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-<a href="​http://​​dokuwiki/​doku.php?​id=public:​responses"​ >SEE PHOTOS OF RECENT SHAES FIRE/RESCUE RESPONSES AND ACTIVITIES<​br></​a>​ +</​a></​div></​html>​
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 <​html><​div style="​text-align:​center;​ font-size:​200%;">​The Mission of SHAES</​div></​html>​ <​html><​div style="​text-align:​center;​ font-size:​200%;">​The Mission of SHAES</​div></​html>​
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-===== Regional Approach to Emergency Services Extended===== +===== SHAES Staff Appointment Announced ​=====
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-A highly successful regional approach for providing fire protection and emergency medical services to South Haven area residents and property owners has been extended for another 25 years. +
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-The governing boards of the City of South Haven and townships of Casco, Geneva and South Haven have each approved the extension of the agreement thru 2044. The pact received approval from South Haven Area Emergency Services (SHAES) Authority at their March 7 meeting. +
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-In 1994 the city was facing financial challenges in the operation of ambulance (EMS) service through its fire department. The city was providing fire and EMS services on a contractural basis to South Haven township and the western half of Geneva Township. Casco township operated its own fire department. +
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-A task force consisting of residents and officials from each of the four government agencies was formed and came to the conclusion that an "​emergency services authority"​ be established. In 1995 it became the first such authority to be created in Michigan with funding based on the taxable property value for fire protection and population for ambulance service. +
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-"SHAES has been a huge success and has raised the bar as an example of regional cooperation,"​ said South Haven Township Supervisor Ross Stein who is also Chair of the SHAES Authority Board. +
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-Today the department has 16 fulltime and 30 paid-on-call staff operating from three stations. The department responded to over 2,000 calls for service in 2018, according to Executive Director Ron Wise. +
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-"We continue to receive several requests each year from fire departments and communities across the State inquiring on the formula to share costs on a consistent basis taking life and property into account,"​ said Wise. +
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-The SHAES budget in 2018 was just under $2.7 million. The Authority derives its income from each of the governmental units, the Van Buren County ambulance millage and ambulance user fees. +
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-The city of South Haven in 2018 funded 22% of the budget followed by Casco township 17%, South Haven township 11%, and Geneva township 9%. The Van Buren County ambulance millage and user fees each provided 20% of the budget. +
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-**Read WSJM account** -- https://​​2019/​03/​13/​south-haven-area-emergency-services-agreement-extended/​ +
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-**Read MLIVE story** -- https://​​news/​kalamazoo/​2019/​03/​south-haven-area-extends-regional-emergency-service-collaboration-25-years.html +
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-=====SHAES Summer Beach Flag Internship Applications Available===== +
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-South Haven Area Emergency Services (SHAES) is accepting applications for its Summer Beach Internship positions. +
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-The deadline for applying is March 29, 2019. +
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-**{{:​public:​beach_flag_intern_job_poster_2019.pdf|Click Here for More Information}}** --  +
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-**See job description and application form** -- http://​​dokuwiki/​doku.php?​id=public:​employment +
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-===== Citizen Initiative Better Equips Responders=====+
-South Haven Area Emergency Services (SHAES) and City of South Haven Police Department are now better equipped ​to handle serious bleeding emergencies with Stop the Bleed kits thanks ​to a citizen-led initiative.+SHAES is pleased ​to welcome Firefighter/​Paramedic Tim Forker who has joined ​the fulltime staff. Tim comes to SHAES from the Covert Township Fire Department. He has also served on the North Berrien Fire Rescue Department and Bangor Community Fire Departments. He fills vacancy created by the appointment of Brandon Hinz as SHAES Chief effective June 1.
-Twenty-two kits were recently purchased through a fund raiser organized by resident Sandy Fenske. Local residents donated money towards the purchase of the kits that have been placed in every city police vehicle, SHAES fire apparatus and support vehicles that would be called to an incident where victims may have serious bleeding.+===== Hydrant Flushing Underway =====
-//Pictured, left to rightPolice Chief Natalie Thompson, Sandy Fenske, SHAES Chief Ron Wise//+[{{:public:​160729HydrantFlushing0017.jpg?​300|}}]
-"SHAES ambulances already have the needed equipment, but may not always be the first to arrive on scene,"​ said SHAES Chief Ron Wise. "The small kit can be easily grabbed by a responding firefighter or police officer ​and its contents quickly applied to a wound thus increasing ​the patient’s chance ​of survival."+SHAES staff is currently flushing ​the water system ​and fire hydrants in the City of South Haven and Casco and South Haven Townships. ​ This process will continue until the all hydrants have been inspected and flushed.
-The kits include a tourniquetlarge absorbent pressure dressing, compressed gauze for packing an uncontrolled bleeding wound, scissors for removing clothing ​and protective gloves.+This is necessary to clean particulates and sediment from the system. If you have discolored water at your residencerun the water until it clears and also run your washing machine through one cycle to clear water from the lines and the machine.
-"The kits allow for a much more robust supply of lifesaving equipment for our first responders,"​ said Police Chief Natalie Thompson. "​Having the kits in all vehicles allows for a greater response capability in case of a multi-patient incident that could be spread out over large area."+===== Beach Safety Flag Program Begins =====
-Sandy Fenske got the idea after watching an episode of the CBS television show "60 Minutes"​. She contacted Chief Wise to see if the community'​s first responders could benefit from having the kits. She immediately reached out to friends who generously supported the project with their contributions.+[{{:​public:​180822waterboaders0034.jpg?300|}}]
-"​Today,​ the most prevalent call on everyone’s mind is an active shooter incident, but beyond that type of scenario, these kits will be vital to early-arriving first responders ​at accident scenes or non-violent injury situations,"​ said Wise+South Haven Area Emergency Services has started its program ​of flying safety flags at city beaches for the summer months.
-"Thank you to my South Haven friends for their donations and SHAES for their support,"​ said Sandy Fenske. " ​ I know we all hope and pray that South Haven will never have an incident where this life saving equipment will be needed. ​ Perhaps in the future we can also place these devises in all our schools as a safety measure."+Lake Michigan conditions as determined by the National Weather Service are monitored by SHAES personnel.
-**Read MLive story** --​news/​kalamazoo/​2019/​03/​south-haven-woman-inspired-by-60-minutes-raises-funds-to-stop-the-bleed.html+Beach warning flags are placed at the city's seven public beaches every day between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. The flags are changed throughout the day if lake conditions changeThe flags are either green, yellow or red based on the conditions.
-**Read WSJM account** --​2019/​03/​06/​citizens-donate-emergency-kits-to-south-haven-agencies/​+A numbering system for the nearby beach flag poles and pier safety boxes has been developed to assist during a time of emergency as a point of reference.
-=====South Haven Area Emergency Services Annual Report Released=====+The status of the flags is also posted on the internet -- 
-[{{:public:​181020bangorfire0011.jpg?250|}}]+Link to SHAES Beach Safety website --​dokuwiki/​doku.php?id=public:​beach_safety
-**See 2018 in Review in Photos** -- http://​​dokuwiki/​doku.php?​id=public:​2018_review+===== SHAES Announces New Executive Director/Chief =====
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 +South Haven Area Emergency Services is pleased to announce that Fire Fighter/Paramedic Brandon Hinz has been named the Executive Director/Chief  for South Haven Area Emergency Services (SHAES).
-South Haven Area Emergency Services (SHAES) responded to more than 2,000 calls for the sixth consecutive year according to the department’s Annual Report for 2018.+Hinz was selected by the SHAES Authority Board following a national search. A committee of citizens participated in the selection process.
-SHAES serves the city of South Haven and the townships of Casco, Geneva and South Haven from three stations.+Hinz will succeed current Executive Director Ronald Wise who will be retiring on Sept 30. He will begin his duties June 1 and will work alongside Wise.
-A dedicated staff and supportive community continues to allow us to provide ​very high level of service,” said Chief Ronald Wise.+Brandon has solid reputation for being hardworking,​ self-motivated and trustworthy member ​of SHAES,” said Ross Stein, South Haven Township Supervisor who chairs the SHAES Board. "After multiple rounds of interviews he was clearly the best choice to lead the organization for years to come."
-The 2,085 responses were the fifth highest in department historyThe all-time record is 2,276 in 2016.+“SHAES has been an integral part of my life,” said Hinz. “I am very proud to have been a part of this organization for the past 21 yearsI will continue to lead SHAES toward ​all our collective goals with hard work and integrity. Together, we will further our mission of providing the residents of the greater South Haven area with the best firerescue and EMS services.
-There were 579 fire alarm responses and 1,506 medical calls in 2018There were 955 responses in the city of South Haven, ​followed by 415 in South Haven township ​349 ​in Geneva township ​and 304 in Casco townshipSHAES provided mutual aid to other fire departments on 62 occasions and received assistance 31 times.+Hinz joined the SHAES staff in 1999A lifelong resident of the South Haven communityhe started as a paid-on-call responder and since 2005 has been a fulltime firefighter/​paramedic. He currently oversees the department’s maintenance serviceassists ​in the training program ​and has served as an acting Captain. In 2012 he was presented the department’s Leadership AwardHe is completing Blue Card Command training which is a nationally recognized training and certification program for fire command officers.
-Property losses from fire in 2018 totaled $709,000 compared to $316,500 in 2017. Geneva ​township experienced the biggest fire loss ($457,000), followed by the city of South Haven at $145,500Next were South Haven township ($58,​000) ​and Casco township ($48,500).+Brandon lives in Geneva ​Township with his wife Dawn and sons Jake and CalHe enjoys farming as a way to relax raising crops and pigs.
-There were no civilian fire-related injuries or injuries in 2018. There was four incidents in which a firefighter was injured in either at an emergency scene or a training exercise.+[{{:​public:​200520covidparade0074.jpg?625|}}]
-The department is comprised of 16 fulltime staff and 37 paid-on-call firefighters. The department continued an expanded community-wide pre-planning and inspection program. Staff has now completed pre-fire surveys at 448 of the 516 businesses in the SHAES coverage area. There were also 139 short-term rental inspections during the year.+===== Thank You Community for Your Support =====
-The department continued its active ​public ​education programs with safety presentations to nearly 1,900 people at schools, senior living facilities, businesses and to civic groups. An estimated 450 children and adults attended the annual Fire Safety Fun Night.+[{{:public:​ridleyshield.jpg?225|}}]
-A power point program highlighting the history of the department ​and explaining current SHAES services was developed ​for presentation ​to community ​groups.+Our staff has been receiving snacks ​and gift cards from community members to local restaurants ​for take out meals as a way to say "thank you" and to help support our local businesses. We in turn have been participating in events celebrating members of our community.
-During 2018 the department acquired ​new 4x4 Paramedic Ambulance ​and state-of-the-art battery-powered Jaws of Life rescue tools.+Capt. Ron Ridley (left) is displaying ​face shield that was designed ​and built by South Haven'​s Do-it corporation. The face shields provide full face protection when staff is helping COVID-19 patients. Do-it is shipping these shields all across the United States to help fill a shortage ​of personal protective equipment. The company made sure South Haven first responders (police, fire and EMS) were the first to get some and donated two boxes of 100 face shields to SHAES and to SHPD. Thank you to Do-It corporation for helping us.
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