Fire Department

Ypsilanti City Fire and Rescue Engine 3

    The City of Ypsilanti Fire Service provides rapid and aggressive responses to fires and emergency medical requests utilizing limited resources to full effectiveness. We strive to meet the National Fire Protection Standard 1710 requirement of responding to an emergency within four minutes or less. 

    • The first three minutes are critical to life, property, and premises.  A rapid developing fire will require an occupant to escape within three minutes after a smoke alarm sounds.   Allowed to develop, the fire will destroy a single family home within twelve minutes.  Smoke will overcome an individual within minutes followed by loss of consciousness, brain damage within six minutes, and death within ten minutes. 
    • An offensive interior attack begins with fire personnel entering the burning building, conducting a search for person(s), extinguishing the fire, and conserving property.  The interior attack requires four firefighters and an incident commander to perform the initial attack with additional personnel on scene within eight minutes.


    Vacant and Dangerous Buildings

    The City of Ypsilanti Fire Service also serves as an inspecting agent of buildings deemed to be Dangerous or vacant according to the City's Dangerous Buildings Ordinance: "A representative of the city building department, with the assistance of the City Fire Department and/or Fire Marshal, shall inspect or cause to be inspected every building or structure or part thereof reported as or observed to be unsafe or damaged, and if such is found to be a dangerous building as defined in this article, the building department shall commence proceedings to cause the repair, rehabilitation, demolition, or removal of the building or structure."


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