Telephone: (734) 475-8755   Fax: (734) 475-1967   Burn Permits: (734) 475-1339

Run Statistics

Calls For Service
In 2015: 1118
Updated: 11/25/15
Average: 3.41 Calls Per Day
Projected Calls For Service
In 2015: 1332

Calls For Service
In 2014: 1307
Average: 3.58 Calls Per Day


Click HERE for our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request Form

Nixle keeps you up-to-date with relevant information from your local public safety departments & schools. Click HERE for additional details.

Proudly serving since 1889.


Mission Statement

   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.

About CAFA

   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 Ann Arbor.

   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 three 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). Click 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.


  Copyright © Chelsea Area Fire Authority All rights reserved.