Emergency Services

Every emergency should be reported via dialing 9 1 1

Fire Station

Station 1
8260 100th Ave. Canadian Lakes, MI
Non-Emergency Phone: 231-972-7211

Email may be directed to Chief Allen Sutherby at

Mecosta Fire Station

Station 2
210 Hayes Mecosta, MI
Non-Emergency Phone: 231-972-3310


The Morton Township Fire Department has served the Morton Township Community since the 1940’s. The Department was founded by men and women from residents, who dedicate their time and experience to provide fire protection for families and businesses. The Fire Department provides services for the residents of Morton and Austin Township, and medical first response to portions of Colfax, Hinton, and Martiny Townships. Under automatic / mutual aid agreements we also support all townships in Mecosta County for various types of incidents. Currently, the Township Fire Department consists of a basic station located in the Village of Mecosta and a more modern station in Canadian Lakes containing administrative offices, a large meeting/training room, kitchen facilities and an office for Michigan State Police.

Fire Truck

The Morton Township Fire / Rescue Department utilizes the talents and abilities of about 30 personnel, some specializing in Medical First Responder services, with some cross-trained in fire and Medical. All are paid-on-call (min of 2 hours per incident) or part-time with a limited daytime weekday schedule.

The Township Fire Department provides fire protection services, including firefighting, public safety education.

Medical First Responder services are also a major part of the department workload. They provide basic life support care for patients prior to transport Advanced Life Support agencies.

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Staffing & Employment

The Morton Township Fire / Rescue Department is staffed by part-time personnel who are presently able to provide a response to all emergencies on weekdays from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

During these same hours and extending to 24 hours daily, 365 days a year, response is provided by on-call, firefighters and Medical First Responder personnel.

The department experiences some turnover and often has openings available. A training program is available for those interested in certifying as a firefighter or medical first responder. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Fire Chief Allen Sutherby at

Medical Services

In 2018 the department responded to 631 calls and 85% of these calls were for medical emergencies and other fire/rescue services. This level of emergencies reflects the demographics of the population within the area serviced by the department. The area is characterized by an older population, many of whom spend a significant time in their residence. Services are limited to those performed by first responders and this excludes any transport service.


Morton Township provides the community with fire protection and MFR services with a fleet of apparatus and supporting equipment. Every effort is made to insure we have NFPA compliant well-maintained equipment. The community is served by two stations, No. 1 on 100th Avenue in Canadian Lakes and No. 2 on E. Hayes St. in Mecosta.

The current fleet of vehicles includes two NFPA 1901 class A engines, two water tenders, one ladder truck, two Medical first response light rescue vehicles, two wildland fire apparatus, and a mobile breathing air cascade trailer.

An annual property tax of .5 mills is dedicated to housing and equipment needs. By managing this account wisely, sufficient revenue has been available to maintain the vehicle fleet and provide buildings and associated facilities to provide complete response to the wide variety of incidents we experience.

911 MECEOLA Central Dispatch

Fire Trucks

The emergency communications center that serves Morton and Austin Townships also provides service covering Mecosta and Osceola counties. Operators are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to answer calls and dispatch appropriate response based on the location and incident details.

The center is managed from the Mecosta County Services Building. The specifics are:

20701 Northland Drive
Paris, MI

Non-emergency phone:  231-796-4811

Fire Prevention

Outside Burning

Burn Permit: To apply for a burn permit, you must contact the DNR fire division 866-922-BURN (866-922-2876) The online site provides a quick glance to see if permits are being issued.  (what is Permissible to burn can be found here also)

Local restrictions also apply. ie: Village of Mecosta and Canadian lakes (contact your local official for questions). 

AED Training

When people are equipped with the skills to perform CPR, and know how to properly use an AED, they become “heart smart” and help increase survival rates for those experiencing cardiac arrest. You can become “heart smart” by signing up for periodic CPR / AED classes offered by the Morton Township Fire Department. 

Reflective Address Signs

Have you wondered how you can get a green reflective vertical address sign with reflective silver numbers for your mailbox post? Made of the same tough materials as road signs these home address signs are reflective so that emergency crews don’t have to struggle to read your address at night. The cost is $15 per sign (covers the cost of materials), and can be ordered from the township office.

Carbon Monoxide - Understanding the Risk

What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. At lower levels of exposure, CO causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. These symptoms include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. The effects of CO exposure can vary greatly from person to person depending on age, overall health and the concentration and length of exposure.

Where does carbon monoxide come from? 

CO gas can come from several sources: gas-fired appliances, charcoal grills, wood-burning furnaces or fireplaces and motor vehicles. 

Who is at risk? 

Everyone is at risk for CO poisoning. Medical experts believe that unborn babies, infants, children, senior citizens and people with heart or lung problems are at even greater risk for CO poisoning. 

Install at least one UL (Underwriters Laboratories) listed carbon monoxide alarm with an audible warning signal near the sleeping areas and outside individual bedrooms. Carbon monoxide alarms measure levels of CO over time and are designed to sound an alarm before an average, healthy adult would experience symptoms. It is very possible that you may not be experiencing symptoms when you hear the alarm. This does not mean that CO is not present. 

Smoke Detectors


Smoke alarms save lives. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.

Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.