About Our Department

Written by John Wright. Posted in Fowlerville Fire Department

The Fowlerville Area Fire Department is located in Livingston County in southeast Michigan.  

Our department is located on the western side of the county and provides services to approximately 108 sq. miles, protecting a population of approximately 12,775 persons, including the townships of Handy, Conway, and Iosco, as well as the Village of Fowlerville. 

 

Our district is a rural area with farms and residential development.  Several oil/gas wells are in our district along with a major pipeline running diagonally across it, and there is a large underground natural gas storage facility. Interstate Highway 96 and a CSX Railroad line run through the center of our district with many trains passing by each day carrying hazardous materials. There are also several nursing homes, two elementary schools, a Jr. High school, a high school, and the former middle school building that is still owned by the school district but is being used in other capacities.  An airport with a grass landing strip has several aircraft landings and takeoffs each day. We also have many commercial aircraft flying over our district every day. Many Cell/Transmission towers are located in our fire district. The county’s fairgrounds are located in Handy Township, just west of the Village of Fowlerville. In addition to the county fair, many other events drawing large crowds are held at the fairgrounds each year. 

 

The department currently has 27 paid-on-call firefighters. While not a full time department, there are generally personnel at the station several hours each day.  Apparatus consists of two engines, two tankers, three grass/brush units, a mini-pumper, two rescue apparatus,  a John Deere Gator on a trailer and an aerial apparatus. The department operates out of two stations. Station 41, the main station, was constructed in 1979. A sub-station, Station 42, was built in 2001. Along with fire protection to the fire district, we also provide automatic mutual aid assistance to surrounding fire departments and First Responder medical assistance at life-threatening emergencies until more advanced life support units arrive. We also extricate victims of auto and farm accidents and respond to hazardous materials situations. In 2013 our department responded to 834 alarms.

 

In 2009 the department was evaluated by ISO. The evaluation improved our rating from 6 in the Village of Fowlerville and 10 outside the Village to a 5 rating in the Village and in areas within 1000’ ft. of a fire hydrant.  Other areas of our district within five miles of the fire station, but more than 1000' from a fire hydrant improved to an 8b rating. Areas beyond five miles are rated as a 10.