Thursday, April 11, 2013
Genoa Township, City of Brighton, and Brighton Township sirens to be tested on the Second Saturday of April 2013.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, April 11
The testing of sirens by the Brighton Area Fire Authority will take place in Genoa Township, City of Brighton, and Brighton Township on Saturday, April 13 at noon, according to a press release.. This is an additional test beyond the typical test conducted on the first Saturday of every month. The test is purely precautionary and working to ensure the sirens are fully operational during this peak severe weather season. The Fire Authority would ask that citizens take time to review standard tornado safety and review shelter locations, emergency preparedness, and response when a tornado siren is activated in a true emergency. Any questions, residents are asked to call the Brighton Area Fire Authority at 810-229-6640. Information provided in …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
12 Brighton firefighters climbed more than 1,000 steps at Detroit's Renaissance Center this weekend, raising more than $3,400 for the American Lung Association.
They weren't responding to a fire but they were saving lives: Brighton's firefighters joined hundreds at Detroit's Renaissance Center on Sunday for the Fight for Air Climb Firefighter Challenge, an annual fundraiser for the American Lung Association. Sweating and wearing 70 pounds of gear, 12 Brighton firefighters climbed more than 1,000 steps of Michigan's tallest building, led by team captain Derrick Bunge and Fire Chief Mike O'Brian. In total, the team raised $3,421.50 for the American Lung Association. This was Brighton's second year participating in the Firefighter Challenge event. "It's a good way for us to raise money for education and knowledge about lung cancer and lung disease," Bunge said. "Firefighters are affected with lung …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Brighton Area Firefighters promote the department's smoke alarm campaign with the popular dance video.
A group of Brighton Area Firefighters have joined in an internet sensation and filmed their own Harlem Shake - Firefighter Style. The Harlem Shake as an Internet meme began earlier this month, when five teens from Australia uploaded a 30-second video to YouTube and then watched it go viral. Since then, thousands of groups of dancers have created spin offs. Students at Hartland High School did one for their morning announcement. Brighton Fire Chief Mike O'Brian said the video was made by off-duty staff members at Fire Station 31 in downtown Brighton. "They did it first as a joke," O'Brian said. "Then they thought it would be a good idea if we added a little fire prevention twist to it. So we're hoping people watch it and hope that people …
Friday, March 1, 2013
Brighton Area Firefighters will climb 70 stories in full turnout gear on Sunday.
On Sunday, 12 Brighton Firefighters will climb 70 stories up Michigan's tallest building, the Renaissance Center, to participate in the third annual Fight for Air Climb Firefighter Challenge - and they will do it in full turnout gear. This is Brighton's second year participating in the event. These local first responders will climb 1,035 stairs wearing boots, turnout coat and pants, helmet, gloves, SCBA harness and air cylinder, which equals about 70 extra pounds of weight. The Fight for Air Climb event helps to increase awareness and raise money for the American Lung Association's fight against lung disease. Money fundraised will be put towards lung health research, education, and advocacy. "It's a good way for us to raise money for …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Bryan Berry, Robert Miller, Matt Johnston and Mark Cirella were honored at the Detroit Pistons game Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets.
Four Brighton Area Firefighters were recognized as Game Changers for their Hurricane Sandy relief efforts during the Detroit Pistons Basketball Game Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets. The Detroit Pistons' Come Together Game Changers Program honors everyday people making a difference within their communities through service, leadership and volunteerism. Brighton Firefighters Bryan Berry, Robert Miller, Matt Johnston and Mark Cirella delivered much needed supplies to New York in mid-December and then spent five days volunteering with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. "I saw it all on TV and clicked to donate money, but that just felt empty," Berry said. "Then I saw on Facebook on the National Firefighters Endowment that they needed …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The Brighton Area Fire Authority held its annual awards ceremony Friday night.
Brighton Area Fire Capt. Richard Boisvert was honored during the department's annual awards ceremony Friday night as Firefighter of the Year. Boisvert, who was also promoted to the rank of captain during the cermemony, began his career as a paid on-call firefighter for the Brighton Area Fire Authority in 2004 and then promoted to sergeant in 2009. He was hired as a Lieutenant Fire Inspector in November 2011. "Captain Bosivert is a true leader in the organization who has the ability to develop new firefighters and he demonstrates the true meaning of a firefighter every day," Brighton Fire Chief Mike O'Brian said. "He is an extremely intelligent captain who works at a very high pace and sets the bar for our employees every day." Over the …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Two residents were displaced from their home after a fire started Tuesday afternoon.
Two Brighton Township residents have been displaced after a fire at the Woodland Lake Trailer Park Tuesday afternoon. The fire started after the homeowner attempted to thaw pipes underneath the mobile home using a torpedo heater, which uses open flame with intense heat, and ignited combustible insulation. The Brighton Area Fire Department responded to a fire on Brad Place at 12:47 p.m. When firefighters arrived on the scene, the fire was spreading from the home and into the adjacent garage, according to Brighton Fire Chief Mike O'Brian. O'Brian said there were no hydrants in the area and the fire took about 35 minutes to get under control. Green Oak and Howell Fire Departments provided mutual aid assistance and no injuries were reported. …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The Livingston County Fire Academy includes cadets from Brighton, Wixom, Walled Lake, South Lyon and Putnam Township.
The Brighton Area Fire Authority (BAFA) is getting an influx of new blood with its recent hire of 22 new paid-on call firefighters since September. Of those new firefighters, 16 began the Fire Academy this week. BAFA currently has 91 paid on-call firefighters, but is basically always hiring, according to Brighton Area Fire Chief Mike O'Brian. The department lost 27 firefighters in 2011 due to various factors like job relocation, time commitments and more, then another 11 in 2012. O'Brian said the department will probably be in a state where they need to hire 20 to 25 new firefighters every year. Each firefighter is required to complete the State of Michigan Fire Fighter I and II training as well as complete Medical First Responder (MFR) …
Monday, November 19, 2012
The Brighton Area Fire Authority was awarded the 2012 Leland Gayheart Fire Safety and Prevention Award which is presented by the Gayheart family and the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center.
The Brighton Area Fire Authority (BAFA) was honored last week when the University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center presented it with the 2012 Leland Gayheart Fire Safety and Prevention Award. The award was given in recogniztion of BAFA's expansive smoke alarm installation campaign that launched in October 2011 to ensure all Brighton area residents have functioning smoke alarms - free of charge - in their homes. Since program began, BAFA has installed or replaced more than 300 alarms in about 400 homes and has had four documented saves on alarms they have installed, according to Brighton Area Fire Lt. Lauren Brookins. Brookins said the program went from passive to aggressive and proactive. Crews would check smoke alarms whatever the reason …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Brighton Area Fire honored all 9/11 first responders during a special Tribute Ceremony Tuesday night.