Fire chief gives annual report to board

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Fire Department responded to 798 incidents in 2018, averaging 66.5 runs a month, 15 a week, or two runs daily.

Amid almost 800 runs last year, Statler said there was one fatality in 2018.

That was the annual report Fire Chief Thomas Statler gave to the Flint Township Board of Trustees, Feb. 19.

Statler said the department responds to more than just structure fire calls, it also is sent to vehicle fires and extrications, police and EMS assistance, hazardous material calls, confined space rescue, wires down/arcing, carbon monoxide alarms, and residential assists.

The average response time during 2018, from the two stations located on either Flushing Road (Fire Station #2) or Bristol Road (Fire Station #3), was 7.14 minutes, said Statler.

He said the staffing at the department was currently in a “transitional period, with new personnel and new leadership.”

The department promoted two fire captains and hired three full-time firefighters in 2018. It also promoted two captains and hired three new full-time firefighters. Current staffing is at 29, said Statler, with staffing comprised of eight full-time officers covering the Flushing and Bristol roads stations, seven days a week and 24 hours a day.

Statler said when staffing allows, Reuben Street (Fire Station #1) is staffed 24 hours a day. Typically, the station is staffed by a fire chief, assistant fire chief, and a full-time administrative assistant (non-fire trained) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Statler said on Aug. 19 the department renamed Station No. 1 the Jack Maxwell Fire Station 1 in honor of the department’s first fire chief, who served for 25 years.

He also reported the department lost long-time retired Fire Chief Donald S. Rowley who died Nov. 5. Rowley served the Fire Department for more than 35 years.

Also mentioned in the report was the retirement of Captain Loren Colbert, who retired on Dec. 29 after more than 35 years of service.

Statler said the fire department billed insurance companies, Consumers Energy and non-residents for incidents, recovering $12,900 through the township’s Cost Recovery Ordinance.

“This is up significantly from 2017 where we recovered $4,800,” said Statler.

He also noted the department was awarded a grant from The Hundred Club of Genesee, Shiawassee, and Lapeer Counties totaling $3,297. This grant was used to purchase three new Automated External Defibrillator units.

The new AED units replaced the three existing units in the department and Statler said they are carried on their three lead fire engines.

Statler also mentioned building repairs and improvements made in 2018 — Fire Station #1, 5331 Reuben St., new hose tower roof, new ceiling tiles and insulation and continued development of training grounds on the west side of the station; Fire Station #2, 3327 Flushing Rd., garage floor concrete repair and extensive tree trimming; Fire Station #3, 2511 W. Bristol Rd., a new storage shed.

Flint Township firefighters trained for a total of 2,673 hours in 2018

Flint Township firefighters trained for a total of 2,673 hours in 2018, he said.

Statler said the department did extensive weed control around fire hydrants in 2018 and the more than 1,229 hydrants were winterized in November. One hundred and fifty businesses underwent fire inspections in 2018 and the department visited schools and attended 43 public events to promote fire awareness.

Department personnel attended the Genesee County Fire Fighter Memorial Service, the Carman-Ainsworth Homecoming Parade, and delivered Santa to the Genesee Valley Mall, said Statler.

Department personnel also participated in the “Trunk or Treat” program at Halloween and “Heroes and Helpers” program at Christmas.

Statler said Flint Township Firefighters, with the assistance of Flint Township Police officers and family members participated in “Ringing the Bell” and “Filling the Fire Truck” for the Salvation Army at Corunna Road Walmart and Sam’s Club before Christmas; 1,001 items including toys and coats were collected, as well as, $4,674.68.

He said the Flint Township Fire Fighter’s Association sponsored a free Thanksgiving meal for Seniors at the Carman Ainsworth Senior Center at Thanksgiving.

Following the report, Trustee Frank Kasle thanked Statler for the report.

“Your report was very thorough and colorful,” said Kasle. “I’d like to thank the fire chief for putting it together.”

The full report can be found online at doc/2019/2018%20ANNUAL%20 REPORT%20TS.pdf.

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