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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

SHAES Firefighters Make Canine Rescue

South Haven Area Emergency Services firefighters revived a dog who was trapped in a Casco Township home that caught fire on Thursday, March 16. The dog was found semi-conscious on the floor of a bathroom in the smoke-filled home. It was administered oxygen on the scene and rushed to a local vet for further treatment. The dog is expected to recovered. See Fox 17 Coverage / See WZZM13 Coverage / See Fox17 Followup Coverage

Citizen Fire Academy Underway

South Haven Area Emergency Services is conducting its Citizen Fire Academy. Participants are gaining skills that may save a life, along with having a better understanding of the fire department's capabilities. The Academy is being led by Capt. Owen Ridley. See Fire Academy photos

New SCBAs on Horizon for Firefighters

SHAES first responders are being introduced to the 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. A series of training sessions will be held before the equipment is put into service.

Lifesaving Tips

South Haven Rotary was pleased to host SHAES first reponders Shawn Smith (pictured) and Brian Montgomery on Tuesday, Feb. 14. They presented a demonstration of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) and the proper application of CPR. More Photos

A New Ladder Truck in the Making

South Haven Area Emergency Services will be receiving a new ladder truck later this year!

The chassis has been manufactured and is now being outfitted with the ladder mechanism in Pennsylvania. The final assembly will occur right here in South Haven at Spencer Manufacturing.

Ladder One will replace the 1986 Pierce Telesquirt Ladder.

See Special Photo Gallery

SHAES Sets Record for Incident Responses

South Haven Emergency Services (SHAES) responded to a record number of incidents during calendar year 2016, according to Executive Director Ronald Wise.

SHAES serves the city of South Haven and the townships of Casco, Geneva and South Haven from three stations.

The department responded to 2,276 calls for service during 2016. The previous record was 2,213 calls in 2014. It marked the fourth consecutive year that calls for service surpassed 2,000.

“Our department is blessed to have dedicated women and men who are committed to enhancing community safety and quality of life for our residents and visitors,” said Wise.

There were 556 fire alarm responses and 1,720 medical calls. There were 1,157 in the city of South Haven followed by South Haven township 464, Geneva township 329 and Casco township 269. SHAES provided assistance to departments outside its service area 57 times and received assistance 23 times.

Chief Wise noted that there was not a single structure fire in Geneva township during 2016. Property losses from fire in Casco township totaled $140,500, in South Haven township $45,245 and the city of South Haven $2,000.

There were no civilian fire-related injuries or deaths during 2016. There were three incidents in which a firefighter was injured.

Highlights of the year included an improved ISO rating that will help lower fire insurance costs, the purchase of a 75-foot aerial apparatus that will be delivered in 2017 and the receipt of a $400,853 federal Assistance to Firefighters grant for the replacement of breathing apparatus at both SHAES and the Bangor Community Fire Department. The department also put into service a 2003 engine purchased from the Bangor Community Fire Department, replacing a 1980 engine.

The department continued its active public education programs during the year with safety presentations at schools, senior living facilities and businesses. The annual Fire Safety Night attracted more than 500 adults and children. In cooperation with the American Red Cross, smoke detectors were installed for free in homes throughout the SHAES Authority.

See Photos of 2016 incidents and other SHAES activities

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