The Paw Paw Fire Department has 40 active members and numerous honorary members. All of the members, including the Officers, volunteer their time and energy receiving no compensation for the work that they do. Paw Paw is one of the very few departments left in the state that are entirely volunteer, and they are very proud of that tradition. The Department services all of Paw Paw Township, the Village of Paw Paw and portions of Antwerp, Almena and Waverly Townships covering a total of 80 square miles. The Department responds to all fire emergencies as well as calls for extrication (Jaws of Life). In 2019, the department responded to about 225 calls for service.
Constructed in 1974 by the Village of Paw Paw and leased to the Fire Department, the existing facility at 115 E Berrien St in Paw Paw has about 7,500SF on two levels.
The Department has outgrown their existing facility and is coordinating with Paw Paw Township to build a new 15,000 – 18,000SF building on an approximately 4.2-acre parcel at the intersection of Gremps and Fadel in the Village of Paw Paw.