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Did you dream of being a Firefighter when you were a kid? Do you want to serve your community? Do you want to help your neighbors? If you answered yes. now is your chance! We are looking for individuals with a strong commitment level to join the Fire Department as Firefighters and Medical First Responders.  We are Paid-on-Call Department that averages a call a day.

Training Commitments

  • Fire Meetings and MFR Training- 2 Hours Last Monday of the Month (7pm- 9pm)
  • Fire Training- 3 Hours on Sunday Morning before Meeting Night (9 am-12pm)
  • Barry County Fire School- 24 weeks (Oct.-May), Saturdays (8am-3pm)
  • MFR School- 8 weeks, 2 Nights Per Week, Night Courses available in County (6pm-10pm)

FDIC Show 2014 where the new 811 Pumper was on display 

Spencer Fire Trucks Booth 8432

811 Lucas Oil Stadium

FDIC Show 2014

 Burn Permits in Barry County? Call 269-205-8510

Several Barry County fire departments are joining forces to have just one telephone number, 269-205-3208, to call for information on open burning permits.

However, Thornapple Township Emergency Services will continue to issue burn permits for Thornapple and Yankee Springs townships and the portion of Irving Township they serve. For a burning permit in these areas call 269-795-7243. And, Assyria Township, served by Bellevue Fire Department, and will continue to use 517-763-3262.

You will receive a recorded message that will advise whether or not open burning is permitted that day. If open burning is permitted, leave your name, phone number and address of where you will be burning.

You then may go ahead and burn the following items only; limbs, brush, stumps, evergreen needles, leaves, and/or grass.

If the message advises that open burning is not permitted that day you will need to call back when weather conditions have changed that allow you to obtain a permit.

When you burn on a permitted day and have given the proper information to the service line, you must attend to the fire at all times until it is completely extinguished.

You are responsible for fire, smoke and odors created by your fire.

You are responsible for any damage that results from the fire. If it gets out of your control, immediately call 911 and request your fire department’s assistance.

Open burning permits only allows burning of the following; limbs, brush, stumps, evergreen needles, leaves, and grass.

The burning of logs, stumps, trees and brush is not allowed within 1,400 feet of a city or village under DEQ air quality rules. Michigan air quality and solid waste regulations prohibit open burning that creates smoke or odor nuisances.

Open burning permits are not required for cooking or recreational camp fires.

The following items can never be burned and you may be fined for doing so; demolition debris, construction materials, automotive parts and household trash that contains plastic, rubber, foam, chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics, chemicals or hazardous materials.

There are several alternative to burning. Composting yard waste and using leaves for mulch are alternatives to open burning of yard waste. Composting produces valuable soil fertilizer through the natural process of decomposition. Compost piles are simple to begin and maintain, and take up relatively little space.

For more information on composting at home contact the county Michigan State University Extension Office at 269-945-1388.

Contact local programs about recycling of plastic, cardboard, paper, metals, etc in your area. Donate reusable items to charitable organizations, families or friends.

Dispose of unwanted items in a licensed landfill instead of open burning.

Barry County holds two Household Hazardous Waste, Tires and Medicine Collections each year.
These collections take place in the spring and fall at the Barry County Fairgrounds, 1350 North M-37 and are sponsored by the Barry County Solid Waste Oversight Committee with support from the Barry County Fair Board, Waste Management, Barry-Eaton District Health Department, Barry County Substance Abuse Task Force, Sheriffs Department and Local Pharmacies.
For more information, contact your local fire department. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


319 Calls YTD 2010

352 Calls YTD 2011

393 Calls YTD 2012


Please call Barry County Central Dispatch for all burn permits

Non-Emergency Dispatch (269) 948.4800 option 1



With spring here it’s that time of year again when people start having camp fires and burning yard wastes.  In order to do these things safely there are some rules that should always be followed.


  • Never use flammable liquids to ignite or keep your fire burning.
  • Ensure that camp fires are contained in a fire ring or pit.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Supervise children while they are around the fire at all times.
  • Avoid starting a fire underneath low-hanging branches or shrubbery. Fires can often flame higher then you anticipate.
  • Don’t stack spare firewood too close to the fire. If you’ve recently gathered some, store it upwind so that sparks don’t fly into your pile.
  • Teach kids how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire. Have a fire extinguisher on hand for emergencies.
  • Keep your fire away from anything flammable, such as dry grass, tents, paper plates and napkins, and camping gear. Always have on hand things to put out your fire such as water, a shovel, and a fire extinguisher and make sure your fire is completely out before leaving it unattended.


  • All fires in Barry County require a burn permit, with the exception of camp fires, to obtain a burn permit call Barry central dispatch center at 269-948-4800 and choose option 1 to speak with a dispatcher. There is no cost for a burn permit; all you will have to do is give your name, address, and phone number to the dispatcher.
  • Keep all fires away from buildings, sheds, barns, etc.
  • Keep your fire away from anything flammable, such as dry grass, trees, and leaves.
  • Always have on hand things to put out your fire such as water, a shovel, and a fire extinguisher and make sure your fire is completely out before leaving it unattended.
  • Never use flammable liquids to ignite or keep your fire burning.
  • Keep children away from the area where you are burning yard wastes.
  • Avoid burning on windy days, high winds can cause fires to spread rapidly.
  • If the fire gets to large or out of hand call 911 immediately. Do not try and extinguish it yourself.

Captain Jeff DeGoede

We would like to congratulate Jeff on his new job. Recently, Jeff applied for a full time fire department position in Lynchburg, Virginia. He will be leaving Delton Fire Department by the end of February. Jeff has been with Delton Fire Department for 10 years and an officer for 5 years. His dedication and commitment to this department will help him in his new endeavor. Those same traits will help him succeed in the future. He will be missed by all of us from Delton Fire Department, Barry and Hope township board members, and the citizens that he has helped through out the years. Including the students from Delton Kellogg High School. Where he helped coach the varsity football team.