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The Mission of SHAES
The Mission of the South Haven (Michigan) Area Emergency Services (SHAES) is to preserve life, limb and property through aggressive fire prevention, education and fire suppression. To provide the highest quality of emergency medical care with skill and compassion. To serve our communities with pride, integrity and courage.

SHAES News Updates

A New Ladder Truck in the Making

South Haven Area Emergency Services will be receiving a new ladder truck in the coming weeks! The chassis was outfitted with the ladder mechanism in Pennsylvania and is now in South Haven at Spencer Manufacturing for final assembly. Ladder One will replace the 1986 Pierce Telesquirt Ladder. See Special Photo Gallery

Beach Safety Flag Program Underway

The Beach Safety Flag Program is underway for the 2017 summer season. The flags are flown at the seven Lake Michigan beaches in the City of South Haven. Lake conditions are monitored seven-days-a-week by SHAES personnel with flags flown from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The flags visually explain current lake conditions. The red flag, for example, has a no-swimming symbol on it. The green and yellow flags have the words GREEN and YELLOW on them to better people who are color-blind. SHAES personnel also check the life-rings and throw-ropes on the piers and monitor the swim-zone buoys on the lake. See Lake Michigan Beach Safety Webpage

Open Burning Information

The time of the year when outdoor open-burning increases is upon us. SHAES has created a web page that explains the responsibilities of citizens. Burning any material other than brush and vegetation is a violation of state and federal law. Permit Holders are responsible for the fire they kindle; you may be held liable for damages if your fire spreads. A burn permit may be acquired by calling: 639-FIRE (269-639-3473) Open-burn permits are not issued for properties in the City of South Haven. See Burning Permit Information

Annual Banquet Highlights

SHAES held its annual banquet on Saturday, May 6. Awards and recognitions were presented to several SHAES personnell. Veteran firefighter Steve Jones was presented the SHAES Leadership Award. Steve has served the community as a firefighter/paramedic for 30 years. He is pictured with Chief Ron Wise and Deputy Chief Tony Marsala. Click here to read more about the annual banquet.

Better Equipped to Save Pets

First Responders from SHAES, Bangor, Columbia and Covert are now some of the best-equipped in the nation to save a pet's life. On Thursday, April 26, representatives from Invisible Fence of Western Michigan donated six pet oxygen mask kits to the departments. A March 16 incident in which SHAES responders revived a semi-conscious dog overcome in a Casco Township house fire caught the interest of the national company which sponsors a “Project Breathe” program. The SHAES responders did not have the benefit of the specially fitted pet oxygen masks. More than 18,200 pet oxygen masks have been donated by Invisible Fence to fire departments across the USA. Read Herald Palladium article

New SCBAs Serving SHAES Firefighters

SHAES first responders have put into service new self-contained breathing apparatus acquired through the federal Assistance to Firefighters program. A total of 73 SCBAs were obtained for SHAES and the Bangor Community Fire Department.

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