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Welcome to Van Buren Township Fire Department 



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.



InformationF.A.Q.Fire FleetDepartmentsVan Buren Fire
Van Buren Township has two Fire Stations.

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

How do I get a copy of a fire report?
Reports are available through the Van Buren Township Public Safety Records Department.

The Records Department is open Mon. – Fri. from 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Telephone number is (734) 699 – 8939

Fax Number is: (734) 699 – 6469

Records Department is located at 46425 Tyler Rd. Van Buren Township, MI 48111

The cost for reports is $5.00 if it happened within the previous 2 years.

Reports older than 2 years are $25.00

Reports that contain photos, are report cost + $20.00

F.O.I.A. requests vary and are available through the Township Clerks office or through the records department.

I would like to apply to be a Van Buren Township Fire Fighter.
Fill out the following two documents. One is an application for employment, the other is the background packet

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Site plan review & fire inspection services


Site plan reviews are traditionally performed by the department’s Fire Marshal and consists of the comparing plans submitted for new commercial or renovation projects with our local fire prevention code, fire department requirements, and recommendations set forth by national standards found in the International Fire Code or National Fire Protection Association (i.e. NFPA 1 – Uniform Fire Code, NFPA 13 – Installation of Sprinkler Systems, or NFPA 101 – Life Safety Codes). The Fire Marshal works hand in hand with the township’s Department of Planning and Economic Development.

Site plans are checked for such things as emergency vehicle approach and accesses, fire department connection points, fire hydrant location and flow calculations, sprinkler systems, and occupant loads. The fire department reserves the right to seek third party plan reviews and/ or consultation, as needed, and those fees are not included.

  • Initial Fire Department Site Plan, 1 follow-up plan review, and attendance at any necessary plan review staff meetings 


  • Additional follow-up site plans (for corrections / additions)


  • Fire Alarm System Plan Review


  • Fireworks Storage & Vending Review


  • Kitchen Cooking System Plan Review


  • Special Meeting; Attendance


  • Sprinkler System Plan Review



Fire Inspections are traditionally performed by the department’s Fire Inspector or the Fire Marshal and consists of on-site inspections of commercial, industrial, or multi-family residences (i.e. apartment or condo complexes) for the compliance of previously approved plans (i.e. did what the contractor say was going to be installed get installed?) or life safety features (such as exit lighting, sprinkler maintenance, egress doors, or the function of a smoke detector) with our local fire prevention code, fire department requirements, and recommendations set forth by national standards found in the International Fire Code or National Fire Protection Association. 


  • Circus, Fairs, and Carnivals – Inspection


  • Circus, Fairs, and Carnivals – Stand by

Billed based on use 

  • Fire Alarm / Fire Pump System Test


  • Fire Drill – Inspection / Evaluation


  • Fire Lane Violations

See Police Department Fine Schedule 

  • Fire Watch

Billed based on use 

  • Fireworks Show / Display / Sales – Inspection / Permit

$ 200.00 

  • Fireworks Show / Display – Stand-by

Billed based on use 

  • Kitchen Cooking System Inspection


  • Inspection; General


  • Multi-family Life Safety Inspections (1 to 6 units)


  • Multi-family Life Safety Inspections (more than 6 units)


  • Occupant Load Review, Calculations, and Posting


  • Prescribed Burn Permits


  • Public Assembly – Special Event Usage


  • Smoke Detector Test


  • Sprinkler System Hydrostatic Flush (witnessed)


  • Sprinkler System Hydrostatic Test (witnessed)


VBFD Fee Schedule 2017

Vehicles are an important part of firefighting. Specialized vehicles allow our firefighters to fight fires, respond to medical emergencies, transport personnel and medical equipment or allow access to buildings not accessible from the ground level.  Learn more about what each vehicles does, how it helps in each situation, and what type of emergency it is best suited for.

Our Apparatus

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.


Mission Statement

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.

Organizational Values


We will: 

Act with sincerity and honesty.

Maintain the highest ethical standards.

Earn and preserve the trust and respect of others 


We will:

Provide high-quality service.

Be responsive and innovative.

Demonstrate pride and loyalty to

our organization and to our profession.


We will:

Care for each individual’s welfare.

Perform with courtesy and sensitivity.

Treat others with dignity and respect.


We will:

Focus on results.

Work together to solve problems.

Enjoy our work and keep a sense of humor.

Manage our resources and expenditures effectively.