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The department has four fire stations located throughout the township. Two of which are staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week with a minimum of four firefighter/paramedic personnel within each and. one station part-time with a minimum of two firefighter/paramedics. This is done with a total of thirty (24 hour) career firefighter/paramedic personnel. The department provides a broad range of services to the public, some of which include: Fire Suppression, Fire Prevention & Fire Investigation, Advanced Life Support Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials first response, and other special operations. The department utilizes the latest technological equipment available to the fire service which includes; computer aided dispatch computers within the apparatus, 12 lead EKG telemetry, video laryngoscope just to name a few. The department answers approximately 2750 emergency calls for service each year. The departments headquarters at Station No. 1 was opened in January 1997. The building houses all administrative offices and serves as the departments training center. The fire chief, two fire inspectors, and an administrative assistant Phil Frank, work from this office. All fire-related permits, plan reviews and other administrative duties are conducted in this office.

Fire Chief Jeff Drouillard (e-mail) rose through the ranks of the Fire Department to become chief in 1999, after 17 years of service, He has been a Brownstown resident since 1972 and is a 1983 Woodhaven High School graduate. During high school, it was already apparent where his interests would take him, as he enjoyed being a Fire Explorer with the township Fire Department from 1981-1983. He has been with the department now for32 years.

His affiliations and experience led to work as a paid-on-call firefighter and emergency medical technician from 1983-1987.

He also took on duties as a dispatcher from 1984-1987. In 1987, assumed a position of leadership when he was named a full-time inspector. An appointment as fire marshal followed in 1993. He served for a year as acting chief from 1998-1999. Since 1983, the chief has attended numerous fire service related courses and programs and is a member of several fire service organizations.

Pursuing a degree in fire science, he already has earned state certification as a paramedic, is a state-certified Firefighter I and II, and is a Fire Officer I, II and III and a graduate of Eastern Michigan Universities School of Fire Staff and Command.

He is a graduate of the Michigan State Police Fire Marshal Division for fire inspectors and has taken courses in advanced fire investigation, fire and arson investigation and vehicle fire investigation.

His affiliations include the International Association of Arson Investigators, the Metropolitan Detroit Fire Inspectors, the Downriver Mutual Aid Association of Fire Chiefs, the Southeastern Michigan Fire Chiefs Association, the Downriver Mutual Aid Fire Investigation Team, and the National Fire Protection Association.

Drouillard with the assistance of Inspector Mark McLain also perform periodic annual inspections of existing commercial buildings, new buildings and all renovations of buildings. These inspections are conducted to the International Fire Code and National Fire Protection Association 1 and 101 Fire Codes.

The public fire and safety education program continues to expand. Fund-raising efforts are still in progress to purchase a fire safety trailer. This trailer will be used to teach young people dangers and methods of escape from fire in the home. Any business or individual wanting more information about supporting this effort can contact Inspector McLain at 734-955-2600 or by mjmclain2@wdl.net.

The year-round public fire and safety education programs are available to homeowners associations, schools, service organizations, businesses and any other group or residents. A sample of programs available includes general fire safety , Exit Drills in the Home, and the use of fire extinguishers, among others.

Inspector Mark McLain: Mclain started with department in September 1987 as a paid on call firefighter. He soon rose to the rank of Sergeant in February 1994. In March 1995, he was appointed as full time Fire Inspector to assist then Fire Marshal Jeff Drouillard in the communities' fire inspections, code enforcement, fire investigations, and public education programs.

McLain attended several fire service related courses, obtaining an associates degree and attending the Fire Staff & Command program held at Eastern Michigan University in Ann Arbor, Mi. It is there where he obtained valuable information and resources of fire department administration. Inspector McLain can be reached at 734-955-2600 or mjmclain2@wdl.net.