Frequent Fire Questions

Can I burn brush in Cascade Township?
Yes.  Burning brush is allowed in Cascade Township.  Cascade Township is divided into two areas, restricted and non-restricted.  Review the Burn Ordinance for more information including but not limited to timeframes.

Can I have a recreational fire in Cascade Township?
Yes, with a pre-approved outdoor fireplace.  Outdoor fireplaces may be used for recreational fires within both restricted and non-restricted areas of Cascade Township.  Again, outdoor fireplaces must be pre-approved prior to burning.  In addition, there is no burning brush in the outdoor fireplace(s).  We request all Cascade Township residents to please call Fire Station 1 at 616-949-1320 in order to notify us of when you will be conducting a recreational fire.

Who do I talk with if I have a group that would like C.P.R. training?
We have a community C.P.R. program. This program is coordinated by Fire Fighter James Walker. You may contact him by calling (616) 949-1320.

How do I arrange a tour of a fire station or a visit by a fire engine?
We enjoy visitors at our stations. We also enjoy visiting you at an event or your neighborhood block parties. You can arrange a tour of one of our two stations as well by calling (616) 949-1320.

I saw a fire engine go through an intersection with the red lights and siren on and then turn them off. Why did they do that?
We only respond emergency (red lights and sirens) to actual emergency calls. Sometimes when we are responding to a call we are cleared or downgraded to non-emergency (no red lights and sirens) because the situation is no longer an emergency. Another reason this may occur is that our presence is no longer needed.

What am I supposed to do if I see an emergency vehicle with its red lights and siren on?
One of the most important areas of concern! You are supposed to slow down, move to the right and yield the right-of-way (please ensure you exercise caution). It is also helpful to make eye contact with the emergency vehicle driver. Once the emergency vehicle has reached you do not make any sudden movements. This is very important at intersections. At this time the emergency vehicle driver is attempting to make his/her way through the maze of vehicles. The emergency vehicle driver will try and guide the emergency vehicle through the traffic in order for them to pass through safely.