Lansing Fire Fighters
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    ·        Total Investigations:                        155
    o       Accidental:                               48
    o       Undetermined:                         17
    o       Incendiary Device:                             52
    o       Prep to Burn                            4
    o       Natural:                                   2
    o       Other:                                      32
    ·        Total Inspections:                               337
    ·        Total Public Education:                       48
    ·        Total Burn Permits:                             312
    ·        Total Plan Reviews:                            138

    Feb 28, 2009




    ·        2008 Special Events:


    o       Common Ground and Silver Bells


    ·        2008 Exercises:


    o       Airport

    o       Pandemic

    o       Law Enforcement

    o       Mass Fatalities

    o       Hospital Preparedness


    ·        Training and Public Education 2008


    o       Training of City Personnel – 120hrs


    o       Public Education and Public Speaking – 96hrs


    ·        Activation of EOC during 2008


    o       June Tornado Event and the September Flood Event


    ·        EOC Staff


    o       Required training and continuing education: (2 staff) 180hrs


    o       Activation Time: 800 work hours for response and recovery


    o       Special Events: 140 work hours with planning and activation


    o       Other Planning Activities: 130hrs


    ·        Volunteer hours by CERT members – 2,440hrs

    Feb 05, 2004

    Aug 17, 2006
    Emergency Management Office

    Emergency Management has two roles in the City of Lansing. On a day to day basis we work to prepare emergency responders, businesses and citizens for disaster.

    When disaster strikes, Emergency Management becomes a coordinating agency, bringing together those with a stake in the emergency response and in community recovery to make the most effective disaster response possible.

    Every disaster is a local disaster. Regardless of how widespread it is, or how many state or federal resources may be used, the City of Lansing is always responsible for disaster response within its borders.

    Lansing Fire is the lead agency that operates the Emergency Management Division.  During any major incident an impact and threat assessment is determined. Resources are coordinated and acted upon.  This can include determination of need for local, statewide and national resources.  EMD personnel are active in preplanning.  This includes frequent contact with business, media and multiple community organizations.  Should action need to be taken they are ready to coordinate resources and insure release of public information as fast as possible. 


    Aug 17, 2006
    Fire Prevention Division
    Safety through planning and action

    Most people automatically think fire truck when they think of a fire department.  While it is often the most obvious function, responding to fires is not the complete description of the Lansing Fire Department.  A prominent "behind the scenes" function at LFD is the Fire Prevention Division.  While not complete, that title captures the intent of this division.  The major functions are broken down below. 

    blueprintAll division staff (inspectors) are certified Fire Inspectors.  This aspect of fire prevention is most important.  It has been said that the safest fire is one that never happens.  Inspections cover a wide variety of occupancies.  They can vary from a store front downtown, to a factory such as General Motors.  It also includes extremely hazardous sites (known as EHS sites) within the city.  The focus of an inspection is to identify and correct problems that may lead to a fire, delay notification of a fire, and to remove any obstacles that may impede or block egress from a building.  Examples of these may include combustibles stored near the furnace or water heater.  An alarm system or sprinkler system that has not been maintained or storage in an exit way.

    Each inspector is trained to investigate fires and to determine it's cause and origin.  Sometimes this is not possible due to the amount of damage caused by the fire.   That said, Lansing Fire has a solve rate above the national average and a high conviction rate for those accused of arson. 


    school_2The fire prevention division is active in public education.  The division offers programs for seniors, local civic groups and any organization that request one.  One of our goals is to reach the youth of the city and create a well informed generation.  Each year the Fire Prevention Division works with the Fire Suppression crews to insure that each elementary school in Lansing is provided with a prevention course.  Each student meets the firefighters, learns life saving techniques and receives literature to take home.

    Remember : Fire Prevention saves lives!

    Aug 17, 2006

    The training Division at LFD is involved with many facets of education

    Recruit training.The level of education required to operate at LFD has increased dramatically over the years.  To begin with they have to meet Michigan requirements for professional firefighters.  We then have Hazardous materials training, confined space and extrication minimum requirements.  That would only prepare them to ride the fire rigs.  The process is repeated for the medical aspect of the job.  State licensure as a Paramedic or EMT must be met.  We then have a process of preparing the new firefighters to operate within the department: specialty equipment, exposure control, and medical control certification.

    Ongoing Education

    vent_roofTraining doesn't stop when a firefighter is assigned to the suppression division.  It is just starting.  After the minimum competencies are completed  we have professional development and continuing education.  To maintain licensure as a Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) several continuing education credits must be earned.  ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) for paramedics and renewal of State license every three years.


    Maintain Proficiency
    Firefighting is not a static profession.  Teamwork and cooperation are not an accident.  They are a result of training.  From individual evolutions such as: fire attack lines, hydrant supply and various rescue and ladder techniques.  The Training Division maintains a schedule and curriculums covering a large variety of classroom and hands on schools.  Classes are conducted each month to maintain skill levels and learn new techniques. 

    Working Toward Promotion / Professional Development 

    Firefighters at LFD have a dedicated team concept.  A seniority promotional system (with qualification) encourages all firefighters to work and train together.  Firefighters study  to take a competency  exam for Engineer.  Becoming State certified to drive the rigs is just the start.  Once the firefighter has mastered the skills of driving, they must master the skills of operating the apparatus.  In classroom and station settings they learn hydraulic systems, water supply and mechanical systems.  Through building tours and classroom they familiarize themselves with fire suppression systems and high rise water supply applications.  At the completion of this training they must complete an examination and prove competency (by skills based testing).  They must individually be cleared to operate each piece of apparatus at LFD.    Engineers start to focus on command and management courses to test for promotion to Lieutenant.   Once an officer the training continues.  Just as with the other ranks the classes are a combination of college level and in house training.  

    Specialty Disciplines conf_sp

    Lansing Fire offers many specialty disciplines to get training in as well.  It is operated in a focus station concept.  One of the stations (along with there daily duties) houses specialty training and resources to be called upon if needed.   Those include Hazardous Materials, Urban Search and Rescue,  Confined space,  High angle rescue, vehicle extrication and entrapment.   While all firefighters receive a base knowledge in all areas others are assigned to work with the equipment regularly.  These crews research and study ways to be more proficient in their discipline.   These skills can take a lot of time to master and excel in. 

    Training is no accident

    hs_fireThis has two meanings. The training division is responsible for making sure that all appropriate training is provided.  The Training Division consist of 2 Officers and clerical staff.  With the large volume of mandated training, the division must rely on a contingent of adjunct instructors throughout the department to complete it's aggressive training schedule. 

    Regular training is needed to be proficient.  We also know that the fire service operates in high risk environments.  Training is completed by a variety of methods.  A lesson might be taught in a classroom.  Application classes may include diving in a frozen pond, hanging from a rope twelve stories in the air,or crawling through an building full of smoke.  

     We are here to ensure that the standards of LFD are on par with the best in the country.  It is our goal to assist in training to handle the worst, in the safest manner possible. 

    Feb 28, 2009


    ·        Total Subjects in 2008:                                 364
    ·        Total Participants in 2008:                            4,994
    ·        Total Training Hours Completed:                  13,214

    Aug 17, 2006
     Maintainance & Alarm  

    The Maintenance & Alarm Division is responsible for keeping daily functions of the fire department supplied and operating. All facets of LFD operations require: equipment, gear and tools.  All with no delay in availability. That equipment is purchased, maintained, certified and / or delivered through this division.  

    Sample duties include:

    • Testing and maintenance of 130 Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).
    • Testing and maintenance of 415 air cylinders.
    • Testing and maintenance of 36,000 feet of fire hose annually.
    • Testing and maintenance of all ground ladders.
    • Testing and maintenance of 79 Radio Box alarms that protect 120 downtown buildings.
    • Provide logistical support during emergency operations.
    • Maintain and repair phone, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for all department buildings.
    • Snow removal for all Fire Stations.

    These tasks are completed by working with the administration, training and suppression divisions.  Maintenance works with various, apparatus, medical, technical and safety committees to ensure that all aspects of safety and function are addressed.  The goal is to ensure that the right equipment is purchased, tested and available for use at Lansing Fire.

    Feb 28, 2009


    ·        Tested 25,000’ of Fire Hose
    ·        Tested 2,146’ of Fire Ground Ladders
    ·        Functionally tested 146 Self Contained Breathing Apparatus
    ·        667 Internal Work Order Requests
    ·        260 Building repair requests with and/or through Building Maintenance
    ·        Civil Defense Siren preventative maintenance and painted: 20 total
    ·        Functional test of 63 Radio Box transmitters
    ·        Install the ID card access system at the Fire Training Facility
    ·        Assisted with the installation of the ID card system for the Treasury Building
    ·        Assisted with the installation of the ID card system for the Police SOD on Sunset
    ·        Self Contained Breathing Air-Air Quality tested quarterly

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