Recovering from a fire can be a physically and mentally draining process.

When fire strikes, lives are suddenly turned around. Often, the hardest part is knowing where to begin and who to contact.

The U.S. Fire Administration has information that you may find useful during this process.

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Frequently asked questions about fire department actions

  • Q. Why did they break windows and cut holes in the roof?
  • A. As a fire burns, it moves up and down and across, growing very fast. Breaking windows and cutting holes in the roof is called ventilation. This slows the fire’s growth. It helps get rid of dark smoke that makes it hard for firefighters to see where they are going. It helps them fight the fire more quickly. In the end, ventilation can help save lives and property.
  • Q. Why do firefighters cut holes in walls?
  • A. This is done so that the fire department is sure that the fire is completely out and that there is no fire left inside the walls or in other hidden places.
  • Q. How can I get a copy of the fire report?
  • A. If you would like a copy of the fire report, you need to contact your local fire department administration. If you live in Acme, Garfield or East Bay Township you would call (231) 947-3000 or stop by 897 Parsons Rd during operating hours.