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Chief Robert Jennison

Last week we heard from Fire Chief Robert Jennison of Livonia Fire and Rescue. The Chief began his talk by telling us his story of firefighting as an 18-year-old volunteer at his home in Lyon Township. He spent 24 years at the Livonia Fire Department achieving many promotions until he accepted his current position as Chief, a year ago.

Chief Jennison informed us that the Livonia Fire Department has 5 fire stations throughout our town. The department has 89 firemen, and the Fire and Rescue are available for calls 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Besides fighting fires and handling paramedic calls, the department works on:

  • Haz Mat Calls

  • SWAT

  • Paramedics

  • Active Shooter Response

The Chief told us that one of the greatest problems with fires is that people do not have smoke detectors in their houses, or they have them, but the batteries are out of power. He recommended that people change their batteries, twice per year, when they change their clocks for daylight savings time. He also said that lithium batteries, when not handled properly, can be deadly. Chief Jennison recommends unplugging charging stations after the battery reaches a full charge, and not sleeping with your cell phone under your pillow since that can produce heat which may cause the battery in the phone to explode.

Mike Ladwig


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