DFD Fire Marshal Assembly Permit
DFD Fire Marshal Tar Kettle Permit
DFD Fire Marshal Special Event Permit
DFD Fire Marshal Retail Dealer
There is a charge billed to the patients medical insurance company for payment. Patients are responsible for all bills not paid by insurance companies.
To report a vehicle accident, remain calm and provide the dispatcher with the following:
Witnesses should remain on the scene until the EMS unit and Detroit Police arrives
To report a medical emergency, remain calm and provide the dispatcher with the following.
To report a fire, remain calm and provide the dispatcher with the following:
The Detroit Fire Department recommends dialing 9-1-1 for injury or life-threatening emergency incidents.
The smoke alarm will chirp when its time to replace the battery. We encourage residents to change the smoke alarm battery when they change their clocks for Daylight Saving time in the spring and fall each year.
In many instances auto accidents require firefighters to remove injured persons who are trapped. Firefighters also assess the scene for hazards, such as fuel leaks, disabled airbags, and auto batteries that may need to be disconnected.
Detroit fire stations are not equipped for the fire apparatus to pull through the bays. Therefore, it requires the fire apparatus to back into the fire station. In an effort to back the fire apparatus into the bay the driver of the fire apparatus turn on the emergency lights (red lights) to warn all vehicles to stop.
Firefighters work 24-hour shifts, which require grocery shopping for food to cook, and shopping at other stores for other items needed to stock the firehouse.
Motorists should pull their vehicles safely to the right when an emergency vehicle is approaching. It is not recommended to stop in the middle of the road or proceed through an intersection against the signals. Remember to safely pull to the right.
Unfortunately, Detroit has an average of 47 residential fire deaths each year. More importantly, the majority of the victims are children and senior citizens. Many of these fatalities occur as a direct result of a careless smoker, a careless cook, improper use of auxiliary heating appliances, or a child with a match (inadequate supervision of children). Most of the homes are not equipped with smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are an early warning detection device when there is a fire and can save lives. Every home should have at least one smoke alarm on each floor level, because the sooner the fire is discovered the greater the chance of saving lives and property. You can’t rely on a fire engine to save your life.
The Emergency Medical Services division handles an average of 130,000 medical emergencies a year. During 2006 the total medical calls for service were 131,481.
The biggest fire occurred in Detroit in 1805 when the Village of Detroit was totally destroyed by fire.
Detroit Firefighters respond to an average of 30,000 per year. The total for 2006 was 33,441.
Our average response time to fires is 6 minutes 59 seconds.
The process of chopping holes in walls is necessary to expose hidden fires inside the walls.
Firefighters ventilate (chop holes in a roof and break windows) to remove the blazing heat, smoke, and toxic gases.
The Rescue Company's responsibilities include but are not limited to: search and rescue operations, auto extrication, forcible entry, laddering for additional means of egress, venting windows, and stretching hose line.
The Ladder Company will gain access, “forcible entry” and “ventilate” (open windows, doors, and chop a hole in the roof) the process of removing heat and smoke. The Ladder Company is also responsible for disconnecting utilities, placing ladders in an effort to provide an alternative exit for trapped civilians or for firefighters to ascend to chop a hole in the roof.
The Engine Company is charged with extinguishment. Additional engine companies are charged with supplying water to the first engine and on standby to serve as backup for the first crew.
The Executive Fire Commissioner is appointed by the Mayor to provide overall management and leadership of the Detroit Fire Department. Under the direction of the Executive Fire Commissioner, the Chief of Department is in charge of the Firefighting Division.
The Detroit Fire Department has four officer promotional opportunities within the Firefighting Division for firefighter advancement. The sequences of ranks for promotion are:
Also, fire employees who express an interest in driving positions must successfully complete the required training hours. The fire driving positions are:
Promotions in the Department are based on length of service.The firefighter employee having served the longest period in any position shall be advanced to fill any vacancy in the next higher position, if he/she has the qualifications for the promotion. Promotion to any rank shall require successful passage of a physical examination including passing a drug test.
There are four firefighter recognition awards:
The Commanding Officer assigns fire station duties to the crew for that day. Duties include cooking, cleaning, monitoring the dispatch radio, flag mounting, attendance reporting, and hydrant inspecting. Firefighters also participate in community events and in-service training activities. The in-service training involves classroom instruction and hands-on training at the fire station and/or the Department Training Academy. Emergency incidents may interrupt assigned duties, such as emergency and non-emergency incidents, which includes but are not limited to residential, commercial, vehicle, trash fires, and false alarms. Firefighters are permitted to rest and sleep during their 24-hour tour of duty.
A Detroit Firefighter works 48 hours per week. This is accomplished by working 24 hours on duty and 24 hours off duty. This schedule works out to be approximately 104, 24-hour days per year.
The number of firefighters assigned to a firehouse can range from four (4) to twelve (12). The number of Firefighters at any given firehouse varies according to the amount of apparatus assigned to the firehouse. There will be at least 4 firefighters who work 24 hours a day per Engine, Ladder, or Tactical Mobile Squad. Medic vehicles are staffed with a minimum of 1 paramedic and one (1) emergency medical technician who works 12-hour shifts around the clock.
There are 46 firehouses and 80% of the firehouses have at least one fire engine.
There are 46 firehouses strategically located throughout the city.
Obtaining a fire report:
The City of Detroit establishes an eligibility list for the position of Firefighter every two years or as economic budget constraints allows and through a selection process.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, a United States citizen, possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license, and possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. (at time of appointment). The Detroit Civil Service Commission will notify applicants of the time and place to report for your examinations.
The initial testing will be conducted under the direction of the Detroit Municipal Civil Service Commission. Those applicants who score sufficiently high enough will proceed to the next level. Prior to the test, preparation materials will be provided.
A personal history questionnaire will be required from each candidate along with a pre-interview and fingerprints. Candidates also will sign waivers allowing the Background Officer to conduct an extensive background investigation. At this time, the candidate must submit a high school diploma or G.E.D.
The candidate will be required to go before an Oral Interview Board consisting of Fire Department and Human Resources representatives.
This step will involve a physical examination including vision and cardiovascular stress tests. Candidates must be free of dependence and addiction to narcotics, alcohol or other controlled substances. The vision requirements state that vision must be correctable to 20/30 and no more than 20/100 binocular uncorrected in each eye.
Firefighter candidate names will be submitted to the Executive Fire Commissioner for final selection and appointment to the Detroit Fire Department’s Training Academy. Fire candidates will be notified by letter of an appointment date to report to the Fire Academy. Fire recruits will be required to successfully complete approximately five months of paid training when they enter the Detroit Fire Academy. All trainees will be required to successfully complete a one-year probation from date of appointment.
Applicants who successfully pass all requirements are placed on an eligibility list and hired from the list to attend the Detroit Fire Department’s Training Academy for the duration of five months. The Training Academy is located on West Warren and Lawton.
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.
The Detroit Fire Department began providing dedicated ambulance treatment and transport services in the summer of 1972, with the mission to provide the citizens and visitors of Detroit with compassionate and professional emergency medical care.
The Plans and Exams section of the Detroit Fire Department is responsible for analyzing all life safety and fire protection aspects of new construction, change of use, and major renovation for commercial building projects.
Communications Division have a total of 30 Fire/EMS Dispatchers who dispatch Fire and EMS Responders for the City of Detroit when someone dials 9-1-1.
The Fire and Arson Investigation Division investigate fire incidents within the city of Detroit to understand how and why they started.
Fire Department Training aims to enhance the ability of the first responders that deliver emergency services to the citizens and visitors of the State of Michigan.
The mission of the Detroit Fire Department Fire Marshal Division is to provide the citizens and visitors of Detroit with the highest level of fire prevention using standards and guidelines set by NFPA for the organization of fire prevention inspections, code enforcement, plan review, investigation and public education operations. All delivered with professional and outstanding customer service.
The mission of the Community Relations Division is to provide a safe environment for our customers through public education and community awareness programs to reduce burn injuries and fatalities
Information about the Mobile Fire Safety House and how the Fire Department uses it as an educational tool.
How to request a speaking engagement from the Detroit Fire Department
Information about the DFD Smoke Alarm Program
Fire Safety Tips
Tips for fire safety during the holidays.
Information on community events offered by the Detroit Fire Department.