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Onota Township Fire Department

Our paid on-call fire department serves Onota Township, a rural 92 square mile region in Alger County, Michigan.  Our personnel are trained in both fire and EMS (emergency medical services) to respond to fires, vehicle accidents, and other incidents.  In an emergency, always call 911!  


The services we provide to citizens include fire protection, life safety, response to emergencies, and public information & education.  We have mutual aid agreements with all Alger County fire departments & Chocolay Fire Department; and train with these departments to maintain our working relationships.


We always welcome new members. To be qualified, you must be 18 years of age and have a valid drivers license.  If you are interested in joining the department, please feel free to contact us.

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Winter Fire Prevention

Be safe when heating your home.  


1) Smoke detector - If it's over 10 years old, replace it.  There are two types of smoke detectors - ionization and photoelectric. Use the right type in each room to reduce false alarms.  

If you have children, you should consider a smoke alarm that allows parents to record their voice to wake up the child.  It has been scientifically proven to be more effective than beeping alarms.  

2) Carbon monoxide detector - replace at 10 years old. The symptoms of low level CO poisoning can be deceptive.  

3) Maintain heating equipment - whether you use a furnace, wood stove, pellet stove, propane stove, or other heat source, proper maintenance will help keep your family and house safe.

4) Fire extinguisher - Have the right type, size, etc for your needs, and know how to use it. 

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