The Brighton Area Fire Department is located in the state of Michigan with a response district that includes 74 square miles and a population of 46,000 residents within the City of Brighton, Charter Township of Brighton and Genoa Township. In addition, the Brighton Area Fire Department serves nine schools in three different school districts as well as several private schools and early childhood learning centers. The fire department also serves those traveling on over 30 miles of interstate roadways and one major interchange (I-96 & U.S. 23).
Like many combination (full-time and on call) fire departments across the United States, the members of the Brighton Area Fire Department (BAFD) are committed to serving their community through the protection of life and property. When the call for help comes in the on-call firefighters of the Brighton Area Fire Department consistently stop what they are doing at home to respond to their assigned fire stations to help their neighbors resolve any emergency.
There are over 800,000 on-call firefighters in the United States. The Brighton Area Fire Department currently has 81 paid-on-call firefighters on the department. Each member is well trained and is required to complete the State of Michigan Fire Fighter I and II training as well as complete Medical First Responder (MFR) training before they are allowed to enter what is called the “hot zone” or participate in “patient care” during an emergency. Many of our on-call members have careers outside the fire service and bring to the department a wide range of backgrounds and skill sets including; Laborers, Professional Services, Managers for Small and Large Corporations, Professional Business Owners and etc.
In addition to the paid-on-call staff, the Brighton Area Fire Department is a combination department with full-time and part-time (maximum of 30 hours per week) employees. The full-time and part-time employees include; Chief, Deputy Chief, 2 fire inspectors, 3 day shift captains and 3 administrative support personnel.
The Authority has two firefighters ready to respond from Station 31 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This crew is comprised of a full-time shift captain plus a firefighter. Furthermore, to better serve the community on week days, when the majority of on-call firefighters are working at their full-time career jobs, an additional 4 firefighters are staffing two stations Monday – Friday, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. On Saturdays from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Stations 31 and 34 are each staffed with two personnel. Outside of these hours, and for all major events, the Authority relies on its paid on call staff to respond alongside the 24/7 shift crew.
The Brighton Area Fire Department is funded by a fire millage equaling 1.5 mills from Genoa Township, Brighton Township and the City of Brighton through property taxes. The BAFD reports to the Brighton Area Fire Authority who manages the overall fire department operation. The Brighton Area Fire Authority is composed of two board members from each municipality served by the fire department and one citizen. Typically the Brighton Area Fire Authority Board Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month.
Current Brighton Area Fire Authority board members: Jim Muzzin (City of Brighton), Shawn Pipoly (City of Brighton), Lucille Weaire (Brighton Township), Patrick Michel (Brighton Township), Todd Smith (Genoa Township), Jim Mortensen (Genoa Township) and Mike Corrigan (Citizen).
The Brighton Area Fire Department is constantly looking for new members that are living in the area to better serve our community. If you think you have what it takes to join our team please click on the “Employment” tab at the top of this page to review the qualifications and get the application process started. It is the “neighbors helping neighbors” philosophy that makes the Brighton Area Fire Department unique within our community.