Columbia Township Fire Department

Fire Chief and Fire Inspector

Scott Cota

Phone Number: (517) 592-8654

Columbia Township Fire Department Profile

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP IS LOCATED WITHIN THE IRISH HILLS OF BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN, IN THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF JACKSON COUNTY. OUR FIRE DEPARTMENT IS A PAID-ON-CALL DEPARTMENT OF 25 PART-TIME PAID PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS, 1 FULL TIME FIRE INSPECTOR/ FIREFIGHTER AND 1 FULL TIME FIRE CHIEF.WE COVER 40 SQUARES MILES OF MIXED INDUSTRIAL, URBAN AND RURAL INTERFACE AREAS, WHICH CONSIST OF THE TOWNSHIP OF COLUMBIA, VILLAGE OF BROOKLYN, 3 LARGE LAKES (CLARK LAKE, LAKE COLUMBIA & VINEYARD LAKE), 3 HIGHWAYS (US-127, M-50 & M-124) AS WELL AS MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY (M.I.S.), HOME OF 2 NASCAR RACES EACH YEAR. WE PROVIDE FIRE OPERATIONS, EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE AT THE EMT BASIC LEVEL, WATER RESCUE, HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESPONSE, VEHICLE EXTRICATION, AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION SERVICES TO THE APPROXIMATELY 9,500 YEAR ROUND RESIDENTS AND 25,000 SEASONAL RESIDENTS. NASCAR RACE WEEKENDS INCREASE OUR POPULATION TO 300,000. WE RESPOND TO APPROXIMATELY 950-1000 CALLS FOR SERVICE EACH YEAR, EXCLUDING M.I.S. RACE WEEKENDS. WE HAVE AUTOMATIC AID AGREEMENTS WITH NAPOLEON TOWNSHIP & GRASS LAKE TOWNSHIP AS WELL AS MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS WITH NAPOLEON TOWNSHIP, LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, CAMBRIDGE TOWNSHIP AND ADDISON TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENTS.

WE OPERATE COMMUNITY CPR, FIRST AID, AED & FIRE SAFETY/PREVENTION PROGRAMS. THIS OFFERS A SOURCE OF TRAINING FOR OUR COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, CHURCHS, DAY-CARE CENTERS, BUSINESS, YOUTH AND CIVIC GROUPS.

STARTING IN 2005, WE HAVE RE-STRUCTURED OUR FIREFIGHTER EXPLORER PROGRAM AND NAMED IT A FIREFIGHTER CADET PROGRAM. WE CURRENTLY HAVE 5 CADETS IN THE PROGRAM. THE PROGRAM IS FOR TEENAGERS AGES 14-18 INTERESTED IN THE FIRE AND EMS SERVICES.THE PROGRAM TRAINS THE CADETS IN THE BASICS OF FIREFIGHTING, HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, CPR/AED AND MEDICAL FIRST RESPONDER. UPON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAM THE CADET IS CERTIFIED FIREFIGHTER 1&2, HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AWARENESS & OPERATION LEVEL AND LICENSED AS A MEDICAL FIRST RESPONDER, AND IS ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP ON THE FIRE DEPARTMENT UPON THEIR 18TH BIRTHDAY AND GRADUATION FROM HIGH SCHOOL.

TO BE A MEMBER OF THE DEPARTMENT YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OLD, HAVE A CLEAN DRIVING RECORD AND CRIMINAL HISTORY, POSSESS A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED, BE OF GOOD MORAL STANDARDS AND HAVE A WILLINESS TO SERVE THE COUMMNITY

STATIONS:

OUR STATION #1 IS LOCATED AT 8500 JEFFERSON RD. IN THE VILLAGE OF BROOKLYN, AND HOUSES 3 LEAD ENGINES, 1 RESERVE ENGINE, 1 RESCUE SQUAD AND 3 BRUSH TRUCKS. STATION #2 IS LOCATED AT 195 HYDE RD ON CLARK LAKE AND HOUSES 1 LEAD ENGINE AND 1 RESCUE SQUAD.

APPARATUS ASSIGNMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

STATION #1
ENGINE #1- 2000 DARLEY/HME, POLY BODY,1500 GPM PUMP WITH CAFS, 500 GALLON WATER TANK, 50 GALLON FOAM TANK, STRUCTURAL FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT,VEHICLE EXTRICATION EQUIPMENT, CONFINED SPACE RESCUE EQUIPMENT, ROPE & HIGH ANGLE RESCUE EQUIPMENT & EQUIPPED AND LICENSED AS A BLS RESPONSE APPARATUS.

ENGINE #2 2002 DARLEY/HME, POLY BODY, 1500 GPM PUMP WITH CAFS, 1000 GALLON WATER TANK, 50 GALLON FOAM TANK, STRUCTURAL FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT, HAZARDOUS MATERIALS EQUIPMENT, VENTILATION & SCENE LIGHTING EQUIPMENT.

ENGINE #3 2004 DARLEY/HME, POLY BODY, 1500 GPM PUMP WITH CAFS, 1000 GALLON WATER TANK, 50 GALLON FOAM TANK, STRUCTURAL FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT, SCENE LIGHTING EQUIPMENT& RAPID INTERVENTION TEAM EQUIPMENT.

RESCUE #1 1999 MCCOY-MILLER/FORD AMBULANCE, EQUIPPED AND LICENSED AS A BLS RESPONSE VEHICLE AND MASS CASUILTY RESPONSE UNIT.

BRUSH #1 2004 JEEP 4X4, DARLEY DAVEY PUMP AND 50 GALLON POLY WATER TANK, CLASS A FOAM SYSTEM

BRUSH #2 2015 FORD F-350 4X4 PICK-UP, DARLEY DAVEY PUMP 180 GALLON POLY WATER TANK, CLASS A FOAM SYSTEM

STATION #2
ENGINE #4 2016 ROSENBAUER, 1250 GPM PUMP, 1500 GALLON WATER TANK, STRUCTURAL FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT, SCENE LIGHTING EQUIPMENT & CLASS B FOAM EQUIPMENT.

RESCUE #2 2006 FORD F-550 CREW CAB 4X4 WITH POLY UTILITY BODY, DARLEY DAVEY PUMP, 300 GALLON WATER TANK, VEHICLE EXTRICATION EQUIPMENT, WILDLAND FIRE EQUIPMENT, SCENE LIGHTING EQUIPMENT, WINCH & RECOVERY EQUIPMENT, EQUIPPED & LICENSED AS A BLS RESPONSE VEHICLE, CLASS A FOAM SYSTEM

Fireman's Prayer
A Fireman's Prayer 

When I am called to duty Whenever flames may rage give me strength to save some life Whatever be its age. 

Help me embrace a child Before it is too late Or save an older person From the horror of that fate. 

Enable me to be alert And hear the weakest shout And quickly and efficiently To put the fire out. 

I want to fill my calling And to give the best in me To guard my every neighbor And protect his property.