The Covert Township Fire Department is proud to announce that our burn permit program has gone online! Residents can now go to our website under burn permits and request a burn permit online! Just fill out the required information, read and click that you agree to the Township burning rules, and submit. Your permit will be issued immediately! Your permit will be valid for 3 days. Should any burn bans go into effect while your permit is active, you will be notified that all burning has been revoked for a burn ban. We hope that this process becomes more streamlined and easier for the residents of Covert Township!
You may get a burn permit by clicking here.
The Covert Township Fire Department and the Pallisades Fire Brigade went door to door to 167 homes in Covert Township and gave out fire prevention information, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and escape ladders to residents who needed them. Residents with children were also educated with pediatric DOSE (Direct On Scene Education) about child sleep safety. This training was created in Florida to prevent child sleep related deaths, and has been highly successful. The State of Michigan has adopted this training and is starting to train Fire and EMS departments around the state. The Covert Township Fire Department is the second Fire Department in the State of Michigan to implement this program! Click here to watch the WWMT News 3 story about this event!
On 5/06/2015 The Covert Township Fire Department conducted our monthly training. We were joined by members of the Bangor Community Fire Department at an acquired structure. Crews drilled on initial fire attack, communications, command, and water supply. Some of the pictures you see are a view through our TIC (thermal Imaging Camera). This tool allows firefighters to see objects in complete darkness, in smoke filled environments and high heat conditions. The TIC is used to help locate victims that may be inside of a house fire much faster then searching by hand, although we still search by hand as a secondary method. The TIC is also used to locate "hot spots" that fire crews will put out before declaring the fire out. Click here to see the photo's from this training!
Over the past 2 weeks, the Covert Township Fire Department has responded to 8 grass / woods fires. We would like to remind you that these fires can move very fast with all of the dry grass & brush. Please burn responsibly, never leave a fire unattended, and always have a water source near by. Please feel free to contact the Covert Township Fire Department for any questions related to burning or if there is a current burning ban in place.
On 3-29-2015 the Covert Township Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire in the 73000 block of CR 378. SHAES and Bangor Community fire departments were requested as mutual aid to assist. Fire crews arrived to find a garage unit fully involved with a house and large propane tank nearby. Fire crews worked quickly and were able to limit the fire damage to the house to just some melted siding. The fire was stopped before causing the propane tank to explode. The Covert Township Fire Department would like to thank our neighboring departments for their continued assistance! Click here to see scene photo's.
On 3-23-2015 at approximately 11:30 PM the Covert Township Fire Department was dispatched to a assist the Bangor Community Fire Department on a structure fire. SHAES and Watervliet fire departments also assisted. Crews battled extreme cold temperatures while extinguishing the fire. Fortunately all occupants of the home were able to make it out safely.
On 2-26-2015 at approximately 11:30 PM, the Covert Township Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire in the 72000 block of 32nd Avenue. Crews arrived to find smoke coming from the structure. SHAES and Bangor Fire departments were called to assist. The residents were able to get out of the home without injury. Click here to see scene photo's.
The Covert Township Fire Department would like to recognize and thank Fire Fighter Paramedic Robbie Harting for his dedication and service to Covert Township. After many years of service with Covert Township as a Fire Fighter, Paramedic, Captain and acting Chief, Robbie has taken a position as Fire Chief with the Hartford Fire Department. We would like to wish Chief Harting well in his new position and we look forward to continuing to work with him on scenes.
On 2/19/2015 at approx. 10:56 am, The Covert Township Fire Department was dispatched to a car vs. semi crash on SB I-196 near mm13. Upon arrival, Covert fire units found several semi's involved and a 4 door car with two passengers trapped under a semi truck hauling a tanker full of oil. Covert Township requested SHAES for assistance. Rescue crews worked quickly to extricate the patients from the wreckage. Both patients were transported to local hospitals for treatment. Click here to see scene photo's.
On 1/15/2015 at approximately 1:15 pm, the Covert Township Fire Department was dispatched to Blue Star Highway near CR 378 for a rollover accident. Upon arrival, rescuers found a large van that had rolled over, and both occupants out of the vehicle. One of the occupants required medical attention and was transported to a local hospital. A dog was also in the vehicle at the time of the accident. Covert Township was assisted by the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department, South Haven Police, and the Van Buren County Animal Control. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor. Click here for scene photo's.
On 1-09-2015 at 9:33 PM the Covert Township Fire Department was dispatched to the 70000 block of CR 380 to assist SHAES on a structure fire. The weather was 4 degrees with a windchill below 0. Bangor Community Fire Department also was on scene and took part in fire suppression. Crews were on scene for over 4 hours before clearing. Thankfully, all occupants were able to get out of the house. Click here for scene photo's.
On 1-07-2015 The Covert Township Fire Department conducted our yearly CPR/ Cardiac Arrest training. We were joined by members of the Covert Township Police Department who assist on medical calls. To see the photo's of the training click here.
Over the past 48 hours the Covert Township Fire Department has responded to 4 Motor Vehicle crashes, 3 of which were roll overs. We would like to remind everybody to take and plan extra time for driving during winter conditions. Always carry your cell phone to call for help. We also recommend keeping a blanket, some packaged food (granola bars) and water in your vehicle in case you do get stuck and cannot get help.
The Covert Township Fire Department would like the thank Fire Fighter Jennifer Rybarczyk for her service to Covert Township. Fire Fighter Rybarcyzk has served on the Covert Township Fire Department since 05/ 2006.
Vehicle Crash-On 12/02/2014 The Covert police Department was dispatched to a single vehicle crash on 28th avenue at 77 1/2 st. Covert PD requested Covert Township Fire respond and evaluate the driver of the vehicle. The driver was uninjured and was not transported. The Covert Township Fire Department would like to remind everyone to drive safely, especially on roads you may not be familiar with.
On Monday November 24, 2014 Covert Township Fire Department was requested to assist SHAES with a structure fire. SHAES initially requested an ALS ambulance from Covert, and then upgraded to include an engine and manpower. The initial ALS crew was given a severely burned patient that they transported to a Kalamazoo hospital. Click here to read the full news article.
FIREFIGHTER/EMT – Covert Township Fire Department is accepting applications for 5 immediate openings for the position of Part Time Firefighter/EMT. Minimum qualifications include: Michigan FF I & II, Haz-Mat Ops, valid Michigan Driver’s License, and Michigan licensed EMT or higher. Applications may be mailed to Covert Township Fire Department, P.O. Box 5 Covert MI 49043, or dropped off at the Fire Station located at 74034 34th Avenue, no later than 4pm December 1st, 2014.
On 11/07/2014 at approximately 2:48 PM, the Covert Township Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire in the 72000 block of 24th avenue. Upon arrival, crews found the home fully engulfed in fire. The fire was quickly brought under control with assistance from both South Haven Area Emergency Services and Bangor Community Fire Department. Click here for scene photo's.
Fire Fighter / EMT Daniel Bratcher resigned from the Covert Township Fire Department. Fire Fighter Bratcher has been with the Covert Township Fire Department for over 3 years. Fire Fighter Bratcher was recently hired full time as a Fire Fighter for the City of Detroit. Fire Fighter Bratcher had also served with the Bangor Community Fire Department and Muskegon Heights Fire Department. Congratulations Fire Fighter Bratcher on your new job, thank you for your service to the Covert community!
The Covert Township Fire Department was the place to be on Halloween 2014. All of the fire bays were filled with tables of candy that was being handed out by local businesses, schools and residents. Over 300 children turned out dressed as princesses, hero's, goblins and many other great costumes. It was a great community event that kept everyone out of the cold weather!