Adopt a Hydrant

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 has created an “Adopt a Hydrant Program”. The program was created to help keep our fire hydrants clear and available.Citizens and civic groups (Boy Scouts, etc.) can adopt a hydrant or hydrants in their neighborhood.

Photo of Fire HydrantResidents who adopt hydrants will help the Fire Department by keeping them clear of snow in the winter and overgrowth in the summer. Residents who participate in the program will also report blocked or damaged hydrants year round.

To sign up, simply send an email to You may also call: SFD: (248) 796-5601. Let us know your name, address, phone number and the location of the hydrant(s) you have chosen to adopt.

What to do:
  1. Keep hydrants free of snow and ice.
  2. Keep hydrants free of overgrowth (grass and weeds).
  3. Report any damaged or leaking hydrants to the SFD: (248) 796-5601
  4. Report any vehicles blocking hydrants to the SPD: (248) 354-1010
What not to do:
  1. Paint hydrants
  2. Alter or attempt to repair hydrants
  3. Mark curb or street
Your participation in this program is greatly appreciated.

Fire Chief Peter Healy
Southfield Fire Department