Burn Ordinance/Open Fires

The City of Rockford does not allow the burning of brush or rubbish. Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet of a structure or combustible matter. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition. Open burning, bonfires or recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.

For additional information you can download the Michigan Open Burning Guide: Regulations and Alternative »

Fire Inspections

The Rockford Department of Public Safety conducts annual Fire and Life Safety Inspections at businesses throughout the City. If you would like to schedule an inspection for your business or have questions regarding the Fire and Life Safety Inspections, please contact the RDPS at (616) 866-9557, Fire Chief Jamie Davies at, or Inspector Jason Bradley at

Fire Department Tours

The department conducts tours of the Public Safety Departments for groups by appointment. If you would like to schedule a group for a police or fire tour please contact the Public Safety Department during normal business hours at (616) 866-9557.

Educational - National Fire Prevention Week

During Fire Prevention Week in the month of October, presentations are made at the preschools in town. The Public Safety Department also provides fire and safety programs for the elderly at our senior living centers, as well as lectures and programs for Boy and Girl Scout programs.



Creating Your Home Fire Escape Plan

  • Draw your home floor plan using a home escape plan template.
  • Label all the rooms and identify the doors and windows.
  • Plan 2 escape routes from every room.
  • Provide alternatives for anyone with a disability.
  • Agree on a meeting place where everyone will gather after you have escaped.
  • Considering buying an Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL)-approved collapsible ladder to escape from upper story windows.

Practice Your Home Fire Escape Plan

  • Review your escape plan with everyone that stays in the house, including children.
  • Sound the smoke alarm.
  • Practice crawling low beneath the smoke.
  • Remember to check doors for heat with your hand; if a door is hot, do not open it.
  • Close the doors as you leave.
  • Practice with a collapsible ladder, if you have one.
  • Go directly to your meeting place; do not stop to find your pets or valuables.
  • Remember to GET OUT FIRST, then call 9-1-1 for help.
  • Practice your plan at least twice a year.

Additional Tips

  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop and roll until the flames are extinguished.
  • Replace smoke alarms older than 10 years.
  • Change the batteries in the smoke alarms, every 6 months (when you change your clocks).
  • Test alarms monthly by pushing the “test” button for 3-5 seconds.

If You Live in an Apartment Building

  • Learn and practice your building’s evacuation plan.
  • Know primary and secondary exits.
  • If you hear the fire alarm, leave immediately.
  • Use the stairs.
  • NEVER use elevators during a fire.