2018-03-11 / News

Chesaning-Brady firefighters stay busy as 2018 begins

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

Chesaning-Brady firefighters use their ladder truck at the Elsie dairy barn fire on Feb. 26. 
Courtesy photo Chesaning-Brady firefighters use their ladder truck at the Elsie dairy barn fire on Feb. 26. Courtesy photo CHESANING – As of Wednesday, March 7, the Chesaning-Brady Fire Department had already responded to 29 calls since the start of the year.

“We have been busy.” Fire chief Scott Fall said.

On Sunday, March 4, firefighters were called to assist at the scene of a cardiac arrest within the Village of Chesaning. Ten minutes later, they received a second call to assist with another cardiac arrest within the village, about 12 blocks away. Fall said he was happy with the MMR response times; MMR first sent an ambulance from the Chesaning base, and then from the St. Charles area.

But the most demanding call they’ve worked this year was assisting the Elsie Area Fire Department with a hay barn fire at an industrial-size dairy farm with 3,500 head of cows.

Chief Fall said the Chesaning- Brady Fire Department received the call to assist on Monday, Feb. 26 at 1:15 p.m. The hay barn was so large, it was more of a hay pavilion, he explained. Hay was stacked floor to ceiling with eight-foot-long rectangular bales, and it kept the fire burning for a long time.

It took 14 fire departments working continuously for 36 hours before they could clear the scene. The Chesaning-Brady Fire Department had a total of 205 man-hours into this fire. Fortunately, there were no injuries to his crew of Chesaning-Brady firefighters.

Fall said, “We rotated personnel, hauling water and using our ladder truck. Everybody did a great job. A huge thank you to our group for not only the time put in at the fire, but also standing by at the station and cleaning off the equipment.”

He explained they had to drive the fire trucks through cow manure and mud.

A few hours after finishing at the dairy farm, the department was called out due to power outages around town in Chesaning. They also responded to an emergency at a village sewer lift station.

The department also assisted the Owosso Township Fire Department fighting a house-fire on Feb. 23. They worked that fire for three and one-half hours.

Fall also said several members of the Chesaning-Brady Fire Department attended the March 4 memorial and March 5 funeral service for retired Tri-Township Fire Chief Richard Browne.

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