Fire FAQs

How do I sign up for Smart911?

Create a Smart911 Safety Profile and once you have signed up, first responders will be aware of important information you have provided that will help Police, Fire, and EMS locate and help you in an emergency.

What is Smart911?

Smart911 is a service that allows residents to create a free Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and first responders to have in the event of an emergency.

With Smart911, you can provide 9-1-1 call takers and first responders critical information you want them to know in any kind of emergency.

When you call 9-1-1, your Smart911 Safety Profile displays on the 9-1-1 screen and the 9-1-1 call takers can view your addresses, medical information, home information, description of pets and vehicles, and emergency contacts. You can provide as much or as little information as you like.

Smart911 is a national service, meaning your Smart911 Safety Profile travels with you and is visible to any participating 9-1-1 center nationwide.


Do I have to register my business with the Township?

According to Township Ordinance 443, applications for new business registrations shall be made to the Township prior to the commencement of business. Complete the Township of Kalamazoo Business Registration Form and submit it to Fire Marshal Todd Kowalski via email ( or mail to 1720 Riverview Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49004.

Why are the emergency sirens no longer working in the Township?

The emergency warning sirens were discontinued in 2019.  As an alternative, you may purchase a weather radio from the Township for $25.00 at 1720 Riverview Drive.  Please click here for more information.

Can I operate my food truck or trailer in the Township?

Mobile food trucks and trailers used within the Charter Township of Kalamazoo are required to meet certain minimum standards for general safety, according to the Mobile Food Trucks and Trailer Fire Safety Requirements Ordinance. The Kalamazoo Township Fire Prevention Bureau Application for Mobile Food Vehicles can be found at the bottom of the ordinance.

Can I burn leaves in the Township?

According to the Township Outdoor Burning Ordinance (Ord. 597), burning leaves in the Township is prohibited.

How do I schedule a fire inspection?

Schedule a fire inspection with the Township Fire Marshal. You may also contact Fire Marshal Todd Kowalski directly to schedule your inspection.

Are fireworks legal in the Township?

Refer to the Township Fireworks Ordinance for specific information regarding the use of fireworks.  For more information about which fireworks are in compliance with Township ordinance and State of Michigan law, please refer to the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Reference Guide.

Where is the nearest fire station?

There are four fire stations located throughout the Township of Kalamazoo jurisdiction — Station 1 (Northwood), Station 2 (Eastwood), Station 3 (Lakewood), and Station 4 (Westwood).  Click here for the locations and contact information for each fire station.

How do I apply to be a paid on-call firefighter?

You can apply to be a paid on-call firefighter by printing out the application and returning it to the Township Fire Chief at 1720 Riverview Drive.  You may also apply online, print out an application, or request more information about the hiring process.

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