Bellevue Community Fire Department
TO REPORT A FIRE CALL 911
The Bellevue Fire Department consists of 22 paid on-call volunteers who cover a 118 square mile area within Barry County, Calhoun County, and Eaton County. The department has one station located in the Village of Bellevue, covering the Assyria Township, Bellevue Township, Convis Township, Village of Bellevue, and ten sections of Kalamo Township. The station is equipped with two pumpers, one tanker/pumper, grass rig, and equipment truck.
BURN PERMITS ARE REQUIRED FOR OPEN BURNING:
For a burn permit call ---- (269) 763-3262
Fire Department History
The Bellevue Fire Department evolved from a Village owned and operated department, formed in 1882, to a community fire department that serves the surrounding townships as well. This transformation began in 1934 when the fire department was instructed to begin responding to fire alarms outside the Village limits. The transformation was completed in 1955 when Assyria Township, Bellevue Township, Convis Township, and the Village of Bellevue entered into an agreement to join together to organize the fire department into what it closely resembles today. A fire control board that consists of members from these three townships and the Village now operates the fire department.
Bellevue Fire Control Board Information
Telephone: (269) 763-9571
Fax: (269) 763-9998
Open burning permits are required for any burning of brush, felled trees, limbs, logs, leaves and grass when the ground is not covered with snow.
The burning of construction material, painted or pressure treated lumber, tires, commercial or business waste, empty fertilizer packaging or empty pesticide containers, manure or livestock carcasses is not allowed.
Burn permits within the Bellevue Fire District are issued by the Bellevue Community Fire Department… call (269) 763-3262.
BURN BARRALS ARE UNDESIRABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
· They create a smoke or odor nuisance.
· Burn barrels do not provide good combustion.
· The smoke emitted consists of a number of chemicals that can be irritating or even harmful. Chemicals commonly detected in burn barrel smoke include dioxins, benzene, styrene, formaldehyde, furans, PCBs, lead, mercury, and arsenic.
· Burning plastics can be especially problematic, with PVC plastic in particular contributing to high emissions of dioxin.
· Dioxin is a persistent, bio-accumulative toxin, which means it isn't broken down into safer chemicals, and it is concentrated in the food chain.
· As dioxin in burn barrel smoke drifts away to eventually settle on nearby fields, it can be eaten by cows where it is concentrated in their fat. Some is then excreted with the milk while the rest remains in the animal's fat. When humans consume dairy products and meat they end up with the long-lived dioxin in their own bodies.
· The US EPA considers burn barrels a major source of dioxin. They also consider that current dioxin levels in Americans, due to consumption of dairy and meat, are high enough to add a significant cancer risk, as well as other serious health risks.
For more information go to: http://www.burnbarrel.org/