Council OKs equipment for fire department


The city has received “nothing but compliments” for the fire department’s handling of a early morning fire Nov. 24 at the seven-story Providence Towers apartment building on Nine Mile Road.

That’s the word from city Councilman Jeremy Moss.

“The backup ambulance alleviated (some of) the burden,” Moss said.

He added that the fire really put the department “on trial,” and they “delivered incredible results.”

The only injuries in the fire were two people who were taken to Providence Hospital with smoke inhalation, according to fire Chief Keith Rowley.

Five area fire departments responded to a call for mutual aid in fighting the 2 a.m. fire.

His comments came shortly before the council approved Monday night the purchase with federal funds of new helmets for firefighters. Also approved was the purchase of exercise equipment for the department.

Moss noted that heart attacks are the top cause of death for firefighters, and the equipment will help keep them safe.

Later in the meeting, Mayor Brenda Lawrence also had high praise for the fire department’s efforts in battling the Providence Towers fire.

“The greatest gift we have is having our family together,” she said. “The fire department was able to clear the building out...We really have a lot to be thankful for.”

Families from the 24 units affected in the fire may have lost physical possessions, Lawrence said, “but they have each other.”