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Detroit Fire Department

The Detroit Fire Department provides a safe environment for Detroit’s citizens and visitors through public education enforcement of fire codes and deployment of efficient emergency response resources.

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Interim Fire Commissioner,
Charles Simms

Fast Facts

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Organized 1860

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8 Battalion Chiefs

300-400 total daily EMS runs​

2 Fire Boats

Responds to ~ 3 to 9 structure fires on a daily basis

6 Squads (Tactical Mobile Squads)

Agency Goals

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40 Fire Stations

24 Medic Units

Hazardous Material Response Unit

• Improve EMS response times to critical cardiac-related incidents through the utilization of Rapid Response Units staffed with Firefighters/EMT’s and EMS Technicians and having all fire suppression personnel who are not trained as EMT’s, trained and certified as Medical First Responders with properly equipped apparatus.

• Improve revenue collections and identify new revenue streams by utilizing a private vendor.

• Develop internal fiscal control measures consistent with city policy that address prior audit findings.

• Digitize organizational processes and develop performance metrics for all division heads.

• Improve employee development through continuous training and educational opportunities.

• Operate within our budget as appropriated

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