Fire Department

Did You Know?

  • The Southfield Fire Department is the busiest fire department in Oakland County, and the 6th busiest fire department in the State of Michigan behind only Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Warren.

  • Southfield Firefighters respond to over 14,500 calls for emergency service each year.

  • In 1972 the Southfield Fire Department was the first Advanced Life Support (Paramedic) fire department in the State, as well as one of the first in the United States.

  • To obtain a Fire report, please call Fire Prevention at (248) 796-5701.

  • To obtain a Medical report, please call the EMS Coordinator at (248) 796-5608.

  • The Southfield Fire Department not only provides Fire and EMS service, but also responds to all incidents involving Hazardous Materials release, High Angle Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Vehicle Extrication and much more.

  • Southfield Firefighters are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We maintain a readiness to respond to any and all calls for service to our citizens and visitors to the city.

  • Smoke detector batteries should be replaced every six months, so we recommend that you change them every time you change your clocks. In addition to changing your smoke detector batteries, your smoke detectors must be tested. Although smoke detectors differ by model (please review your installation and owners manual), most can be tested by pressing and holding the test button on the unit. The smoke detector will usually beep several times.

The Southfield Fire Department is presently comprised of 88 highly-trained and motivated members who serve the citizens of Southfield and Lathrup Village, as well as a daytime population estimated at 175,000. The men and women of the Southfield Fire Department respond from five fire stations strategically located within the city.  In 2016, the busiest year on record, our firefighters responded to 14,132 calls for service (38.7calls per day), and we remain the busiest fire department in Oakland County.

The Southfield Fire Department continues to be the premier fire department in our region due to the commitment and devotion to duty of our members.  Our entire team is dedicated to providing the highest quality life-safety and emergency services available.  In recent years, the fire service has been charged with providing emergency medical services, water rescue, hazardous materials response, all aspects of technical rescue, along with a large increase in emergency calls and non-emergency activities such as inspections, public education, and CPR training for the community.  The Southfield Fire Department has, in all cases, succeeded in implementing programs to answer these challenges while at the same time remaining focused on its core mission of protecting life and property.  Training our personnel to meet these challenges will continue to be a high priority.

The City of Southfield Fire Department was established in 1942, and since then has grown into one of the most respected fire departments in the state of Michigan.  This respect is a result of fire department personnel going over and above when it comes to training and preparedness.  Many of our personnel are involved at the college level in training other firefighters from around the state.   Our personnel collectively log thousands of hours of training annually.  Some of the training that took place in 2016 consisted of new high-rise firefighting techniques, drivers safety courses, motor vehicle extrication, new equipment review, mutual aid coordination, confined space, tower rescue, hazmat, Rapid Intervention, Victim Mass Casualty and fire attack procedures.  This training directly equates to us being able to provide the highest level of service and preparedness.   The department remains committed to providing excellent service to the City of Southfield, Lathrup Village, and the visitors and workforce that enter these communities.        

     Johnny Menifee
     Southfield Fire Chief  

Fire Chief Menifee Biography (PDF)