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 <a href="​http://​www.shaes.org/​dokuwiki/​doku.php?​id=public:​responses"​ >SEE PHOTOS OF RECENT RESPONSES AND ACTIVITIES<​br></​a>​ <a href="​http://​www.shaes.org/​dokuwiki/​doku.php?​id=public:​responses"​ >SEE PHOTOS OF RECENT RESPONSES AND ACTIVITIES<​br></​a>​
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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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-===== Fire Safety Fun Night Enjoyed by All===== +===== Residential Smoke Detectors ​Must =====
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-Our annual Fire Safety Fun Night was attended by more than 500 kids and adults on Thursday, Oct. 10. We are grateful to our sponsors for supporting this event. Thank you Fox 17 for your coverage -- https://​fox17online.com/​2019/​10/​10/​over-500-kids-adults-have-fun-at-south-haven-fire-station-for-fire-safety-fun-night/​ +
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-===== Rescue 1 Invitation to Bid===== +
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-**ITEM:** 2020 Freightliner conventional chassis Rescue Truck +
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-**NOTICE TO BIDDERS:** Sealed bids will be received until 11:00 A.M., November 8, 2019 in the Office of the +
-Executive Director of South Haven Area Emergency Services Authority by Mail at: South Haven Area +
-Emergency Services Authority, 90 Blue Star Hwy, South Haven, Michigan 49090 or Hand Delivered at: +
-S.H.A.E.S. Station 3, 90 Blue Star Highway, South Haven, Michigan. Bids will be opened on November 8, +
-2019 at 11:00 A.M in the training room of S.H.A.E.S. Station 3, located at 90 Blue Star Highway, South Haven, +
-Michigan. +
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-**HOW TO RECEIVE SPECIFICATIONS:​** By Email: rwise@shaes.org or FAX (269)637-0998 to S.H.A.E.S. +
-Executive Director or mail your request to: S.H.A.E.S., 90 Blue Star Hwy, South Haven, MI 49090, and Attn: +
-Executive Director. Either must be on your company letterhead. +
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-**HOW TO SUBMIT PROPOSAL:** All bids shall be submitted in sealed opaque envelopes, mailed to the above +
-Blue Star Hwy location OR delivered to the office of the Executive Director at the above Blue Star Highway +
-location, and plainly marked on the outside of the envelope as follows: +
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-**SEALED PROPOSAL FOR:** 2020 Freightliner Rescue Truck +
-Bids by email or facsimile (fax) machine will be invalid and will not be considered for review. It will be the +
-sole responsibility of the bidder to ensure that his proposal reaches the Office of the Executive Director of South Haven Area Emergency Services Authority on or before closing hour and date shown above. +
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-**PURPOSE OF BID:** The South Haven Area Emergency Services Authority intends to secure ​source of +
-supply for the specified item by considering (but not limiting to) the following: lowest price, terms and length of warranty, prompt and convenient shipment, and service by the supplier to the Authority. Any failure on the part of the supplier or contractor to comply with the ensuing conditions and specifications shall be reasons for termination of contract. The Authority reserves the right to make an award to the supplier where the product or service meets the specifications,​ terms and conditions and where the bid is considered by the Authority Board to be in the Authorities best interest. +
-Ronald Wise, Executive Director +
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-===== SHAES Responders Honored for Heroism===== +
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-First responders from South Haven Area Emergency Services (SHAES) were recognized Wednesday (Sept. 4) by the City of South Haven for their actions in making rescues on Lake Michigan this summer. SHAES has responded to numerous Lake Michigan alerts most notably on July 19 and August 21 when a total of five people were rescued in the incidents. +
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-Pictured, from left to right: David Griesel, Tim Quinn, Brian J. Horan, Brandon Hinz, Steven Cavadas, Zach Kenreich, Phillip Quinn, Ron Wise, Shawn Quinn, Brian Montgomery, Keith Bierhalter, James Quinn and Cody Sedlak. Also honored but not pictured were Patrick Quinn, Amanda Quinn, Ron Ridley and Dawn Hinz. +
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-===== Keith Bierhalter Appointed Deputy Chief===== +
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-South Haven Area Emergency Services announces the promotion of Firefighter/​Paramedic Keith Bierhalter to the rank of Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal. +
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-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. +
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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. +
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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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-===== 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 years; Stanley 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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-===== 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.+
  
-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.+[{{:​public:​200109columbiatownship0012.jpg?300|}}]
  
-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 TownshipCasco township operated its own fire department.+SHAES is partnering with the American Red Cross in encouraging residents to have working smoke detectors. The Red Cross has a program where they will install free of charge smoke detectors in residences. If you already have smoke detectors, ​ please test them and replace the batteries ​on a regular ​basis. Area residents interested in the free smoke alarm program can call the Southwest Michigan Red Cross at 269-353-6180,​ ext7181 to schedule an in-home visit. ​ Read a Herald Palladium article -- https://​www.heraldpalladium.com/​news/​local/​free-smoke-alarms-available-through-red-cross/​article_f65bab10-93d1-52ed-98ef-07ba25a754a8.html
  
-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.+===== Job Postings - Two SHAES Positions =====
  
-"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.+[{{:​public:​171211shtownship0077.jpg?300|}}]
  
-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.+South Haven Area Emergency Services is accepting applications for the purpose of creating a hiring list for **Fulltime Firefighter/​Paramedic** The hiring list may be valid for up to one year.  Applications will be accepted until FridayMarch 5th at 5 p.m. in the office of the Executive Director.  Eligible Applicants must be Michigan Certified Firefighter II and State of Michigan Licensed EMT-Paramedic by June 1, 2020.  Applicants will be required to pass a written and practical exam.  Job description and application are available at http://​www.shaes.org/​dokuwiki/​doku.php?​id=public:​employment . Applications may also be picked up at SHAES Station 3, 90 Blue Star Hwy., South Haven, Michigan 49090. South Haven Area Emergency Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  
-"We continue ​to receive several requests each year from fire departments and communities across ​the State inquiring on the formula ​to share costs on consistent basis taking life and property into account," said Wise.+South Haven Area Emergency Services is accepting applications for the purpose of creating a hiring list for **Fulltime Assistant Fire Inspector**. ​ The hiring list may be valid for up to one year.  Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 5 at 5 p.m. in the office of the Executive Director. ​ Eligible Applicants must be Michigan Certified Firefighter II and State of Michigan Licensed EMT-Basic by June 1 2020.  This is a fulltime entry level position. Applicants will be required ​to pass written ​and practical exam.  Job description and application are available http://​www.shaes.org/​dokuwiki/​doku.php?​id=public:​employment. ​ Applications may also be picked up at SHAES Station 3, 90 Blue Star Hwy., South HavenMichigan 49090. South Haven Area Emergency Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  
-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.+===== SHAES 2019 Annual Report Released =====
  
-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.+[{{:​public:​190513fire11thavenue0055.jpg?300|}}]
  
-**Read WSJM account** -- https://www.wsjm.com/​2019/​03/​13/​south-haven-area-emergency-services-agreement-extended/​+South Haven Area Emergency Services (SHAES) responded to more than 2,000 calls for the seventh consecutive year, according to the department’s Annual Report for 2019.
  
-**Read MLIVE story** -- https://www.mlive.com/​news/​kalamazoo/​2019/​03/​south-haven-area-extends-regional-emergency-service-collaboration-25-years.html+The SHAES Authority serves the city of South Haven and the townships of Casco, Geneva and South Haven from three stationsDuring ​2019 the agreement creating the SHAES Authority was extended for another ​25 years. ​
  
-===== Citizen Initiative Better Equips Responders=====+“The SHAES staff  is grateful to the community for its ongoing support,” said Chief Ronald Wise. “We remain committed to providing quality emergency service to our area.” ​
  
-[{{:​public:​190304shaesbleedkits.jpg?250|}}]+The 2,171 responses were the fourth highest in department history. The all-time record is 2,276 in 2016. In 2018 the department responded to 2,085 calls.
  
-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.+There were 701 fire alarm responses ​and 1,470 medical calls in 2019. There were 1,036 responses in the city of South Haven, followed by 437 in South Haven township, 306 in Geneva township and 325 in Casco township. SHAES provided mutual aid to other fire departments on 57 occasions and received assistance 15 times.
  
-Twenty-two kits were recently purchased through a fund raiser organized by resident Sandy FenskeLocal residents donated money towards ​the purchase of the kits that have been placed in every city police vehicleSHAES fire apparatus ​and support vehicles that would be called to an incident where victims may have serious bleeding.+Total property losses from fire in 2019 totaled $1,​872,​463, ​ including $1,087,272 in residential firesCasco township experienced ​the biggest residential fire loss ($664,000), followed by the city of South Haven ($148,050), Geneva ​ township ($142,122) and South Haven township ($133,100). Most of the residential ​fire losses came from three major blazes, two in Casco township ​and one in the city
  
-//Pictured, left to right: Police Chief Natalie Thompson, Sandy Fenske, SHAES Chief Ron Wise//+The department was particularly busy in the area of water-related incidents with several rescues needed on Lake Michigan. There was one drowning. The staff also worked with Emergency Management officials in Allegan and Van Buren Counties developing shoreline emergency responses.
  
-"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 a wound thus increasing the patient’s chance of survival."​+There were no civilian fire-related injuries or injuries in 2019There were three incidents in which a firefighter ​was injured either at an emergency scene or other work-related occurence
  
-The kits include a tourniquet, large absorbent pressure dressing, compressed gauze for packing ​an uncontrolled bleeding wound, scissors for removing clothing ​and protective gloves.+The department is comprised of 15 fulltime staff and 28 paid-on-call firefighters protecting 121 square miles from three stations. The department continued ​an expanded community-wide pre-planning ​and inspection program. The staff conducted inspections or related tests at 917 locations in the SHAES coverage area. That included 644 short-term rental inspections over the year.
  
-"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."+Chief Wise announced during 2019 his intention to retire after 31 years of service at SHAESincluding as chief since 2008, effective September 30, 2020A search ​for his successor is underway.
  
-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 kitsShe immediately reached out to friends who generously supported ​the project with their contributions.+The department continued its active public education programs with safety presentations ​to people at schools, senior living facilities, businesses and to civic groupsAn estimated 500 children and adults attended ​the annual Fire Safety Fun Night.
  
-"​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+Click here for 2019 Annual Report ​-- http://​www.shaes.org/​dokuwiki/​lib/​exe/​fetch.php?​media=public:​shaes_2019_annual_report.pdf
  
-"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."​+===== SHAES Firefighters Have New Level of Protection =====
  
-**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+[{{:public:​200121SHAESWasher0006.jpg?300|}}]
  
-**Read WSJM account** ​-- https://​www.wsjm.com/2019/03/06/citizens-donate-emergency-kits-to-south-haven-agencies/+Read Herald Palladium story -- https://​www.heraldpalladium.com/news/local/grants-to-help-sh-firefighters-fight-carcinogens/article_a702154e-b8d8-5d86-90c1-b43655d15271.html
  
-=====2018 South Haven Area Emergency Services Annual Report=====+Read MLive story -- https://​www.mlive.com/​news/​kalamazoo/​2020/​01/​grants-help-firefighters-combat-cancer-causing-carcinogens.html
  
-[{{:​public:​181020bangorfire0011.jpg?250|}}]+SHAES first responders now have much more capable commercial cleaning equipment that decontaminates carcinogens from bunker gear and prevents cross contamination with other laundry thanks to the support of local businesses and the ingenuity of members of the department.
  
-**See 2018 in Review in Photos** -- http://www.shaes.org/​dokuwiki/​doku.php?​id=public:​2018_review+Studies have shown an association between cancer risk and being a firefighterAfter exposure to even routine firefighting,​ bunker gear can contain carcinogens that may be absorbed through contact or inhaledAwareness of this increased cancer risk brought a desire by the SHAES leadership to improve upon gear-cleaning.
  
-**Read Complete Annual Report** -- http://www.shaes.org/​dokuwiki/​lib/​exe/​fetch.php?​media=public:​2018_shaes_annual_report.pdf+Each of the three SHAES stations now has industrial washers built especially for the purpose of cleaning the gearIn addition, the staff has built drying equipment saving the department significant expenses that would have been incurred by purchasing commercial products
  
-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.+"The safety of our first responders is our highest priority," said Fire Chief Ronald Wise. "We determined that a systematic approach ​to cleaning turnout gear would be the best remedy ​for providing this safeguard. We grateful to our contributors whose acknowledgement of this need brought it to reality."
  
-SHAES serves the city of South Haven and the townships of Casco, Geneva and South Haven from three stations.+[{{:​public:​180614PhillipsStreet0051.jpg?200|}}]
  
-“A dedicated staff and supportive community continues ​to allow us to provide ​very high level of service,” said Chief Ronald Wise.+Lovejoy, Inc., through the Timken Foundation, has awarded SHAES $20,000 grant. The Timken Foundation awards grants ​to non-profit agencies that operate in communities in which the Timken Company has facilities. Lovejoy, Inc. has had plant in South Haven since 1960. The company is a supplier ​of couplingspower transmissions,​ hydraulic components and rubber suspension technology.
  
-The 2,085 responses were the fifth highest ​in department history. The all-time record ​is 2,276 in 2016.+Albemarle is a global supplier of specialty chemicals. It has been located ​in South Haven since 1976. The Albemarle Foundation was launched as a means to power the giving potential of its employees. Each site has its own Foundation Council who share a wide view of a community’s needs and oversee diverse programs of philanthropic opportunities. Albemarle'​s contribution to the project ​is $10,000.
  
-There were 579 fire alarm responses and 1,506 medical calls in 2018. There 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.+Entergy Corporationowner of the Palisades nuclear plant which has operated ​in Covert Township since 1971has contributed $5,000. Entergy is a Fortune 500 integrated energy company engaged primarily ​in electric power production ​and retail distribution operations 
  
-Property losses from fire in 2018 totaled ​$709,000 compared ​to $316,500 in 2017Geneva 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).+Employees of Sturgis Bank and Trust donated ​$450 to the projectThe second Friday of each month is dedicated as “Jean Day” at the bank. For a donation of $5 employees can wear jeans that day. Each month a different branch of the bank can determine ​the beneficiary ​of their contributionSturgis Bank and Trust has two of its 12 branches in South Haven.
  
-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.+The project cost of $42,000 funded equipment purchases and meeting plumbing and electrical requirementsThe SHAES staff also contributed to the project by sponsoring fund-raising pancake breakfasts.
  
-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.+===== Paul Quinn Promoted to SHAES Fire Captain =====
  
-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:​200109PaulQuinn0001.jpg?200|}}]
  
-A power point program highlighting ​the history ​of the department ​and explaining current SHAES services was developed for presentation ​to community groups.+Firefighter/​Paramedic Paul Quinn has been promoted to the rank of Fire Captain for South Haven Area Emergency Services. Paul will oversee day-to-day operations for his shift as well as assume responsibilities as the department ​training officer, according ​to Chief Ron Wise.
  
-During 2018 the department acquired a new 4x4 Paramedic Ambulance ​and state-of-the-art battery-powered Jaws of Life rescue tools.+Paul has served ​the South Haven community for 26 years, first with the former Casco Fire Department ​and for 18 years as a fulltime SHAES firefighter-paramedic. He is a second generation firefighter,​ serving with his firefighter father, Jim Quinn. He is certified as a Level 1 Fire Instructor for the State of Michigan and has headed ​the SHAES fire prevention education bureau for that last 16 years. In 2019 he was chosen by his peers as the department'​s Firefighter ​of the Year.
  
 +===== Historic Scott Club Receives Fire Safeguard =====
  
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 +The Scott Club recently completed the installation of a state-of-the-art fire detection system at their historic building. SHAES staff participated in the planning for the installation of this system. The stately Queen Anne style building, constructed in 1893, is a Michigan historic site. The fire detection system facilitates the notification of the fire department thru an alarm company. This project was made possible through grants from the Rotary Club of South Haven and the Greater South Haven Area Community Foundation. This is the second installation of a fire detection system in a historically important building in our community. The first was at the Historical Association of South Haven (formerly Hartman School) in 2017.
  
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