Fire Department

Service Area
The Battle Creek Fire Department serves the 3rd largest incorporated land area in the State of Michigan. Service is provided to an inner-city urban area, a large industrial park, agricultural areas and shopping center development on the south side of the city. Opportunities exist for involvement in all facts of fire safety.
Fire Department patch
The Fire Department is professionally staffed by 83 personnel assigned to one of three 24-hour shifts for emergency response. In addition, there is one Fire Marshal, a Training Officer, four Battalion Chiefs and the Fire Chief. The department staffs seven stations strategically located throughout the city. Administrative offices are located in Station 1 at 195 E. Michigan Ave.
Public requests
Those interested in fire station tours, asking the Fire Department to attend an event and similar requests should contact Battalion Chief Martin Erskine at or 269-966-3519.

Requests to have the smoke house at an event should be directed to Fire Marshal Quincy Jones at or 269-966-3519.

The Department has in service a minimum of 5 Engines and a Fire Truck at all times, as well as up to 3 additional Medical Response Vehicles when daily staffing allows.

Regional Response Team
The Battle Creek Fire Department has been designated by the State of Michigan as 1 of 16 Regional Response Teams and, as such, receives additional equipment and training needed to respond to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) events in the state. This designation allows the department to provide an improved level of haz-mat response to City and area residents as well.

This team responds to over 6,500 calls annually and provides a variety of services including:
  • Confined Space emergencies
  • Fire prevention and public education
  • Fire suppression
  • Hazardous material (haz-mat) response
  • Medical response
  • Pre-fire inspections
  • Rescue