A ‘seamless’ transition

Community First Federal Credit Union gift helps solidify merger of fire departments

When a fire call blares across the pagers of Lakeview District firefighters, residents can rest assured a response will soon be on the way.

Despite covering a footprint that includes not only the village of Lakeview but five townships — Cato, Maple Valley, Pine and Winfield in Montcalm County, along with Hinton in Mecosta County — totaling 180 square miles, a merger of two departments has appeared to pay dividends.

Belding wildfire destroys 42 acres of grass and woods area, no structures harmed

Doug and Cori Anderson were walking down the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail in Belding on Monday afternoon when they noticed smoke coming from nearby trees.

Upon some further investigation, they realized not only was smoke covering a portion of the trail, but so too were flames in various areas.

Montcalm County fire departments fight multiple blazes over weekend

Firefighters from departments throughout Montcalm County were busy fighting flames this weekend, whether they be from wildfires or structure fires.

According to Montcalm County Central Dispatch, fire departments responded to a total of 29 calls from 6 a.m. Friday throughout the weekend — 14 for wildfire calls and five for structure fires.

Friday fire destroys Carson City home

A house trailer is a total loss after a fire broke out Friday morning.

Carson City Fire Chief Mark Crawfis said the Carson City Fire Department, with automatic mutual aid provided by the Crystal Township Fire Department, was dispatched to 7875 Garlock Road, Lot 3, around 11 a.m.

Firefighters successfully knock down blaze in garage, save Montcalm Township home

After working through near-freezing temperatures and battling against the flames and smoke of a house fire, firefighters are placing one in the win column after successfully saving a local residence from total destruction Thursday afternoon.

At approximately 12:40 p.m. firefighters from the Montcalm Township Fire Department were dispatched to 5182 S. Johnson Road to a reported structure fire.