The Story of Rochester’s Noon Whistle

Nobody who lives or works in the vicinity of downtown Rochester needs a watch to know when it’s lunchtime. Six days a week, at high noon, the blast of the fire department’s siren marks the midday hour. However, the daily sounding of the noon whistle has nothing to do with signaling a meal break and everything to do with a devastating fire that nearly destroyed an iconic Main Street business. This photo shows clean-up work in progress two days after the Phillips & Jerome fire. Back in … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Holiday Farmers Market

Looking for farm fresh flavors this winter? Need a gift or dish for that holiday party? Look no further than the Downtown Rochester Holiday Farmers' Market. Shop every Thursday evening November 1 - December 20 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Rochester Fire Department located at 277 Second Street. Please note the market will be closed on Thanksgiving, November 22. … [Read more...]

Rochester and Good Deeds Day 2018

Good Deeds Day is an international event with millions of participants in 70+ countries paying it forward through good deeds both large and small on April 15. For Rochester’s Good Deed, they are collecting household items for the Neighborhood House Clothes Closet. Rochester’s Good Deeds Day, held at the Rochester Fire Department (277 E. Second Street) will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The day will also include kids’ activities, tours of the Fire Station, fire & police vehicles, … [Read more...]

Trick or Treating in Downtown Rochester and Other Halloween Activities

Trick-or-Treat Downtown, Costume Parade, Spaghetti Dinner, Kid’s Craft, and Movies in the Moonlight On October 21, celebrate Halloween activities in downtown Rochester with Trick-or-Treating, a costume parade, a spaghetti dinner, and a Halloween edition of Movies in the Moonlight. Kids are encouraged to dress-up and Trick-or-Treat Downtown from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Over 50 businesses will participate in Trick-or-Treat and the participating businesses will be marked with window … [Read more...]

Rochester Bicentennial Kick Off Pancake Breakfast to Neighborhood House Program

Proceeds to Benefit the Neighborhood House Capital Campaign Rochester will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of its founding in 1817. To kick off the events, Neighborhood House, in partnership with the Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Rochester Fire Department, invites the community for a pancake breakfast from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Children (and those who are kids at heart) are welcome to tour the fire trucks during the breakfast. The price of the breakfast will be … [Read more...]

Good Deeds Day in Rochester

Join them on Sunday, April 2 as Downtown Rochester participates in Good Deeds Day. Good Deeds Day is an international event with millions of participants in 70+ countries paying it forward through good deeds both large and small on this day. For Rochester’s Good Deed, they are collecting food items for Blessings in a Backpack. Rochester’s Good Deeds Day will be held at the Rochester Fire Department, 277 E. Second Street, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The day will also include kids’ activities, … [Read more...]

Rochester Fire Department Open House this Sunday

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City of Rochester Wins Michigan Citizen Corps CERT Team of the Year

The City of Rochester Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT), sponsored by the Rochester Fire Department, was awarded the Michigan Citizen Corps ‘Team of the Year” at the State Citizen’s Corp Conference held in Traverse City in December.  The CERT team is one of 313 CERT teams in the State of Michigan that were considered for the 2014 State award. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Programs educate people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains … [Read more...]

Rochester Area Youth Assistance Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner

Rochester Area Youth Assistance, (RAYA), along with the Rochester Fire Department, is hosting it third annual “Fire It Up for Youth” Spaghetti dinner fundraiser.  The event is being held on Friday, January 28 from 5pm – 8pm  and Saturday January 29 from 4pm – 8pm at the Rochester Fire Department, 277 E. Second Street, Rochester.  Tickets are $9.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 10 and under.  Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, bread, s’mores and a beverage. New this year is the Breakfast … [Read more...]

Fire at Rochester Hills McDonald’s

On Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 4:14 P.M. Rochester Hills Fire Department, assisted by Rochester Fire Department, responded to a fire at McDonald’s on Rochester Road.  The first arriving units reported heavy smoke coming from the building, and crews entered to find fire in the cooking area.  Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the area of origin.    The Fire Department remained on-scene into the evening hours investigating.  The cause of this fire remains under investigation however … [Read more...]