Fire Chief's Welcome

Welcome to the Battle Creek Fire Department (BCFD) web page, and thank you for taking the time to get to know our organization.

The BCFD serves our community with the highest level of professionalism, customer service, and all-hazard responsiveness by providing effective and efficient fire prevention and safety education, fire suppression, disaster preparedness and mitigation, emergency medical care, hazardous materials response and mitigation, heavy technical rescue to include vehicle extrication, water/ice rescue, confined space rescue, and other essential services to save lives and protect property.

We are a career department that responds to over 7,500 calls for service annually. The department protects an immense and growing 44 square miles in Calhoun County. Every neighbor, visitor, and business provide the basis for our existence and mission.

-Chief Brian Sturdivant

Fire Chief Brian Sturdivant

Chief Sturdivant's biography

Fire Chief Brian Sturdivant has over 30 years of extensive experience within fire service administration and operations. Appointed as fire chief in Battle Creek in September 2018, Chief Sturdivant also has served as fire chief/emergency manager in Milpitas, Calif.; executive deputy fire chief/emergency management coordinator in Petersburg, Va.; deputy fire chief in Scottsdale, Ariz.; and fire battalion/division chief in Atlanta, Ga. These various fire service executive assignments have provided Chief Sturdivant with a global perspective and a well-developed critical thinking skill set relative to 21st Century fire service.

Chief Sturdivant graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School with a master's degree in homeland defense and security; Grand Canyon University with a bachelor's degree in public safety administration; and Shorter University with an associate's degree in business administration. He is a graduate of the prestigious Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He also has earned Certified Public Manager designation from Arizona State University; Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence; and Member Grade designation from the Institute of Fire Engineers. Chief Sturdivant also is a graduate of the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute in Fire Service Leadership held at Dillard University, and graduated from the National Fire Service Staff and Command Course at the University of Maryland.