The Jackson Fire Department provides around-the-clock fire protection, fire prevention, public education, emergency medical care, hazardous materials response, and all hazards emergency response services to the citizens of Jackson.
Fire Department Staff
The department consists of highly trained and well educated emergency service professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality services to the community in the safest, most efficient, and professional manner possible.
The Fire Department staff takes pride in the department’s 125-year history, and has a strong sense of duty towards excellent performance in the present, while preparing to meet the challenges of the future.
The Fire Department utilizes the guiding principles of service, integrity, accountability, respect, stewardship, and teamwork to serve its citizens. The department is ready to respond to your needs day or night, with professionalism, compassion, and respect regardless of the situation in which you may find yourself.
If you have any questions regarding the responsibilities of the department, or if you would like further information, please call 517-788-4150.
Car Seat Inspection Program
Jackson area families wanting to make sure their children travel safely can take advantage of the Car Seat Inspection Program from the Jackson Fire Department. Firefighters launched the program in 2022 to provide monthly car seat checks for the Jackson area.
The inspections are free and no prior sign up is needed. A 2023 inspection event list is included on this page. The inspections will take place at the Jackson Central Fire Station, 518 N. Jackson St., and Summit Township Fire Department Station 1, 2121 Ferguson Rd.
Families are welcome to visit the fire stations for the checks during the following days and times:
- Jan. 26, 1-3 p.m., Jackson Central Fire Station
- No event planned in Feb.
- March 21, 1-3 p.m., Jackson Central Fire Station
- April 12, 1-3 p.m., Summit Fire Station 1
- May 18, 1-3 p.m., Jackson Central Fire Station
- June 21, 1-3 p.m., Jackson Central Fire Station
- July 7, 1-3 p.m., Summit Fire Station 1
- Aug. 23, 1-3 p.m., Jackson Central Fire Station
- Sept. 19, 1-3 p.m., Summit Fire Station 1
- Oct. 9, 1-3 p.m., Summit Fire Station 1
- Nov. 10, 1-3 p.m., Jackson Central Fire Station
- Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m., Jackson Central Fire Station
If you're visiting the Jackson Central Fire Station, pull into the south driveway of the fire station off of N. Jackson Street. Drive around the building past a yellow tower. There will be three large bay doors and a parking lot in front of them to park in. Firefighters will greet you once you've parked.
Firefighters request parents or guardians bring their children and car seats to the inspection. Crews will look to make sure the car seat is in proper working order, fastened to the vehicle correctly, and is a safe fit for the child. A limited number of car seat replacements are available for free if firefighters find a seat is unsafe.
This effort from Jackson firefighters is currently the only certified Car Seat Inspection Program in Jackson County.
Smoke Detector Program
With a dramatic increase in fire deaths over the past year in Michigan, the Jackson Fire Department wants to keep residents safe by providing free smoke detectors. Jackson firefighters are teaming up with the Michigan Fire Prevention Bureau, Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity, and the Jackson Area Career Center to install free smoke detectors in homes.
This service is available to all Jackson County residents. Those who would like a free smoke detector are asked to submit an online form. Fire cadets from the career center will work with Habitat for Humanity to install the detectors in homes for free. Hearing impaired alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are also available for free and are ready to be installed by fire cadets. In early 2022, the State of Michigan reported a 144% increase in fatal fire deaths.
JFD says smoke detectors should be tested monthly to ensure they’re working properly. Firefighters say it’s also important to have one detector on every floor, change batteries once a year, and to fully replace the detector every 10 years.