The Kzoo F.O.O.L.S. are proud to be on board with helping Detroit Fire Mutual Aid Project as an Organization Partner trying to bring awareness to the project and to get gear into the hands of those working at Detroit FD as well as Highland Park FD.
You can help by donating your FB profile pic and using one of these pics to promote awareness.
The plight of our Brothers in Detroit is pretty well known. They have gear that is well past being safe or functional, firehouses that had to be heated by the stove, and going so far as to pay for items to stock their stations (like toilet paper). The Highland Park FD is located inside the city of Highland Park and is completely surrounded by the city of Detroit. These firefighters lived in a warehouse for EIGHT years due to their old station being condemned. They have recently been able to secure a grant that helped build them a new station, but they still are not out of the metaphorical woods. Please see if there is anyway you, or your FD or organization could help out.
Please help spread the word…
- These are all the partners of the Detroit Mutual Aid Project. You can show your support by giving them your patronage.
Registration is now open for the Kalamazoo County Fire Chief’s Training Committee & Kzoo F.O.O.L.S. Winter Seminar.
Just follow the directions for registration on the above pictures.
The Kzoo F.O.O.L.S. are very excited to bring these two fire service greats to the Kalamazoo County area. Both Rhett and Willie are huge advocates for the fire service and the Brotherhood. Some of our members had the opportunity to spend time with both of these gentleman during this year’s FDIC, so we are speaking from first-hand experience.
If you haven’t yet heard of them, go and check their blogs out:
Rhett Fleitz – The Fire Critic
Willie Wines – Wooden Ladders & Iron Fireman
Topics to be covered:
- Social Media for the Fire Service
- Motivating Firefighters and Improving Morale
- Professional Wellness (Physical and Mental)
- Building Pride in Your Department From the Ground Up
- The “Brotherhood” isn’t Dead
The seminar includes a light breakfast with coffee service and full lunch on-site.
Any active FOOL from any chapter (or independent) will receive the In-County pricing for this event. Make sure you register early to take advantage of the price break.
Also, keep your eyes peeled for information in regards to a Meet & Greet w/ Rhett and Willie following the seminar. This will be an open event for any and all to attend.
The Fire Critic and Captain Willie Wines will be this years speakers at the January training seminar. They are being brought to Kalamazoo in a joint venture between the Kalamazoo County Training Committee and the Kzoo F.O.O.L.S.
The one-day seminar is to be held on January 25th, 2014 at the Kalamazoo Valley Community College. All other details are being finalized at this point, and we will announce more in the very near future. In the meantime, mark your calendars, because this should prove to be a day to remember.
It’s been a great run thus far. And the future looks even brighter…
Last week was National Fire Prevention Week, and the Kzoo F.O.O.L.S. partnered with WWMT Channel 3 and their reporter, Alex Jokich to bring five different fire safety topics to the public to help get the word out about fire safety.
Chief Edward Switalski (Comstock FD) started the week off on the topic of this year’s theme, kitchen fires.
Next was Firefighter/Paramedic Matthew Schimmel (Comstock FD) covering how to use fire extinguishers.
Lieutenant Shane Peterson (Comstock FD) gave Alex some tips on how to use space heaters safely.
Then Firefighter Mike Walker (Portage Professional Firefighters Local-1467) showed Alex how to escape a burning building.
And finally, Lieutenant Kevin Thompson (Comstock FD) goes over tips for placing and maintaining a smoke detector.
And if all that wasn’t enough entertainment for you, check out the blooper reel.
The Kzoo F.O.O.L.S., in conjunction with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation are hosting a memorial stair climb at Wings Stadium, on Wednesday 9/11/13, beginning at 0900 (on-site registration begins at 0815).
This is the only stair climb in Michigan This is one of only two stair climbs in Michigan this year that is in conjunction with the NFFF, and all proceeds will go to them. (Apparently, another stair climb has been added to the NFFF website in Michigan in the past couple of days)
Only those registered by September 1st, 2013 will be guaranteed an event t-shirt, so please register early.
To register follow this link: Kalamazoo Memorial Stair Climb
This week we have a 1948 Mack pumper. The Mack is powered by a 6-cylinder flat-head Mack engine with a 5-speed manual transmission. The pumping capacity is 750 G.P.M. with 500 gallons in the booster tank.
The Mack served Kalamazoo Township out of the Oakwood station on Whites Road, west of Westnedge Avenue.
When the City Annexed the Township they took control of the Mack and the station.If you look close you will notice one picture she is lettered for Oakwood and the other K.F.D.
The station was closed sometime in the late 60′s and the Mack was relocated to Station 7 on Portage Road, loaded up with foam pails and a couple of eductors and was the first due to the City of Kalamazoo airport because it carried more water than any other city truck. The year it was taken out of service and current fate is unknown
History and pictures provided by Todd Dunfield.