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St. Clair Area Fire Department
216 Cass St Clair, MI 48079

The corner of Cass and 3rd Street in Downtown St Clair
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Who is the St Clair Fire Department?

The St Clair Fire Department originated in 1874 and in the years that have followed, the Department has adapted to the changes in society, membership and expectations with great enthusiasm and dedication.

The Officers and Firefighters of the St Clair Fire Department remember the vision of the many people and the hours and years of commitment that have brought the Department to where we are today and we look to the future and the many ways in which the St Clair Fire Department will continue to serve and protect the community.

The St Clair Fire Department takes pride in setting and maintaining its high standard of service and excellence. We alone cover a service area of 54 square miles, to include the City of St Clair and portions of St Clair Township, China Township and East China Township as well as responding to over 800 emergency calls in 2014. We respond to water rescues, ice rescues, structure fires, medical emergencies, burning complaints, motor vehicle accidents, and many other situations as needed by the community we protect.

Presently, the Departments Commanding Officers are Fire Chief Dave Westrick, Assistant Fire Chiefs Mike Krul and Bill Padgett along with Captain Craig Melms. Additionally we have Front Line Officers; Lieutenant's Nick Chavez and Ray Chamberlin along with Sergeant's  Dave Carsley and Steve Morris. Serving as the back bone of the department are the men and women who are the Firefighters and Medical First Responders that make up our department. The Department currently operates 11 pieces of emergency fire / rescue apparatus. These include a Basic Light Rescue, a Heavy Rescue, an Engine, 2 Grass rigs, 2 Water Tenders, a 95 foot  Aerial Truck,  a Water / Ice Rescue Vehicle and a Fire / Rescue boat and Zodiac.

We are a "Paid On Call" Fire Department. Our station is fully equipped with all the essential fire and rescue equipment. Each of our Firefighters carries a voice pager, when a call for the fire department is made, Central Dispatch sends out a tone via radio, specific to our pagers, that activates a voice pager, then the voice message of the emergency and it's location is heard. Depending on the location of the emergency, some firefighters will respond to the incident from wherever they may be, to initiate immediate emergency action, while others will respond to the station to pick up and respond with the necessary equipment. As volunteers we are on call 24 hours a day and respond whenever needed and available. This is a commitment we have made to the service of our community. We provides the same quality of service that you may receive from a full time Fire department. All of our personnel meet and or exceed the mandated certifications and level of training required by the Michigan Firefighters Training Counsel.

Our Fire Station is staffed Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm. Feel free to stop by or call us with any questions comments or concerns. We have supplied a wealth of information in our web site so surf around and HAVE a GREAT and SAFE DAY.




Dave Westrick
Fire Chief



Mike Krul
1st Assistant Fire Chief



William Padgett
2nd Assistant Fire Chief



Craig Melms



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