Fire Department

Learn more about the Big Rapids Township Fire Department

Fire / Rescue Department

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Dial 911

Non-emergency 231-796-1749

Picture of Fire ChiefJim Tubbs, Fire Chief

Burn Permits


Burn permits are no longer issued by the Township. If you wish to burn you must contact the DNR at 866-922-2876 or obtain a permit on line at: They will inform you if burning is allowed on that day.

ISO Mitigation Online


Up-To-Date Information on Community Efforts to Mitigate The Risk of Losses From Fire and Natural Hazards.
This website contains a wealth of data for firefighters, building-code officials, community leaders, and other interested citizens:

Fire Department Photos

Fire Department Links

General Interest Fire Safety Links

U.S. Fire Administration, FEMA
National Fire Protection Association
US Consumer Products Safety Commission
US Dept. of Labor-OSHA-Fire Safety
Campus Firewatch
Residential Fire Safety Institute
First Alert USA
National Association of State Fire Marshals

Children’s Links
Kid’s Fire Safety
Sparky the Dog
USFA’s Kid’s Page

National Safe Kids Campaign


14212 Northland Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Call or Fax

Fax: (231) 796-2533