Know Your Vehicles

Fire Engine 1


View the video on Fire Engine 1 stationed at Station 1 on Haggerty and Ann Arbor Roads.  This engine is a 2000 Pierce Fire Pumper, 18 years old.

Fire Engine 2


View the video on Fire Engine 2 stationed at Station 2 on Wilcox near Lake Pointe.  Engine 2 is a Pierce Fire Pumper, which  was purchased in 1989 and is 29 years old.

Fire Engine 3


View the video on Fire Engine 3 stationed at Station 3 on Beck Road.  This engine is a 1992 Pierce Fire Pumper, 26 years old.

Fire Department Statistics


City of Plymouth

 *  City of Plymouth fire services are contracted from the City of Northville; City of Plymouth does not have full-time fire fighters

 *  City of Northville Fire Dept is headed by Steve Ott - See the story in Plymouth Voice

 *  Services are provided from 2 fire stations - 1 in City of Plymouth, 1 in City of Northville

 *  The City of Northville Fire Dept is comprised of 45 part-time, on-call fire fighters and EMS personnel

 *  On-call fire fighters are paid when called; the department is not staffed full time 24 x 7

 *  The department provides fire suppression and basic life support (not the same as advanced life support or ALS) emergency medical services in the cities of Northville and Plymouth

 *  First responders in the City of Plymouth, will become some of the best-equipped in the nation to save a pet’s life. Invisible Fence Brand of NW Ohio and Invisible Fence of Ann Arbor donated three pet oxygen mask kits to the Fire Department at Plymouth City Hall.  See story -

Plymouth Township

In 2015 Plymouth Township officials recognized the immediate need for upgrades to fire department equipment. The biggest additions were two new ambulance units, new firefighter gear, and up-to-date SCBA breather bottles. Officials also authorized a new fogger, office furniture, training equipment, headsets and an improved radio system. Needing replacement are two of the department's fire engines; the trucks currently in use were purchased in 1989, 1992, and 2000.  They are worn out and require frequent repair.  Frequently, one or more fire stations are browned out (closed) due to lack of staff or trucks being repaired.  Good news!  One new fire engine was placed on order in 2018.  

Number of emergencies responded to:

[Please note the increase in the number of emergency responses.]

  • 2018 - 2,954
  • 2017 - 2,947     8.07 runs/day     5'32" avg response time
  • 2016 - 2,998     8.22 runs/day     5'11"
  • 2015 - 2,879     7.89 runs/day
  • 2014 - 2,888     7.92 runs/day     5'9"

Fire vehicles are costly to maintain and repair. The department does not have a ladder truck and must rely on mutual aid from other communities in the event of a fire in a business or residence over a single story. We have many homes, hotels, and businesses that are multiple story buildings. Nearly all fire equipment has a specific life cycle and must be replaced in a timely manner in order to meet national fire standards.  Advances in technology and pumping systems on fire vehicles along with long-term usage require that Plymouth Twp. develop a regular replacement plan for all equipment and vehicles.

2017 Fire/EMS Annual Report

2018 Response Information:

Plymouth Township Responded to 2,998 emergencies in 2016, 2,947 in 2017, and 2,954 in 2018.

We called in additional resources from the outside at least 65 times.

We provided emergency assistant to our neighboring communities 64 times.

We conducted 51 fire safety talks to approximately 2571 participants and completed 619 comprehensive fire Inspections to businesses in our municipality.

There was an average of 8.07 runs per day in 2017 (up from 7.89 in 2015).
PTFD's average response time was 5 minutes 32 seconds to the scene. This includes all responses including non-emergent calls.

  • PCC Comment:  What does "response time" measure?  Actually, what is included in the measure of "average response time" can vary from one community to the next.  We asked our township fire department to explain the calculation of "average response time" in Plymouth Township.  
  • Plymouth Twp. Chief Dan Phillips stated that "we use from the first call to 911 until the first unit arrives on scene."   Chief Phillips tells us that the "average response time" in his monthly Fire Reports includes “Turn out time” and “Travel time” to the scene.  This is an average to all calls and includes responses to which we deem non-emergent calls where we do not use lights and sirens.
  • PCC Questions:  We still have questions.  Does the arrival of any emergency vehicle, police or fire, on the scene meet the measure or must it be vehicle(s) with sufficient emergency personnel who can actually perform the needed emergency services?  
  • Point to Consider:  In the event of a building fire, a minimum of 7 firefighters must be on the scene before firemen can enter a burning building.

Mutual Aid:
Plymouth Township Fire Department is a member of the Western Wayne County Mutual Aid Association and provided mutual aid 65 times this year and received mutual aid 64 times.

EMS Information:

1,454 patients were transported in 2017.

HVA transported 1,287 patients to the hospital.
PTFD transported 167 patients to the hospital, 11% of all medical runs. 

Fire Loss:
There were 73 fires in the Township (structure, vehicle, trailer, grass, etc.) accounting for the loss of $1,141,150000 in estimated damages and prevented the destruction of an estimated $7,114,434 in material and property.

Department Staffing - As of April 2018

  1 - Fire Chief (Paramedic/ALS certified)
  1 - Fire Inspector
  1 - Administrative Secretary
  3 - Captains/Paramedics (ALS certified)
  6 - Lieutenants (ALS certified)
15 - Full-time Firefighter/Paramedics (ALS certified)

 - The Plymouth Twp. Fire Department now operates as the "Plymouth Township Fire Dept." 

 - All newly hired firefighters are Paramedics ALS certified (Advanced Life Support). 

 - All full-time Firefighter/Paramedics are fully trained in Advanced Life Support (ALS) which enables them to perform critical, initial emergency medical procedures at the emergency scene.

 - 2015 -  2 defibrillators were purchased and a much-needed upgrade was made to the Fire Department radio system 

                 - Purchased and placed into Service two new 2015 Ambulances on Ford F550 Chassis

-  2016 - The Township received a grant from Firehouse Subs for battery-operated jaws worth $20,000; we also  purchased new airbags and other extrication equipment

-  2017 - Received roughly $200,00 from the Assistant to Firefighters Grant  to replace our aging self-contained breathing apparatus.

                 - Received $50,000 in grants for Automated Cardiac Assistance Devices.

                 - Received $50,000 in grants from Dept of Homeland Security for new handheld radios.

-  2018  - Purchased a 2019 Ford F-450 4x4 Type 1 ambulance.  

                  - Purchased a Stryker power load cot system for the 2019 ambulance

 - The Department operates out of 3 fire stations:

  1. Station 1 at 9911 Haggerty Rd.
  2. Station 2 at 14212 Wilcox Rd.
  3. Station 3 at 13600 Beck Rd.
    Station 2 (Wilcox) re-opened in 2017 under a joint agreement with Northville Twp.      

 - The 24 full-time firefighters also provide mutual aid to the Cities of Plymouth & Northville when incidents occur within these cities

Equipment:  Three aging fire engines (1989, 1993, 2000).  We have no ladder truck; we have 4 ambulances (3-2003 ambulances,   2- 2015 Type I American Emergency Vehicle (AEV) Ambulances from Roland Specialty Vehicles and Products, Inc.)  One new fire engine was placed on order in 2018 an is due to be delivered in 2019.

Legacy costs (pension, etc.) - Plymouth Twp. does not fund or bank legacy costs prior to employees retiring but is currently developing a plan to address this issue.


PTFD Annual Rept 20180123 (pdf)