Firefighters take on explosive situation in propane training

Forty-four firefighters and first responders took an evening to 
learn and practice techniques to best control and subdue a propane emergency. The practices included flames reaching 60 feet in the air and close proximity to extremely hot flames. Photo by BETH ALTENA

‘Catastrophic’ situations covered by BETH ALTENA Rockford Fire Marshal Mike Reus said he would guess a recent explosion that blew a trailer home apart likely involved a propane fire and that cases where even stick-built homes are literally destroyed in an explosion are also likely caused by a propane leak that becomes ignited. Area firefighters […]

MacGregor invites local fire chief to House ceremony honoring 9/11 anniversary

State Rep. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, attends the second annual 9/11 ceremony held by the Michigan House of Representatives with Courtland Township Fire Chief Mickey Davis.

The Michigan House of Representatives Tuesday hosted a ceremony honoring first responders and Michigan natives lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. State Rep. Peter MacGregor invited Courtland Township Fire Chief Mickey Davis to the event. “Sept. 11, 2001 was a tragic day in our nation’s history that we must never forget so […]

Historic Rockford manufacturing facility to be razed

UNSAFE BY ANY MEASURE—with the collapse of a major portion of the Burch Body Works facility the entire main building is soon to be demolished and removed.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL   Ironically, while the Rockford Historical Society is gearing up to move its Rockford Area Museum to the vacant 63rd District Court Building adjacent to Rockford City Hall, at the very same time, what might be the oldest manufacturing facility in Rockford is about to be demolished and removed. The […]

Cannon Township firefighters flip flapjacks for charity

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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, […]

Squire sales rep. family takes Squire to east coast

Dave, Alissa (daughter) and Kym Steffes on a Labor Day weekend to New Hampshire and Boston. Their adventures included a ride with the Boston Duck Tours on an historic land and water vehicle.