The mission of the Sterling Heights Fire Department (SHFD) is to provide for the safety and welfare of our community and our members through prevention, preparation and protection.
Incoming Calls Requesting Fire Suppression - January 1 - June 30 2016 (First Half)
The average response time is 5 minutes and 26 seconds. The following statistics on fire suppression are supplied to keep the public informed about the number of calls coming in to SHFD each quarter:
Fire Incidents by Station
- Medical Calls: 5,488
- Building Fires: 19
- Service Calls: 1,691
- Vehicle Rescues: 13
- Total: 7,211
- Station 1: 1,724 - 5:42 average response time
- Station 2: 1,516 - 5:17 average response time
- Station 3: 1,307 - 5:12 average response time
- Station 4: 1,414 - 5:28 average response time
- Station 5: 1,247 - 5:31 average response time
- Fire Headquarters: 3
UPDATED - 7/1/2016
"Don't Wait - Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years"
The public has many misconceptions about smoke alarms, which may put them at increased risk in the event of a home fire. For example, only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced.
We’re addressing smoke alarm replacement this year with a focus on these key messages:
Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years
Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home
To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date
Facts about Fire and Carbon Monoxide
Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours
One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den
Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms
In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 367,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,745 deaths, 11,825 civilian injuries, and $6.8 billion in direct damage
On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day
Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment
Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths.
Most fatal fires kill one or two people. In 2014, 15 home fires killed five or more people resulting in a total of 88 deaths
During 2009-2013, roughly one of every 335 households had a reported home fire per year
Three out of five home fire deaths in 2009-2013 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half
In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80% of the time.
When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended.
Carbon Monoxide Safety
Although the popularity of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms has been growing in recent years, it cannot be assumed that everyone is familiar with the hazards of carbon monoxide poisoning in the home.
Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
Facts & figures on Carbon Monoxide
The dangers of CO exposure depend on a number of variables, including the victim's health and activity level. Infants, pregnant women, and people with physical conditions that limit their body's ability to use oxygen (i.e. emphysema, asthma, heart disease) can be more severely affected by lower concentrations of CO than healthy adults would be
A person can be poisoned by a small amount of CO over a longer period of time or by a large amount of CO over a shorter amount of time
In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 80,100 non-fire CO incidents in which carbon monoxide was found, or an average of nine such calls per hour. The number of incidents increased 96 percent from 40,900 incidents reported in 2003. This increase is most likely due to the increased use of CO detectors, which alert people to the presence of CO