Montcalm County Fire Association

Montcalm County Fire Association To promote firefighter safety & education, provide an avenue to share knowledge and experience with our Brothers & Sisters in a positive environment.
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06/02/2020

FIRE ACADEMY HAS RESUMED!!

The Practical Exam has been scheduled for Saturday, June 13th at 8:00 am at the Sheridan Community Center and we NEED FIREFIGHTERS to help proctor the final exam. If you are interested, please contact Academy Director Steve VanHolstyn (616) 835-3243 or [email protected] as soon as possible.

We tee off in just over 2 weeks on June 20th for the Golf Outing!!!  There is still room for you and your team to join u...
06/02/2020

We tee off in just over 2 weeks on June 20th for the Golf Outing!!! There is still room for you and your team to join us in raising money for Montcalm County Firefighters! Details are below and the public is invited to gather up some friends and play a round of golf for fun!!

Montcalm County Fire Association's cover photo
06/02/2020

Montcalm County Fire Association's cover photo

Montcalm County Fire Association
05/21/2020

Montcalm County Fire Association

"When one hurts, we all hurt."  God Speed, Father, R.I.P.
05/21/2020

"When one hurts, we all hurt." God Speed, Father, R.I.P.

This evening, members of the Honor Guard paid their respects to Grand Raids Fire Department Chaplain Father Dennis Morrow who passed away. Although members never met Father Morrow, he is a Brother in the Fire Service and dedicated his life to serving others and God. It was an honor to be able to say a final goodbye to an honorable servant.

Get your Team together and sign up for a day of fun; especially after being cooped up for the past several weeks!!!Anyon...
05/07/2020

Get your Team together and sign up for a day of fun; especially after being cooped up for the past several weeks!!!

Anyone can golf; it is not just for firefighters. Help support your local firefighters by joining in the fun on Saturday, June 20th, 2020 at 9:00 am!!

LOOKS LIKE WE ARE NOT STAYING HOME AND GOING GOLFING!!!!

We have reached out to The Links at Bowen Lakes and we are STILL ON for Saturday, June 20th at 9:00 am for the Annual Golf Outing!!!

The Registration Form is below, along with the details.

THE EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, SO ANYONE CAN GOLF AND HAVE SOME FUN!!

Send in your completed registration TODAY...prepayment is not necessary right now...we just would like a team count.

The outing is just over a month away, so don't delay. "Share" this post and get your friends, family and co-workers together for this NOT STAYING AT HOME ANYMORE event!!

04/12/2020

Montcalm County Emergency Services (4/11/2020 8:00 pm)

The National Weather Service is predicting a strong storm late Sunday night and into Monday. They are predicting a storm very similar to the one around Thanksgiving that knocked everyone's power out and flooded everything. Up to 60 MPH winds are possible and up to 3 inches of rain is possible. We are in Michigan, so no wind and no rain is also possible. But please prepare for a strong storm during the day tomorrow. Please secure anything the wind might affect, and make sure alternative power sources are ready to go. Hoarding toilet paper will not be necessary.

Eric Smith, Director
Emergency Management Office
Montcalm County

03/25/2020

The Statewide Tornado Siren Test scheduled for TODAY will NOT occur in Montcalm County due to the COVID-19 situation in order to negate any possible confusion .

Montcalm County Fire Association
03/21/2020

Montcalm County Fire Association

Due to the COVID-19 health issue, the State Fire Marshal's Office has temporarily suspended all firefighter training cou...
03/17/2020

Due to the COVID-19 health issue, the State Fire Marshal's Office has temporarily suspended all firefighter training courses including the Montcalm County Fire Academy 2020, until April 6th, 2020. This move was made to comply with health and government officials efforts to reduce the spread of Coronavirus and for the safety and well-being of the public. The Association has opted NOT to implement an Internet-based (on line) lecture program at this time. We feel the face-to-face interaction is a more effective way to teach the students and provides a better learning environment, especially when it comes to firefighting and their safety.

**DUE TO THE RECENT HEALTH CONCERNS, THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR LATER IN THE FALL.** TRA...
03/14/2020

**DUE TO THE RECENT HEALTH CONCERNS, THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR LATER IN THE FALL.**

TRAINING OPPORTUNITY - Farm Safety on March 23rd at Montcalm Area Career Center. See the details below.

Montcalm County Fire Association's cover photo
03/14/2020

Montcalm County Fire Association's cover photo

In speaking with the folks at The Links, they have made even more improvements to the course and facilities.  Should be ...
03/10/2020

In speaking with the folks at The Links, they have made even more improvements to the course and facilities. Should be another GREAT event for the Fire Association to help raise money for equipment and training. EVERYONE is welcome to play and enjoy a worthwhile cause and spend some fun in the sun swinging and swinging again!!!

Gather your friends, neighbors and co-workers and register your team today!!

GOLF ANYONE?!?! Or how about some good outdoor fun with friends?!?!

Here is the Team Registration Form and the details of our upcoming Golf Scramble to benefit Montcalm County Fire Departments hosted by the Honor Guard.

Any questions, or if you or your business would like to sponsor a hole, please contact Capt. Steve VanHolstyn at (616) 835-3243 or [email protected].

This list gets longer, yet the sacrifices are even greater.
03/02/2020

This list gets longer, yet the sacrifices are even greater.

We continue to Remember the Fallen for the dedication and honor to the Montcalm County Fire Service. These members passed away in the month of March in the year listed. Any additions or corrections would be appreciated.

Eugene Johnson Stanton Fire 3-1996
Rodger Meyer Sr. Richland Twp Fire 3-2014
Earl Smith Carson City Fire 3-3-1956
Matthew G. Mckenna Carson City Fire 3-5-1947
Donald K Train Sheridan Fire 3-6-2004
Tim “Vinny” Vincent Richland Twp Fire 3-7-2019
Dave Blackrick Crystal Twp Fire 3-8-2011
Elmer O. Beach Stanton Fire 3-8-2014
Tammy Holliday Covert Sheridan Fire 3-8-2015
Robert “Bob” Simmons Trufant Fire 3-9-1982
Hugh B Smith Lakeview Fire 3-10-1990
Grant Leon Musser Trufant Fire 3-11-1996
Robert J Hummel Carson City Fire 3-11-1977
Ted Johnson. Crystal Twp Fire
3-11-1984
Victor M Wyczesany Home Twp. Fire 3-11-2019
Jack Alden Throop Richland Twp Fire 3-12-2005
Matthew L Hall Carson City Fire 3-13-2009
John Dehart Richland Twp Fire 3-13-2011
Frank O Goforth Stanton Fire 3-14-2006
Donald Shurlow Home Twp. Fire 3-15-2006
“Fireman Bob” Dehart Greenville DPS 3-18-2014
Garett W. Peterman Day Twp Fire 3-19-2012
George Smith Home Twp Fire 3-20-1975
Keith Blackrick Crystal Twp Fire 3-21-1977
Otto Jorgenson Home Twp Fire 3-22-1952('62)
Merle Welch Richland Twp Fire 3-25-2009
Matthew Depauw Greenville DPS 3-27-2018
Leroy Beardslee Home Twp. Fire 3-28-2009
Ernest “Ernie” Russell Carson City Fire 3-28-2014
Jerry Fisher Carson City Fire 3-31-2016

03/01/2020

SHERIDAN FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS CANCELLED THE FIRE ASSOCIATION TRAINING FOR MARCH 4TH, 2020

These T-shirts are still available.  Please purchase one for $20.00, of which a portion will go to Ed Petersen's wife, S...
02/22/2020

These T-shirts are still available. Please purchase one for $20.00, of which a portion will go to Ed Petersen's wife, Shelly. If you would like one you, can contact Jamie Maxwell, Karisa Bailey or Private Message this page for contact information. Please help a Brother Firefighter's Family. I got mine!!!

Prices: Small - Extra Large are $20.00
Extra Extra Large and Up are $23.00

Montcalm County Fire Association Honor Guard
02/09/2020

Montcalm County Fire Association Honor Guard

***T-shirts Available***

Help support Ed's Family by purchasing a shirt. $20.00 a shirt, $23.00 for 2XL and 3XL and these are immediately available. Contact Karissa Bailey or Private Message the Admin and we can connect you.

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**FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS **

The visitation will be Wednesday from 3 until 7 at Simpson's Funeral Home, 225 W. Cedar Street, in Stanton. The funeral service will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Trinity Church, 415 N. Mill Street, in Stanton. There will be a luncheon following the service at the AmericanLegion Post, 337 W. Day Street, Stanton. Ed will receive full fire department honors.

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Several public safety agencies are mourning the loss of one of their own. Firefighter / Paramedic Edward "Skeeter" Petersen passed away this morning after his battle with cancer. These are only a few of the agencies and services Ed served over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ed's family and friends as well as his Brothers and Sisters. Rest in Peace, Brother.

The February Fallen are Remembered...
02/01/2020

The February Fallen are Remembered...

With Honor and Dignity, these men and women served...

FRANK C GRANNIS, CHIEF
HOWARD CITY FIRE 2 1 2011
LEMOYNE KREBS
TRUFANT FIRE 2 4 1993
KEITH OTTO
HOME TWP. FIRE 2 6 2010
DENNIS M "BUZZ" LANE
SHERIDAN FIRE 2 6 2011
ALVIN CURTIS
HOME TWP. FIRE 2 7 1991
JOHNN PHELPS
RICHLAND TWP FIRE 2 7 2001
KENNETH R WEBB
STANTON FIRE 2 8 1994
BERTIE BURCH
HOME TWP FIRE 2 9 1978
GERALD HATINGER
HOME TWP. FIRE 2 9 2003
JOSEPH PRICE
CRYSTAL TWP FIRE 2 10 1952
BRIAN P LAFLER
CARSON CITY FD 2 11 2000
JAMES “FRANK” BURT, CHIEF
EDMORE FIRE (HOME TWP) 2 11 2018
ROBERT K "BOB" BRUNDAGE, CHIEF
CRYSTAL TWP FIRE 2 12 2011
FREDERICK BUTLER
LAKEVIEW FIRE 2 14 1983
WALDO V. “RED” FISHER
SHERIDAN FIRE 2 15 2013
HERBERT A BRAIL
CARSON CITY FD 2 16 1962
HERSCHEL HARADINE
CARSON CITY FD 2 17 1968
PETER JEPPESON
HOME TWP. FIRE 2 18 2000
EDWIN “ELMER” CLOUGH
CARSON CITY FD 2 19 1953
WILLIAM LINCOLN
HOME TWP. FIRE 2 21 1992
DONALD K WALLACE
SHERIDAN FIRE 2 23 2014
WILLIAM E WALTER
CARSON CITY FD 2 24 1964
ELZIE DOUGLAS
RICHLAND TWP FIRE 2 26 1968
DONNA J MASON
MONTCALM TWP FD 2 26 2010

A Brother is in need of our help. Please join us on February 16th.
01/30/2020

A Brother is in need of our help. Please join us on February 16th.

Firefighters from several Montcalm County Fire Departments received their Ice Rescue Technician  Level 1 training this p...
01/30/2020

Firefighters from several Montcalm County Fire Departments received their Ice Rescue Technician Level 1 training this past Saturday, January 25th, 2020 on Loon Lake. The program was hosted by Crystal Township Fire Department and instructed by Michigan Rescue Concepts. (See Photo Below).

Ice Rescue Technician Level 2 will be held on Turk Lake, Saturday, February 22nd, 2020, hosted by the Montcalm Township Fire Department. Funding for both of these courses was made possible from the sale of Fireworks in Michigan.

Nearly 70 years later...and We Still Honor Your Service and Sacrifice.
01/23/2020

Nearly 70 years later...and We Still Honor Your Service and Sacrifice.

We Remember Those Who Served Before Us...

Edward King Collins 1/6/1949 Carson City FD
George Carr 1/23/1952 Carson City FD
Alfred E Gunther 1/21/1957 Carson City FD
Frank E Tabor 1/26/1962 Carson City FD
Carl D Mazzola 1/31/1965 Stanton FD
Joseph H Bussell 1/16/1966 Carson City FD
Roland K Hummell 1/17/1968 Carson City FD
Maxwell R Fife 1/20/1973 Carson City FD
Clifford Dobbrastine 1/16/1988 Home Twp FD
Dick Blackrick 1/9/1989 Crystal Twp FD
Wayne C Stevens 1/26/1992 Day Twp FD
Don Knowles 1/12/1993 Richland Twp FD
Richard N Goodell 1/17/1993 Carson City FD
Edward Dyer 1/26/1999 Richland Twp FD
Robert E Curtis 1/7/2000 Montcalm Twp FD
Charles N Tabor 1/16/2000 Carson City FD
Jerry Braendle 1/16/2002 Carson City FD
Roger Myer, Jr. 1/2005 Richland Twp FD
George Wilson 1/7/2008 Stanton FD
Edward B Hansen 1/2/2013 Montcalm Twp FD
James D Imhoff 1/7/2016 Lakeview District FD
Max Gondre 1/10/2019 Howard City FD

Thank you for your dedication and service to your communities through your honor and integrity.

Wildfires still raging in Australia. Continued prayers for those affected and battling the flames.
01/05/2020

Wildfires still raging in Australia. Continued prayers for those affected and battling the flames.

12/22/2019

Association Training is January 8th, 7pm @ Richland Twp. Fire. Guest Speaker is Jack Snyder Jr. from MSFA. *Homemade Ice Cream*

Not an easy battle to fight based on the mere size of the structures and the fire load.  Nice teamwork and great work in...
12/09/2019

Not an easy battle to fight based on the mere size of the structures and the fire load. Nice teamwork and great work in staying safe and going home at the end.

Firefighters from 12 area fire departments assisted at the scene of the LKQ & Keystone Automotive complex fire Saturday night. The call came in to firefighters just before 10:30pm and when crews started arriving, the fire had consumed a large portion of the buildings. With the wind and nature of the contents (plastics) in the structures, it was too much to try and contain. In the interest of safety, the operation was fought defensively; no injuries were reported.

Our department is sadden for the devastation and loss LKQ & Keystone are experiencing as a business and as a family, especially among the holidays: our thoughts are with the employees and their families.

We are always thankful for our Brothers and Sisters who sacrifice to stand at the ready to assist us when we need it. Thank you , again, Belding Fire, Belvidere Fire, Crystal Fire, Greenville Public Safety, Lakeview Fire, Maple Valley Fire, Oakfield Fire, Sheridan Fire, Spencer Fire and Stanton Fire. Also to Montcalm County Emergency Services, Montcalm County Emergency Management, the Michigan State Police, Montcalm County Sheriff's Office, Montcalm County Central Dispatch, the Road Commission of Montcalm, DTE and Consumers Energy, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, Energy (DEQ), and the list goes on.

We would like to extended a huge THANK YOU to everyone who provided assistance to the fire crews who brought water, coffee, energy drinks, donuts, cookies, sandwiches, pizza, nutritional snacks, apples, porta-johns, and of course all the prayers and words of appreciation. Those gestures mean more than you know.

The Michigan State Police have been called in to assist in the investigation to the cause of the fire due to the significant loss sustained.

Please keep all of those that have been touched by this tragedy in your thoughts as they each begin to process this loss and move forward in their personal and professional lives.

Again, THANK YOU, for all of your support.

Looking for something to do on December 7th?  Go see the Christmas Parade with lots of lights in Trufant!  See the flyer...
11/18/2019

Looking for something to do on December 7th? Go see the Christmas Parade with lots of lights in Trufant! See the flyer below!!

10/28/2019

It is with sadness we must announce the passing away of former Fire Chief Michael Wyczesany of the Day Township Fire Department, McBrides, Michigan. Chief Wyczesany passed away at an area hospital on Saturday, October 26th, 2019 due to health complications.

Visitation will be at the Simpson Funeral Home, 225 W. Cedar Street, Stanton, MI 48888 on Friday, November 1st from 2p-4p and 6p-8p. There will also be visitation on Saturday at 10:00am; 1 hour before the service.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 2nd at 11:00am with a funeral procession to the McBrides Cemetery in McBrides. There will be full firefighter honors presented.

Please keep Mike's family, friends and Fire Department Brothers and Sisters in your thoughts and prayers.

Rest In Peace, Chief.

10/21/2019
Montcalm County Fire Association Honor Guard

Interested in helping honor your fellow firefighters beyond the fire line? This is a great opportunity to show respect for the service and sacrifices of your Brothers and Sisters. Send them a Private Message or email them at [email protected] Stay Safe!!

It's more than a badge and a uniform. It's about respect, honor and service. Contact us to become a Honor Guard Member today.

Please "Like" and "Share" our page with family and friends.  The goal of this page is to showcase area firefighters and ...
10/18/2019

Please "Like" and "Share" our page with family and friends. The goal of this page is to showcase area firefighters and fire departments honoring the Brothers and Sisters of the Fire Service upholding the traditions that have made firefighting the best job on Earth. Watch our page for community events involving local fire departments and the Honor Guard. Any questions or comments, please contact us at the information provided or send us a Private Message.

10/18/2019

Due to the Deer Hunting Holiday, there will be NO Fire Association Training in November.

Another training opportunity from the National Fire Academy & Montcalm Co Fire Association
10/01/2019

Another training opportunity from the National Fire Academy & Montcalm Co Fire Association

Company Officer I & II Course - Muskegon County.
09/28/2019

Company Officer I & II Course - Muskegon County.

Blue Star Mothers Patriot's Day Parade on 9/11 in Lakeview
08/20/2019

Blue Star Mothers Patriot's Day Parade on 9/11 in Lakeview

September Fire Association TrainingSee the flyer below for a great training opportunity!!
08/20/2019

September Fire Association Training

See the flyer below for a great training opportunity!!

Michigan State Firemen's Association Memorial Weekend September 19th-21st, 2019 - Roscommon, MI
08/16/2019

Michigan State Firemen's Association Memorial Weekend September 19th-21st, 2019 - Roscommon, MI

9/27/2019Rain or Shine...Class starts tomorrow morning at 8:00 am at Montcalm Community College. The State is still work...
08/15/2019

9/27/2019

Rain or Shine...Class starts tomorrow morning at 8:00 am at Montcalm Community College. The State is still working on the final exam which is why the course is not yet visible to you on SMOKE. If you were planning on attending, please report to the college as scheduled. Simply follow the signs for the Fire Academy.

Montcalm County Fire Association Firefighter I/II Fire Academy 2020 begins September 28th.

Address

P.O. Box 13
Sheridan, MI
48884

General information

Association Trainings are held on the ODD numbered months at a fire department on a rotating schedule. Training begins at 7:00pm and accompanied with a meal. Trainings are OPEN to ALL Montcalm County Firefighters. Association Meetings are held on the EVEN numbered months at 7:00pm at the Stanton Fire Department at 221 S. Camburn St in Stanton. ALL Montcalm County Firefighters are welcome at attend these meetings. Questions or comments can be directed to Firefighter Steve VanHolstyn 616-835-3243 or [email protected]

Telephone

(616) 835-3243

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Hey Guys and Gals. Saturday December 1 the Trufant Chamber of Commerce is have a Christmas Parade. They are offering a $50 prize to the best decorated fire truck in the parade!! Lets have some fun competition and may the best truck win!!!! Parade is at 5:00pm. Line up at Naylor Chiropractic Office on the corner of 2nd and C Streets. Call 231-349-1943 for more info!!!
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Thank you to the Montcalm County Fire Association for offering such a great class today. The advanced pumper class this weekend was probably the best class I've ever taken for the fire service. Thanks to Maple Valley Township Fire for allowing me to attend!!!!
Montcalm County Fire Training for the weekend of April 13-15: 1) Pump Apparatus Class - Stanton/Greenville areas (still are openings!) Class is taught by Dave Jackson and Danny Evans from Saginaw Township FD. 2) Educational Methodology - Stanton Community FD (still have a few openings!) Class is taught by Dan Oberst from Lansing Fire and Bath Twp. FD (retired). As a side note, the Fire Academy will be back in action on Saturday, with all students, and Steve VanHolstyn/numerous area instructors doing practical evolutions. The class tests out in 1 month. Brian Blomstrom will be over in Green Bay, WI, teaching Fire Investigation, and bringing back ideas for other training topics as well. This County and it's Fire Departments continue to demonstrate progressiveness in the Fire Service field!!
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Sand lake 6th annual light parade