Fire Department Information & News
Fire Department Sponsored Programs
Safe at Home Program
Is a sponsored program created by the Michigan State Police Fire
Marshall Division in conjunction with the Michigan Public Advisory
Committee to teach fire safety to children between kindergarten and
twelfth grade. We have been involved in this program since its beginning
and have had a tremendous amount of success.
Are classes we do to teach preschool children about fire safety.
Our fire prevention fire fighters go to the schools or invite the
children to our stations to teach them about fire safety basics. We
have found that it is worthwhile to start teaching the children about
fire safety at a young age.
Fire Department Tours
Call (810) 629-1911 to set up a time to bring your group for a tour
of our stations.
Information About Paid On-Call
The Fenton Township Fire Department is looking for people to join the
Department. Some of the job requirements are as follows:
- Must live within 6 miles of a station
- Must possess a valid Michigan drivers license
- Must be in good physical condition
- Must submit to a physical exam
Basic functions of the job include:
- Perform specialized duties under emergency conditions
- Drive and operate all fire apparatus and rescue equipment
- Must be able to lift equipment weighing 50 pounds or more above
- Must have a 'team player' attitude
- Must have good communication skills to deal with other fire fighters
and the public
If you are interested in more information or for an application please
stop by Fenton Township Fire Station #1.
Fire Safety Tips (taken
from our friends at Cascade Township)
Two-thirds of all fires involving fatalities happen in homes between
the hours of 8 pm and 8 am. Three-fifths of America's home fire fatalities
occur in homes without smoke detectors. A smoke detector cannot save
your life if it is not working.
- Dead, missing or disconnected batteries are the principle cause
of non-working detectors
- Test once a month (replace any battery too weak to sound the alarm)
- Heed the warning, when the detector chirps the battery is low
- Replace the batteries twice per year on the same date (pick two
special days so you will remember to replace the batteries)
- Nothing lasts forever, after 10 years replace it
Dealing with False Alarms
- DO NOT disconnect the detector, RELOCATE IT
- If false alarms persist, replace the detector (try a different
Types of Smoke Detectors
- There are basically two types, ionization (most common) and photoelectric
- Any approved type will work
How Many Do I Need?
- Inside and outside each sleeping area on each level, including
- For hearing impaired you can obtain detectors with flashing lights
- Required smoke detectors must be hard-wired, battery backup, and
interconnected - That way when one detector is activated all detectors
Where Do I Install My Detector?
- Wall mounted units should be installed within the top 6 to 12
inches from the ceiling
- Ceiling mounted units at least 6 inches from the nearest wall
- Do not mount near registers, doors, windows, or ceiling fans
Escaping an Emergency
Plan Your Escape
During a fire, there's no time for planning. Sit down with your
family and plan for escaping a fire.
- Draw a floor plan of your home and mark down two ways to exit
from every room, especially sleeping areas - discuss the escape
routes with every member in your home
- Agree on a meeting place outside your home where everyone will
gather after escaping to wait for the fire department - this allows
for you to know that everyone got out - advise the fire department
if anyone is trapped inside the burning building
- Practice your escape plan at least twice a year - have a fire
drill in your home - appoint someone to monitor and have everyone
participate - get out quickly, but be careful
- Make your exit drill realistic - pretend that a few exits are
blocked off by fire and practice alternative routes - pretend the
lights are out and that a few a few of your escape routes are filled
Make sure everyone in the household can unlock all doors and windows
quickly, even in the dark. Windows or doors with security bars need
to be equipped with quick release devices and everyone in the household
should know how to use them.
If you live in a two-story house, and must escape from the second
story window, be sure there is a safe way to reach the ground. Make
special arrangements for children, older adults and persons with
disabilities. People who have difficulty moving should have a phone
in their sleeping area and if possible should sleep on the ground
Test doors before opening them. Kneel or crouch at the door, reach
up as high as you can and touch the door, the knob and the space
between the door and its frame with the back of your hand. If the
door is hot, use another escape route. If the door is cool, open
it with caution.
If you are trapped, close all doors between you and the fire. Stuff
the cracks around the doors to keep out smoke. Wait at a window
and signal for help with a light colored cloth or a flashlight.
If there’s a phone in the room, call 911 and tell them exactly
where you are.
Get Out Fast
In case of fire, don’t stop for anything. Do not try to
rescue possessions or pets. Go directly to your meeting place and
then call 911 from a neighbor’s phone. Every member of your
household should know how to call for help.
Crawl low under smoke. Smoke contains deadly gases and heat rises.
During a fire, cleaner air will be near the floor. If you encounter
smoke when using your primary exit route, use your alternate escape
plan. If you must exit through smoke, crawl on your hands and knees
keeping your head 12 to 24 inches above the floor.
Once You Are Out - Stay Out
Once you are out of your house don’t go back for any reason.
If people are trapped, the firefighters have the best chance of
rescuing them. The heat and smoke of a fire are overwhelming. Firefighters
have the training, experience and protective equipment needed to
enter a burning building.
- Install smoke detectors on each level of your house and by every
- Check your smoke detector batteries at least twice a year
- Have your chimney and heating system inspected annually
- Never overload electrical outlets and keep cords out of harms way
- Display large address numbers that the Fire Department can easily
see from the road