2018-05-16 / News

State Firemen’s Association annual conference begins this week in Lapeer

BY ANDREW DIETDERICH
810-452-2609 • adietderich@mihomepaper.com


Burlington Township firefighters get equipped with air tanks at a Barnes Road house fire last Thursday that brought out six departments to the mid-day fire. Personnel from Lapeer County-area departments and more than 250 firefighters from across Michigan will be in Lapeer for the Michigan State Firemen’s Association annual conference. 
Photo by Jeff Hogan Burlington Township firefighters get equipped with air tanks at a Barnes Road house fire last Thursday that brought out six departments to the mid-day fire. Personnel from Lapeer County-area departments and more than 250 firefighters from across Michigan will be in Lapeer for the Michigan State Firemen’s Association annual conference. Photo by Jeff Hogan LAPEER — Firefighters from across the state of Michigan are in Lapeer this week for the Michigan State Firemen’s Association annual conference. The conference will be held Friday and Saturday. The Lapeer Center is serving as the main location of the event.

Elba Township Fire & Rescue Chief Mike Burke previously told The County Press he expects at least 250 firefighters will visit the area for the annual conference.

Social events, such as golf outings, also have traditionally been part of the conference.

Additionally, MSFA will offer spring training classes in conjunction with the annual conference.

“There will be six schools taught around the county for firefighters,” Burke said.

Classes will include a two-day session on bus extrication that is designed to help firefighters prepare for school bus accidents.

A separate two-day class will be for open water rescue for what to do in the event of a reported drowning, Burke said.

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