The mission of the Chelsea Area Fire Authority is to serve the public by
reducing deaths, injuries and minimizing property loss from fires, hazardous
material incidents, motor vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, and any other
crisis within our level of training and equipment.
We strive to achieve this mission through diligent training and
state of the art equipment, teamed with dedication and professionalism, while
maintaining cost-effective management of public funds.
Our success relies upon a
proactive organization that understands the future will be determined by the use
of our most valuable resource...our personnel.
The Chelsea Area Fire Authority (CAFA) was formed in 1999 under
ACT 57 OF 1988 after
being known as the Chelsea Fire Department, which was organized in 1888 and
official formed on March 19th, 1889. CAFA proudly protects and serves, per the
most current (2010) census data, approximately 14,908 residents living in our
coverage area of nearly 116 square miles. CAFA is located in southeastern
Michigan, 24 miles east of the City of Jackson and 17 miles west of the City of
CAFA operates out of one station and protects a primarily rural
area, including: agriculture/wildland, residential and commercial properties. We
cover 35 regionally critical infrastructure sites including a growing regional
hospital, three regionally prominent multistory skilled nursing/retirement
homes, a large school system, 12 miles of divided highway Interstate 94 and 13
miles of busy commuter/freight railway. CAFA is staffed with four fulltime
firefighters/emergency medical technicians 24/7.
We provide fire, rescue, hazardous materials operations and
non-transport basic life support services to the people of Washtenaw County
including the City of Chelsea and the Townships of Lima, Lyndon and Sylvan as
well as a portion of Dexter Township. We also cover a portion of Waterloo
Township which is in Jackson County. We have a technical rescue team capable of
rope, confined space, trench and structural collapse rescue. In any given year
CAFA’s calls for service are approximately 50 percent EMS related, 25 percent
fire related and 25 percent rescue related.
ISO Public Protection Classification (PPC)
CAFA has a Public Protection Classification (PPC) number of 4/7/10 by the
Insurance Services Office (ISO), as of February 1st, 2012, through the use of
their Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS).
HERE for additional
background information on the ISO, PPC and FSRS.
A property's PPC number is based on the municipality it's within
and its proximity to our fire station (200 W. Middle St Chelsea, MI 48118)
and a fire hydrant. Click
HERE for individual
ISO PPC letters.
Frequently Asked Questions
Click HERE for information regarding a knox-box/key-box, reflective address signs, burn permits,
smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and our
medical emergency response.