Fire Prevention - Fire Suppression - Para Medic

19617 Harper 

Harper Woods, Michigan 48225

Phone: 313-343-2550

  Director of Public Safety - Vincent Smith

  Email: vsmith@harperwoods.net  


Mission Statement

"It is the mission of the Harper Woods Fire Department to protect lives from death, injury and property loss caused by the ravages of fire, hazardous materials and medical emergencies. This mission will be pursued by continuously training and educating the members of this fire department. This shall be obtained by seeking all available training resources, practices and programs."

Welcome to the Harper Woods Fire & Rescue Department


  The fire department was first established in 1942 as the Gratiot Twp Fire Department. The Harper Woods Fire Department was later registered as an official IAFF department in 1955. The purpose was to provide basic fire protection to the city and its residents. Since that time the department has evolved into a full service organization. The department now offers specialized services such as Advanced Life Support, Fire suppression and vehicle crash rescue.


  The Harper Woods Fire & Rescue Department responds to all reported fires, medical emergencies, rescue situations, and hazardous material incidents. The fire department members are highly trained firefighters and paramedics. They take great pride in their ability to mitigate any emergency in a professional and efficient manner. In addition to emergency response, the fire department also conducts fire incident plans and public fire prevention programs.


Director's Staff

  Captain Dave Mehl: dmehl@harperwoods.net

Captain Nate Butler: nbutler@harperwoods.net

Captain Kevan Kochan: kkochan@harperwoods.net

Residential Fire Prevention and Safety

How we help you

The Harper Woods Fire Department is responsible for responding to the following incidents:


  • Medical Emergencies

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents

  • Structure / Vehicle Fires

  • Downed Wires

  • Carbon Monoxide Incidents

  • Hazardous Material Incidents

Smoke Detector Program

Partnership with the American Red Cross

Smoke Alarms Save Lives - Get one FREE now!

Don't have an alarm or have alarms that don't work?

Have alarms more than 10 years old?

Don't have an alarm on every floor of your home?

You may not have enough warning to escape your home safely.

Contact the American Red Cross for a 20 minute home visit and up to three free smoke alarms with free installation.  call 313-494-3432  

Knox Box Program

The Harper Woods Fire Department has selected the Knox Box® Rapid Entry System to provide non-destructive emergency access to commercial and residential properties. 

This system is specifically developed for the fire service. It allows the fire department to carry only one master key that will allow us to gain access to commercial and residential property without having to force entry through doors or windows. 

More than 9,000 departments nationwide use Knox® key boxes, vaults, Haz-Mat cabinets, key switches, locking FDC caps, and padlocks. The use of the Knox Box® Rapid Entry System will help the Harper Woods Fire Department to:

  • Eliminate needless, costly forced entry damage.
  • Assure immediate building entry by firefighters without delay or waiting for building keys
  • Protect inventory, equipment and supplies from unnecessary water damage caused by delayed sprinkler shut-off.
  • Satisfy state fire codes and emergency access ordinances.
  • Save you time and aggravation by not requiring you to drive to your building at 3 a.m. for a false alarm.
  • Help you feel secure about emergency coverage when your building is left unattended
  • Maintain building security after a fire alarm investigation by simply re-locking the undamaged door.
  • Harper Woods Fire Department uses the KeySecure®,  master key security systems, to control the Knox Master Key.

For a Box order form or more information regarding the Knox Box program, contact:

LT. David Carrico  Phone: (313) 343-2550


Harper Woods City Ordinance

Open Burning

 There is currently no city ordinance for open burning/ firepit 

Fire Department Pre-Incident Planning

NFPA 1620 provides criteria for developing pre-incident plans to help responders effectively manage emergencies so as to maximize protection for occupants, responding personnel, property, and the environment.

For assistance, or to request a Fire Department Survey for your business, please  contact: LT. Rod Hill  at (313)343-2550 or Email: rohill@harperwoods.net


APA Standards regarding Consumer, Display, Low-Impact or minor Firworks