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Posted on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 : 5:43 p.m.

Dexter Area Fire Department missing custom-made tarp for fire engine

By Lisa Allmendinger


Lettering on the side of the Dexter Area Fire Department Station 1 on Main Street in downtown Dexter.

Lisa Allmendinger |

A specially made $1,000 tarp that covers fire hoses on the Dexter Area Fire Department's Engine 5-3 is missing.

"We believe it was lost between Station 2 on North Territorial Road and Dexter Townhall Road in Dexter Township when firefighters were out on a call during last Thursday's tornado," said Fire Chief Loren Yates.

The forest green tarp, which has faded a bit during the years, was specially designed for that engine. "Each truck is a little different," Yates said, adding that it has special snaps on it and is usually chained to the back of the engine.

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Loren Yates

The department realized the tarp was missing on Sunday, he said, and it would really like to get it back.

Engine 5-1 also "lost a window" during the rescue operations, Yates said.

If anyone finds the missing tarp, Yates asks that they call the fire department at 734-426-4500, and "We'll come get it," he said.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at For more Dexter stories, visit our Dexter page.