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
formed on March 19th, 1889. CAFA proudly protects and serves, per the most
current census data, approximately 14,908 residents living in an area of
approximately 116 square miles. CAFA is located in southeastern Michigan, 24
miles east of the City of Jackson, and 57 miles west of the City of Detroit.
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 nursing/retirement homes, a
large school system, 12 miles of 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. We also cover a portion of Dexter
Township and Waterloo Township (which is in Jackson County). We have a technical
rescue team capable of rope, confined space, trench, and structural collapse
New Aerial Ladder
The Chelsea Area Fire Authority recently took delivery of a new 2012 Pierce 105'
aerial ladder with a 500 gallon water tank and 2,000 gallon-per-minute water
pump. For information on our old 1976 Sutphen 85' aerial tower
with a 450 gallon water tank and 1,250 gallon-per-minute water pump click
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Click HERE for information regarding a knox-box/key-safe, reflective address signs, burn permits, birthday parties,
smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and our
medical emergency response.