Frankenmuth Fire Department assists police on motorcycle accident
The Frankenmuth Fire Department responded to six calls for service last week, upping their 2019 total to 134 responses.
Shortly before 7am Thursday, October 3, the FFD was activated for a wire down in the 9100 block of South Ronrick Drive. FFD Lt. Adam Weiss and the Frankenmuth Police advised that upon arrival and further investigation, what appeared to be a black cable was a black garden hose that was placed across the street to drain water from a rear yard lot.
Units cleared within 10 minutes, with 10 firefighters traveling to the hall.
Later Thursday, shortly after 4pm, a general fire alarm was activated at the Frankenmuth Brewery, 425 South Main Street.
FFD Safety Officer Jamison Zehnder reported steam from a dishwasher had set off the overhead detector. Engine 1 responded with five personnel; 10 reported to the station. They cleared the scene before 4:30pm.
Around 5:45am Friday, October 4, the fire department was summoned to the 5400 block of Maple Road for a residential smoke detector.
FFD Crew Leader Chris Pickelmann said the alarm was an accidental trip. Engine 1 and six firefighters traveled to the scene, clearing within 15 minutes.
At 6:21pm on Saturday, October 5, the FFD was called to the 8800 block of West Tuscola Road for a residential smoke detector alarm. Weiss advised this was also a false trip. Engine 1 with six on board responded, clearing within minutes.
At 2:41pm Sunday, October 6, the fire department was requested to assist the Frankenmuth Police for a motorcycle/pickup accident at the corner of M-83 and Roedel Roads, to establish a landing zone for the Covenant Life Net helicopter.
FFD Captain Dan Schneirla said upon arrival, police and other bystanders were providing medical treatment to the cyclist who had collided with the pickup truck.
Engine 2, Squad 4 and Engine 1 responded to the scene with 17 personnel and assisted medical crews and the FPD with initial traffic control. Fire personnel also established a landing zone in the Uptown North Main parking lot. Overall, 21 firefighters responded and they cleared one hour later.
Also on Sunday, shortly after 6:30pm, Buena Vista Police and Fire requested the Frankenmuth Public Safety drone to Johnson’s Pumpkin Farm on Portsmouth Road to assist in a search for an unknown person shooting a BB gun at corn maze patrons.
FFD Captain Doug VanWormer said the drone was used for one hour to search the 10-acre area and the vicinity. Squad 4 responded with five personnel and cleared by 8:30pm. A total of 12 firefighters reported for duty.
In other FFD news, the mid-month fire training took place October 8, working on a structure set for demolition on Maple Road.
The firefighters are also in the midst of visiting schools for Fire Prevention Education and community risk reduction purposes. Last week, a pre-school class from Zion Lutheran School in Bay City visited the station as they annually visit Frankenmuth.