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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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Fire Commissioner Eric Jones

"The members of the Detroit Fire Department risk life and limb daily, responding to emergencies. The wear and tear on equipment is enormous and sometimes requires immediate repair or replacement so that these brave men and women can continue their mission of saving lives and property. The Detroit Public Safety Foundation has assisted our department without fail whenever a request is made.”

Fast Facts

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Organized 1860

300-400 total daily EMS runs​

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


8 Battalion Chiefs

2 Fire Boats

6 Squads (Tactical Mobile Squads)


40 Fire Stations

24 Medic Units

Hazardous Material Response Unit

Agency Goals

• 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.