Portland Area Fire Authority

Serving Portland and Danby Townships and the City of Portland, Michigan.

firechief@portlandfiremi.com          517-647-4111








 

 
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Applications are now being taken for the position of Volunteer Firefighter.  Job requirements, application and Federal forms are available here.

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NEWS! 

Burn Permits are now
issued annually. 
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mation and a packet &
application.

Safety Tips from the Portland Area Fire Department

2017 Severe Weather Preparedness Week


As we all await the beginning of warmer weather in the Great State of Michigan we also must consider that with warmer weather comes the threat of Severe Weather.

April 16 - 22has been declared Severe Weather Awareness Week. This also includes the 2017 Statewide Tornado Drill which is scheduled for Wednesday April 19th at 1pm. I have attached some great information that I hope you will take time to read through

The information contains suggestions for you, your family and yes your pets in the event of severe weather.

So let’s enjoy the upcoming weather and just remember to keep an eye to the sky and be safe!!

Click here for information on Severe Weather Preparedness


Thanks,

Chief Baker.

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Heating Season Safety


From the Chief.......

     I hope your summer was a safe and enjoyable one.  And as we enjoy the lovely fall colors that our great state provides let’s not forget that the home heating season is just around the corner. Below I have provided some helpful suggestions to keep your heating season a warm and safe one:

Wood Stoves

     Wood stoves cause over 4,000 residential fires every year. Carefully follow the manufacturer's installation and maintenance instructions. Look for solid construction, such as plate steel or cast iron metal. Check for cracks and inspect legs, hinges and door seals for smooth joints and seams. Use only seasoned wood for fuel, not green wood, artificial logs, or trash. In pellet stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood pellets. Inspect and clean your pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.

Electric Space Heaters

     Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Check to make sure it has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over. Heaters are not dryers or tables; don't dry clothes or store objects on top of your heater. Plug space heaters directly into wall outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip. Always unplug your electric space heater when not in use.

Kerosene Heaters

     Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and check with your local fire department on the legality of kerosene heater use in your community. Never fill your heater with gasoline or camp stove fuel; both flare-up easily. Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene. When refueling, allow the appliance to cool first and then refuel outside. Never overfill any portable heater. Use the kerosene heater in a well-ventilated room.

Fireplaces

     Fireplaces regularly build up creosote in their chimneys. They need to be cleaned out frequently and chimneys should be inspected for obstructions and cracks to prevent deadly chimney and roof fires. Check to make sure the damper is open before starting any fire. Never burn trash, paper or green wood in your fireplace. These materials cause heavy creosote buildup and are difficult to control. Use a screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks. Don't wear loose-fitting clothes near any open flame. Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed. Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from your home and any other nearby buildings. Never empty the ash directly into a trash can. Douse and saturate the ashes with water.

     Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family. Remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarm when we “fall back” an hour this fall.

If we all follow these simple rules and get ready for the heating season now we can have a safe fall and winter.

Sincerely,

John A. Baker, Chief

Portland Area Fire Authority.

  

Source: FEMA, Heating Source Safety.

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CAN WE FIND YOU!!!

       by:  Chief John Baker

 

     Hello everyone and happy spring!! First, at the risk of jinxing myself I want to commend the entire fire district. As of this date we have had no grass fires!! This tells me that you have been closely attending your fires and calling to check the burn permit line to make sure conditions are right for burning.


     So the title of this safety tip is "Can We Find You?". In the event of an emergency is your home, business or property addressed correctly and is the address visible? This is an issue we run into on a somewhat regular basis with a relatively easy solution.

    

     First, to make sure you have your address numbered and visible, we still sell the reflective address boards here at the station. These work great in the rural areas.


     Also a question Ionia Central Dispatch will be asking is "What is your nearest cross-road?".  This simply means what is the nearest road that crosses the road you live on.


     Another situation we have found concerns the loft apartments in our downtown area. Please make sure that there is some sort of address on your loft/apt door visible from the street. Business owners, I know we generally go by the business name but we, along with central dispatch, will need an address for report reasons.


     Remember if police, fire or EMS can’t find you we can’t help!!


     If you have suggestions for the safety tip article please feel free to send me an e-mail at firechief@portlandfiremi.com or call and leave a message at 517-647-2950.


Enjoy your summer!!

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