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FIRE DIVISION

The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety Fire Division consists of 9 full time firefighters, 15 paid on call firefighters, and overseen by the Deputy Director. There are three shifts who work 24 hours beginning at 7am and continuing until 7am the following morning. The full time shifts handle the majority of the emergency responses without having to call in part paid firefighters. In the event an incident call needs additional personnel early, the part paid firefighters are called in at the time of dispatch. Without the rapid response and availability by both these groups insurance and potential life safety risks quickly elevate. The Fire Division is responsible for the following: