The Troy Fire Department is comprised of six fire stations strategically located throughout the city. Firefighters, who are highly trained and certified by the State of Michigan, are on-call 24 hours a day to respond to requests for service such as fires, rescues, and other emergencies.
The Troy Fire Department is unique in that staffing consists of an authorized strength of 180 volunteer members and 11 uniformed career staff members, a mere 6% of the department. Administrative support is achieved with the uniformed career staff and one full-time civilian administrative assistant; one part-time civilian administrative aide; and four uniformed part-time staff assistants who are also volunteer firefighters.
In addition to administrative support and emergency incident response, career staff members provide required firefighter training; community risk reduction; plan review; inspection and code enforcement; permitting; equipment acquisition and maintenance; hazardous material reporting; and emergency management planning to support the department and comply with both state and local mandates.
Overall, this combination of volunteer firefighters and career staff members operates at 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of many career departments of comparable or smaller size, allowing the City of Troy approximately $10M to $12M annually to provide other services. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately 70% of firefighters in the United States are volunteers.
A proactive approach to fire prevention principles and practices helps to reduce the risk of fire in the community, and is the basis for an affordable, well equipped, and well trained fire department.