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Jul 13

Learning from our Police and Fire Departments

Posted to Council Corner by Bridget Kozlowski

By: Councilman Gary Lusk

So, as the newest City Council member, I thought I'd better catch up quickly on the "doings" in our great city.

City Manager Mark Vanderpool recommended starting with the Police Department. I was able to complete a ride-along with Officer Brian Krueger in traffic and quickly realized how careful and prepared our Sterling Heights Police have to be at every traffic stop. Officer Krueger works Dobry Drive quite a bit, as it has a record of several accidents, largely as a result of speeding. On our ride-along, I witnessed an accident near Van Dyke. Officer Krueger is also on the accident reconstruction team — a team that works to determine he cause of fatal accidents. I learned that each vehicle has a "black box" that captures vehicle speed, breaking, steering and air bag deployment prior to the accident. Overall, I was grateful for my time with Officer Krueger and his willingness to teach and explain police procedures.

Next, I headed to the Fire Department and an afternoon spent with Engine Company #5. These guys work as a team and I was amazed at how quickly they could shift from a homemade dinner prepared by one of their own fireman to hopping on the rig within 60 seconds to respond to a call. Just about all of our five stations teams are also paramedics, and with the additions of the new ambulances arriving to each station, we have incredible support from these talented people from the moment they arrive at the scene to the delivery of a patient at the hospital. We should feel lucky to have such well-trained, caring individuals working to save lives every day.

Overall, I was incredibly grateful for the opportunity to learn from both Police and Fire, and now have even greater respect for both departments. I hope to continue learning from each of our City Departments in the coming months. Stay tuned for more!
Jul 31

Macomb County Asset Discovery Tour to Take Place This Summer

Posted to Development News by Andrea Mantakounis

Macomb County

 Asset Discovery Tours, more commonly known as Familiarization Tours, or “FAM Tours,” are events that organizations put together to showcase a specific location to a targeted group of people. These tours are often hosted by cities, organizations, travel agents, and educational institutions.

Macomb County will be hosting an asset discovery tour this summer from August 18-19. The concept behind this tour is to bring national corporate site selectors to the area, and show them the essence of Michigan—Macomb County, specifically.

There are many steps in planning these tours. From save-the-dates and invitations to schedules and personal interaction, everything must be perfect. The Macomb County Asset Discovery Tour has taken several months to execute, and will truly be a trip to remember!


The theme of this year’s event is “Land, Air, and Sea” (or lake in the case of Macomb County). The site selector guest list will begin their trip on land with an exclusive event at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Here they will network with other business representatives from the area, and get a feel for doing business in Macomb County. The following morning, the guests will enjoy the sea with a fishing charter on Lake St. Clair. Following the charter the guests will experience the air. All site selectors will be escorted to the Selfridge Air National Guard Base where they will view the 100 Year Anniversary Airshow.

It is important to plan discovery tours in a timely manner. Keeping the trip somewhat short is ideal for attendees, as many have families or other commitments to return home for. That said, the Macomb County tour will be offering additional activities, should any guest decide to stay for another evening.

All in all, asset discovery tours are an incredible resource. They are a crucial part of growing a successful business, and building a top-tier network for your clients. 

Jun 26

Firework Usage and Safety

Posted to From the Chief's Desk by Bridget Kozlowski


By Fire Chief Chris Martin and 
Interim Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski

It is that time of year when many people decide to purchase and use fireworks. Before getting started, we believe it is important to understand what the law says and also how to safely use fireworks. Each year, many people are severely injured, even killed by fireworks accidents and much property is damaged as well; so as your Fire Chief and Interim Police Chief, it is our opinion that fireworks only be ignited by trained professionals. That being said, we understand some people will decide to use them anyway, so please be safe and follow the law.
 The police department will have a dedicated fireworks car patrolling the city in the days leading up to and after the Fourth of July holiday.  There will be zero tolerance for those that illegally use fireworks and jeopardize our resident’s safety.

The Law

When can you use fireworks? Only the day before, day of and day after one of the ten recognized holidays. (These can be found in the Ordinance). They can only be used between the hours of 7 a.m. and  11 p.m., on those days. Where can you use fireworks? Fireworks can only be used on private property, with permission of the owner. Fireworks cannot be used within 25 feet of a building, 20 feet of a property line, 500 feet of a gas station, or when winds exceed 10 mph. It is also important to note that fireworks cannot be launched from a public street or sidewalk, which is a common violation. Finally, no one under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance can use fireworks; this is both a safety concern as well as against the law.

Safety Concerns

If you are going to use fireworks, please follow these suggestions. First off, it is important to read the labels on the fireworks to understand what they are expected to do. These labels should give you safe distances to operate in. Always have a bucket of water or charged hose at the ready when using fireworks. If the firework is designed to leave the ground, it should be supplied with an object that is designed to launch it from. It is important to take steps to make sure the object used to launch the firework from is on flat ground and is properly stabilized so that is will not fall over. Safety glasses are a must for anyone near the launching of the fireworks. This should only be done by adults, keep all children at a safe distance. It is also a good idea to wear long sleeve shirts, pants and good shoes as well as a good pair of gloves. If an object fails to launch or ignite, do not attempt to reignite it. Wait 20 minutes before moving that object and NEVER look down the launch tube. If it has not launched or ignited after 20 minutes, submerse the firework in a bucket of water, taking caution to hold the launch tube away from your body and pointed in a safe direction. Last, but not least, please make sure you clean up after yourself, keeping in mind that spent fireworks can contain hot embers long after they have been used. Never place used fireworks in combustible garbage cans and never store them in or near a structure. Instead, soak all the used fireworks thoroughly when done and store them in metal containers away from your house until garbage day. 

house fire from fireworks
SHFD responds to a fire almost every year from improper firework disposal procedures. Notice the fireworks still left on the porch. 

Contact the Non-Emergency Fire Department line at (586) 446-2950 or Non-Emergency Police Department Line at (586) 446-2800.