Richmond Volunteer Fire Department

The Richmond Fire Department is one of the oldest chartered fire departments in Michigan.  Every member is dedicated to help save lives and property, both residential and commercial.  We provide the city and contracted townships the most current trained personnel and equipment available.

The Richmond Fire Department is overseen by the City Council.  The Chief is voted on by the members of the department and appointed by City Council for a maximum term of 3 years.  There are 6 slated officers that oversee other functions of the department.  Each officer is directed by the chief and oversees all the members of the department.

The volunteer members are required to train throughout the year, which does not include the 120 hours of state certified fire training to become a regular member.  The department conducts one business meeting, one training night and 4 equipment checks per month.  The certified training consists of structural training, air bags, pumps, drafting, ladders, drivers training, hazmat and decon, WMD disasters, CPR and MFR certification, search and rescue, and ropes.  Through donations, the department usually performs one live burn per year.

Membership

1 Chief
2 Assistant Chiefs
1 Captain
2 Lieutenants
1 Secretary and Treasurer
25 Voting members
5 Active Reserves

The Richmond Fire Department members are dedicated firefighters who pride themselves in helping the people of this city.  The department averages approximately 350 fire runs per year.  The average response time, from when the members are paged to the time a truck arrives onto the scene is 6.75 minutes.  This is the average for the entire 76 square mile coverage area.

The department currently services the City of Richmond and portions of Casco Township, Columbus Township and Richmond Township.  The current fire trucks used within the service area are:  2009 HME 1500 gallon per minute engine; 1992 Pierce 2500 gallon tanker; 2000 EVI heavy rescue/equipment; 1982 95 foot aerial platform; 2009 GMC Squad; and a 1965 4x4 grass rig.

 Community Programs

Fire Prevention Week
This is a week long program during October, which is designed to teach adults and young children about the do’s and don’ts concerning fire safety, stop drop and roll, calling 911, and checking the smoke alarms in their homes.

Open House
Every other year, a departmental open house is conducted during Fire Prevention Week.  During the open house the general public can ask questions concerning the department functions and watch demonstrations of equipment being used by the department.  You can see the Jaws of Life in practice, take a fire truck ride, take part in giveaways, and meet the members of the department.

Tours throughout the year are given to the schools, Boy Scout troops and day care classes.  Call (586) 727-4000 to schedule a walk through of the department for your class or organization.