Firefighters from Ada, Cannon and Grattan tackled the blaze of a house fire in the 6600 block of Ramsdell Dr. Police closed Ramsdell Drive from Belding Road NE to Greely Avenue NE. The fire started shortly after 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 21 in the garage and rapidly spread through the entire house. The majority of the fire was under control by 7:30 p.m. Fortunately all residents were able to escape in time.
Cannon Township Fire Department
The Cannon Township Fire Department will host a free pancake breakfast on October 6, from 8 to 10 a.m. The breakfast will be at Cannon Township Fire Station 2, at 6878 Belding Road NE. Breakfast will be served by firefighters and will include pancakes, sausages, eggs, orange juice and coffee. Although the breakfast is free, donations will be accepted with proceeds going to the Great Lake Burn Camp, which benefits kids six through 17 with healing, growth and support from other burn survivors in a summer camp environment. Aside from the breakfast, kids can tour the department’s various fire apparatus and the fire station. The community breakfast is a wonderful event hosted by the fire department to kick off Fire Prevention Week. The Kent County Sheriff Department will have an information table open from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. with educational items. Lt. Marc Burns, Shift Commander and a Community Officer will be available to meet with you and your family members. This is a wonderful time to learn tips from our experts to help keep our neighborhoods safer.
A healthy bid environment—depending on which side of the bid you are—allowed Cannon Township to choose a local builder to expand the fire station at less cost than expected. Nugent Builders was chosen for an expansion expected to serve the township’s needs for the next 20-plus years, according to Township Supervisor Peter MacGregor. The township fire department has been building a fund for the improvement for the past 14 years and will pay for the project with cash in hand. “We aren’t going into debt; we aren’t putting out bonds,” MacGregor said. MacGregor said he doesn’t want township residents to consider the move a frivolous one in light of tight budgets everywhere. “The motivation behind this is we can’t put another fire truck in our existing facilities,” he stated. “We have a vintage 1980 fire barn, but need to buy another truck in two to three years.” MacGregor said township officials expected the bid to come in around a million and a quarter, but Nugent and two other local builders came in at much lower than expected. Nugent bid $1,025,000. Visser and Visser and Rockford Construction were the next two lowest bidders for the job. MacGregor said the township has a policy of using local contractors whenever possible. Originally 12 contractors were pre-approved to submit the bids. The fire station will be expanded from two “tiny” bays to three large bays and the existing station will benefit from some remodeling to be more efficient. MacGregor said he considers this a win-win situation that residents should be pleased with on three counts. “It’s a win for the fire department, which has been saving their money for fourteen years,” he stated. “It’s a win because of the good bid environment and it’s a win because we wanted a local builder with local subcontractors to do the job.” MacGregor believes taxpayers should congratulate the township on saving up money for the project and waiting for a good environment in which to solicit the work.
by MITCH HARVATIN The Kent County Sheriff’s Department (KCSD), Rockford Police/Ambulance, Cannon Township Fire Department and Greater Grand Rapids Safe Kids along with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital participated in the Free Child ID program held at Rockford Christian School, 6060 Belding Rd., on Thursday, July 30, sponsored by the Rockford Masonic Lodge #246. One hundred twenty children received a free dental impression and a CD containing a photo, video, sound-bite and digital fingerprints. Deputy Mandy Trevino from the Kent County Police Department said, “If something ever would have happened to the child, all that parent would have to do is give the officer that disc and we’d be able to download it right into our vehicles and get that information out.” “It makes me feel safer,” said Sherry Morrison, whose son and niece attended the event. Joseph Morrison, 11, thought that the teeth impression bite didn’t taste good. Other activities were included for that day, including children who got their heads sized for bike helmets. Those whose helmets didn’t fit received a new helmet courtesy of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. After fingerprints were scanned and teeth impressions made, the kids could go visit the police officers on their horses, boats, quad runners and the Mobile Crisis Command Unit that is owned by the KCSD, but used by other counties as well. “Just so the community knows what tools we have,” said Trevino. According to the Klaas Kids Foundation website, “85 percent to 90 percent of the 876,213 persons reported missing to America’s law enforcement agencies in 2000 were juveniles [persons under 18 years of age].”