Fire Blotter May 2016

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The Dexter Area Fire Department rolled out for two structure fires in May. One was an electrical fire on Arnold Street, which caused damage to the outside of a building.

The Northfield Township Fire Department asked DAFD to standby to assist for a fire at the corner of Main Street and Whitmore Lake Road in Whitmore Lake. DAFD did not have to actually assist in the end.

The Cottage Inn car crash was just one of five motor vehicle incidents in May. The head on collision on Ann Arbor Street between a Cottage Inn employee and a red Ford F-150 resulted in one person being transported to the hospital with minor injuries, according to DAFD. This was at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 23.

There were another 53 calls for medical assistance and Emergency Medical Service calls. There were three incidents of downed power lines.

More recently was a fire early in June was caused by a swaying power line north of Dexter. The lines broke loose during a thunderstorm, which resulted in several trees catching alight. DAFD had to wait a significant amount of time for Detroit Thomas Edison to turn off the power to the live wires before it could go out and extinguish the flames safely.

Smith said that a circuit breaker that should have turned off the power did not work properly and DAFD had to wait for them to turn off the power at the substation.

According to DTE Energy spokesperson John Austerberry, a crew was dispatched at 2:46 p.m. that day and it took half an hour for the crew to arrive. A lightning strike caused the 40,000 sub-transmission line and a distribution line to fail. The distribution line is the part of the grid that actually carries power to consumers.

Austerberry said that that was an appropriate amount of time for the crew to respond, though he did not say where the crew was dispatched from. After assessing the situation, a secondary crew had to go down the line to the substation and turn off the power there.

“That process took about another hour,” Austerberry said.

Around 6,000 customers were without power for two hours in total as a result, DTE said. He said DTE also had a crew on site to assist authorities in keeping people away from the downed lines.

The real event of this relatively quite month for DAFD was the Memorial Day Parade. The DAFD took part with its current fleet of ladder and tanker trucks. There was also a vintage original fire truck, restored to its original form.

There were 10 good intent calls and five service calls for things like a smoke detector inspection or twice for people who got locked out of their own cars.

DAFD has two hour training sessions several times a month on Monday’s. Fire fighters from across the department trained in various numbers in 11 different areas over the course of May. The total net hours of training was 169 hours across the department.

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