Fire Reserve Programs

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.

Photo of Fire Reserve Captain Bill Johns
Bill Johns
Fire Reserve Captain

The Fire Reserve Program is a part time training program which provides men and women who wish to pursue a career in fire fighting and emergency medical response, an opportunity to obtain valuable training and experience. The duties will be diverse and are designed to give the Fire Reserve a well-rounded exposure to and appreciation of the fire fighting process and the various functions performed by Firefighters of the City of Southfield. Reservists become familiar with the City, procedures of the Southfield Fire Department and the functions of the various divisions and units within the Department as they relate to one another.

Anyone interested in the Fire Reserve Program, please check the City of Southfield's Employment webpage here or for more information you can contact Captain Bill Johns at (248) 796-5619