Van Buren Township

Fire Prevention

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, then either fax, email or bring it to the Township’s Police or Fire Department, and someone will contact you with further information. If you have questions about this service you can call or email Fire Marshal Andrew Lenaghan at  or 734-699-8900 ext 9416.

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.

Open Fires & Open Burns 
The Township has an open fire and burning ordinance. You can view the regulations on the Van Buren Township Fire Departments Code of Ordinance form by clicking here. 

National Fire Prevention Week
Plan your fire escape in less than a minute! This fire safety video will give families and kids the tools they need to be safe in under a minute!

Teach Your Children about fire safety


About Fire Prevention Week

Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land. Here is a video about the Great Chicago Fire.

Know what to do in an Emergency call911In 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.