The 2nd annual Fire Trucks and Treats was another success with over 125 trick or treaters visiting the fire station, local police and ambulance and residents’ car trunks along 1st Street.
Along with local residents, several cars arrived from Hope Lutheran Church where the children were able to “fish” for their treats from poles, Watersmeet Bible Church provided fresh hot popcorn and the ISCCW Lakeguards served hot dogs, chips and drink to all participants. Local students also offered face painting to the kids.
The Watersmeet Fire Department Volunteers thank all those who turned out to “Trick” and to “Treat”
We look forward to 2023!
Watersmeet Fire Department Emergency Response Call Statistics
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The Watersmeet Fire Department recently received a $5,500 grant from Enbridge, Inc. to purchase gas detectors. These detectors will allow firefighters to safely enter areas where there may be possible natural gas leaks. These devices will be valuable assets to keep the firefighters and community safe.
A springtime reminder, grass and leaves that were on the ground over the winter are very dry and can ignite easily from a spark or an ember
If you intend to burn yard debris, make sure that weather conditions are favorable. Go to Michigan.gov/BurnPermit to see if burn permits are being issued in your area.
Here are some other safety tips to keep in mind:
- Never leave any fire unattended.
- Keep a hose or other water source nearby when burning yard waste or enjoying a campfire or bonfire.
- Prevent sparks. Keep trailer chains from dragging and don’t park hot equipment on dry grass.
- Do not shoot fireworks into the woods or into dry grass or shrubs.
- It’s illegal to burn plastic, hazardous materials, foam or other household trash. This can release dangerous chemicals into the air.
- Use a burn barrel with a screen on top to burn paper, leaves and natural materials.
Get more safety tips at Michigan.gov/PreventWildfires.
The state of Michigan does not require burn permits, however permission to burn is required via the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Permission to Burn map available on-line DNR Burn Permits Map (state.mi.us)
Michigan law allows burning of:
- Leaves, grass, limbs, brush, stumps and evergreen needles
- Household paper materials that do not contain plastic, rubber, foam, chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics, chemicals or hazardous materials. These must be burned in a covered metal or masonry container with openings no larger than ¾ inches.
Visit Michigan Department of Natural Resources for more information Michigan.gov/BurnPermit.
PURSUANT TO THE WATERSMEET OUTDOOR FIRE REGULATION ORDINANCE – FINES WILL BE IMPOSED FOR ILLEGAL OPEN BURNING
Offenders will also be required to reimburse the township(s) for all costs associated with an emergency response.
Precious time is lost when emergency vehicles cannot reach your home. Will emergency personnel need to haul life-saving medical equipment from the road to your house? Will firefighters have to run hoses up the drive to put out a fire?
Check your property for emergency vehicle access:
- Suitable height/width clearance
- Proper Snow Removal
- Packed surface to support the weight
- Free of obstructions
- Sufficient turn-around room
The Watersmeet Volunteer Fire Department actively recruiting for EMS and Fire volunteers.
Volunteer firefighters are paid per call. Experience is preferred but not required.
A dedication to help people in the community and dedication to long term volunteer service is a must.
If you are interested in becoming part of the Watersmeet Volunteer Fire Department, please complete an application and submit it to the township office.
For questions, please call 906.358.4501 and leave a message for Jim Pittsley, Fire Chief.
With so many houses tucked away in the woods and around the many lakes, first responders rely heavily on your fire number to find your home in an emergency. Without a legible or visible sign, precious minutes could be lost.
If you have not already done so, please order a new fire number sign. It should be at the end of your driveway, where it can be seen from either travel direction on the road, in a position where is does not get covered by snow in the winter.
If you have any questions, please call 906.358.4501