What is a box alarm?
A box alarm is a reported structure fire, such as a dwelling or commercial building. For a box alarm, 3 engines, 1 ladder, 1 squad, and a battalion chief are dispatched.
What is a still alarm?
A still alarm is a fire that can be handled by 1 or 2 companies. A still alarm could be anything from a vehicle fire to wires down to a garage fire.
What is a special?
A special is a non fire-related run, such as assisting EMS, a vehicle accident, or an activated carbon monoxide detector.
Are Detroit firefighters paramedics as well?
Although many have EMT or paramedic certifications, it is not required for Detroit firefighters. Firefighters here are trained simply as medical first responders.
Isn’t Detroit EMS a division of the fire department?
It is totally separate from the fire suppression division, and the medics who run on our ambulances are not firefighters.
What does it mean when companies are “browned out?”
Every day, the DFD closes several companies in order to cut back on costs. Although the companies aren’t technically disbanded, many are closed every day with Devils Night being an exception. Included in the list are Engines 21/31/47/42, Ladders 1/16/24, and TAC 2. A number of Medic units are also frequently browned out.
What do the battalions consist of?
The 1st battalion includes the downtown area and Engines 1/5/8/9, Ladders 20/6/10, Squad 2, HazMat Unit 1, and Battalion Chief 1.
The 2nd battalion covers the a portion the northwest and some of southwestern Detroit. Engines 55/49/34/42, Ladders 27/21/22, and Battalion Chief 2.
The 4th battalion, covering northwest Detroit, includes Engines 54/53/30/59/57, Ladders 25/26, Squad 1, and Battalion Chief 4.
The 5th battalion includes Engines 21/31/35/39/17, Ladders 7/28, Squad 4, and Battalion Chief 5.
The 6th battalion covers the eastern portion of the city and Engines 32/38/41/23, Ladders 14/16/19, Squad 3, and Battalion Chief 6.
The 7th battalion, in southwest Detroit, includes Engines 27/29/48/33/10, Ladders 13/8, Fireboat 1, and Battalion Chief 7.
The 8th battalion, which covers part of the northwest and some of the northeast, includes Engines 51/40/44/56, Ladders 17/24/18, Squad 5, and Battalion Chief 8.
The 9th battalion covers the northeast and includes Engines 47/50/58/60/52/20, Ladders 31/23/30, Squad 6, and Battalion Chief 9.