Firefighters teach safety, urge millage renewal - WNEM TV 5

Firefighters teach safety, urge millage renewal

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Local fire departments across Mid-Michigan want their communities to learn the proper way to protect themselves.

Building relationships with members of the community was what firefighters did during a series of open houses at fire stations throughout the Flint area as part of Fire Prevention Week.

Elizabeth Jordan and her children Kenneth and Miles stopped by to see one of their heroes up close.

“I think, you know, a lot of kids are interested in firefighters and fire trucks and it’s a chance for them to kind of see hands on what it is,” Jordan said.

Jordan also believes there’s a valuable, potentially life-saving lesson to be taught.

“They have a chance to learn what they need to do if there’s a fire and realize that firefighters are not scary people,” Jordan said.

Not only did the event coincide with Fire Prevention Week, firefighters are also urging residents to renew the Public Safety Millage.

Fire officials said if that happens, Fire Station 8 will reopen.

“We’ve hired 33 people. We’re going to have to outfit them so that Public Safety Millage is going to go right to work effective immediately if it passes and we hope it does. And your fire department means a lot and we hope that you send that message by supporting us,” Rico Phillips said.

According to the city’s website, if the millage is renewed, homeowners in the Vehicle City will not see an increase of their property tax.

It states the proposed measure will create stability for both police and fire departments, allowing more interactions with the community.

“It’s always refreshing to us to know that people are taking fire safety seriously in their families,” Phillips said.

“I think it's so essential,” Jordan said. “I mean, what they do at events like this and also going around to all the schools, giving kids a chance to practice in the smokehouse so they understand really what you need to do."

Common fire safety practices include replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year and making a fire escape plan that the whole family knows. 

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