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Fire Department

The Waterford Fire Department was established in 1941 as a direct result of the growing population in what was known at the time as Lakeland's Paradise.  The departments humble beginnings originated in a small lower-level room of town hall with one fire truck and a handful of concerned township citizens.

Today, it has become one of the most progressive, best equipped, best trained and technologically advanced fire departments in the State of Michigan.  With this progressive approach, the Waterford Fire Department took on the fire protection needs of the City of Lake Angelus in 2000.  Negotiations began in late 2011 with the City of Pontiac to have the Waterford Fire Department begin to provide Fire and EMS services.  The Fire department began providing these services on February 1, 2012.

Waterford Fire Department is now the largest staffed fire department in Oakland County.  Resources include eight fire stations staffed 24 hours a day, ten fully equipped late-model fire engines, six state-of-the-art Advanced Life Support EMS rescue vehicles, three 100-foot aerial ladder trucks, two mobile command vehicles with on-board computer and communications system, 105 full-time highly trained firefighters, of which 77 are licensed paramedics, and 25 dedicated volunteer firefighters. 

Response area demographics include 57.1 square miles of suburban residential, lakefront, heavy and light industrial, retail property and a downtown district.   Infrastructure includes the Oakland County International Airport charting nearly 120,000 take-offs and landings annually, the Detroit branch line of the CN/Grand Trunk Railroad and switching yards, the Oakland County Jail and Courthouse, Waterford, Pontiac and Oakland Schools Headquarters, GM parts warehouses in both Waterford and Pontiac and several hotels.  Additionally, two State parks with public beaches, 7 public boat launches and 11 miles of mountain bike trails, a 145-acre county park with a wave pool, children's water park, giant water slide, BMX track, sledding hills and heated lighted tennis courts.  Telegraph, Woodward, Dixie Highway, Baldwin Road, and M-59 are all busy thoroughfares through the communities that we serve.  

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