We then travelled to Southfield Fire Department, to meet Chief Johnny Menifee, Deputy Chief Antonio Macias and a wonderful team of fire fighters and EMT's, many of whom are cross-trained. Chief Menifee, with a Master's Degree in IT, talked about how far they've come with technology, minimizing redundant paperwork and providing clearer direction for their emergency runs. While 87% of their runs are medical emergencies, he asserts that they are constantly doing training on fire prevention.
Like the police, they are also being creative in their recruitment efforts. Beginning this year, they will be presenting a program in both Southfield High Schools to encourage students to consider work as a fire prevention professional and emergency medical technician.
Both groups were delighted by the lunches prepared by Chef Preston, Dietitian Carrie and the culinary team at St. Anne's Mead.
Very grateful for our support of their work, we promised our first responders that we we will be back next year!