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Ferndale Fire Department

The City of Ferndale is proud to employ highly qualified, responsive fire rescue professionals. The Ferndale Fire Department, led by Fire Chief Teresa Robinson, provides full-scale fire rescue and EMS services to the City of Ferndale, and select services to the communities of Pleasant Ridge and Royal Oak Township. 

OAKWAY Mutual Aid Group

The City of Ferndale Fire Department is part of the mutual aid group called OAKWAY. OAKWAY is a mutual aid group designed to respond to catastrophic fire incidents and is made up of fire departments from both Oakland and Wayne County.


Ferndale Fire Department

Fire Station #1
1635 Livernois
Ferndale, MI 48220

Fire Station #2
1070 E. Nine Mile Rd.
Ferndale, MI 48220

Emergency: 911
Non-emergency: 248-546-2510

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Your Fire Chief: Teresa Robinson

Robinson, a 24-year veteran of the Lansing Fire Department, has served in a variety of fire service roles, including Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Instructor, Training Chief, and Assistant Fire Chief. She was the first female Training Chief and Assistant Fire Chief in the Lansing Fire Department’s history. Chief Robinson is the City's first external candidate for Fire Chief, making her the first female to hold a leadership role in Ferndale Fire Department history.

In addition to her two-plus decades of operations and leadership experience, Robinson brings advanced education and fire service roles, including:

  • Instructor for EMU's School of Fire Staff and Command
  • Board Member for Southeastern Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program instruction and coordination
  • Campus Emergency Response Team (C-CEART) program development and instruction
  • Pro-board-certified Fire Instructor II
  • FEMA disaster response
  • Development of a Michigan State University Emergency Response Team program
  • Service on the Ingham County Opioid Task Force
  • Governor-appointed member of the State Board of Medicine
  • Bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Development, Master’s Degree in Leadership, and Doctorate degree in Human Services with a specialization in Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention 

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What is the Resident Emergency Communication Action Plan?

In the event of a declared emergency or any event that may adversely affect the residents of Ferndale, the Resident Emergency Communication Action Plan (RECAP) will post emergency updates at:

  • www.ferndalemi.gov
  • WFRN
  • Channel 10 on WOW
  • Channel 17 on Comcast
  • Channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse
  • Social Media: Facebook and Twitter
  • All voting precincts — RECAP attempts to post hard-copy notices at each precinct so residents can "get your note where you vote."

Does Ferndale offer a free Smoke Alarm Program?

Yes. Ferndale was one of the first departments in Metro Detroit to institute a free smoke alarm program. To be eligible, you must:

  • Reside in Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, or the Charter Township of Royal Oak
  • Meet income requirements, be classified as handicapped, or be a senior citizen over the age of 55

Once approved, a Ferndale firefighter will complete the installation for you.

If you are interested in this program, contact the Fire Department at 248-546-2510.

What are the rules behind Child Passenger Safety Seats?

The State of Michigan requires booster seat use for all children who are between the ages of four and eight, and/or are less than 4'9'' in height.

If you have questions or wish to receive a child safety seat demonstration, email carseat@ferndalefirerescue.org.

Who do I contact about fire safety information or public speaking engagements?

Ferndale Fire Marshall:
Dennis Barr
248-546-4131 Ext. 302

Fire Marshal Barr often speaks to community and school groups about fire safety, seasonal safety precautions, and Fire Prevention Week.

Is there a support program for Juvenile Fire Setters?

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the Hurley Medical Center in Flint offers the Straight Talk program. This is a daylong family-oriented program that helps youth ages 8-17 gain a clearer understanding of burn injuries. The goal of the program is to modify high-risk behavior and reduce the recurrence rate of adolescent fire experimentation.

For more information, contact the Ferndale fire marshal at 248-546-4131 Ext. 302.

How do I become a Ferndale Firefighter?

To become a firefighter, you must:

  • Have a Paramedic license 
  • Have Firefighter I and II certification
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Pass a physical agility examination
  • Pass a written and oral examination
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