emergency responders http://michiganradio.org en How emergency responders in Michigan are preparing for the next pipeline break http://michiganradio.org/post/how-emergency-responders-michigan-are-preparing-next-pipeline-break <p>There are close to 70,000 miles of underground pipelines in Michigan carrying all kinds of materials around the state – things like natural gas, refined petroleum, and crude oil.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And for the most part, we really don’t notice these pipelines. That was true in Michigan until one summer day three and half years ago when this happened:</span></p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILwEFZoxd9Q</p><p>The Kalamazoo River oil spill was the worst inland oil spill in North America.</p><p>It took Enbridge Energy 17 hours to realize they had a broken pipeline.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:54:51 +0000 Mark Brush 16326 at http://michiganradio.org How emergency responders in Michigan are preparing for the next pipeline break Video: Highland Park firefighter lights up YouTube with helmet cam footage http://michiganradio.org/post/video-highland-park-firefighter-lights-youtube-helmet-cam-footage <p>Scott Ziegler has a more interesting job than the rest of us, and he knows it.</p><p>The Highland Park firefighter recently posted a montage of footage that he took using a camera mounted to his helmet.&nbsp;</p><p>The YouTube video, "2012 a year on my lid"&nbsp; has become an Internet sensation with nearly 1,000,000 views.</p><p>It highlights some of the more harrowing moments of fighting fire in the Detroit area.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 19:30:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10690 at http://michiganradio.org Video: Highland Park firefighter lights up YouTube with helmet cam footage "Burn" opens to supportive crowd with many firefighters in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/burn-opens-supportive-crowd-many-firefighters-detroit <p>The documentary "Burn" made its debut in Detroit over the weekend.</p><p>The film was shot by Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez.</p><p>The filmmakers say they were inspired to make a movie about Detroit firefighters from this great NPR story by Jackie Lydon from 2008:</p><p><embed allowfullscreen="true" base="http://www.npr.org" src="http://www.npr.org/v2/?i=98743950&amp;m=98759524&amp;t=audio" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="opaque" height="386" width="400"></p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 15:40:11 +0000 Mark Brush 9311 at http://michiganradio.org "Burn" opens to supportive crowd with many firefighters in Detroit Michigan Supreme Court to weigh into 911 lawsuit http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-weigh-911-lawsuit <p>The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments today&nbsp;over&nbsp; whether a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/Clerk/01-12/142438-9-142441/Index.html">wrongful death lawsuit</a> can proceed&nbsp;against a 911 operator.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In 2006, a 5-year-old boy in Detroit called 911 seeking help for his mother who was unconscious. The first 911&nbsp;operator who received the boy’s call&nbsp;didn’t believe him&nbsp;and told the boy to stop<a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12208992/ns/us_news-life/t/mother-dies-after-call-treated-prank/"> ‘playing on the phone’.&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; The operator&nbsp;told the boy she would send a police officer to the house, but she did not.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A few hours later a second 911 operator accused&nbsp;the boy of playing a prank. The second 911 operator did send a police officer to the home. When the officer arrived, he discovered the boy’s&nbsp;mother dead on the floor.</p><p>The&nbsp;family sued claiming wrongful death&nbsp;and emotional distress.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The&nbsp;911 operators contended they&nbsp;are protected by&nbsp;laws which&nbsp;give&nbsp;<a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(hm2yfjbrnvstjv45enwcbz55))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&amp;objectname=mcl-691-1407">'immunity'</a>&nbsp;to local&nbsp;governments. But lower state courts disagreed. The Court of Appeals&nbsp;found the 911&nbsp;operators engaged in&nbsp;"extreme and&nbsp;and&nbsp;outrageous conduct" and so were not entitled&nbsp;to dismissal of the lawsuit.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Earlier this week,&nbsp;a settlement was approved between one of the 911 operators and the family. An attorney described the settlement as ‘nominal’. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 06:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 5720 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court to weigh into 911 lawsuit