Departments & Services
Ypsilanti Township Fire Department will protect our community with all resources available. We will provide excellence in fire prevention, education, and proactive customer service for our community.
Fire Chief Eric Copeland (right)
Fire Marshal Victor Chevrette
Captain Larry James
Lieutenant Jerry Hamilton
Captain Dave Crescio
Lieutenant Fred Anstead
Captain Tom Stachlewitz
Lieutenant Keith Harr
The Charter Township of Ypsilanti Fire Department provides service from three stations to approximately 53,000 residents, covering an area of approximately 32 square miles. The department is currently staffed by 27 career personnel including the Fire Chief, Fire Marshal, 3 Captains, 3 Lieutenants, and 19 Fire Fighters. There is also a Clerk who assists in the departments administrative duties. The department responds to fire, emergency medical, hazardous material, and other emergencies. The Fire Chief and Fire Marshal are on call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for incident response.
The Fire Chief is responsible for all the Fire Department functions. This includes overall administration of the Fire Department, its budget, planning, supervision of personnel in the protection of life and property, fire prevention and reduction of loss from fire, and response to emergencies. The Fire Chief ensures the development of long and short term strategic planning, prepares budgets, makes recommendations to the Township Board, supervises personnel to ensure proper response to emergencies, and responds to emergencies as required.
The Fire Marshal is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Fire Prevention Code. The Township uses the International Fire Code. The Fire Marshal performs fire inspections and fire prevention activities, including plan review, new address allocation, and training in fire prevention for fire fighters and the public.
The Captains, Lieutenants, and Fire Fighters work a schedule averaging 56 hours per week. They work 24 hour shifts, beginning at 8:00am each day. All 24 hour personnel are subject to off duty recall for emergencies.
Captains and Lieutenants supervise and direct emergency operations, firefighting personnel and activities during their daily shift activities. They are responsible for proper care and maintenance of the stations, equipment, and records.
Fire Fighters are responsible for response to emergencies, maintenance and upkeep of the stations and equipment, training for response to medical, fire and other emergencies, and providing public education.
Fire Department personnel staff three stations. The Headquarters/Main Station is located on S. Ford Boulevard; Station #3 is located on Hewitt Rd., and Station #4 is located on Textile Rd. The Main Station is staffed by the Captain and/or Lieutenant, and up to three Fire Fighters. Station #3 and Station #4 are staffed with two Fire Fighters. This staffing allows for a minimum of six or a maximum of nine personnel to respond to emergencies each day.
All Fire Department personnel are responsible for maintaining certification as Emergency Medical Technicians Basic (EMT-B), Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Hazardous Materials Operations level certification, and Fire Fighter II.
All Fire Department Officers must be certified by the Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council as fire officers. All required certifications are from the Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council or Department of Labor and Economic Growth. This requires annual training as mandated by the various agencies. The minimum hours of training varies between the different certifications.
There are four support vehicles including three staff vehicles used by the Fire Chief, Fire Marshal and fire suppression personnel and a van that carries the cascade system, used on the scene to refill Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).
In addition to handling fire and medical emergencies, the department has a variety of specialized activities in which staff members are involved. Some of the programs and services included are:
Fire Prevention and Safety Education for schools, civic groups and senior citizens.
Members of the Washtenaw County Hazardous Materials Response Authority. This is a multi-jurisdictional team capable of handling virtually any types of chemical emergency.
The Department belongs to the Washtenaw Area Mutual Aid Association. Through this association, our Department has additional resources available to us, including but not limited to: Engines, Ladders, Rescues, Water Tankers and hundreds of Fire Fighters.
Members of the Washtenaw County Technical Rescue Team. This team has specialized training in a variety of rescue disciplines. A few are: confined space, building collapse, high angle, and trench.