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Dear All,

We need your help!


The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 included a significant provision of the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act. The revisions included incentives for organizations to retrofit their businesses with automatic fire sprinkler systems. Unfortunately, due to a drafting mistake in the bill, the incentives were not nearly as far-reaching as initially believed. These improvements - including fire sprinklers - are now ineligible for bonus depreciation that would allow property owners of commercial buildings to fully deduct the cost of a sprinkler system for the next five years. 


With your support, the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) staff can maintain an active presence on Capitol Hill, educating members of Congress about important fire service legislation, while traveling to fire service events across the country to engage fire service officials in our mission.

What can you do?

We are asking you to take a moment to contact your members of Congress and urge them to support legislation to make this technical correction. 

In your email...

Copy and paste the text below. Personalize your email by adding details about your own story and why this life-saving technology is important.


TO: Your Members of Congress

SUBJECT: Qualified Improvement Property Drafting Error


I am contacting you about the Qualified Improvement Property (QIP) technical error in the 2017 tax bill. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97) contained a drafting error that lengthened the depreciation for QIPs, including fire sprinklers, to 39 years. This error has left business improvements with a 39-year depreciation period rather than the 15 years Congress intended. In addition, these improvements are now ineligible for bonus depreciation. As a result, countless QIP-related projects have been delayed, including fire protection systems, such as automatic fire sprinkler systems.


According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire sprinklers save lives in structural fires by up to 87%. The technical error in P.L. 115-97 discourages businesses from investing in this life-saving technology. Now, they can only write off 2.5 percent of improvements this year - rather than the intended 100% bonus depreciation - resulting in them holding off on making certain improvements. Firefighters and the public are at put at risk when necessary renovations -like the addition of fire sprinkler systems and other upgrades - are not made. Please include a technical correction for the QIP drafting error in any end-of-year tax bill.


Thank you for your consideration of this important matter.


Thank you for your continued support of the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors and the CFSI. Your action is meaningful and appreciated. 


With gratitude,


Amy Acton, RN, BSN

Executive Director

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors


The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is hosting the World Burn Congress in Grand Rapids, MI September 13 - 15, 2018, and is looking for support/assistance from the Fire Service.


The Phoenix Society, as many of you are familiar with, is the leading national non-profit organization dedicated to empowering anyone affected by a burn injury.  The World Burn Congress is the world's largest gathering of the burn community and will bring hundreds of participants to share, grow and learn from each other's experiences.  These participants include survivors, first responders (Fire. Law Enforcement and EMS), healthcare professionals and advocacy groups.


As many of you are also aware, the burn community has a distinct connection with the Fire Service, as often we were the first ones there to help them following their injury.


I have attached a flyer explaining the ways firefighters can volunteer to assist in making this Conference a welcoming and healing one.  I would ask that you please post this information in your Fire Stations and throughout your Department's forms of communication.  Please feel free to share with your area Law Enforcement and EMS providers, as they are also welcome to volunteer.  You can find more information at


If you have any questions or looking for other ways to support this effort, please feel free to contact me via email ( or my phone (616.340.6727).


Thank you in advance,


Bob Austin, Fire Chief (ret)

Fire Service Liaison

World Burn Congress 

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February 2019

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Join State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer on Monday, October 1, at 10 am, to kick off Fire Prevention Month as proclaimed by the governor and talk about this year’s NFPA theme: Look. Listen. Learn.  Be Aware -- fire can happen anywhere.  He’ll also be talking about residential fire fatalities in Michigan and how the statewide Community Risk Reduction Task Force is working to reduce fire fatalities.  Fact sheets that will cover specific fire safety tips for each week of the month will be made available to all fire departments to share with the public, thanks to the Michigan Fire Inspectors Society.  Please join State Fire Marshal Sehlmeyer to learn more about maximizing your outreach efforts to better educate and inform Michiganders about how to minimize fire risk in their homes.


The link to the event can be found here:

The video chat will also be archived on our Facebook page for those who can’t attend. Registration is not required for the event, however viewers are required to have a Facebook login.


Please share this event with your colleagues in the fire service and the general public. We hope you can participate in this event!

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March 2019

Take Time to Prepare for Severe Weather

tornadoDid you know the average lead time for a tornado warning is only 10 to 15 minutes? Severe weather, including tornados, can develop rapidly. To encourage residents to learn about the precautions to take during severe weather, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed March 24-30 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.

While severe weather can occur during any time of the year, tornadoes are especially common in Michigan during the late spring and early summer months. Local and state emergency management officials are asking Michiganders to participate in a statewide tornado drill at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 to test your readiness.

For more information about what to do before, during and after an emergency or disaster, visit For more tips on severe weather awareness, follow @MichEMHS on Twitter.

Keep Your Home Safe While You’re Away

Spring break is right around the corner, and if you’re planning to head out of town, consider these safety tips.


Gov. Whitmer’s First Budget Continues Hiring for MSP

budgetOn March 5, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unveiled her Fiscal Year 2020 Executive Budget Recommendation.  Included were several investments for the MSP, including a 50-member trooper recruit school to ensure the department is able to maintain its enlisted strength, as well as several technology investments.  For all the highlights, visit

Improving Pedestrian Safety

In 2018, 58 pedestrians were killed as a result of a pedestrian-involved traffic crash. To keep all motorists and pedestrians safe on our roadways, consider the following safety tips:


  • Use sidewalks whenever possible.
  • Cross streets at a corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks when possible. Never cross mid-block.
  • Look left-right-left before crossing a street.
  • When a sidewalk is not available, walk facing traffic, as far to the left as possible when walking in the roadway.
  • Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight when walking at night or in the early morning.


  • Obey all posted speed limits.
  • Stop at traffic signals or stop signs before a crosswalk.
  • Yield to pedestrians in a cross-walk at a signalized intersection.
  • Don’t block a roadway that interferes with the normal flow of traffic.

Both pedestrians and motorists should take extra caution to be aware of each other, avoid distractions and follow traffic signals.

For more pedestrian safety tips, follow @MIOHSP on Twitter.

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

irishIf you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a green beer, don’t press your luck; designate a sober driver.

Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving.

In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer believes they are impaired. Additionally, motorists face enhanced penalties if arrested for a drunk driving offense with a .17 BAC or higher.

A Look Back in Time


This month's "A Look Back in Time" from 1921 shows Mapes Hall, which served as the MSP East Lansing Post/First District Headquarters.

In the Community

March 9:

MSP recruiters at Northern Michigan’s Regional Hiring Event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gaylord

March 9:

Stuff a Blue Goose, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mason

March 9: 

MSP recruiters at Military Hiring Fair, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Detroit

March 14:

MSP recruiters at Southwestern Michigan College Intern/Career Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dowagiac

March 18:

MSP recruiters at EMU Student Athlete Fair, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

March 19:

MSP recruiters at University of Toledo Jobfest, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 21:

MSP recruiters at University of Detroit Mercy Spring Career and Networking Fair, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

March 26:

MSP recruiters at Career Life Expo Recruiting Event, noon to 5 p.m., Kalamazoo

March 26-30:

MSP Jackson Post Citizens’ Academy, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Keep Michigan Safe


If you see something suspicious, immediately call   

9-1-1 for emergencies. For non-emergencies, suspicious activity can be reported to the MSP Michigan Intelligence Operations Center by phone at 1-855-MICH-TIP (855-642-4847) or online at

Join the MSP


Consider a rewarding career with the MSP; learn more at

Contact the MSP


Contact us: Find your nearest MSP post at

Coalition Updates


February 2019

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January 2019

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Governor Whitmer has announced that she will deliver the State of the State Address on Tuesday, February 5 at 7 PM. Like previous years, credentials will be required for entrance into the Capitol starting at 1 PM that day. Invitations to the usual festivities inside the Capitol have not been announced yet but I will forward specific information when it becomes available. Please let me know by 5:00 PM on Monday, January 28 if you plan on being in town that evening and I will put your name on the credential list to get into the Capitol. Kelley Cawthorne will be holding a viewing party for those of you that are in town that evening beginning at 5:30 PM.


Please let me know if you have any questions.




Natasha Oxender Kimmerly

517-316-1924 DIRECT

517-927-9731 MOBILE

208 North Capitol Avenue | 3rd Floor | Lansing, Michigan 48933-1356
517-371-1400 TEL | 517-371-3207 FAX |

Attached are the standing committee assignments for the 100th Legislature State House. Please reach out with any questions and have a great evening!

Thank you – 

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Attached and below are the standing committee and appropriations subcommittee assignments for the 100th Legislature State Senate. We are expecting the House of Representatives to release a standing committee list later this afternoon. 

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December  2018

From: Melissa McKinley

Areas of Concern Doc

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The fireworks bills are scheduled to be voted on today on the floor. They may not go all the way today but will tomorrow for sure.  Please see changes below. 

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

From: Bradley Wever <>
Date: December 4, 2018 at 4:47:14 PM EST
To: "''" <>, "Jennifer Rigterink" <>, "" <>, "" <>, "" <>, "" <>, Mike Compagnoni <>, "" <>, "Waters, Frank (LARA" <>
Cc: Eric Griggs <>
Subject: Fireworks - Floor Subs

Hey Everyone,

I wanted to make sure you all had copies of the floor subs that will be adopted in the House.


The only change in these bills is:

  1. The removal of the enacting section that puts the bills in effect after 90 days. We want these bills to be effective upon signature.
  2. The addition of language in 5940 that would allow locals with large populations to regulate non permanent locations starting on August 1, 2019.


These changes were necessary due to the timing of the bills (possibly) being signed into law. First, the application fees are now non-refundable.  Since the bills wouldn’t go into effect around April 1 (the deadline for submitting an application), we faced a situation where someone who gets a certificate to sell could later face a tent sale restriction enacted by a local unit of government. In the end, we want to make sure all of these changes go into effect for the next season but this one instance made sense and was OK’d by those of you that I spoke with this morning. 

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H02461'17 (H-2) Draft 1.pdf
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2016 Lame Duck Review FINAL.pdf
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Please see the attached New Member Packet(s) for the 100th Legislature. Each chamber has its own PDF. Feel free to reach out with any questions. 

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State of Michigan

Allocation of FY19 Fireworks Safety Funds
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2019 Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council Training Grant Program
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The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for FY19 has been reset. The SMOKE program was populating the MOU for one (1) year from the last time a person completed the process. The SMOKE program has been updated to have the start date of the MOU for FY19 be 10-01-2018. Everyone with an Instructor/Course Manager user role will need to login to the SMOKE program to acknowledge the FY19 MOU even if this had been done previously this fiscal year.


Thank you for your understanding and please pass this message along to additional instructors who are not on our distribution list(s).




T.J. Richardson, Region 2 Coordinator

Fire Fighter Training Division – Bureau of Fire Services

Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Phone: (517) 285-6803

Fax:      (517) 332-1427

Office Hours: M-F 7:00AM to 3:30PM

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