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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 24

EOS Webinar Recap: What to Do When Your Company Hits the Ceiling

Posted to Development News by Andrea Mantakounis

EOS Event Brite
Even the most successful entrepreneurs occasionally find running a business more challenging than they expected. At some point, all business owners feel frustrated - like nothing’s working and everything’s harder than it should be. When your company hits the ceiling, you need to develop new leadership abilities to break through.

This was the concept for Marisa Smith’s live webinar that took place Friday afternoon. During the educational hour, Marisa focused on the Five Leadership Abilities™ that leadership teams must master to get to the next level. The attendees learned how to use simple, practical tools to help them achieve their vision - faster! Below are the Five Leadership Abilities™, along with the necessary tools for implementation.  All of the tools can be downloaded for free from the EOS Worldwide website --

1. Simplify

Tool: Vision/Traction Organizer

2. Delegate

Tools: Delegate & Elevate™, and Accountability Chart

3. Predict

Tools: Vision/ Traction Organizer™, Issues Solving Track™, and Scorecard

4. Systemize

Tool: 3-Step Process Documenter

5. Structure

Tool: Accountability Chart

Hitting the ceiling is a natural part of growth within an organization. As a business leader, is it crucial to understand that your company will hit the ceiling repeatedly, but that there are ways to help with the frustrations that come with it—implementing EOS®.

Many people wonder if EOS® is right for their company. Are you open-minded, growth-oriented, and a leader in your business? Are you willing to be open, honest, and vulnerable? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then EOS® is right for you.

Join Marisa Smith and the City of Sterling Heights for the next two sessions to explore how the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®) can help you clarify and achieve your vision, instill discipline and accountability in your organization, and foster a healthy team environment:

Simple Tools for Building a Strong Culture at Your Company (Lunch and Learn)

Friday, September 22 from 12 pm-1pm

Crystallize Your Company Vision for 2018 (Webinar)

Friday, December 1 from 12pm-1pm

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.