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Our Chief

Chief David Matzke is a veteran of over 30 yrs on the Birch Run Fire Department. Having joined the department as a Firefighter in 1988, David has worked in many areas of the department during his career, including fire suppression and emergency medical services. He was appointed Fire Chief in December 2011


Chief David Matzke
11235 Dixie Hwy, P.O. Box 152
Birch Run, Michigan  48415

(989) 624-9561 Phone
(989) 624-4482 Fax



Our Vision.

Birch Run Township Fire Department protects an area of 36 square miles containing a residential population of more than 6,000 people, as well as a variety of businesses, including Prime Outlets, the Birch Run Expo Center and several hotels and restaurants. 


The Birch Run Township Fire Department is responsible for fire suppression, fire prevention, fire code enforcement, search & rescue, carbon monoxide detection, vehicle extrication and medical first response

Our Committment.

We value the public’s trust and are committed to honest and ethical behavior. We hold ourselves accountable to these values. We believe in a personal commitment to the organization and the community. Self-discipline is the foundation for managing behavior.


We are a fire department family. We are committed and accountable to each other because our lives depend on it. We value the role each member plays in our organization. We respect those that came before us and will strive to make the organization better for those who follow.

Our Training.

Birch Run Firefighters/First Responders consistently train to be ready for any given EMERGENCY.  We go through extensive training to provide the highest quality of care and confidence to tackle any obstacle in the way.


Birch Run Firefighters are trained year round with the latest firefighting techniques.


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