Fire & EMS

Department Details

The Fire Department has a budgeted staff of eight full-time employees, seven firefighters and one fire chief. The department provides the city with fire protection and medical response services, including advanced life support transport services. 

In addition, firefighters conduct an active fire prevention program, conduct fire prevention and preplanning inspections, inspect the city’s fire hydrants and maintain the fire station. All firefighters are specially trained for cold water and confined space rescue, and some hazmat operations. 

Fire Station

The Manistee Fire Department has a long and proud history. It has serviced the residents of Manistee since June 17, 1889. The current fire station is the oldest continuously operated fire station in the world, receiving this designation from the Guinness Book of World Records on June 17, 2019.

Current Equipment

The City of Manistee Fire Department has several pieces of equipment that it uses in its fire suppression and emergency medical operations. In addition, the department maintains many smaller, yet no less important, devices such as thermal imaging cameras, automatic defibrillators and gas sensors.

Inspection Program

The Fire Department conducts a fire inspection program for commercial properties in the city. The purpose of the inspection is to ensure that buildings meet fire safety standards so that the occupants and public can be as safe as possible.

After an inspection, the Fire Department will work with the business to remedy any deficiencies in a timely fashion. The inspection form and inspection areas are provided so businesses can be proactive in their fire prevention efforts.

Youth Education

The City of Manistee is committed to keeping the public safe through education about various hazards. Toward this end, the Fire Department conducts an annual public education program for elementary students in the Manistee area public schools. It consists of one firefighter in each class providing information to our youth on fire prevention, safety and what to do in case of fire.

This program is extremely popular among students, parents and teachers. It is also effective. In at least one recent example, a child used the information learned in these classes to help their family escape a house fire.

Medical Record Information

The City of Manistee Fire Department is pleased to provide a Medical Record Information form that provides medical information in the event of an emergency.  There are times when emergency responders are unable to obtain medical information from patients.  This document has been developed so that you can cut out a medical card with you that you can carry in your wallet.  The City has laminating sheets at the Fire Department and will laminate the cards at no cost.  The document has been developed so that you can save the information to your home computer and update as needed.  

Home Security

Home security systems can be an important part of a comprehensive home safety program.  Many options are available by searching Home Security Systems on the internet.


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