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South Haven Area Emergency Services

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 Seeking Summer Beach Safety Interns

South Haven Area Emergency Services is accepting applications for the 2021 summer beach safety internship. Dates of employment will be May 15 thru September 15.

Job requirements: candidate must be interested in enrolling in an emergency services training curriculum (Fire, EMS, or Police), must be at least 18 years of age, have valid driving license with good driving record and must be of good mental and physical health. Applicant must be able to walk up and down multiple stairways and across rough terrain during all types of weather.

Full job description and application is available at Rate of Pay will be $12 per hour with the possibility of $1 per hour bonus at the end of the year. 20-25 hours per week with every other weekend off. For more information and to apply email Chief Brandon Hinz –

South Haven Area Emergency Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

SHAES Responder Promoted to Fulltime

SHAES is proud to announce the promotion of Paid on Call Firefighter/Paramedic Amanda Quinn to the career staff effective March 15. Amanda is filling the vacancy created by the recent retirement of Steve Jones. She has been a Paid on Call member since July, 2019. A registered nurse, she is a graduate of the Kirkhof School of Nursing at Grand Valley State University. Amanda brings a wealth of knowledge to table and has consistently proven herself to be a dedicated, hardworking, integral team member of SHAES.

New SHAES Rescue - Made in South Haven

A new heavy duty Rescue truck is being manufactured for SHAES by Spencer Manufacturing of South Haven. The new Rescue, which is scheduled for delivery in the coming weeks, will replace the 1998 model Rescue One. See more pictures –

Alert: Field Fire Danger Exists

The transition from winter to spring means there poses an increasing danger for field fires that can endanger structures. Open burning is not allowed within the city limits. There are requirements for open-burning in the townships. Please review before burning –

SHAES Plans to Implement Cadet Program

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South Haven Area Emergency Services (SHAES) in the upcoming months will launch a Cadet program that will introduce participants to the fire fighting and emergency medical service professions.

“We are excited about this new opportunity to serve for the young people in our community,” said SHAES Executive Director Brandon Hinz. “and who doesn’t want to be a firefighter…really?!”

The program is intended to grow the number of people entering the emergency services professions. Cadet prospects will be welcome in the coming months to experience the department first-hand by attending training, respond to emergency calls as an observer, and help at events and fundraisers. Beginning in September, SHAES will sponsor Cadets for the state certifications required to become a firefighter.

“Becoming an active Cadet prior to starting classes will help orient students with the department, it’s equipment and personnel,” said Hinz.

Interested cadet prospects may live outside the SHAES service area which includes the City of South Haven, Casco Township, Geneva Township and South Haven Township.

Cadet prospects under 18 years of age must have a valid driver's license and a signed work permit from their school. Minors will also need a signed parent/guardian permission slip allowing SHAES to conduct background check. The number of cadets will be limited.

Interested persons are invited to contact Chief Hinz –

SHAES Has Record Year in 2020

South Haven Area Emergency Services (SHAES) responded to a record number of calls during 2020 according to the department’s Annual Report. Responses totaled 2,358 compared to 2,171 in 20l9. The previous record had been 2,276 in 2016.

“Our call volume showed a significant increase in medical-related responses,” said executive director Brandon Hinz. “Even with the restrictions and hurdles that had to be endured due to the COVID pandemic, our staff remained committed to providing quality service to our residents and visitors.” Read more –

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