Details can be found on the website Calendar.

Please register as soon as possible as space is limited to 12 people. Call Julie Palmquist at (248) 509-7160, ext. 231 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michigan Association of Police Organizations (MAPO) recently sent a letter urging Governor Gretchen Whitmer and mapothe state legislature to come up with a budget deal generating over $2 billion to fix Michigan roads.

The letter discourages reductions in General Fund revenue to fix roads, which reduces funding to public safety and first responders. A proposed change in the sales tax on fuel could cause an additional $200 million loss to General Fund revenue, according to MAPO.

Click here to view MAPO’s Road Budget Recommendation.

By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor

While some people are concerned about what they post, text and otherwise share online, just as many view this as their First Amendment right to freedom of speech. No matter your view on the subject, legal advisors for MAFF are urging members to think twice before posting or texting anything sexual, racial or even political.

“You have a First Amendment right to say whatever you want to, but you don’t have a constitutional right to your job,” said MAFF Legal Counsel Catherine Farrell.

Public Employees should understand specific restrictions detailed in their contracts. “Look to the CBA to make sure you don’t violate it,” said Farmington Hills Attorney Arthur J. Weiss, who joined Farrell in a Social Media discussion with Union members during the Annual Open House in December.

Weiss recounted a case in which a Detective was accused of hitting on a witness and complainant. “There was nothing in the CBA for sexting, however it was clear the department could discipline him if they thought it was warranted,” Weiss said.

In an effort to support the dedicated men and women in public service careers, Cleary University is offering the clearylogoCourage and Public Service Tuition Program, an exclusive pricing opportunity for all undergraduate and graduate programs. Taking into account the sacrifices and courage it takes to be a public service employee, Cleary’s tuition program provides online and flexible evening classes and allows up to 90 transfer credits. Attend classes at one of Cleary’s three convenient locations: Howell, Detroit, or Ann Arbor. Click here for more about programs and degrees.