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Solon Fire receives new truck

Solon Township Fire Department recently took delivery of a new fire truck, Solon Tender 1. According to Fire Chief Jeff Drake, this truck will be used to shuttle water to fire scenes, and it is also capable of pumping water too. 

Solon Fire Departments new truck. Courtesy photo.

The 2008 Freightliner Cab and Chassis was awarded in 2016 to Solon Fire Department via the Michigan DNR and the Federal Surplus Equipment program at no cost.  The contract to convert the Department of Defense truck to a fire truck (Tender) was awarded to B & B Fire Division in May of 2017.

They converted the Freightliner cab & chassis (like a semi truck that hauls trailers) by extending the rear axle back 20 feet to accept the pump and water tank. It has a 4,000 Gallon Custom Poly Tank/Body w/ladders through the tank.

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Solon Fire receives lifesaving equipment

Solon Firefighters with new equipment. (L to R) FF Rich Hays, FF Jordan Nielsen, FF Matt Schievink, FF Scott Johnson, Captain Doug Gabrielse, FF Jack Schmidt, FF Taylor Hunt, Deputy Chief Chris Paige.

In October, the Solon Fire Department was awarded the purchase of an Automatic Chest Compression Device through the generosity of the Firehouse Subs Community Foundation. Solon Fire Chief Jeff Drake said that this equipment recently arrived at Solon Fire Department, and that fire personnel completed the manufacturer’s recommended training. “We have added this equipment to our cache of tools to provide quality service to our customers,” said Drake.

He told the Post that this grant would enable SFD to provide high performance cardiac arrest treatment with three personnel versus the current need for optimally six persons rotating and performing manual compressions. It will give SFD the ability to deliver better CPR and provide a greater likelihood of patient survival.

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Solon Fire recognizes firefighters

Two newer Solon Fire Department firefighters received their pins last month. From left to right: Firefighter Nick Grady, Solon Fire Chief Jeff Drake, and firefighter Jordan Nielsen. Courtesy photo.

On October 1, 2017, Solon Township Fire Department hosted its Second Annual Firefighter Appreciation Dinner at Sparta Lanes in Sparta, MI. Two of the newest firefighters also received their pins at the dinner.

“This event is an opportunity for the personnel to stand down from emergency alarms as a group and enjoy some recreation time and a dinner,” explained Solon Fire Chief Jeff Drake. “It is also an opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifices and contributions of the members’ family when the member responds to an incident. Ask any responder and they will tell you the alarm never rings at a convenient time. It seems to always ring when you are sitting down for dinner or maybe some simple family time. We recognize that the sons, daughters, spouses, and the extended family of our members are an integral part of our organization.”

The night includes a buffet dinner (paid by the Township), lane rental (donated), and door prizes.

During the four-hour dinner, Solon’s mutual aid partners provided coverage for emergency incidents in Solon Township. These partners include Algoma, Cedar Springs, Kent City, and Sand Lake Fire Departments.  

Drake explained that due to a scheduling conflict over the summer of 2017, the annual Badge Pinning Ceremony also occurred at this event rather than at a regular Township Board Meeting. This ceremony recognized the efforts of two of the newest graduates from the Michigan Fire Fighter Training Council Firefighter I & II Academy in May of 2017. At this ceremony, these two individuals took the oath of office, affirmed the FF Code of Ethics, and had their badges pinned by someone of their choice.

One was Nick Grady, age 25, of the City of Cedar Springs. He has been a member of the Solon Fire Department since September 2016, and was pinned by his wife, Rachel.

The other firefighter was Jordan Nielsen, age 19, of Algoma Township. He has been a member of the SFD since May 2016, and was pinned by Deputy Chief Chris Paige.

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