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Clare Fire Department: Busy Week

New Fire Truck and More


Clare Fire Department Celebrates New Fire Truck

 On Tuesday, Jan. 24 the Clare Fire Department held an open house to present its new fire truck to citizens and elected officials. The new truck cost $589,516 and holds 1,200 gallons of water. It replaces a 20-year-old engine.

Fire Department Vehicle Struck: Caution Urged

On Saturday, Jan. 22 a Clare Fire Department vehicle was hit while on call on U.S. 127. Fire Chief Jim Chapman urges caution to drivers when they see any vehicle pulled to the side of the road.

“We are just pleading with people to slow down and move over when you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road,” Chapman said. “I like to say when you pass a police officer, a snowplow, or a fire truck, an ambulance or a wrecker, you’re driving through our office. That is what you are doing so please drive through our office with caution.”

No one was injured in the accident, but it puts the truck, a water tender, out of service until it can be repaired.

Single Vehicle Rollover Accident

Clare Fire Department responded to report of a single vehicle rollover accident. The accident happened at 1:31 p.m. Jan. 18 in the 8900 Block of N. Leaton Road in Isabella County. On arrival, firefighters found the driver still in the vehicle conscious and alert. The male driver, a Mount Pleasant resident, was helped out of the vehicle and was transported to Midland Hospital with a laceration to his head. The driver had swerved to miss a deer causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and travel 150 feet down an embankment and into a creek, landing on its passenger side.

Firefighters were assisted on scene by Isabella County Sheriff deputies and MMR Ambulance.

Loader Fire at Harrison, Surrey Intersection

The Clare Fire Department responded to report of a loader fire at 12:41 p.m. Jan. 14 at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Surrey Road. The driver saw flames coming from the engine area and was able to stop and exit the machine before it was engulfed. The owner of the loader was JPG Millings, LLC in Gladwin. There were no injuries, but the machine was a total loss. Clare firefighters had the fire under control in 15 minutes and remained on scene for two hours.  Pictured are Capt. Chad Michel and Lt. Claire Kaisler dousing the flames. Traffic was diverted from the area as the intersection was blocked. Assisting at the scene were MMR Ambulance, the Clare County Sheriff Department and the Clare County Road Commission.


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