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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.

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Enrollment Underway for SHAES Citizen Fire Academy

South Haven Area Emergency Services will be conducting its third Citizen Fire Academy beginning March 20. The department is looking for up to15 South Haven area residents who would like to learn what it takes to be a firefighter. This is not a certification course, but all students will leave having gained skills that may save a life, along with having a better understanding of the first department's capabilities. This Academy is held every two years. The last Academy was held in 2017.

The Academy is open to any one 18 years of age or older who lives in the greater South Haven community. Due to the physical nature of this program, interested parties are strongly encouraged to consult with their physician prior to applying. Physical activities will include, but are not limited to: lifting of heavy tools, wearing heavy equipment, kneeling, crawling, pulling, pushing and having a great time while doing it all.

Classes will be held primarily on Wednesday evenings starting March 20 at 6:30 p.m. and continuing until May 8. Three classes will be held on Saturday mornings (March 23, April 13 and April 27).

Skills will include rope rescue, vehicle extrication, fire extinguishers, CPR, home safety inspections and structural firefighting.

The deadline for applying is March 6. Contact Owen Ridley with questions to enroll and obtain an application form – / 269-637-1813.

See photos from 2017 Citizens Fire Academy

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