Fire Division

Responsibilities

The Portage Fire Division strives daily to make Portage a safer place to live, work and visit. We provided fire suppression, hazardous materials response, emergency medical and technical rescue, fire prevention, business and multi-family residential inspections, and commercial site and building plan reviews. The Fire Division also provides programs, station tours and presentations for schools and community groups. Both career and on-call firefighters operate three fire stations 24/7. 

Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI)The Fire Division is one of three departments in the State of Michigan to hold accredited agency status through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). The program allows fire and emergency service agencies to compare performance standards to industry best practices in order to determine community risk and safety needs, develop specific standards of cover, and to establish a method for achieving continuous organizational improvement.

Car Seat Installations

CarSeatInspectionThe Fire Division's certified car seat technicians perform car seat installations by appointment on the first Wednesday afternoon and third Saturday morning of each month.  Call 329-4487 to schedule an appointment as far in advance as possible. For more information on car seat safety and for special car seat installation events, contact Safe Kids of Kalamazoo at 269-341-8830.

Recreational Fires in the City of Portage

rec fire appRecreational fires are permitted in Portage and are subject to the provisions of the City of Portage Code of ordinances and all associated rules and regulations.  Read more about Recreational Fires and submit an application to obtain a permit.