FILLMORE TOWNSHIP, Allegan County, Michigan
    Established 1849
E-Mail: fillmore@macatawa.org Phone: 269-751-7655 Fax: 269-751-6065
Fire Departments

Burning Permits:
The Fillmore Township Ordinance for any open fires except in a barrel with a 3/4-inch mesh cover REQUIRES a burning permit. If you do not obtain a burning permit and the Fire Department is called to extinguish the fire, you will be billed for the cost of the run. If you live in Hamilton or Overisel Fire Department areas, you can call Central Dispatch at 616-686-5222 for a burning permit. If you live in the Graafschap Fire Department area, call Chief Cal Haverdink at 335-3050. There is no charge for these permits.

 
Hamilton Fire Department
 
Hamilton Fire & Rescue has responded to 221 incidents as of October 31. This is a 12% increase over last year. Members of our staff continue to do medical standby for the Hamilton Schools football program. We are continuing our safety programs at the Hamilton Elementary level, with either tours of the fire station or school visits. Our members have also completed the Home Land Security National Incident Command training this past year. This is a nation wide standard to be used at major incidents throughout the country.
 
In the fire service we ask ourselves, "what if?" That "if" came to us at 12:45am on July 8 with a mutual aid request from Graafschap Fire Dept., for help with the lakeshore dune fire. After 10 hours on the scene we returned to our station. At 9:51am a call came in for a medical emergency. A mutual aid request came in from the Overisel Fire Dept. for Schipper Poultry Farm at 11:12am. Seven hours later we returned to the station. At 6:57pm and 9:20pm we were again sent out on medical emergencies. Members of our department were out for 22 hours straight, some going for 40 hours with little or no sleep. It was a great statement to see so many emergency services in Allegan and Ottawa County come together and support one another in the "what if."
 
We thank our community for your great support surrounding our emergency service personnel. We could not do our job without you.
 
Dave Haverdink, Hamilton Fire Chief
 
 
Graafschap Fire/Rescue
 
The Fall season is always a busy time of the year for the Graafschap Fire Department. With Fire Prevention Week October 7-13 this year, we as a fire department made extra efforts to inform the public about Fire Safety. We participated in Fire Prevention activities in Holland City and Saugatuck, and also presented a Fire Safety Assembly at Blue Star Elementary School. The theme for Fire Prevention Week this year is "practice your escape plan." We ask all residents to look at their home or apartment and put together an escape plan to be used if a fire should occur. Do you know two ways out of each room in your home, apartment or workplace? Have you designated a meeting area (mailbox, tree, neighbor's yard, etc.) where all occupants can meet during a drill or in an actual fire? It is extremely important to have a plan in place, and then to practice it regularly. This could make the difference between surviving a fire or a possible tragedy. These types of plans and drills are easily adaptable for severe weather or other crisis situations. If you need assistance with putting together an escape plan, please contact Graafschap Fire Department at (616) 396-4060 and we will be happy to assist you.
 
On October 13th the Department participated in a full scale disaster drill at Tulip City Airport. This drill was in the planning stages for over nine months and was designated to meet the criteria of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and F.E.M.A. The drill involved all of the area emergency services including Fire Departments from Graafschap, Holland City, Park Twp., Holland Twp., Hamilton, Overisel and Saugatuck. Law Enforcement agencies involved both Allegan and Ottawa County Sheriff's Depts., Holland Police Dept., Michigan Sate Police and U.S. Coast Guard. The N.T.S.B., F.B.I. and F.A.A. were also contacted for input and direction. Area Hospitals also participated along with A.M.R. and Pro-Med ambulance from Muskegon. The American Red Cross had a disaster team from Allegan County participating. The Allegan and Ottawa County emergency radio group (R.A.C.E.S.) brought several members to assist with emergency radio traffic as needed. The total number of people involved in this drill plus volunteers who were "victims" was between 300 and 400 people. For those residents who have access to MAC-TV this drill was videotaped and excerpts will be shown at later dates. Watch the MAC-TV listings for dates and times.
 
As you can see from the above information, a lot of training and pre-planning has taken place to insure the best response. We as a Fire Department try to do our best to be ready for any emergency. What are you as individuals doing to prepare if an emergency should happen to you?
 
Cal Haverdink
Graafschap Fire Department