Ann Arbor’s New Fire Chief Larry Collins Was Fired From Previous Post in Sept. 2014

Ann Arbor’s New Fire Chief Larry Collins Was Fired From Previous Post in Sept. 2014

CITY OF ANN Arbor officials put out a press release when new Fire Chief Larry Collins was hired. It was short and sweet. What it didn’t include was the fact that Collins had been fired from his previous job on Sept. 4. Before heading the Brevard County Fire Department for five years, Collins, spent 30 […]

Ann Arbor Fire Station No. 3 Re-Opens—Fire Station No. 4 Set to Close and Crew to Move to Fire Station No. 6

Ann Arbor Fire Station No. 3 Re-Opens—Fire Station No. 4 Set to Close and Crew to Move to Fire Station No. 6

In August 2014, Ann Arbor officials announced renovations to three of the city’s fire stations: Ann Arbor Fire Station No. 3, followed by Stations No. 4 and then No. 5. ANN ARBOR FIRE Department stations are undergoing renovations to their bathrooms and locker rooms. The projects were included in the fiscal year 2015 adopted budget. […]

Could Assistant Chief Ellen Taylor Bring Needed Stability To The AAFD As Ann Arbor’s First Female Fire Chief?

Could Assistant Chief Ellen Taylor Bring Needed Stability To The AAFD As Ann  Arbor’s First Female Fire Chief?

IN JANUARY 2014, Ann Arbor Fire Department Chief Chuck Hubbard will retire. His departure opens the door for the promotion of Assistant Fire Chief Ellen Taylor to the  top spot in the AAFD. Should she be moved into that job, Taylor will serve as the first female AAFD Chief. In 2011, when Talyor was promoted […]

Police, Fire, Parks, Millage Funds & Pools Dinged By City’s IT Fund For Millions In Assessments While IT Projects Remained Uncompleted

Police, Fire, Parks, Millage Funds & Pools Dinged By City’s IT Fund For Millions In Assessments While IT Projects Remained Uncompleted

MAYOR HIEFTJE HAS repeatedly told the public that the cost of police and fire service is a strain on the city’s budget. In a 2012 interview he said this about the city’s safety services budget, “…All the water has been wrung out of the towels. There just aren’t any more rabbits to pull out of […]

City Administrator Memo To Council: “At this time, I am not proceeding with reducing the number of fire stations”

City Administrator Memo To Council: “At this time, I am not proceeding with reducing the number of fire stations”

John Hieftje and his political pals have a reputation of ignoring public opinion. Perhaps the most egregious example was a 2008 Council meeting at which petitions with 6,000 signatures were presented to Council to urge them to put the question of whether to spend $75 million dollars to build a new city hall to a […]

Ann Arbor Mayor: “Closing 1/2 of City Fire Stations Will Result In Much Better Fire Coverage.”

Ann Arbor Mayor: “Closing 1/2 of City Fire Stations Will Result In Much Better Fire Coverage.”

At Monday’s City Council meeting John Hieftje evidently wanted to make sure he understood exactly how deep in his own personal pile of horse manure he was standing. So, Hieftje pointedly asked the new Fire Chief, Chuck Hubbard (below), a 20-year member of the AAFD, “if the city would actually experience better service if it […]

Service Cuts Have Resulted In Sharp Rise In Number & Frequency of Fire-Related Deaths

Service Cuts Have Resulted In Sharp Rise In Number & Frequency of Fire-Related Deaths

A2P Notes: This is filed under “Scoops & Scores,” because you read it here first! The graph, above, is simple to read. As the number of firefighters in Ann Arbor has declined, the number and regularity of fire fatalities have increased sharply. Let’s be clear, “fire fatalities,” as well as “crime statistics” are people. They are […]