Fire Department

The mission of the Sterling Heights Fire Department (SHFD) is to provide for the safety and welfare of our community and our members through prevention, preparation and protection.

Incoming Calls Requesting Fire Suppression - January 1 - June 30 2016 (First Half)
The average response time is 5 minutes and 26 seconds. The following statistics on fire suppression are supplied to keep the public informed about the number of calls coming in to SHFD each quarter:
  • Medical Calls: 5,488
  • Building Fires: 19
  • Service Calls: 1,691
  • Vehicle Rescues: 13
  • Total: 7,211
Fire Incidents by Station
  • Station 1: 1,724     -     5:42 average response time
  • Station 2: 1,516     -     5:17 average response time
  • Station 3: 1,307     -     5:12 average response time
  • Station 4: 1,414     -     5:28 average response time
  • Station 5: 1,247     -     5:31 average response time
  • Fire Headquarters: 3

                                            UPDATED -  7/1/2016

"Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years"

NFPA Don't Wait Check the Date

The public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.

We’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years

  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home

  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date

Facts about Fire and Carbon Monoxide

Home fires

  • Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours

  • One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den

  • Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms

  • In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 367,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,745 deaths, 11,825 civilian injuries, and $6.8 billion in direct damage

  • On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day

  • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment

  • Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths.

  • Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2014, 15 home fires killed five or more people resulting in a total of 88 deaths

  • During 2009-2013, roughly one of every 335 households had a reported home fire per year

Smoke alarms

  • Three out of five home fire deaths in 2009-2013 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms

  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half

  • In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80% of the time.

  • When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.

  • An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended.

Don't Wait- Check the Date!

Carbon Monoxide Safety

Although the popularity of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms has been growing in recent years, it cannot be assumed that everyone is familiar with the hazards of carbon monoxide poisoning in the home. 

Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Facts & figures on Carbon Monoxide 

  • The dangers of CO exposure depend on a number of variables, including the victim's health and activity level. Infants, pregnant women, and people with physical conditions that limit their body's ability to use oxygen (i.e. emphysema, asthma, heart disease) can be more severely affected by lower concentrations of CO than healthy adults would be

  • A person can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a longer period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter amount of time

  • In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 80,100 non-fire CO incidents in which carbon monoxide was found, or an average of nine such calls per hour.  The number of incidents increased 96 percent from 40,900 incidents reported in 2003. This increase is most likely due to the increased use of CO detectors, which alert people to the presence of CO

CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards.

Information provided by the Nation Fire Protection Association.