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24-hour shift: Saginaw firefighters hope they can keep 'the greatest job in the world'

SAGINAW, MI — All is quiet. The three members of the crew at Saginaw's State Street fire station, better known to them as "Station 4," move slowly in their daily routine. Firefighter Sara Heath laces up her sneakers and begins her workout. Engineer Chedrick Greene finishes his dinner. Lt.

Firefighters rescue 2 people from roof of burning house in Saginaw

SAGINAW, MI — The first firefighter to arrive at a burning house in Saginaw discovered two people on the roof over the front porch, yelling for help. Leaning a ladder from the roof to the ground provided the two occupants a safe escape shortly after the 8:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at a home on Owen near East Holland, Saginaw Fire Chief Chris Van Loo said.

Saginaw firefighters save colleague's life after he collapses at wheel of fire truck

SAGINAW, MI — While riding back to the station after fighting a suspected arson on the city's East Side, two Saginaw firefighters noticed something wrong. Their fire engine, stopped at a red light, began to roll forward before the light had changed. That's when Lt. Christopher McGowan, 37, and firefighter Brandon Hausbeck, 24, realized their driver was unconscious.

Saginaw Fire Department names firefighter of the year; honors others

  SAGINAW, MI — Brandon Hausbeck wanted to be a fireman his whole life, and he realized his dream. On Tuesday, Oct. 7, at age 24, Hausbeck was presented the Firefighter of the Year Award by the Saginaw Fire Department. "I'm just living the dream every day; my dream job," Hausbeck said. "I've wanted to do it as long as I could remember.

Christopher Van Loo appointed as Saginaw's new fire chief

  SAGINAW, MI — After about three years without a full chief at the helm, the Saginaw Fire Department now has a new head officer in Christopher Van Loo. Van Loo, who has been serving as acting chief since September 2013, has been appointed chief of the department by City Manager Tim Morales, according to a press release from the city of Saginaw.

Saginaw Fire Department unveils new fire truck with higher pump capacity, new features

SAGINAW, MI — The Saginaw Fire Department is unveiling a newly-purchased fire truck with increased pump capacity and new safety features. The department unveiled the truck at a press event Friday, Aug. 1, at the main station of the Saginaw Fire Department at 801 Federal.

Three Saginaw firefighters honored for heroism, bravery by City Council

SAGINAW, MI — Three Saginaw city firefighters who rescued three children from a smoke-filled bedroom in May 2013 were honored by Saginaw City Council on Monday, June 9, for their bravery and courage. Firefighters were called to a structure fire at the two-story house near the intersection of South Mason and Williams at about 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 15.

Cold, squatters, space heaters contribute to spate of 29 fires in 45 days in Saginaw

SAGINAW, MI — Cold weather, squatters, cooking accidents and space heaters are believed to be contributing causes for the majority of the fires in Saginaw so far this season. The city of Saginaw has had 29 fires in the 45 days, which averages out to about two fires every three days, or a little over four per week, according to information from the Saginaw Fire Department.

2 escape fire on Bates near Van Buren in Saginaw

SAGINAW, MI — At 8:22 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, Saginaw firefighters were dispatched to 408 S. Bates near Van Buren on the city’s West Side for a report of a structure fire. The fire originated on the first floor of the two-unit building and was contained to one room, said Saginaw Battalion Chief Christopher Van Loo.

Saginaw firefighters, civilians receive lifesaving, service awards at annual banquet

SAGINAW, MI — In a time when city employees are being asked to do more with less, firefighter of the year Brad Luczak has been an asset to the Saginaw Fire Department. Nearly 30 past and present Saginaw Fire Department employees and eight civilians received awards presented by Art Lewis of WSGW during the department's annual awards ceremony Tuesday, Oct.

Who we are
Welcome to the Saginaw Firefighters Local 102 Web Site. We are located in Saginaw, Michigan, approximately 90 miles north of Detroit. We are Michigan's First International Association of Fire Fighters affiliate. We are also a member of the Michigan Professional Firefighters Union and the Michigan AFL-CIO.

We currently have 50 uniformed members, ranging from Firefighters, Fire Engineers, Lieutenants, Captains, Training/Safety Officer, Deputy Fire Marshal, Fire Marshal and Battalion Chiefs, all dedicated to the goal of ensuring we have fair wages, decent hours and safe working conditions. We meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Our union strives to be a part of our community by participating in and donating to local, state and national events such as the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, Arson Watch, the Annual Memorial Day Parade, the Cinco De Mayo Parade, the East Side Soup Kitchen, the H.O.S.T. program (a mentoring program), visiting schools and many other civic and charitable events.

Saginaw has a population of 56,263 (2007) residents. Land area is 17.6 square miles. The Saginaw Fire Department operates 4 fire stations: Central Fire Station (Station One) with one Engine and One Ladder Truck; Fordney Park Fire Station (Station Twowith One Ladder Truck; Hess Street Fire Station (Station Three) with One Engine and State Street Fire Station (Station Four) with One Engine.

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