Fire

The Coldwater Fire Department

The Coldwater Fire Department provides fire prevention, fire suppression and responds to medical emergencies within the City of Coldwater. In addition, the fire department also provides fire suppression and emergency responses for the townships of Coldwater and Girard.

The Coldwater Fire Department holds an ISO Class 4 fire protection rating grade.  Of the two-thousand and forty rated communities in Michigan, only twenty-eight have achieved a better rating. This excellent rating results in lower insurance premiums for homeowners as well as business and industrial properties located in Coldwater.

The department takes a pro-active approach to fire and life safety. Effort is directed toward prevention activities with the purpose of making all buildings safe and the community more safety conscious. Fire suppression, technical rescue and emergency medical services continue to require up-to-date training by the staff.

The mission of the Coldwater Fire Department is to provide the highest possible level of fire protection, rescue, and hazard mitigation services to the community. This shall be accomplished with a team of professionals, both part-paid and career, by providing fire prevention, public education, emergency operations, and planning. Each firefighter shall strive to deliver the highest quality service through training, preparedness, planning, and prevention in order to ensure that the community maintains a high quality of life.

 

 

 

 

Services

The Coldwater Fire Department provides:

  • Full Time Fire Marshal (fire inspections / prevention programs)
  • Fire Suppression
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMT non transport) – City of Coldwater only
  • Hazardous Materials spills and leaks
  • Rescue / Extrication
  • Confined Space / Trench Rescue
  • High Angle Rope Rescue
  • Ice Rescue
  • Fire Victim Assistance (helping those who have suffered a fire begin the recovery process)
  • Arson Investigation

FREE Smoke Alarm Installations

In the City of Coldwater, if you are a Senior citizen resident or the owner of a home with children living there age 10 and under, firefighters can visit your home to check your smoke alarms and install a FREE 10-year tamper free smoke alarm.  They can also provide information on additional replacements if necessary. Home fire and safety inspections are also available for FREE. To request a FREE smoke alarm or inspection, contact the Fire Department at 278-4177.

 

Legal Fireworks in Michigan - Who Can Sell Them and Who Can Use Them

In January 2012, the state legislature passed a law allowing the sales and use of consumer grade fireworks here in Michigan. There are some considerations the public and those intending to sell fireworks should understand before getting involved with them. In an effort to answer questions the public may have, the Coldwater Fire Department has developed this guide for the public on sales and use of consumer grade and low impact grade fireworks.

Fire Safety Manual for Apartment Managers

Fires in apartment buildings often involve one or more dwelling units. The dense nature of apartment living during a fire event may allow for the spread of hazardous smoke, heat and flames.


Fires can occur at any time and are unexpected. Being prepared and acting in a safe manner should not be unexpected. How one responds to a fire event typically dictates how successful the event will be to extinguish for responders. Responding to a fire requires quick, deliberate and calm actions. These actions may be needed in limited visibility or smoky and hot conditions where being prepared can save lives and property.

The Fire Safety Manual for Apartment Managers was developed to aid building managers in their safety efforts. The manual will provide:

  • Information about home fire prevention and safety
  • Guidelines for developing Code required Fire Emergency Guide
  • Recommendations for developing fire emergency procedures
  • Overview on what to expect from Fire Department inspection processes

E-Cigarettes Fire Hazard

The Coldwater Fire Department has been following the growing trend of E-Cigarette use and sales facilities in our community. 

There have been several fires caused nationally by users improperly charging the E-Cigarette devices with (non-specific model chargers and cords) or the USB charging cord that comes with the device purchased. 

Consumers may have multiple E-Cigarettes with each one sold with a charging cord.  These cords may not be universal or appropriate for the specific model of E-Cigarette and charging these devices can cause overheating of the battery and cause fire.

Consumers typically charge devices while sleeping so the Coldwater Fire Department urges all consumers to follow manufacturer’s instructions and assure that they have operational smoke alarms throughout their homes and that they test them monthly.

For more information, please feel free to contact the Coldwater Fire Department.

Home Fire Sprinkler Systems Video

People want the truth about home fire sprinklers.  Here it is.

The fire department also offers free smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for qualified residents.