Brownstown Fire Station #1/HQ

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Fire Dept Non-Emergency: (734) 955-2600

The department has four fire stations located throughout the township. Two of which are staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week with a minimum of four firefighter/paramedic personnel within each and. one station part-time with a minimum of two firefighter/paramedics. This is done with a total of thirty (24 hour) career firefighter/paramedic personnel. The department provides a broad range of services to the public, some of which include: Fire Suppression, Fire Prevention & Fire Investigation, Advanced Life Support Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials first response, and other special operations. The department utilizes the latest technological equipment available to the fire service which includes; computer-aided dispatch computers within the apparatus, 12 lead EKG telemetry, video laryngoscope just to name a few. The department answers approximately 3700 emergency calls for service each year. The department's headquarters at Station No. 1 was opened in January 1997. The building houses all administrative offices and serves as the department's training center. The fire chief, fire inspectors, and an administrative assistant Phil Frank, work from this office. All fire-related permits, plan reviews and other administrative duties are conducted in this office.


Fire Chief Jeff Drouillard (e-mail) rose through the ranks of the Fire Department to become chief in 1999, after 17 years of service, He has been a Brownstown resident since 1972 and is a 1983 Woodhaven High School graduate. During high school, it was already apparent where his interests would take him, as he enjoyed being a Fire Explorer with the township Fire Department from 1981-1983. He has been with the department now for38 years.

His affiliations and experience led to work as a paid-on-call firefighter and emergency medical technician from 1983-1987.

He also took on duties as a dispatcher from 1984-1987. In 1987, assumed a position of leadership when he was named a full-time inspector. An appointment as fire marshal followed in 1993. He served for a year as acting chief from 1998-1999. Since 1983, the chief has attended numerous fire service-related courses and programs and is a member of several fire service organizations which include Chairman of the Downriver Mutual Aid Fire Chiefs, Co-Chair of Communications for Wayne County Health Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and Downriver Mutual Aid representative to the Wayne County Emergency Management Division.

Pursuing a degree in fire science, he already has earned state certification as a paramedic, is a state-certified Firefighter I and II, and is a Fire Officer I, II and III and a graduate of Eastern Michigan Universities School of Fire Staff and Command.

He is a graduate of the Michigan State Police Fire Marshal Division for fire inspectors and has taken courses in advanced fire investigation, fire and arson investigation and vehicle fire investigation.

His affiliations include the International Association of Arson Investigators, the Metropolitan Detroit Fire Inspectors, the Downriver Mutual Aid Association of Fire Chiefs, the Southeastern Michigan Fire Chiefs Association, the Downriver Mutual Aid Fire Investigation Team, and the National Fire Protection Association.

Drouillard with the assistance of Inspector Mark McLain also performs periodic annual inspections of existing commercial buildings, new buildings and all renovations of buildings. These inspections are conducted to the International Fire Code and National Fire Protection Association 1 and 101 Fire Codes.

The public fire and safety education program continues to expand. Fund-raising efforts are still in progress to purchase a fire safety trailer. This trailer will be used to teach young people dangers and methods of escape from fire in the home. Any business or individual wanting more information about supporting this effort can contact Inspector McLain at 734-955-2600 or by

The year-round public fire and safety education programs are available to homeowners associations, schools, service organizations, businesses, and any other group or residents. A sample of programs available includes general fire safety, Exit Drills in the Home, and the use of fire extinguishers, among others.

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