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.

Here are a few basic rules:
  • Again, outdoor fireplaces must be pre-approved prior to burning. 
  • You cannot burn brush in the outdoor fireplace(s).
  • Fireplace pits or rings may be no larger than three feet in diameter and made of non-combustible material.
We request all Cascade Township residents call Fire Station 1 at (616) 949-1320 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 Captain Michael Bolt. 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?
Drivers are supposed to slow down, move to the right as far as safely possible and stop (please ensure you exercise caution). Remain there until the emergency vehicle has passed. Stay alert - more than one emergency vehicle may be responding to the call (i.e. an engine may be following a medical vehicle). The emergency vehicle driver will attempt to make their way through the maze of traffic safely.