Mt. Pleasant Fire Department Responds to House Fire

On January 20, 2023 at 6:34 p.m. the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department (MPFD) responded to a house fire on River Road in Union Township.

Upon arrival, crews observed a single-story residence with heavy flames and smoke coming from the attached garage. The fire was brought under control at 7:11 p.m. The house sustained heavy smoke, heat and fire damage.

The occupants of the residence were home at the time of the incident and safely exited the structure. The MPFD is investigating the cause of the fire.         

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department was assisted by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department, Deerfield Township Fire Department, Shepherd Tri-Township Fire Department, Mobile Medical Response and Isabella County Central Dispatch.

Mt. Pleasant Fire Chief Beltinck to Retire

After 25 years of service, Fire Chief Rick Beltinck will retire on December 16. Rick rose through the fire ranks, starting as a Fire Equipment Operator. He then advanced to Sergeant, Lieutenant and ultimately Chief in 2015.

In reflecting on his career with the MPFD, Rick observed, “I have had the opportunity to work with great people within our organization, and the community as a whole. It was truly an honor to be a member of a team which fostered learning and growth.”

“Rick’s dedication and hard work is evident through the numerous roles he filled within the fire department and the many initiatives he spearheaded,” said Director Paul Lauria. “Rick worked diligently on the 800Mhz statewide radio system implementation, the SCBA firefighter pack transition, successfully obtained grant funding, and developed a process for updating policy and procedures. Rick also served as the City’s Emergency Manager,” Lauria added, “and chaired the area fire chief’s board which fosters communication among the regional fire departments. Rick’s commitment to the community, the Division of Public Safety, and his invaluable institutional knowledge will be sorely missed.”

Rick’s retirement plans include spending time with family and enjoying life.

Electric Bikes, Scooters and Skateboards – Fire Hazard Information You Need to Know

Electric bikes, scooters and skateboards can be fun, but they also present a fire hazard due to their lithium-ion batteries. When damaged or overcharged, lithium-ion batteries can overheat, catch on fire, and even lead to explosions. These fires often burn very hot and are difficult for firefighters to extinguish.

Chief Rick Beltinck of the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department shared, “Lithium-ion batteries store a large amount of energy, and have a high probability of catching fire if not handled properly.” He continued, “As more products rely on lithium-ion energy, it is imperative that consumers are aware of the risks, and properly store and operate these powerful batteries.”

If you have an e-bike, e-scooter, e-skateboard, or any lithium-ion powered product, there are several fire prevention tips you should follow.

  • Purchase products that have the Underwriters Laboratories Mark (UL).
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging and storage.
  • Use the manufacturer’s cord and power adapter made for the device.
  • Do not overcharge items with lithium-ion batteries. Unplug when fully charged.
  • Never leave your bike/scooter/skateboard unattended while charging.
  • Continually inspect lithium-ion batteries for any signs of damage.

Mt. Pleasant Fire Department Responds to Two House Fires

On November 1 at 10:05 p.m., the Mount Pleasant Fire Department (MPFD) responded to a structure fire at 1006 Bruce Street.

Upon arrival, crews observed two residential structures on fire. The fire was brought under control at 1:30 a.m. Both homes sustained heavy smoke, heat and fire damage. No injuries were sustained in this incident.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.   

The MPFD was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department, Shepherd Tri Township Fire Department, Deerfield Township Fire Department, Mobile Medical Response and Isabella County Central Dispatch.

Mt. Pleasant Fire Department Responds to House Fire

On July 5 at 6:57 p.m., the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department (MPFD) responded to a house fire at the 1700 block of West Broadway Street. 

Upon arrival, crews observed a two-story residence with flames and smoke coming from the rear of the structure. The fire was brought under control at 7:15 p.m. The house sustained heavy smoke, heat and fire damage.

The occupants of the residence were home at the time of the incident and safely exited the structure.

The MPFD is investigating the cause of the fire.       

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department and Isabella County Central Dispatch.

City of Mt. Pleasant’s 2021 Annual Report

Enhanced services and partnerships, desirable neighborhoods, new housing options, public safety, sustainable infrastructure, recreational activities and more are highlighted in the City of Mt. Pleasant’s 2021 Annual Report. To view the detailed report visit: https://issuu.com/mtpleasantmi/docs/annual_report_2021_ae09cb3c5a079a

Residential Fire Extinguished

 

At 10:04 p.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022 the Mount Pleasant Fire Department responded to a house fire at 1512 W. Granger Street. Upon arrival, crews observed flames and smoke coming from the rear of the single story residence.

The home was occupied at the time of the fire, but all individuals were able to exit safely without injury. The fire was brought under control by 10:43 p.m. The structure sustained heavy smoke, heat and fire damage. The family who occupied the home has been provided food and shelter by the American Red Cross. 

The fire remains under investigation. The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department and Isabella County Central Dispatch. The fire remains under investigation. 

Isabella County Enhances 9-1-1 Services and Emergency Notification with Smart911; Replacing CodeRED

Isabella County public safety officials announced Smart911 is now available for free to all residents. Individuals who were previously signed up for CodeRED will need to sign up for Smart911 to receive timely and actionable emergency alerts via email, text or voice message. This should be completed before the CodeRED system is discontinued on December 6, 2021.

Smart911 not only informs citizens of emergencies, but allows individuals to create a Safety Profile for their household, if they wish. These profiles include detailed information citizens want 9-1-1 representatives and response teams to know in the event of an emergency. Profiles can be completed by visiting www.smart911.com or downloading the Smart911 App.

With this new system, when an individual makes an emergency call their Safety Profile is automatically displayed for the 9-1-1 representative, enabling the proper response team(s) to be dispatched to an exact location with detailed information. Examples include fire crews knowing how many people reside in a household, EMS staff being informed of allergies or specific medical conditions, or police having a photo of a missing child in seconds, rather than minutes or hours.

Sign up for free at www.isabellacounty.org/911, www.smart911.com, or by downloading the Smart911 App.  

Mt. Pleasant Fire Department Responds to Restaurant Fire

On July 3 at 8:25 pm, the Mount Pleasant Fire Department (MPFD) responded to a structure fire at Kuji Hibachi and Sushi, 5768 E. Pickard Rd.

Upon arrival crews observed smoke and flames emerging from the back of the structure. The fire began outside of the building, burned into a wall, and spread to the attic area. The restaurant was open at the time of the fire. All staff and customers were evacuated safely.

The building sustained moderate smoke damage and light structural damage to the rear corner and roof. The MPFD is investigating to determine the cause of the fire. 

The MPFD was assisted by MMR, Shepherd Tri-Township Fire Department, and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department.

Mt. Pleasant Fire Department Responds to Two Structure Fires Over Weekend

On January 9, 2021 at 7:06 a.m. the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department (MPFD) responded to a house fire at 448 E. Pickard Road in Union Township.

Upon arrival firefighters observed light smoke coming from the structure. It was determined the fire was located in the attic, and was quickly extinguished. Smoke and fire damage were sustained in the attic and the rear of the home. The MPFD is currently investigating to determine the cause of the fire.

The occupants of the residence were home at the time of the incident and safely exited the structure.

The MPFD was assisted by the Isabella County Fire Investigation Team and the Deerfield Fire Department.

On January 10, 2021 at 5:21 a.m. the MPFD responded to a barn fire at 4989 E. Millbrook Road in Union Township.  Firefighters arrived on the scene and observed a large barn fully engulfed in heavy smoke and flames. The building is determined a total loss. The MPFD is investigating the cause of the fire.

All farm animals were safely removed from the area.           

The MPFD was assisted by MMR, Shepherd Tri-Township Fire Department, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department and Fremont Fire Department.