On October 5, 1857 a group of citizens met in the Senate Chamber of the Michigan State Capitol to form the first volunteer fire company to serve the Lansing area. Torrent Engine Company No.1 went into service with a hand pump and horse drawn hose cart in March of 1858. By 1872 the city had grown to the point that the volunteer fire companies were disbanded and a professional fire brigade was instituted. In 1908 Lansing became the first city in the United States to place a motorized fire engine into service. A Webb fire pump was mounted on an Oldsmobile chassis for a total cost of $6,500. By 1919 all horse-drawn equipment in the department had been replaced. The first fire alarm system for the fire stations was put into service in 1922. Radios were first used to communicate in 1931. Emergency medical services came to the community in the early 1930s in the form of Red Cross First Aid training for all members of the department. Forty-five years later Lansing was to lead the nation again by placing one of the first paramedic teams into service in 1975.

And Today...

Today the 159 sworn members of the Lansing Fire Department are charged with protecting the lives and property of Lansing citizens. In 2015, we responded to 21,000 emergency medical, fire, hazardous material, hazard removal, and citizen assist calls. Although it still says Fire Department over the door, Lansing Fire has grown far beyond this historical role established over 159 years ago. Today, in addition to fire suppression and emergency medical response, our personnel are cross-trained in disciplines as varied as Water Rescue, Hazardous Materials Response, Confined Space, and Rope Rescue. With constant training and modern equipment, our goal is to provide the finest possible service 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Fire Suppression

The fire suppression division operates nine engines, each capable of delivering over 1,250 gallons of water per minute. Our four ladder trucks reach over 100 feet into the sky to effect a rescue, deliver a water stream or ventilate a burning building. Our special rescue vehicles carry a wide range of equipment for unusual situations.

Emergency Medical Services

Our four Advanced Life Support ambulances are staffed with Paramedics and EMTs. We train and work directly with local emergency room physicians to offer one of the most advanced pre-hospital care systems in the country. Our ambulances are a truly mobile extension of the emergency room, offering cardiac monitoring, emergency medications and more, all before arrival at the hospital.

Hazardous Materials Response

A reflection of the society we live in, communities everywhere are struggling to deal with the impact of accidents involving hazardous materials. Working closely with other agencies and local industry, Lansing Fire has a team of highly trained Haz-Mat technicians. Responding in its own specially designed vehicle, the team is backed by state of the art computer systems and other sophisticated equipment. Lansing is part of the RRTN system and available to respond when a request comes in on a state level.

Specialty Rescue Response

E42, E44, and E45 respond to all vehicle extrication situations. Hydraulic cutters, spreaders, saws, air-chisels and stabilization equipment separate these Engine companies from the others. Tech Rescue 48, carries the Technical Rescue Team equipment. They respond to building collapse, confined space, rappelling, and trench rescue situations. It could be described as a portable, instant, construction company. Complete with lumber, tunneling and specialty breathing equipment. They are part of MUSAR (Michigan Urban Search and Rescue) team. They are available to respond around Michigan. They have been called to building collapse in Flint, Bay City, and Saginaw as well as trench rescues in Mason, Holt, and other areas of the Tri-County.