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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.

Proudly Serving since 1889


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 officially 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 two stations 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 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 through an automatic aid agreement with the Dexter Area Fire Department.  In any given year CAFA’s calls for service are approximately 50 percent EMS related, 25 percent fire related and 25 percent rescue related.

   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.

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.

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Vendor Bid Process Information

    Chelsea Area Fire Authority has partnered with BidNet as part of the MITN Purchasing Group (branded page link) to post bid opportunities to this site. As a vendor, you can register with the MITN Purchasing Group and be sure that you see all available bids and opportunities. By selecting automatic bid notification, your company will receive emails once Chelsea Area Fire Authority has a bid opportunity that matches your company's business. In addition, the site handles bid opportunities, RFPs, and RFQs for other member governmental agencies throughout Michigan.

    Chelsea Area Fire Authority looks forward to providing you with more bid information and simplifying the entire bid, proposal, and quote processes for everyone involved.  We appreciate your cooperation and welcome your participation.  If you need help registering, please call the MITN Purchasing Group support department toll free 1-800-835-4603 option #2.

Link to Chelsea Area Fire Authority open solicitations:

MITN Purchasing Group (branded page link)

Link to Vendor Registration Screen for Chelsea Area Fire Authority:

MITN Purchasing Group

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