Graafschap Fire Department

Serving Laketown and Fillmore Townships

The Graafschap Fire Department is always ready to assist in a fire or safety emergency.  But another important part of our job as fire-fighters is awareness of fire safety and fire prevention.  Extinguishing fires is a necessary part of our job — but preventing fire injuries, deaths, and property loss in the first place is equally important to us. We serve you — the residents of Laketown and Fillmore and the surrounding area — and we want to make this year our safest year ever. Here’s the link to the National Fire Protection Association.

For emergencies, CALL 911

Graafschap Fire Department non-emergency phone number: (616) 396-4060

The Fire Chief is Doug DenBleyker. To contact him, call the fire department 616-396-4060, or email him at

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Smoke Detectors Save Lives. We can help you get one.

No home should be without them. Please contact the fire department if you are (or know of someone who is) in need of smoke detectors. We will be happy to assist you.

Burn Permits

Burn permits are required for any open fires in Laketown Township. The area west of 66th Street is not allowed to have open fires unless permission is granted by the Fire Chief or his/her designee. Copies of the Burn Ordinance can be found under the Ordinance link.

Please remember that burn permits are not issued on Air Quality Action Days. For more information visit The West Michigan Clean Air Coalition website.

Permits can be obtained by calling the Fire Station (616) 396-4060 or the Township Office (616) 335-3050 during regular business hours. During non-business hours please contact one of the following Officers:

  • Fire Chief Doug DenBleyker — (616) 218-3227
  • Deputy Fire Chief Mike Capel- (616) 886-9232

We’re Committed to Safety – Including Rental Units

RENTAL UNIT REGISTRATION INFORMATION – In February and March of 2020, Laketown Township adopted new rental unit registration requirements. The attached documents, will assist you through the process of registering your rental unit. If you have any questions, please call the Graafschap Fire Department office at 616-396-4060 or email:

Rental Unit Ordinance Amendment

Rental Unit Registration Application

Rental Inspection

Rental Fee Schedule

U.S. Fire Administration

National Fire Protection Association