Welcome to Van Buren Township Fire Department
On behalf of the men and women of the Van Buren Township Fire Department welcome. Besides myself, we currently staff 1 full time Fire Inspector and 50 paid-on-call Firefighters. We have two fire stations that are staffed 24/7 with duty crew personnel, comprised of our paid-on-call members, who are highly trained and committed to providing fast and effective response and care to citizens and visitors alike. With two major freeways, an airport, a 1270 acre inland lake and a multitude of business and residential dwellings Van Buren Township demands a department of highly qualified and trained fire personnel. Our Fire Department is committed to providing the highest quality fire prevention, fire suppression, specialty rescue, and emergency medical services to the residents, guests, and visitors of Van Buren Township. Our motto of “Committed to Excellence” exemplifies that. – Chief Dan Besson
According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. Don’t ignore a beeping smoking alarm.
Van Buren Township Fire Department offers installation services. Simply fill out this form, fax it back or bring it in to the township records department, and someone will contact you with further information.
If you would like to learn more about types of smoke alarms, recommended checking and replacing of batteries, and other general information, F.E.M.A. has information on their website available here.
Know what to do in an EmergencyIn an Emergency always call 911.
Speak clearly and remain as calm as possible. Provide your name and the number you are calling from.
Have as much information as possible about the person/persons involved, this includes name(s), approximate age(s), known health issues and the nature of the emergency.
Try and be as precise as possible with location. This may include in which part of the home is the emergency. Is it in an area that is easily accessible. If the emergency is on the roadway this information may include which road, between streets, roadway direction (i.e. West bound I-94), nearest business or identifiable landmark or if on the freeway between what exits.
If this is a fire, get everyone to safety first including yourself. If this is in an apartment or multi-family dwelling be loud about announcing a fire.
You may be transferred during the call, do not hang up until told to do so by the dispatcher or medical personnel.
Knowing as much information as possible allows the dispatcher to send the correct personnel and/or equipment. In an emergency, seconds do count.
Van Buren Township Fire Department phone Number: Phone: (734) 699 – 8928
Station #1 is located at 45400 Hull Rd.
Station #2 is located at 7981 Belleville Rd.
Phone: (734) 699 – 8928
The department currently has 4 Fire Engines, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Aerial Ladder, 1 Emergency Medical Services Vehicle, 2 Utility Vehicles, and 4 Administrative/ Support Vehicles. They are positioned strategically between the two fire stations in order to get the best use out of them based on statistical data and demographics.
Engine 1 – A 2004 Pierce Enforcer that serves as the principal apparatus for the South Duty Crew and carries First Responder medical equipment, an AED, a thermal imaging camera, carbon monoxide detectors, the Jaws of Life™, Ice/Water Rescue Equipment, and other specialized equipment.
Engine 2 – Also a 2004 Pierce Enforcer Engine 2 serves as the main fire engine for the North Duty Crew. Engine 1 and Engine 2 are sister trucks. Engine 2 also carries First Responder medical equipment, an AED, the Jaws of Life™, ice/water rescue equipment, and forcible entry tools.
Engine 3 – Is a 1990 Pierce Lance that serves as the main fire engine for the on-call personnel responding to Station One for fire calls. Engine 3 carries First Responder Medical Equipment, an AED, and selective other equipment. It is set up as a Rapid Intervention Team vehicle designed for the dramatic times when firefighters must rescue firefighters.
Engine 4 – Built on a Spartan Gladiator chassis Engine 4 was purchased from Spencer Manufacturing, a Michigan based company, and placed into service in 2009. Engine 4 serves as the primary response vehicle for the paid-on-call firefighters responding to the station, for major emergencies, from home. It carries foam, carries First Responder medical equipment, an AED, a thermal imaging camera, carbon monoxide detectors, gas monitors, the Jaws of Life™, Ice/Water Rescue Equipment, and other specialized equipment. This vehicle also has chains to help combat snow covered roads while responding to calls.
Rescue 1 – Sits on a Spartan Metro Star chassis and was also purchased from the Spencer Manufacturing in 2009. Rescue 1 carries specialized rescue equipment for the unique calls that have a low occurrence rate but does pose a high risk danger to civilians or fire personnel. This equipment includes: large stabilization tools for big rig (i.e. semi-trucks) crashes, air bags for lifting vehicles off of the ground, Jaws of Life™, specialty extrication tools, hazardous materials mitigating supplies, confined space entrapment, ice/water rescue equipment, and other related-equipment.
Ladder 2 – A 1986 Pierce rear-mount aerial truck has a 75 foot aerial ladder that has the potential to reach 7 stories. Ladder 2 is the only apparatus in the fleet where not all off the occupants are protected by an enclosure. Personnel riding in the back have a swing bar and a seat belt to prevent them from falling out however they are not protected from inclement weather, road debris, or other unexpected objects. It is designed to provide automatic mutual aid to the City of Belleville and Sumpter Township. It is the only aerial ladder truck in the tri-community.
Utility 1 – Is a 2002 Ford F350 4×4 pick-up truck. It is mainly used for pulling the specialty trailers (i.e. Underwater Search and Rescue Team and the Smokehouse) to and from special incidents or events. Utility 1 is also used to drive or haul equipment off road when conditions do not allow access for our other vehicles.
Utility 2 – Is a 2001 Pierce Mini-pumper built on a Ford F550 chassis. Originally built as a mini-pumper specializing in putting out grassfires, Utility 2 faced its’ first conversion when it became one of the department’s first Duty Crew trucks (eventually being replaced by a fire engine) in 2004. The vehicle currently stores most of our traffic control barricades which is easily transported to the scene when roadways need to be secured from vehicle traffic.
Tac 1 – A 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe, Tac 1 is used as an administrative vehicle for Captain/ Fire Inspector Anthony Karver when he performs his job duties and responds to emergency calls after hours. The vehicle is equipped with First Responder medical equipment and is 4-wheel drive capable.
Tac 2 – Tac-2 is a motor pool vehicle designed to help support day to day administrative functions including training, meetings, or other department-related functions taking place. This 2006 Police Interceptor was decommissioned by the police department and transferred to the fire department in 2011.
Tac 3 – Tac-3 is a motor pool vehicle designed to help support day to day administrative functions including training, meetings, or other department-related functions taking place. This 2006 Police Interceptor was decommissioned by the police department and transferred to the fire department in 2013.
Squad 1 – Squad 1 is a 2008 Ford Expedition XL and is assigned to the North Duty Crew to respond to calls for Emergency Medical Services. It carries Medical First Response Care and was converted from a vehicle assigned to the Fire Chief in early 2013. By using this vehicle the fire department saves unnecessary wear and tear that had typically been placed on a fire engine.
Chief 1 – Chief 1 is a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe 4×4 is assigned to Fire Chief Besson as part of his job responsibilities and duties. Chief 1 carries Chief Besson’s firefighting equipment and other supplies. This vehicle was decommissioned by the police department and transferred to the fire department in 2013.
Dive Trailer – In 1995 the Huron Valley Steel Company (of Van Buren Township) donated the trailer to the Underwater Search and Recovery Team (a.k.a. “Dive Team”) to assist them transporting their equipment to and from scenes. It is currently housed at Fire Station One in conjunction with Utility 1.
The Smokehouse – Was originally a joint venture between the City of Belleville Fire Department, Sumpter Township Fire Department, and the Van Buren Fire Department. There were donations collected from the tri-community area to purchase the Smokehouse in an effort to educate children about the dangers of fire, developing an escape plan, and getting out of a room/ home safely. The Smokehouse is requested throughout the year by neighborhood groups, subdivisions, and schools.
The members of the Van Buren Fire Department shall work together in a professional and caring way to protect life and property from the adverse effects of fire, trauma, illness and dangerous conditions. Our services will be provided in a fair, honest and ethical manner with the highest respect and dignity to all.
Act with sincerity and honesty.
Maintain the highest ethical standards.
Earn and preserve the trust and respect of others
Provide high-quality service.
Be responsive and innovative.
Demonstrate pride and loyalty to
our organization and to our profession.
Care for each individual’s welfare.
Perform with courtesy and sensitivity.
Treat others with dignity and respect.
Focus on results.
Work together to solve problems.
Enjoy our work and keep a sense of humor.
Manage our resources and expenditures effectively.