Governor signed bill dedicating section of I-75 to fallen Navy SEAL
It was an honor and a truly humbling experience to work on Senate Bill 51 which officially designates a portion of highway I-75 in Genesee County to be known as the “John Wayne ‘Dusty’ Marcum Memorial Highway.” I was pleased to have Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Marcum’s sister Kaylee and her family join me for a photo with Governor Snyder. John was a true American hero and this small gesture will serve as a reminder of the courage and honor he served with on a daily basis.
I also want to extend a special thanks to John's close friend Jim Johnston for bringing the issue to his attention and recommending the legislation. Hometown Tours: Saginaw Fire Department
I recently returned to Saginaw to continue my Hometown Tour series. I spent the day with Station One of the Saginaw Fire Department
learning how to use the equipment, doing training exercises with the crew, and exploring the daily duties of an on-duty firefighter. Station One houses 51 full-time firefighters with 13 on duty at all times. Before becoming a firefighter, trainees must complete 260 hours of training.
This is the first job I’ve done where I was not only required to get dressed and ready within a certain time limit, but practiced doing so as well. The firefighters’ gear is always lined up and ready to go in preparation for the next call. They have this down to a science and are ready in a matter of seconds. During the drills, I was still lacing up my gear and they were dressed and already heading toward the truck.
After running some drills getting dressed, sliding down the pole from the loft, and other preparation needed in the event of a call, I took a brief tour of Station One’s vehicle inventory. Each vehicle has a specific purpose, from boats to the smaller fire engines. What I found to be most impressive was the ladder truck. It has an on-board, 500-gallon water tank and a ladder capable of reaching 100 feet with a spray nozzle on the end. So, not only can they rescue someone trapped in a high-rise, they are also capable of spraying water from up there.
After completing the introduction to the various equipment on site, the team then gathered in the ladder truck and departed for the training grounds. SFD has property within city limits that they use to conduct training exercises such as ladder use, practice working on pitched roofs and vehicle extractions. They also have a large tower they use to practice running hoses and bucket extractions with the ladder truck.
Once the training exercises on the tower were completed, we then moved to the opposite side of the property for the last leg of the tour: The Jaws of Life. I’d have to say my favorite part of this particular tour was the vehicle extractions. Shattering glass with an axe and operating a piece of equipment that clipped and sheered through car doors like a tin can was certainly an exciting experience.
I think it’s great for the community to see this. Firefighters are the first responders in many emergency situations, not just fires. They remove people from wrecked cars, people who are locked out of their house, people who are trapped inside something, and the list goes on. Giving the community an inside look as to what these folks do on a daily basis and the constant training and state of readiness that they are in should really inspire confidence among the community.
I want to thank everyone involved in this visit for not only showing me a great time, but a valuable learning experience as well. A special thanks to Aileen Pettinger for organizing the visit, Battalion Chief Tom Raines for allowing the visit to happen, Matt Koch and Steve Orloff for assisting me with the drills and lastly, Captain James Champney for the incredible meal at the end of the tour.
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Earlier in April, I welcomed the Rev. Douglas Jackson and his wife Kathy to the state Capitol. Rev. Jackson serves as pastor at Community Baptist Church in Saginaw and delivered the invocation before Senate session.
I was also happy to welcome Dr. Kari Selleck, Curriculum Director at Owosso Public Schools and Owosso Mayor Ben Frederick to Lansing. Dr. Selleck was in Lansing to testify before the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee. We discussed the importance of flexibility in the math requirements within the Michigan Merit Curriculum as students pursue various pathways directly to employment, trade schools, community college or university. Make sure you're prepared for severe weather
A Michigan spring can bring fast-changing weather conditions, including thunderstorms, lightning and high winds as well as rapidly warming temperatures.
Severe Weather Awareness Week, held April 10-16 this year, encourages Michigan residents to prepare before severe weather strikes to minimize damage and help keep everyone safe. Visit the Michigan State Police website www.michigan.gov/beprepared
and learn what to do before, during and after any type of emergency. Pure Michigan Travel Guide now available
From waterfalls and sand dunes to museums and fine cuisine, Pure Michigan has it all!
The 2016 Pure Michigan Spring/Summer Travel Guide features fun in every corner of the state, including articles on national parks, food festivals, shoreline adventures, city life and more. Check out this great travel publication online at www.michigan.org
or contact my office to receive a print copy.