Frequently Asked Questions

 
                 
 

Q

How Do I join the Fire Department?
 

A

Come to a fire department meeting on Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM or call or contact any of the department officers
                 
 

Q

What will be required of me if I join?
 

A

Although this is a volunteer organization there are some requirements to retain membership. Weekly meetings, Initial and ongoing Training,
                 
 

Q

I have a full time job.  Do I really have time to do this?
 

A

Most all of members of a Volunteer Fire Department have full time jobs and respond to calls when they are available to do so.  The combination of volunteers that can respond during different time frames is what makes us a better department.  Some of volunteers work during the day, afternoon, or evenings or some work for them selfs which helps with calls that happen 24 hours a day.
                 
 

Q

What kind of people do you need?
 

A

All kinds.  The main thing we are looking for is people that want to help out.  We have all kinds of jobs.  Drivers, Medical, Firefighter, Support, and Just people that just want to help out.  Maybe being a firefighter or Medic is not for you this does not mean that we do not need your help
                 
 

Q

What do I do if I am not sure if I want to do this but want to look into it?
 

A

Feel free to com by our department any Tuesday evening around 7:00pm to talk to our members or get a tour
                 
 

Q

 I have stopped by the Fire Station several times and there was no one there. What are your hours?
 

A

This is a volunteer department and we do not maintain regular business hours.  Our meetings are held every Tuesday from 7:00PM to 9:30pm. or you can contact any of the fire officers on the CONTACT page for more information
                 
 

Q

Why do so many fire trucks go on a call?
 

A

The response of the equipment is based on the type of the call and the information given on the initial 911 call.  Once the first officer or unit arrives on the scene a determination is made as what equipment will actually needed for the type of call.  However we always error on the side of safety
                 
 

Q

My insurance company said I need to get a copy of the Fire Report?
 

A

Leave a message on the phone answering machine or contact us by mail or email
                 
 

Q

Does the Fire Department check for gas leaks?
 

A

No. We will come stand by until the Gas Company arrives on the scene. Everyone needs to leave the area or the building if gas is detected until help arrives.
                 
 

Q

Does the Fire Department check carbon monoxide alarms?
 

A

Not unless people or properties are in danger.  If your carbon monoxide alarm are activated you should leave the area until the source of the CO2 can be addressed by a qualified professional from the appliance repair company
                 
 

Q

What do I need to do to get a burning permit?
 

A

Call your local DNR in Michigan. In Kalkaska County the number is 231-258-9471
                 
 

Q

I had to use my fire extinguisher. Where can I get it refilled?
 

A

Contact your local fire extinguisher service company.  This local department is not set up to service fire extinguishers.
                 
 

Q

We would like someone to come speak to our club/organization. Who do we need to talk to about this?
 

A

CONTACT the department
                 
 

Q

A firefighting organization has contacted be by phone to make a contribution does any of this money go to the local fire departments?
 

A

Not a penny! While several organizations (unions) do legally solicit funds by telemarketing, we do not endorse or recommend participating in any fundraiser, which solicits by telephone. Our local fundraiser is usually conducted through the annual firefighters pancake breakfast and other activities in the Kalkaska area, never by phone. If you wish to contribute locally, contact you're nearest fire department directly.
                 
 

Q

I would like to take a CPR class, an EMT class, or learn more about the Paramedic Program. To whom should I direct my inquiry?
 

A

CONTACT the department
                 
 

Q

What kind of fire extinguisher do I need for my home? Who refills and services extinguishers?
 

A

There are special extinguishers for special types of potential fires. For a typical home a multi-purpose extinguisher is best. It will be labeled A-B-C. Check the yellow pages under "fire extinguishers" for sales and service.
                 
 

Q

Why do I see fire apparatus go through an intersection with lights and siren activated and then see them turn them off?
 

A

Lights and siren are only used when responding to an emergency call or when transporting a critical patient to a hospital. Apparatus responding to calls are often canceled by the first arriving unit once it is determined that the call is not actually an emergency.
                 
 

Q

Why do firefighters break windows and cut holes in roofs when the fire is inside the building?
 

A

Interior fires create a tremendous amount of smoke and heat. Firefighters break windows and cut holes in roofs to ventilate or remove these fire products to reduce the heat and improve visibility for firefighters attempting to rescue trapped victims and to facilitate extinguishing the fire.
                 
 

Q

Do I need a carbon monoxide detector in my home?
 

A

Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless, deadly gas. The most common home sources of CO are unvented gas or oil appliances such as kerosene heaters. A CO detector should be installed on each level of your home, and should be replaced every 2 to 5 years. All CO detectors, as well as smoke detectors, should meet the requirements of Underwriters Laboratories (UL). This certification is on the label.
                 
 

Q

I need to get rid of some old gasoline, paint, and other hazardous waste products. Does the Fire Department take these items?
 

A

No we do not contact your local refuse company
                 
 

Q

Firefighters wear a lot of gear; is it fireproof and how much does it weigh?
 

A

The gear we wear weighs about 56 pounds. The clothes are called "turn-outs" or "bunker" gear as they originally were turned inside out and kept next to bunks to facilitate a quick change at night. The turnouts are made of a material called Nomex which is fire retardant but not fireproof, so it will burn. We must be able to put our turnouts on in less than a minute. And yes, it does get rather warm in the summer as we must wear these clothes when we respond to structure fires, hazardous materials incidents, and traffic accidents
                 
  Q I'm 16 and I want to be a firefighter when I am older, Is there anything  I can now?
  A Contact the fire department about our Explores group or our Auxiliary (CERT6) Program
     
  Q My organization is fascinated by fire engines, how can I arrange a tour for my group?
  A Contact the fire department and we will be more than happy to set up a tour or visit your location.
                 
  Q When should I change my smoke detector batteries?
  A Every six months. On the day you set your clocks forward or back for daylight savings time
                 
  Q I want to take a CPR course. Do you offer them?
  A The fire department does not at this time provide these services, However the Red Cross has more info on local programs