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The Marinette Fire Department strives to plan for and maintain a constant state of readiness to provide the people of our community with a system of reliable emergency services and to protect their lives and property, through ability, integrity, and committment.
City of Marinette Fire Department
The Marinette Fire Department is located in the northeastern most portion of Wisconsin in Marinette County. It is bordered to the north by the Menominee River and to the east by the Bay of Green Bay. The nearest community to Marinette is Menominee, MI directly north of the city and across the Menominee River. Because of the size and location, the Marinette-Menominee metropolitan area serves as a commercial and industrial center for a large area of northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
The Marinette Fire Department is a full-time career fire department. Our department proudly provides fire and emergency medical services to over 11,000 residents in a seven mile radius. Also, the Marinette Fire Department has a mutual response agreement with the Menominee Fire Department as well as automatic aid agreements with area departments in Marinette County.
The Marinette Fire Department offers several public education programs.
S.A.F.E. Home Program
The S.A.F.E. Program (Smoke Alarm For Every Home) focuses on providing parents of newborns with a working smoke alarm for their babies room. A decorative smoke detector is provided free of charge to the parents of babies born at Bay Area Medical Center who are residents of the City of Marinette.
Smoke Detector Program
Our department offers smoke detectors to elderly, disabled and low income families. This program is made available through donations from the Marinette Lions Club as well as donations to our departments public fire education fund.
Lion's Club Smoke Detector Program
The Marinette Lions Club, along with the Marinette Fire Department, provides free smoke detectors to low-income Marinette homeowners.
Public Fire Education
During the month of October, Fire Prevention Education classes are held at all elementary schools, 4K through Fourth grade, in the City of Marinette. The students are taught "Stop, Drop and Roll", the importance of smoke detectors, the "Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery", and the E.D.I.T.H. (Exit Drills In The Home) Program.
Project Child Safety
The Project Child Safety Program offers child safety seat installation in vehicles for the public.
If you need a child safety seat installed in your vehicle or would like to have your child safety seat inspected for proper installation please contact Firefighter Jay Heckel and Steve Kunick at 715.732.5178.
First Grade Poster Contest
The Marinette Fire Department offers all first grade students in the City of Marinette an opportunity to participate in a yearly poster contest in October. Children are asked to draw a fire prevention poster. 1st place winner from each school receives a ride to school in the fire engine and a $50 gift card from Wal-mart. The 2nd and 3rd place winners receive a $25 gift card from Wal-mart.
Second Grade Smoke Detector Contract
This program is for all Second Graders in the City of Marinette. The Marinette Fire Department hands out smoke detector contracts for children to take home and, with their parents, replace all of the batteries and make sure all smoke detectors in the home are working properly. We then hold a drawing for one boy and one girl, they each are winners of a New Bike and Helmet dontated from our local Wal-mart.
Adult Fire Education Program
The Marinette Fire Department offers adult fire education classes. This program focuses on fire safety in the home.
The Marinette Fire Department offers fire extinguisher training upon request to area businesses and clubs.
Get Out and Stay Alive Program
This program is offered to high school seniors on student housing fire survival. The Get Out and Stay alive is a program designed to help save your life in case you find yourself in a fire situation. The program focuses on three main topics: Getting Out, Prevention and Protection.
The Marinette Fire Department offers tours of the fire station to groups and organizations. Please call in advance if you would like to make an appointment to tour our facility.
Public Fire Education Talks and Demonstrations
Our department also offers fire education talks and demonstrations to children and adults. Please use our contact form here.
Car Seat Safety +
The Importance of Car/Booster Seats
Older children have a higher rate of injury than younger ones for several reasons. Many of them place the shoulder belt under the arm or behind the back. They tend to ride out of position, either sliding forward to the edge of the vehicle seat or slouching downward.
Older children are less likely to be buckled up, perhaps because vehicle seats and belts are not comfortable for them.
The State of Wisconsin has joined a growing number of states that now require the use of booster seats by older children up to the age of 8.
Generally, children must be properly restrained in a child safety seat until they reach age 4, and in a booster seat until age 8.
The new law includes the following four-step progression for effective child safety protection in vehicles.
Rear-facing child safety seat in the back seat* is required when the child:
Is less than 1-year-old or
Weighs less than 20 pounds
Forward-facing child safety seat in the back seat* is required when the child:
Is at least 1-year-old but less than 4-years-old
Weighs at least 20 pounds but less than 40 pounds.
Booster seat is required when the child:
Is at least 4-years-old but less than 8-years-old
Weighs at least 40 pounds but less than 80 pounds
Is not 57-inches (4-feet, 9-inches) or taller.
Safety belt is required when the child:
Is 8-years-old or older or
Weighs 80 or more pounds or
Is 57-inches or taller
*Child safety seat must be in the back seat if the vehicle is equipped with a back seat
Children whose body-size, physical condition, or medical condition makes safety restraints unreasonable are still exempt from the booster seat and safety belt laws.
There is no longer a “personal needs” exemption allowing the child to be removed from a safety restraint to attend to the child’s personal needs, such as feeding or diapering, while the vehicle is moving.
To learn more about booster seats The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (1-888-327-4236) or The National SAFE KIDS Campaign (1-800-441-1888).
Or go to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or Safe Kids Worldwide. Both groups can provide information on child passenger safety or locate a trained and certified child passenger seat technician near you.
To schedule a personal appointment at various locations to check the safety of your car seat, call 608-890-8999. See the Safe Kids Car Seat Check schedule
Smoke Alarms +
Smoke alarms provide an early warning of fire, giving you and your family more time to safely evacuate your home.
Often, home fires occur in the darkness of night when residents are fast asleep. One misconception is that a person will awaken from the smell of smoke. This is WRONG...Smoke is a silent killer! Smoke contains many deadly gases, such as carbon monoxide, that will actually put a person into an even deeper state of sleep, causing a person never to wake up. A smoke alarm is your first line of defense to get out alive.
Choosing a Smoke Alarm
°Smoke alarms can be purchased at the majority of hardware and variety department stores. Be sure that the alarms you buy carry the label of an independent testing laboratory.
°Smoke alarms in the City of Marinette should have a ten year lithium battery with a tamper resistant battery compartment or be hardwired directly to your home’s electrical system with a battery backup. Either type is effective as long as they are installed and maintained properly (follow the manufacturer's directions).
°Some smoke alarms detect smoke using an ionization sensor while others use a photoelectric sensor. Again, both types are effective as long as they are installed and maintained properly, following the manufacturer's directions.
°Specialty alarms with emergency lights also exist for the hearing impaired.
How many and where to install?
The total number of smoke alarms and where they are installed depends on the home. Follow these guidelines for determining the number of smoke alarms and where to install them.
°In each bedroom
°In each sleeping area
°Within six feet of each door leading to a bedroom or sleeping area of each unit
°On each floor of the building
°Smoke alarms are not recommended for kitchens, bathrooms, or garages where cooking fumes, steam, or exhaust fumes could result in false alarms.
°Do not install an alarm in an attic or other unheated spaces where humidity and temperature changes could affect the alarm's operation.
°If your alarm regularly goes off due to normal cooking in the kitchen, do not attempt to remove the battery. Physically move and reinstall the smoke alarm in a location where the alarm will not continually go off while you are cooking.
°Install smoke alarms following the manufacturer's directions. Most battery operated smoke alarms can be easily installed using a drill, screws, and screwdriver. Alarms hard-wired to the homes electrical system should be installed by a professional. Never install an alarm to a circuit that can be turned off from a wall switch.
°Mount alarms high on a wall or on the ceiling. Avoid dead air spaces. Wall-mounted alarms should be installed so that they are 4 to 12 inches from the ceiling. A ceiling-mounted alarm should be attached at least 4 inches from the nearest wall.
Maintenance & Batteries
°Only a functioning smoke alarm can protect you and your family.
°Never disable an alarm by "borrowing" its battery for another use.
°Test your smoke alarms monthly.
°Follow the manufacturer´s instructions.
°Clean your smoke alarms using a dust brush or rag.
°Never paint a smoke alarm.
°Replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old.
Common Fire Code Violations +
Ten Common Fire Code Violations
Whenever routine maintenance is performed on your properties, keep fire safety in mind by taking a few minutes to verify that these simple, but important items are addressed. It will make a difference not only in your fire inspection, but more importantly, it will help to ensure the safety of your residents.
1. Obstructions in Exit Passageways
°Remove any/all obstructions in exit passageways.
2. Illumination Exit
°Provide illumination for all exit lights.
3. Extinguishers Maintained
°Extinguishers must be maintained annually,or after each use, by a certified person.
4. Fire Alarm Systems Tested Annually
°Fire alarm systems and its components must be tested at least annually, including but not limited to fire alarm boxes, audible devices, batteries, and smoke detectors.
5. Smoke Detectors Maintained
°All smoke detectors must be maintained in operable condition.
6. Fire Doors "Closed"
°Fire doors shall be kept in the "closed" position or held open by an approved device.
°The use of door stops, wedges, and other non approved hold-open devices are prohibited.
7. Fire Doors Self-Closing Maintained
°Fire doors shall be equipped with self-closing devices and such devices shall be maintained in working order.
8. Extension Cords, Discontinue Use
°Discontinue use of extension cords. Extension cords shall only be used for temporary wiring and shall not be substituted for permanent wiring.
°Extension cords shall not be attached to structures or be extended through walls, ceilings, floors, under or through doors or floor coverings. Extension cords may not be plugged into one another.
9. Electrical Covered
°Electrical circuit breaker panels, junction boxes, and outlet boxes, shall be covered, and installation complete.
°Provide 36 inches of clearance in front of electrical control boxes.
Recreational Fire Regulation +
5.0218 OUTDOOR BURNING, RECREATIONAL AND COOKING FIRES
A. RECREATIONAL FIRES
Except as provided below, all outdoor burning is prohibited within the City of Marinette.
(1) "Recreational fires" are defined as any outdoor fire such as a camp fire or cooking fire located at a single or two family private residence, camp ground, marina, institutional or community
event for the purpose of recreation and personal enjoyment.
Recreational fires are allowed so long as such fires are started and tended in compliance with the following requirements:
a. Recreational fires shall follow the recommendations of the Marinette Fire Department information materials entitled "Recreational Fires."
b. Subject to all other provisions of this Ordinance, there are no prohibited hours of operation for a recreational fire.
c. No recreational fire shall be closer than 15 feet from any building, structure, shed, garage, tree, shrub, bush, fence, or any other combustible material.
d. The property owner and/or person who has started any recreational fire shall hold the City harmless from any and all such liability for any damage caused by a recreational fire. e. Failure to use a recreational fire in compliance with this ordinance and fire department recommendations shall be considered in violation of this ordinance.
f. Approved Training Fires. Approved training for fire protection purposes shall be exempt from this ordinance.
g. All recreational fires shall be in a below ground fire pit with a maximum depth of 2 feet and maximum diameter of 3 feet and the flames may not extend more than 3 feet above the top of the pit. The fire pit shall be surrounded on the outside, above ground, by a non-combustible material such as concrete block or rock. Recreational fires for institutional or community events may exceed the diameter and height requirements in the discretion of the Fire Chief or his designee.
h. Portable fire pits not exceeding 3 feet in diameter are allowed only on a non-combustible surface (dirt clear of any vegetation, brick, stone, concrete, etc.) with a diameter twice that of the largest diameter of the portable fire pit.
i. No recreational fire shall be started or allowed to continue burning when the wind direction or wind speed will cause smoke, embers, or other burning materials to be carried by the wind towards any building or other flammable materials. Smoke from any recreational fire shall not create a nuisance for neighboring property owners. The fire shall be extinguished upon the complaint of any neighboring property owner regarding nuisance smoke.
j. Untreated wood is the only material which may be burned in a recreational fire. By way of illustration but not limitation, the following materials shall not be burned in a recreational fire: rubbish, garage, recyclable items, yard waste, trash, any materials made of or coated with rubber, plastic, leather, or petroleum based materials, and flammable or combustible liquids.
k. Adequate fire suppression equipment, such as shovels, fire extinguishers, water hoses or other like equipment sufficient to extinguish the fire is necessary, shall be located within
10 feet of the recreational fire and be immediately available for use.
I. All recreational fires shall be attended at all times until the fire is completely extinguished by at least one responsible person of age 18 or older who may not be under the influence of an intoxicant.
m. The renter/lessee of any leased property must obtain written documentation from the property owner giving permission to have a recreational fire on that property and such proof shall be presented to the Fire Department prior to issuance of a permit. (Ordinance 2008-2126 adopted 5-6-2008)
(2) Seasonal Recreational Fire Permit Procedure
a. Recreational fire permits may be issued on an annual basis from May 1to the following Apri130.
b. An application for a recreational fire permit may be made through the Marinette Fire Department.
c. At the discretion of the Fire Department, or upon the applicants' request, a site inspection may be required prior to issuance of a permit (Ordinance 2008-2016 adopted 5-6-2008).
d. A copy of the permit shall be on the premises and readily accessible at the fire site.
e. Prior to starting a recreational fire, residents must call the Marinette Fire Department to hear a pre-recorded message on current burning conditions and must comply with the pre-recorded directive of whether a fire is permitted.
f. Seasonal recreational fire permits may also be issued for any institutional, community, or private marina events.
g. Recreational fires are allowed in the Marinette Park system without a permit in areas
designated, and under rules established, by the Director of Parks.
h. All burning restrictions that are issued by the Wisconsin DNR, which cover the part of Marinette County, in which the City is located, shall be observed. Failure to comply with burning bans and other regulations shall be a violation of this ordinance.
i. Any violations of this ordinance shall result in the revocation of the recreational fire permit without reimbursement of any fees paid.
j. Any party who has started or maintains a recreational fire shall pay any and all costs incurred by the Fire Department for any service related calls as a result of non-compliance with the requirements of this ordinance.
k. Penalties for a violation of this ordinance shall be governed by Marinette Municipal Code Section 1-1-7.
B. EMERGENCY POWER OF FIRE CHIEF. When the Fire Chief determines there are environmental conditions likely to produce a serious threat of fire to life or property, the Marinette Fire Chief or his designee may impose a burning ban and burning restrictions.
Department Directory +
Chief Jay Heckel - Fire Chief
Holly Peterson - Administrative Assistant
Bradley Bourdelais - Assistant Chief
Randy Pecard - Assistant Chief
Steve Campbell - Assistant Chief
John Pennings - Lieutenants
Marinette , Wisconsin,
Matthew Piikkila - Lieutenant
Shawn Timblin - Lieutenant
Steve Kunick - Firefighter
Joshua Plansky - Firefighter
Doug VanWinkle - Firefighter
Mark Diercks - Firefighter
Clint Stewart - Firefighter
Beau Liebman - Firefighter
Levi Sanborn - Firefighter
Jason Lemire - Firefighter
Geoffrey Peterson - Firefighter