The Jackson Fire Department provides around-the-clock fire protection, fire prevention, public education, emergency medical care, hazardous materials response, and all hazards emergency response services to the citizens of Jackson.
Fire Department Staff
The department consists of highly trained and well educated emergency service professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality services to the community in the safest, most efficient, and professional manner possible.
The Fire Department staff takes pride in the department’s 125-year history, and has a strong sense of duty towards excellent performance in the present, while preparing to meet the challenges of the future.
The Fire Department utilizes the guiding principles of service, integrity, accountability, respect, stewardship, and teamwork to serve its citizens. The department is ready to respond to your needs day or night, with professionalism, compassion, and respect regardless of the situation in which you may find yourself.
If you have any questions regarding the responsibilities of the department, or if you would like further information, please call 517-788-4150.
Car Seat Inspection Program
Jackson area families wanting to make sure their children travel safely can take advantage of a new program from the Jackson Fire Department (JFD). Firefighters have launched the Car Seat Inspection Program, which will have crews checking car seats once a month for the rest of 2022.
The inspections are free and no prior sign up is needed. Jackson families are welcome to visit the Central Fire Station, 518 N. Jackson St., for the checks during the following days and times:
- Thursday, Nov. 10, 1-3 p.m.
- Monday, Dec. 12, 1-3 p.m.
A 2023 inspection schedule will be announced later this year. Firefighters request parents or guardians bring their children and car seats to the inspection. Crews will look to make sure the car seat is in proper working order, fastened to the vehicle correctly, and is a safe fit for the child. A limited number of car seat replacements are available for free if firefighters find a seat is unsafe.
JFD is launching this program after the successful completion of car seat inspection training and a special event this summer which saw dozens of local families come to the fire station for inspections. This effort from Jackson firefighters is currently the only certified Car Seat Inspection Program in Jackson County and the first time JFD has offered a program like this.
Smoke Detector Program
With a dramatic increase in fire deaths over the past year in Michigan, the Jackson Fire Department wants to keep residents safe by providing free smoke detectors. Jackson firefighters are teaming up with the Michigan Fire Prevention Bureau, Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity, and the Jackson Area Career Center to install free smoke detectors in homes.
This service is available to all Jackson County residents. Those who would like a free smoke detector are asked to submit an online form. Fire cadets from the career center will work with Habitat for Humanity to install the detectors in homes for free. Hearing impaired alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are also available for free and are ready to be installed by fire cadets. In early 2022, the State of Michigan reported a 144% increase in fatal fire deaths.
JFD says smoke detectors should be tested monthly to ensure they’re working properly. Firefighters say it’s also important to have one detector on every floor, change batteries once a year, and to fully replace the detector every 10 years.