2016 West Michigan fire prevention activities


October is the month when fire departments across the country promote fire prevention and safety in the local community. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait – Check the Date!  Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”  From fire department Open Houses to events with a focus on fire prevention education, there are numerous opportunities for children and families to learn about fire safety, injury prevention and smoke alarm maintenance close to Where You Live.  If you have questions about fire prevention and safety or need a smoke alarm, e-mail escape@wotv4women.com or call toll free 1-844-978-4400.

(Please note: event dates and times may be subject to change. Please check with your local fire department for more details).


Allegan County

Allegan Fire District’s First Annual Meet and Treat
Allegan Fire District Station #1
300 Monroe Street
Allegan, MI 49010
(269) 673-4459
Monday October 31, 2016
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

  • This event will be held in conjunction with the city-wide trick or treat activities. The fire department will also host a candy check


Dorr Township Fire Department
Fire Prevention Weekend Pancake Breakfast
4196 18th Street
Dorr, MI 49323
Saturday October 15, 2016
8:00 am – Noon

  • Besides the pancake breakfast, the fire department will be holding basket raffles for men, women, kids and couples as well as kids games and face painting. Donations are welcome for the breakfast and to support the fire department.


Leighton Township Fire Department
Public Safety Event
(At the Moline Ballfields): 1148 – 144th Avenue
Wayland, MI 49348
Saturday October 8, 2016
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • We will have fire equipment from the Leighton Township Fire Department and the Dorr Fire Department
  • A vehicle extrication demonstration
  • Michigan State Police Dive Team
  • Michigan State Police K9 Unit
  • Township Sheriff’s Deputies
  • Allegan County SWAT Team
  • The Allegan Central Dispatch will have information on the County 911 system
  • The Allegan County Sheriff’s Department will have some child car seat information and other public safety activities and information.
  • We will also have a bounce house and other activities for the kids.


Saugatuck Township Fire District
Fire Prevention Open House
3342 Blue Star Highway
Saugatuck, MI 49453
Sunday October 2, 2016
Noon – 3pm

  • Bring your family and friends to meet your firefighters and first responders.
  • There will be fire prevention games
  • A vehicle extrication demonstration
  • A live burn sprinkler demonstration
  • Electronics recycling (no tube TV’s).


Wayland Fire Department
Fire Prevention / Safety Open House
160 West Superior Street
Wayland, MI 49348
Saturday October 8, 2016
2pm – 4pm
Any questions feel free to call 269.792.6300

  • The Wayland Fire Department will be having fire apparatus on display allowing the children to touch a truck.
  • Firefighters will be talking about fire safety and prevention, distributing fire safety literature and have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms available.
  • Free refreshments including cookies will be available


Calhoun County

Battle Creek Fire Department – Fire Prevention Week Open House
Fire Station #2
145 North Washington Street
Battle Creek, MI 49037
Saturday October 15, 2016
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Grilled hot dogs, chips and drinks (while supplies last)
  • Station tours, games and raffle drawings
  • Grand prize drawing of a free ride on a Battle Creek fire apparatus to or from school.  (Winner of the grand prize must reside within the Battle Creek City limits.  Awarded prize winners for drawings must be 12 years old or younger.  All (child) winners of the drawings must be present to claim their prize winnings.  Winner of the Grand Prize Fire Apparatus School Ride must be accompanied by a parent/adult and present the BIG WINNING FIRE TRUCK TICKET at the time of pick up for their ride)
  • Demonstrations:  Firefighters will be demonstrating how to put on turnout gear and Stop, Drop and Roll demonstrations
  • There will be a display of fire apparatus and equipment use and fire safety discussions


Eaton County

Olivet Fire Department
Halloween Open House
117 East Street
Olivet, MI 49076
Monday October 31, 2016
6pm – 8pm

  • Free cider and donuts
  • Meet your Olivet Firefighters and tour the fire trucks
  • Meet Firepup
  • Learn how to schedule your free smoke alarm installation in the Olivet Fire response area through WOTV’s Operation Save A Life program.


Kalamazoo County

13th Annual Family Fire Safety Day
Lowe’s of Portage
Portage Department of Public Safety – Fire Division
E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety / WOOD TV 8 – WOTV 4
5108 South Westnedge Avenue
Portage, MI 49002
Saturday October 22, 2016
10am – 2pm

  • Meet Jake the Fire Safety Dog.
  • Free 9-volt batteries and smoke alarms will be available (while supplies last).
  • The E.S.C.A.P.E. Smoke Demonstration trailer will teach families how to be safe from fire.
  • Tour the Portage Public Safety Fire Engine
  • Tour the Life EMS Ambulance
  • Learn about smoke alarms from Safe Kids of Kalamazoo County.
  • Free games and prizes provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Post Community Credit Union for those who know the correct answers to the safety questions presented throughout the day.


Kent County

Cannon Township Fire Department
Cannon Township Charity Breakfast
Donald E. Goodell Fire Station #2
6878 Belding Road
Rockford, MI 49341
Saturday October 1, 2016
8:00 am – 10:30 am

  • We are hosting a pancake breakfast at our Station #2
  • Donations will be accepted with all the proceeds going toward the Great Lakes Burn Camp which helps children who have been victimized by fire
  • This event is sponsored by Huntington Bank.


Dutton Fire Department
South Kent Community Expo
East Kentwood High School
6230 Kalamazoo Avenue
Kentwood, MI 49508
Saturday October 1, 2016
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • The event consists of approximately 90 vendors, restaurant taste test and multiple community agencies including the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, possibly the Kentwood Police Department, Life EMS, Kentwood Fire Department, Dutton Fire Department, Cutlerville Fire Department and others
  • We will be conducting at least 2 extrication demonstrations and several fire extinguisher demos as well
  • There will also be many trucks on display


Dutton Fire Department
Operation Save A Life Smoke Alarm Installation
Dutton Village Mobile Home Park
6720 West Mill Run
Dutton, MI 49316
Saturday October 22, 2016
All Day

  • In conjunction with the American Red Cross the Dutton Fire Department will be installing smoke alarms in the mobile home park
  • The Red Cross will canvas the 330 mobile home neighborhood the week before
  • Those who wish to have smoke alarms installed will be placed on a list
  • Members of the Red Cross, several volunteers as well as Dutton Firefighters will install the alarms on the 22nd
  • Other home owners in the township area can also get smoke alarms installed on the 22nd by contacting the Red Cross at 616-456-8661


Grandville Fire Department
Fire Department Open House
3215 Wilson Avenue
Grandville, MI 49418
Tuesday October 11, 2016
6pm – 8pm

  • Meet the firefighters and try on their gear
  • Meet the Crash Test Dummies and enjoy some popcorn, cookies and juice
  • Check out the inside of a fire truck, police car and an ambulance
  • Meet Sparky® The Fire Dog and take pictures with him
  • Best of all, learn about fire safety


Sparta Fire Department
Halloween Carnival
36 Elmwood Street
Sparta, MI 49345
Saturday October 29, 2016
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Tricks & Treats
  • Lots of Fun!!
  • And don’t forget – wear your costumes!
  • Costume contest at 12:00 pm
  • Rain or shine – this is an indoor event


Walker Fire Department
Fire Prevention Open House
Walker Fire Station #2 – 4101 Lake Michigan Drive, NW
Walker, MI 49534
Monday October 10, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

  • Meet the firefighters
  • Check out the fire trucks and learn about fire safety
  • Focusing on the 2016 Fire Prevention Week theme:  “Don’t Wait – Check the Date!  Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.”


Walker Fire Department
Halloween Open House
Walker Fire Station #2 – 4101 Lake Michigan Drive, NW
Walker, MI 49534
Monday October 31, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

  • Free coffee, cider and donuts (while supplies last)
  • Take a break from trick or treating.  Meet friends and learn some fire safety!


Muskegon County

Egelston Fire Department Open House
Egelston Township Fire Department
5380 East Apple Avenue
Muskegon, MI 49442
Tuesday October 11, 2016
6pm – 8pm

  • Parade will begin at 5:30pm with a route of Wolf Lake Road, north to Washington Street, west to Park Street, south to Hall Road, west to Brooks Road, south to Laketon Avenue, east to Carr Road, north to Apple Avenue and east to the fire station
  • There will be activities and demonstrations for the adults and kids, including a bounce house, kids fire spray house and fire extinguisher demonstrations
  • Operation Save A Life smoke alarm registrations
  • Demonstrations from the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department
  • And many more activities
  • Please come out and meet your firefighters and enjoy the festivities with your family


Muskegon Township / North Muskegon Fire Departments
Fire Prevention Open House
North Muskegon Fire Department
1102 Ruddiman Drive
North Muskegon, MI 49445
Thursday September 22, 2016
6pm – 8pm

  • There will be a static display of fire department equipment
  • Attendees will be able to spray a model house with water
  • Other activities include:  Smoke/safety trailer, burn cells-showing the operation of smoke alarms and a sprinkled building vs. an un-sprinkled building
  • Sign up for a free smoke alarm installation
  • Fire prevention materials will be distributed
  • Meet the Muskegon County Hazmat team
  • See the vehicle extrication demonstration
  • Visit the Pro Med Ambulance and Smokey Bear from the Michigan DNR
  • Free hot dog dinner sponsored by G&L (while supplies last) and much more


Muskegon City Fire Department
Fire Department Fire Prevention Open House
770 Terrace
Muskegon, MI 49440
Sunday October 9, 2016
2pm – 4pm

  • Free food (while supplies last)
  • Static displays, fire safety education, equipment and station tours


Norton Shores Fire Department
Fire Prevention and Public Safety Open House
1100 East Pontaluna Road
Norton Shores, MI 49444
Saturday September 24, 2016
10am – 3pm

  • Featured appearances and activities include: The E.S.C.A.P.E. Fire Safety smoke demonstration trailer and Jake the Fire Safety Dog
  • Michigan State Police will bring their arson dog and their new Drone
  • Fire extinguisher training
  • Kids activities
  • Fire truck rides
  • Drawings and prizes to win a boy’s and girl’s bicycle


Ottawa County

Crockery Township Fire Department
Fire Prevention Open House
16875 Main Street
Nunica, MI 49448
Monday October 10, 2016
7:00 pm


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