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 South Haven Area Emergency Services</​div></​html>​ South Haven Area Emergency Services</​div></​html>​
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-<a href="​http://​www.shaes.org/​dokuwiki/​doku.php?​id=public:​responses"​ >SEE PHOTOS OF RECENT SHAES FIRE/RESCUE RESPONSES AND ACTIVITIES<​br></​a>​ +</​a></​div></​html>​
-<a href="​http://​www.shaes.org/​dokuwiki/​doku.php?​id=public:​2019_review"​ >2019 IN REVIEW PHOTO GALLERY<​br>​</​a></​div></​html>​ +
  
 <​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>​
 **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.** **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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-===== Keith Bierhalter Appointed Deputy Chief=====+[[http://​www.shaes.org/​dokuwiki/​doku.php?​id=public:​responses|PHOTO GALLERY OF RECENT SHAES RESPONSES]]
  
-[{{:public:​190718SHAESKeithBierhalter0003.jpg?150|}}]+[[http://www.shaes.org/​dokuwiki/​doku.php?id=public:​2020_review|PHOTO GALLERY OF 2020 YEAR IN REVIEW]]
  
-South Haven Area Emergency Services announces the promotion of Firefighter/​Paramedic Keith Bierhalter to the rank of Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal. 
  
-Bierhalter has 37 years’ experience with the department, 12 years as a paid-on call firefighter and 25 years as a fulltime Firefighter/​Paramedic. ​ He was honored as the department'​s Firefighter of the Year in 2010-11. +<​html>​ 
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-He has been president of SHAES fulltime Local #2658 for the past 15 years, is a certified fire inspector and fire investigator. +SHAES News Updates</div></html>
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-He follows the footsteps of his late father, Lieutenant Edward Bierhalter, as a second generation fire fighter. ​ He has two grown children, Reece and Kelsi, that reside in Dallas Texas. +
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-Bierhalter has been serving as Acting Deputy Chief since the June 30 retirement of Tony Marsala. +
-===== Deputy Chief Tony Marsala Enters Retirement===== +
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-As the fire alarm sounded, 10-year-old Tony Marsala was quick to get into the car with his dad, Robert, who was responding as a member of the Covert Township Fire Department. +
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-Now, nearly 50 years later including 34 years with South Haven Area Emergency Services, Deputy Chief/Fire Marshall, Tony Marsala has answered his last call as a professional firefighter. He retired June 7, 2019. +
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-It has been a career of dedicated service by a man who decided he wanted to be first responder at a young age. He became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) as a teenager and began training for the fire service right after graduating from Covert High School. +
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-Early in his career he worked for the former South Haven Township ambulance service and was a paid-on-call member with the Covert Fire Department. ​ He was a field medic and safety officer with Bechtel Power before becoming a fulltime member of the Covert department in 1984. He also worked part-time in the emergency room at South Haven Community Hospital. +
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-He joined the South Haven Fire Department, now SHAES, fulltime in 1985. He was promoted to Captain in 2008 and has served as Deputy Chief/Fire Inspector since 2010. +
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-His qualifications have covered a broad spectrum including inspector, investigator,​ vehicle maintenance certified, diver certification,​ and firefighting training instructor. He is also a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and is one of SHAES’ fireboat operators.  +
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-In 1989 he was chosen the department’s Firefighter of the Year. “Tony has been such a great asset to our department,​” said Chief Ron Wise.  “He was always kind and compassionate with patient care, professional and courteous during fire inspections and a mentor for our county’s fire academy students and new recruits. ​ Tony will be truly missed around the department.” +
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-“I have been truly blessed with a wonderful career,” said Marsala, “I am grateful for the support of the SHAES Board, my colleagues within the department and especially from the community.” +
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-Marsala and his wife Pam are in the final stages of returning to where it all began for Tony with the construction of a new home on the family homestead in Covert. The Marsalas have two children, Tony Jr. and Stacy. +
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-===== Summer is HereTime to Think Water Safety===== +
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-The staff of South Haven Area Emergency Services has started its program of flying safety flags at city beaches. +
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-//Pictured is SHAES Intern Lauren Kimbler// +
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-Lake Michigan conditions as determined by the National Weather Service are monitored by SHAES personnel. 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 change. The flags are either green, yellow or red based on the conditions. 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. +
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-The color of the flags is also posted on the internet -http://​www.shaes.org/​dokuwiki/​doku.php… +
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-Check out the SHAES Beach Safety website -- http://​www.shaes.org/​dokuwiki/​doku.php?​id=public:​beach_safety +
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-===== SHAES Annual Banquet Honors Staff Members===== +
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-//​Congratulations to brothers Paul (pictured left) and James D. Quinn who were presented the Firefighter-of-the-Year and Leadership awards respectively.//​ +
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-Awards and recognitions were presented to members of South Haven Area Emergency Services during the department’s annual dinner on Saturday, May 4. +
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-Paul Quinn has been chosen by his peers as the Firefighter of the Year. A member of the department’s paid-on-call staff for 25 years, Paul heads-up the department’s fire prevention initiatives. +
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-“Paul has contributed countless hours dedicated to the citizens of our coverage area,” said Chief Ron Wise. “Through his leadership he has helped SHAES bring the fire prevention message to young and older people in the community.” +
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-The department’s Leadership Award has been presented to James D. Quinn. Now in his 18th year as a fulltime member of the department, Quinn is being recognized for the job he has done increasing the department’s level of skill and knowledge. He also leads the department’s Honor Guard. +
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-“JD is a leader by example,” noted Wise. “He has a desire to answer the call for help with passion and professionalism.” +
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-Paul and JD are brothers. Their father, James A. Quinn, also a SHAES member, was the 2017-18 Firefighter of the Year. +
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-Wise lauded the department-wide lifesaving initiatives of the past year: “SHAES staff performed CPR on many patients over the last year. Their efforts made a considerable difference in the lives of our residents as well as guests that passed through the South Haven area.” Presented “I Made CPR Count” pins were Ross Burnside, Steven Cavadas, Roseanna Fox, David Griessel, Dustin Guminski, Dawn Hinz, Brian Horan Jr., Brian Horan Sr., Zachary Kenreich, Thomas Leva, Brian Montgomery, James A. Quinn, James D. Quinn, Johanna Quinn, Patrick Quinn, Paul Quinn, Phillip Quinn, Shawn Quinn, Tim Quinn. Owen Ridley, Ronald Ridley, Matthew Russell, Bill Snider, Shawn Smith, Tim Vanholt and Ronald Washegesic,  +
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-Presented a special Compassion Award was Brian Horan, Sr. for the special care given by him during the rescue of a trapped horse. +
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-The retirement of Deputy Chief Tony Marsala was announced. He will end 33 years of service on June 7.  +
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-Years of service awards were presented to Ronald Ridley, 40 yearsStanley Wakild, 35 years; Paul Quinn, 25 years; Brandon Hinz, 20 years; Brian Montgomery, Patrick Quinn and Timothy Quinn, 10 years; Matthew Russell, Willie Wright, Ronald Washegesic, Johanna Quinn and Steven Cavadas, five years. +
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-Welcomed as new paid-on-call members were Matthew Dey, Ross Burnside, Shawn Quinn and Alexis Ridley. Zachary Kenreich was promoted to fulltime firefighter/​paramedic and Steve Cavadas was hired as fulltime Assistant Fire Inspector. +
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-See photos from banquet http://​www.shaes.org/​dokuwiki/​doku.php?​id=public:​2019_annual_banquet +
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-===== Open Burning Poses High Risks===== +
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-This is a time of the year when open burning poses a risk because on dry field conditions. Open burning is not allowed within the City of South Haven. Burning permits are required for properties outside the city. Permits must be sought **before** starting any burns. Call 639-3473 for permission to burn. SHAES maintains information signs near its stations on Blue Star Highway and 64th Street which give the fire risk for the day. **check this link for burn permit information** -- http://​www.shaes.org/​dokuwiki/​doku.php?​id=public:​permits ​  +
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-===== Regional Approach to Emergency Services Extended===== +
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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://www.wsjm.com/​2019/​03/​13/​south-haven-area-emergency-services-agreement-extended/​ +
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-**Read MLIVE story** -- https://​www.mlive.com/​news/​kalamazoo/​2019/​03/​south-haven-area-extends-regional-emergency-service-collaboration-25-years.html +
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-===== Citizen Initiative Better Equips Responders=====+
  
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-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.+===== Service Honors Longtime Firefighter Stan Wakild =====
  
-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.+[{{:​public:​200729WakildFuneral0064.jpg?325|SEE PHOTOS}}]
  
-//Pictured, left to right: Police Chief Natalie Thompson, Sandy Fenske, SHAES Chief Ron Wise//+[[http://www.shaes.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?​id=public:​responses#​july_29_2020_-_funeral_of_stan_wakild|SEE PHOTOS]]
  
-"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 responding ​firefighter ​or police officer ​and its contents quickly applied to wound thus increasing ​the patient’s chance ​of survival."+The funeral service for longtime South Haven firefighter and Veteran Stanley (Stan) Wakild was held on July 29 with full honors. ​ He died July 13. Internment was at Lakeview Cemetery. Stan was part of our department over a span of six decades. He joined in 1965was promoted to Lieutenant in 1978 and served as Chief beginning in 1989 until his retirement in 1993He continued to serve as paid-on-call ​firefighter and in recent years was nighttime dispatcher. He was a member of the SHAES Honor Guard. He honorably served his country in the United States Air Force, the Army National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and served as Commander ​of American Legion Post 49.
  
-The kits include a tourniquet, large absorbent pressure dressing, compressed gauze for packing an uncontrolled bleeding wound, scissors for removing clothing and protective gloves.+===== South Haven Focused Beach Safety Tips Messaging Created =====
  
-"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."+[{{:​public:​200715BeachSafetyTips0008.jpg?325|}}]
  
-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.+[[https://​www.wzzm13.com/​article/​news/​local/​lakeshore/​south-haven-creates-beach-safety-place-mats-for-restaurants/​69-b010a9d7-993b-41b6-892f-25f6a96a88fd|SEE WZZM-TV COVERAGE]]
  
-"​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+Visitors to lakeshore communities like South Haven are often unaware of the dangers posed by the inviting water of Lake Michigan.
  
-"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."+"Drownings in the Great Lakes, including in the South Haven area, are a grave concern," said Chief Brandon Hinz of South Haven Area Emergency Services (SHAES). "As we examined ways to prevent future tragedies it became apparent ​that there is a lack of awareness by the public, especially guests ​in the community, to the inherent dangers posed by the lake."
  
-**Read MLive story** ​-- https://www.mlive.com/​news/​kalamazoo/​2019/​03/​south-haven-woman-inspired-by-60-minutes-raises-funds-to-stop-the-bleed.html+In an effort to educate the public of these dangers, SHAES, in cooperation with Safe Kids Greater South Haven-led by Bronson South Haven Hospital and The Great Lakes Water Safety Consortium, has designed a custom-made Beach Safety place mat for distribution to local businesses, particularly restaurantsOwners of short-term rentals are being encouraged ​to post it in their rental.
  
-**Read WSJM account** ​-- https://www.wsjm.com/​2019/​03/​06/​citizens-donate-emergency-kits-to-south-haven-agencies/​+Illustrator Jessica Byers of South Haven created a colorful array of graphics highlighting topics such as beach flag warnings, tips for escaping rip currents, advice about walking on the pier, when to use life jackets and even digging in the sand. On the back of the placemat are water-safety related kids activitiesThe project was initiated by former SHAES Chief Ron Wise.
  
-=====South Haven Area Emergency Services Annual Report Released===== 
  
-[{{:public:​181020bangorfire0011.jpg?250|}}]+"​Making sure our children are safe is the top priority of the Safe Kids Coalition in Greater South Haven,"​ said Dr. Matthew Dommer, chief operating officer and vice president for medical affairs at Bronson Lakeview and South Haven Hospitals. "​Because of our commitment to help families and communities prevent childhood injuries this is the perfect ​public ​education project for South Haven."
  
-**See 2018 in Review in Photos** -- http://www.shaes.org/​dokuwiki/​doku.php?​id=public:​2018_review+Copies are available at the South Haven/Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 546 Phoenix St., and South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce, 606 Phillips St.
  
-**Read Complete Annual Report** -- http://​www.shaes.org/​dokuwiki/​lib/​exe/​fetch.php?​media=public:2018_shaes_annual_report.pdf+===== SHAES Responders Broaden Rescue Capabilities ===== 
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-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.+[[https://​www.woodtv.com/​news/​southwest-michigan/​south-haven-crews-get-life-saving-tools-for-when-seconds-count/​|SEE WOOD-TV COVERAGE]]
  
-SHAES serves ​the city of South Haven and the townships of Casco, Geneva and South Haven from three stations.+South Haven Area Emergency Services (SHAES) is broadening its ability to respond to water rescue incidents by providing its paid-on-call members with water rescue equipment that stays with the responders all-of-the time.
  
-“A dedicated staff and a supportive community continues ​to allow us to provide ​very high level of service,” said Chief Ronald Wise.+Thanks ​to a grant from the Albemarle Corporation ​of South Havennineteen SHAES responders now have a fitted PFD - personalized flotation device (life jacket), helmet and throw-bag containing 50 feet of rope.
  
-The 2,085 responses were the fifth highest in department history. The all-time record is 2,276 in 2016.+SHAES equipment (ambulancesrescue truck, engines) also contain this equipment, but frequently ​the paid-on-call members who respond from their home or workplace are the first to arrive on an emergency scene.
  
-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 township. SHAES provided mutual aid to other fire departments on 62 occasions and received assistance 31 times.+"​Minutesif not seconds, count in this type of emergency situation,"​ said Chief Brandon Hinz"We are grateful for the continuing support ​of Albemarle as we strive to protect our community ​to the best of our ability."
  
-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 $145,500. Next were South Haven township ($58,000) and Casco township ($48,500).+Hinz also thanked former chief Ron Wise who pursued funding for the acquisition.
  
-There were no civilian fire-related injuries or injuries in 2018There was four incidents in which a firefighter was injured ​in either at an emergency scene or a training exercise.+In recent weeks SHAES staff has been conducting its annual water rescue drills on Lake Michigan and Lake ArvestaA recent drill included members of the South Haven Police Department whose officers also have PFDs in their patrol cars.
  
-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. 
  
-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.+===== Please Keep Hydrants Clear of Foliage ===== 
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-A power point program highlighting ​the history ​of the department and explaining current ​SHAES services was developed for presentation ​to community groups.+This is a request that we typically make in the dead of winter when the snow is piled high around the fire hydrants in the SHAES area. Please help us now if there is foliage concealing from the street a hydrant where you live. Time is of the essence when we arrive on a fire scene so being able to locate the fire hydrant quickly is of great help. Thank You.
  
-During 2018 the department acquired a new 4x4 Paramedic Ambulance and state-of-the-art battery-powered Jaws of Life rescue tools.+===== Hydrant Flushing Underway =====
  
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 +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.
  
 +This is necessary to clean particulates and sediment from the system. If you have discolored water at your residence, run the water until it clears and also run your washing machine through one cycle to clear water from the lines and the machine.
  
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