Fire departments represented by Michigan Association of Fire Fighters (MAFF) are hosting events throughout September and October in honor of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, 2019. Fire Prevention Week is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which Oct. 9 falls to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 8-9,1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). This year the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fire prevention week theme is “Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and Practice your Escape.” Visit National Fire Protection Association website for fire safety prevention tips.

Local Fire Prevention public events include:

  • Augusta Charter Township Fire Department Open House
    Time: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
    Location: 10985 Whittaker Rd., Whittaker, MI 48190
    Contact: (734) 461-9500 or www.augustatownship.org
    Fire trucks and Huron Valley Ambulance will be on display. The event will also feature a smoke house where adults and children can learn fire safety, spray the fire hose and knock down a pretend fire. Augusta Township Fire Pup will visit the children. There will be free food and drink, literature and coloring books, and raffles for gift cards and other items donated by community businesses.
  • Burton Fire Department Open House
    Time: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
    Location: Fire Station 2 - Department Headquarters, 1320 S. Belsay Rd., Burton, MI 48509
    Contact: (810) 742-2158
    Event featured an obstacle course, Stop, Drop & Roll presentation and vehicle extrication demonstration. Enjoy free hot dogs, chips and face painting for kids. Meet firefighters, tour the station and trucks, receive free smoke detectors and batteries, fire safety handouts and view a reflective sign demonstration.
  • Chelsea Area Fire Authority Fire Safety for Children
    Week of Oct. 6-12, 2019 National Fire Prevention Week
    Area schools, daycares and churches including: North Creek Elementary, South Meadows Elementary, Lambs of Our Savior Christian Preschool and Chelsea Preschool.
    (734) 475-8755
    Fire safety instruction is geared toward children focusing on Stop, Drop & Roll; how to recognize smoke in house; having an outdoor family meeting place; navigating cell phones for emergency use; not looking for pets; opening or breaking windows and throwing stuffed animals outside to help firefighters find trapped individuals; placing blankets in front of cracks of door and not hiding during fires. Others interested in scheduling a fire safety event at their location should call the phone number listed above.
  • Chelsea Area Fire Authority Open House
    Time: Noon - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019
    Location: 200 W. Middle St.
    Contact: (734) 475-8755
    The event will feature a smoke house with a video playing inside for children to watch which teaches them how to crawl and get out of the house safely. Also featured are bounce houses, a petting zoo, jaws of life for children to cut cars, spray fire hose, face painting, balloon animals, fire truck tours, Red Cross and Huron Valley Ambulance on scene, popcorn, doughnuts and cider.
  • Clay Township Fire Department Safety Tikes at Clay Township Park
    12-3 p.m. Sat. Oct. 26, 2019
    4768 Pointe Tremble Rd., Clay Township, MI 48001
    Cindy at (810) 794-9320.
    The event will feature Paw Patrol characters Chase, Marshall and Skye. There will be safety illustrations for children to color and Paw Patrol-related prizes.
  • Flat Rock Fire Department Fire Safety Events @ Flat Rock area schools
    Time: October-November 2019
    Location: Ethel Bobcean Elementary, John Barnes Elementary, Summit Academy, Thomas Simpson Middle School, Community Lutheran Church Pre-School and other public and private schools and Home School groups as requested.
    Contact: Flat Rock Firefighter Tim Webb at (734) 341-1957
    The fire department conducts fire safety assemblies for older children and fire safety classroom presentations for public and private preschools and elementary schools. Call Tim Webb above to schedule a presentation.

Local Executive Board Members and Local Stewards are encouraged to attend free fall Grievance Seminars on Fridays at the MAFF Office.

The Seminars, conducted by MAFF Executive Director Fred Timpner, will provide valuable information about key grievance issues. Two fall seminars are scheduled Sept. 20 and Oct. 25, 2019. The Sept. 20 seminar will focus on Contract Interpretation. Discipline will be the topic at Oct. 25 seminar. Seminars begin at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served. Details can be found on the website Calendar.

Please register as soon as possible as space is limited to 12 people. Call Julie Palmquist at (248) 509-7160, ext. 231 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Space is limited so register today for the 25th Annual Michigan Association of Police Organizations (M.A.P.O.) Golf Outing being held Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 at Links of Novi.

mapoThe four-person scramble is sponsored by M.A.P.O. and includes continental breakfast, refreshments on the course, hot dogs and chips at the turn and a steak dinner following golf. Participants will be provided golf carts and door prizes.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place teams; longest drive for men and women and closest to the pin for men and women. There will also be a skins game, 50/50 drawing and raffles.

The cost is $440 per team or $110 per individual and registration is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Sponsors will have their company or organization’s name prominently displayed at one of the 18 holes for $250.

To register, sponsor the event, or for more information, contact Julie Palmquist at the MAFF Office at (248) 509-7160 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Get your clubs out and join the 29th Annual Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing Thursday, June 13, 2019 for a fun-filled day on the course complete with refreshments, lunch at the turn and a steak dinner at the end of the round.

Golfers must register on or before May 20, 2019 to insure their spot for this Links of Novi outing, which supports Golf15IMG 2634The Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Fund.

At least $5,000 in scholarships will be awarded on behalf of the fund for continued education in 2019. Since the fund's establishment, over $120,000 in scholarships have been awarded.

Gifts and prizes worth over $4,000 will be given away for: the first two places, Longest Drive for men and women, Closest to the Pin for men and women, Skins, Las Vegas Hole and raffles. Prize donations are welcome, and all donations are tax deductible.

Reservations are accepted on first-come first-serve basis for the 18-hole outing with golf carts provided. The cost is $110 for individuals or $440 for a foursome.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to our sponsors who very graciously supported the golf outing last year with their Golf Hole Sponsorship contributions! We are seeking their continued support this year and that of new sponsors for this very worthy cause. Those wishing to sponsor a hole may do so for $250 by completing the sponsorship form.

Click here for more information and to print the registration and sponsorship form, which are due with payment by May 20, 2019. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Proceeds from the golf outing are used for the direct funding of the Michigan Association of Police (MAP), Michigan Association of Public Employees (MAPE), and Michigan Association of Fire Fighters (MAFF) Carl Parsell Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund was established in honor of Carl Parsell, a pioneer of the law enforcement union movement, who passed away in October 1990.

For more information, contact the MAFF office at (248) 509-7158.

By Jennifer Gomori, MAFF Editor

Rich Heins has spent his career helping fellow law enforcement officers, from serving as President of his local Union board to Executive Board President of MAP. So, when a duty injury pushed him into retirement, Heins decided to put his skills to work as a full-time MAFF Labor Relations Specialist.

Over a year ago Heins, a Sterling Heights Police K-9 Officer and K-9 trainer, was injured during a K9 training exercise. “It was a certification trial,” Heins said. “I set my dog loose for apprehension, ran after him and stepped in a hole and broke my left foot and ankle.”

Labor Relations Specialist Rich Heins

The injury was so severe, the 53-year-old had to take a year off police work while he went through several surgeries and physical therapy. He came back on light duty to train more K9s for 16 weeks in 2018 before doctors recommended he undergo another surgery in early 2019. Heins decided to retire from police work in mid-March and began working as a Labor Relations Specialist.

Heins helped start the Sterling Heights K9 program and his love of dogs and helping other officers led him to become a trainer. “In 1995, I had the first dog, Rolf. There was a Lieutenant at the time that wrote the proposal. I helped him write it and City Council accepted and we got a dog,” Heins said. “I always loved dogs. When I was in college, I had a frat house Great Dane and had dogs my whole life. It was an epiphany, something I always wanted to do.”

Heins worked with two other police K9s during his career – Morgan and then Chase. Chase was retired in November 2018 after serving the department 10 years and currently lives with Heins. Heins thanked Sterling Heights City Councilwoman Deanna Koski for helping make the Police Department’s K-9 program possible nearly 25 years ago. “I believe my career went the way it went because of Councilwoman Koski and being able to establish this K-9 unit,” he said in a C&G Newspaper article.