Watersmeet Fire Department Emergency Response Call Statistics – July 2022

Watersmeet Fire Department Emergency Response Call Statistics
2022

MonthEMSFireAutoSnowmobileATVTotal Runs
Year To Date13618780153
July21510026
June12400016
May25540030
April23200025
March15201016
February19013019
January21014021

Watersmeet Fire Department Receives Enbridge, Inc. Grant

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.

Burn Permits

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.

Will This Fire Engine Fit Down Your Driveway When You Need It Most?

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

Click here for more information.

Watersmeet Volunteer Fire Department Accepting Applications

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.

Have You Ordered Your New Fire Number Sign?

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