Amtrak train strikes pair of pedestrians in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, MI - Two pedestrians were struck by an Amtrak train Sunday evening, with one suffering critical injuries, officials said. The collision occurred around 7 p.m., June 5 on the railroad bridge directly south of Mitchell Field, according to the Ann Arbor Fire Department. One suffered critical injuries, while the other suffered what was deemed serious injuries, officials said. Both are recovering from their injuries, the Ann Arbor Police Department said on Monday, June 6. “This was a near double fatal incident,” Ann Arbor Fire Department officials said in a Facebook message.mlive.com
Ann Arbor firefighters burn house to be demolished for development
ANN ARBOR, MI — For anyone who noticed flames and smoke coming from a house off South Main Street in the last couple days, there’s no reason to be alarmed — that was just an Ann Arbor Fire Department training exercise. And it signals a big new development coming.mlive.com
Raging truck fire on I-94 caught on firefighter’s helmet camera
ANN ARBOR, MI – A helmet camera that’s part of a new Ann Arbor Fire Department training program recorded firefighters extinguishing a raging truck fire along I-94 on Sunday. Firefighters were recorded at about 4 p.m. May 15, arriving at the scene of a vehicle fire reported along westbound I-94 near State Street, according to a video released by the Ann Arbor Fire Department. The cause of the fire was deemed to be a mechanical failure inside the truck’s engine compartment, Ann Arbor Fire Chief Mike Kennedy said. The entire cab of the truck was destroyed in the fire and the truck was declared a total loss, Kennedy said. The Pittsfield Township Fire Department and Scio Township Fire Department assisted at the scene of the truck fire in blocking traffic along I-94 for safety.mlive.com
Ann Arbor Fire Department issues new warning after teen jumps from bridge and drowns
A tragedy happened in the Huron River after teenager Alex Walker jumped off a bridge and drowned, prompting a new warning from the Ann Arbor Fire Department. Walker was just a sophomore in high school who was with a larger teen group Wednesday (May 11).
How Ann Arbor plans to recruit more minority police and firefighters
ANN ARBOR, MI — Erin Atkins and Jamal Randle are two of the newest faces at the Ann Arbor Fire Department. Both in their 20s and still learning the ropes, they’re eager to begin their careers in firefighting, and they have a new city program to thank for getting their start.mlive.com
Green substance leaking in Ann Arbor building has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day, officials say
Fire crews were called at 8:07 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2022, to a high rise in the 1100 block of S. University Avenue for a reported hazmat situation after a green substance was seen leaking inside the building, according to the Ann Arbor Fire Department.mlive.com
1 dead, 1 seriously injured in crash near Ann Arbor
WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - A crash just outside Ann Arbor Saturday afternoon resulted in one person’s death and another’s serious injury, officials said. Firefighters responded at 1:08 p.m., Nov. 27 to the 3300 block of West Liberty Road near Lakeview Avenue in Scio Township just west of Ann Arbor, said Chief Mike Kennedy of the Ann Arbor Fire Department. The Ann Arbor Fire Department responded first, but when it was determined the crash occurred in Scio Township, the township fire department took over the scene, officials said. The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office released an alert Saturday at 2:21 p.m. saying the area around Liberty Road and Lakeview Avenue was closed. Read more from The Ann Arbor News:What are you grateful for during COVID?mlive.com
Crews battle blaze at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, MI – Multiple fire crews from across Washtenaw County responded to a three-alarm fire inside Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor Tuesday afternoon. “Firefighters did outstanding work with this very challenging fire,” said Ann Arbor Fire Chief Mike Kennedy. Our firefighters performed flawlessly.”Multiple fire crews from the surrounding area assisted at the scene including the Ann Arbor Township Fire Department, Scio Township Fire Department, Pittsfield Township Fire Department, Superior Township Fire Department, Saline Area Fire Department and the Northfield Township Fire Department. The University of Michigan Division of Safety and Security, Michigan Medicine security and staff, the Ann Arbor Police Department, HART Huron Valley, assisted at the scene as well. Developers unveil plans for 47 homes on wooded land outside Ann ArborPolice believe 6 downtown Ann Arbor business break-ins are connectedAnn Arbor library creates self-guided walking tour of historically Black neighborhoodmlive.com
20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks commemorated at these Washtenaw County events
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Washtenaw County-area organizations are preparing events and memorials to give local residents a chance to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. ANN ARBORThe Ann Arbor Fire Department will be hosting a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 11, in front of Fire Station 1, located at 111 North Fifth Avenue in Ann Arbor. The University of Michigan Young Americans for Freedom chapter will be placing flags on the campus Diag on Sept. 11. YPSILANTIEastern Michigan University will be holding its annual 9/11 Ceremony of Remembrance. Eastern Michigan University’s 9/11 memorial features a 14-foot steel beam that was originally part of the World Trade Center.mlive.com
Ann Arbor Muffler fire suspected to have started in a vehicle
ANN ARBOR, MI - Crews in Ann Arbor responded to a structure fire Monday morning at a local auto care shop. Engines 1- 3 of the Ann Arbor Fire Department were alerted at 6:12 a.m. on Monday, July 5 for an automatic fire alarm at Ann Arbor Muffler at 2333 Jackson Ave., according to the department. Engine 1-3 arrived to find a commercial structure fire with heavy fire showing from one of the service bays. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire, according to the department, which was suspected to have started in one of the vehicles and spread to the building. More from MLiveA bird’s-eye view of Ann Arbor’s north side housing boomWater main break damage closes Maple Road in Ann Arbor until AugustTeacher’s 51-year career wraps up at the Ann Arbor elementary she attended as a childAnn Arbor dry cleaner faces wrecking ball under pollution cleanup planGreat Clips location coming to Ann Arbor areaKnight’s expands with market on Ann Arbor’s south sidePhotographer’s basement studio ruined by flooding in Ypsilanti neighborhoodSonic Lunch returning to downtown Ann Arbor in AugustIllustrator unveils conceptual design for downtown Ann Arbor central parkFree waste pick-up available to Ann Arbor residents affected by floodingDowntown Ann Arbor’s west side rebranded as city’s Creative DistrictAmazing drone video and photos of Fourth of July fireworks from across MichiganHealthy Streets initiative given immediate OK by Ann Arbor councilYpsilanti requesting public insight on new affordable housing projectmlive.com
1927 Ann Arbor fire engine headed to Ypsilanti museum
ANN ARBOR, MI -- Those visiting the Michigan Firehouse Museum and Education Center when it reopens later this month will see a bit of Ann Arbor history. A 1927 American LaFrance fire engine belonging to the City of Ann Arbor has found a new home at the museum at 110 W. Cross St. in Ypsilanti. The Ann Arbor City Council approved the $1 sale of the fire engine at its Monday, June 7 meeting. The fire engine is currently located in the underground parking deck of the Ann Arbor Fire Department’s Station 1. Getting it to the Michigan Firehouse Museum and Education Center helps ensure a piece of history is available for future generations, officials said.mlive.com
Community High School briefly evacuated after construction crew sparks fire
ANN ARBOR, MI – Community High School in Ann Arbor was briefly evacuated after a small fire started inside the school Tuesday morning. Fire crews were called at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, to the school for a fire alarm that had activated within the building causing the school to be evacuated, according to the Ann Arbor Fire Department. Crews arrived to find a small fire had sparked inside the building which was caused by a construction crew welding while working on renovations to the school, officials said. One person was taken to an area hospital to be treated for a medical emergency unrelated to the fire, officials said. The Ann Arbor Fire Department commended Ann Arbor Public Schools for its efficiency in evacuating the building and assisting firefighters at the scene.mlive.com
Ann Arbor fire training center to be dedicated to firefighter who died of cancer
ANN ARBOR, MI – A training center used by firefighters across Washtenaw County is being named after a veteran Ann Arbor firefighter who was key in making it possible. The Ann Arbor Fire Department is hosting a dedication ceremony Friday, May 7, at the W.R. Wheeler Service Center naming the countywide fire training center the “Craig Sidelinger Fire Training Center” in honor of the training captain who died of cancer earlier this year. “Craig was instrumental in getting this training center going and it has been valued and used by departments throughout the county,” Ann Arbor Fire Chief Mike Kennedy said. Dedication, family love is legacy of Ann Arbor firefighter who died of cancer at age 45Sidelinger, 45, began his Ann Arbor Fire Department career as a firefighter on March 13, 2000. After almost two years of undergoing various cancer treatments with little progress, the 20-year Ann Arbor firefighter went into hospice care on Dec. 28, 2020 and died at home a week later.mlive.com
Semi crashes close M-14 for hours in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, MI – Eastbound M-14 was closed on and off after semitruck crashes Thursday. Crews from the Ann Arbor Fire Department were dispatched to the a jackknifed semi-tractor trailer on the highway bridge over the Huron River, along with Ann Arbor Township Fire Department and the Washtenaw County Hazardous Materials Team, the department posted on Facebook. At 12:18 a.m., April 9, the closure was moved to M-14 and I-94, Jenkins said. Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include information from the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Ann Arbor Fire Department. More from MLive:Police investigating body found in Lenawee County43% of adults vaccinated for COVID-19 in Washtenaw County‘They’re going to be everywhere.’ Ann Arbor preparing for massive swarms of cicadasmlive.com
Ann Arbor firefighters respond to two house fires on Friday morning
Ann Arbor firefighters and other emergency personnel respond to a garage fire on Ann Arbor's southside on March 12, 2021. ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Fire Department received calls for two house fires about an hour apart on Friday morning. They were then taken to University of Michigan hospital with smoke inhalation, said Ann Arbor Fire Chief Mike Kennedy. The Ann Arbor Police Department and Emergent Health EMS assisted AAFD on the fires. pic.twitter.com/afeH3kvA3H — Ann Arbor Police (@A2Police) March 12, 2021A second fire was reported on the 1400 block of Harpst on the city’s southside.
Lack of major Ann Arbor events, students on campus shows COVID’s impact on fire safety, report says
ANN ARBOR, MI – Though the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic changed the daily routines of everyone in the city, the Ann Arbor Fire Department was still at work. “The last 12 months have been challenging and chaotic,” Ann Arbor Fire Chief Mike Kennedy wrote in the report. “We have navigated unprecedented challenges while continuing to serve the residents of the City of Ann Arbor. When not responding to emergency calls, Ann Arbor firefighters spent 5,348.5 hours training in 2020. More from The Ann Arbor News:Construction on $920M Michigan Medicine hospital to resume in coming monthsTapping maple trees for sap on public property is illegal, Ann Arbor reminds residentsAnn Arbor identifying areas for downtown-style development outside of downtownmlive.com
University of Michigan employee knocked out in parking garage, wakes up to find car on fire
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A University of Michigan employee was knocked unconscious in a parking structure over the weekend and woke up to find his car on fire, police said. The Michigan Medicine staff member said he was assaulted around 7:50 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 6) on the fifth floor of the P1 parking garage on West Medical Center Drive in Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor firefighters arrived and put out the fire. AdU of M police and Ann Arbor firefighters are investigating the incident. Parts of the parking structure are closed for safety inspections, officials said.
Ann Arbor Fire Department saves 120-year-old downtown building
ANN ARBOR – Quick response from the Ann Arbor Fire Department saved a downtown building on Tuesday, according to Ann Arbor Fire Chief Mike Kennedy. The 120-year-old building was built with balloon framing, which features multiple void spaces on the structure’s upper levels. According to Kennedy, these spaces allow fire to spread rapidly. “There were a lot of void spaces and multiple roofs.”Located just blocks from the Ann Arbor Fire Station, firefighters were able to aggressively respond to stop the fire from spreading. Located next to the Delonis Center, Washtenaw County’s homeless shelter, Ann Arbor Police believe that homeless individuals may have unintentionally started the blaze in the carport area.
Longtime Ann Arbor firefighter passes away after battling cancer
ANN ARBOR – Retired training officer with the Ann Arbor Fire Department, Craig Sidelinger, passed away on Monday morning after a nearly two-year battle with colon cancer. Sidelinger joined AAFD as a firefighter in 2000. He held the position for 10 years before advancing to training officer -- a role he also held for 10 years. According to AAFD, Sidelinger was the longest-serving training officer in the department. “He also helped teach public outreach such as Safety Town, Ann Arbor Ready, and the City Citizen’s Academy.
Ann Arbor firefighters respond to massive house fire over weekend
ANN ARBOR – Members of the Ann Arbor Fire Department responded to a house fire on Saturday just after 8:30 a.m. According to a Facebook post by the department, the firefighters battled a blaze on Miller Ave. just east of M-14. A second alarm brought in fire departments from Pittsfield Township, Scio Township, Saline Area and Ann Arbor Township. Ann Arbor Police Department, Huron Valley Ambulance and Helping Area Response Teams provided assistance on the scene. This is the third second alarm structure fire in Ann Arbor in 2020.
Ann Arbor home severely damaged by fire
ANN ARBOR, MI – An Ann Arbor house was severely damaged by a fire Saturday. Ann Arbor Fire Department responded to a home on fire at 8:39 a.m., Nov. 7 in the 2600 block of Miller Avenue. No one was injured in the two-alarm fire, a news release from Ann Arbor Fire Department said. Ypsilanti City Fire Department, Ypsilanti and Northfield township fire departments provided Ann Arbor coverage during the fire. Read more from MLive:Demonstrators march in downtown Ann Arbor on 6th anniversary of police shooting that killed Aura Rosser5 Ann Arbor council members offer parting words, advice as they leave office2 construction workers on I-94 killed by suspected drunken drivermlive.com
Ann Arbor Fire Department hiring for fire recruit position
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ann Arbor Fire Department is looking to fill the open position of Fire Recruit. For the first time in 15 years, AAFD is hiring untrained applications to become firefighters and EMTs, according to a Facebook post. The Fire Recruit will attend fire academy and EMT classes; help with administrative and clerical duties; assist with safety education, community and recruitment events; and maintain departmental equipment, buildings and grounds, among other related duties. The position pays $18 per hour and comes with additional benefits including paid vacation time, sick days, a city matched 401(a) plan, tuition reimbursement and healthcare plans. Learn more about Fire Recruit duties, benefits and requirements here.
Inside AAFD’s training; homeowners sue for Ann Arbor zip code; Crumbl Cookies opens
(A4)🏠 The city of Ann Arbor wants your input on potential affordable housing sites. (The Jewish News)Feature interview of the week:“We’re in Ann Arbor Public Schools, Ann Arbor utilities, we get food delivery and everything from Ann Arbor yet we have an Ypsilanti zip code. We just feel like we should be part of our neighborhood.”- Kathy Marx, homeowner in a Superior Township neighborhood that is suing USPS to switch to an Ann Arbor zip code✉️ Have something to share? Know someone who loves Ann Arbor? All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.