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Western Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs The Mission Statement for the Western Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs is
To Provide Vision, Education and Leadership for the Fire Service in
Western MI

The purposes of the Association are:
· · To support Chief Fire Officers and others dedicated to providing service
to the community by saving lives, protecting property and the environment
and those other services that become necessary in the course of their duties.
· · To promote the prevention and extinguishment of fires and the mitigation
of other emergencies.
· · To exchange ideas on issues reg

The purposes of the Association are:
· · To support Chief Fire Officers and others dedicated to providing service
to the community by saving lives, protecting property and the environment
and those other services that become necessary in the course of their duties.
· · To promote the prevention and extinguishment of fires and the mitigation
of other emergencies.
· · To exchange ideas on issues reg

Operating as usual

Photos from Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)'s post
11/05/2021

Photos from Detroit Metro Airport (DTW)'s post

13/04/2021

With sad heart the Otsego County Fire Department lost a one of our hero’s today.
Fire Chief David Duffield passed away at approximate 4p.m. today
Chief Duffield serve on the department for 47 years, 13 years currently as the Fire Chief.
Please keep Sarah and her family in your prayers.

Assistant Chief Chris Martin

Photos from Rogers Fire Department's post
11/04/2021

Photos from Rogers Fire Department's post

Thank you to all of our team partners in dispatch! You are the “first” in First Responders!
11/04/2021

Thank you to all of our team partners in dispatch! You are the “first” in First Responders!

Thank you to all of our team partners in dispatch! You are the “first” in First Responders!

23/02/2021

FULL TIME FIRE CHIEF POSITION:

South Torch Lake Fire District (Alden, MI) is seeking a qualified, dynamic individual to direct and lead operations of the department. South Torch Lake Fire District is staffed by part-time and paid on-call firefighters providing fire and MFR First Response services. This full-time, salaried position reports to the South Torch Lake Fire District Board. A detailed job description can be obtained by emailing a request to [email protected]. South Torch Lake Fire District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, s*x, age, national origin or disability. Applicant shall be a resident of, or be willing to relocate to, Helena, Clearwater, Custer or Milton townships. Starting salary to be commensurate with experience.

To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter by close of business on Friday, March 12, 2021 to [email protected] or mail to:

South Torch Lake Fire District
C/O Todd Millar
Parker Harvey PLC
901 S. Garfield Ave., Suite 200
Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone 231-929-4878

05/02/2021

NOTICE OF JOB POSTING

ASSISTANT CHIEF of OPERATIONS
Grand Traverse Metro Emergency Services Authority (GTMESA) is accepting online applications for the position of Assistant Chief of Operations. Pay range is an annual salary of $81,500.00 - $86,000.00. Actual hiring wage will be dependent upon qualifications. See job posting on GTMESA website for further details www.gtmetrofire.org.

Those interested in applying for this position must complete the online application via GTMESA website. Submit letter of interest, resume, references, application, and copies of all required certificates in the employment section of www.gtmetrofire.org no later than February 28, 2021.

GTMESA is a drug free workplace and performs pre-employment along with random drug and alcohol tests.

GTMESA is an equal opportunity employer.

Required Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science, Public Administration, Business Administration or related field from an accredited college or university; relevant experience may supplant degree.
• Minimum of 15 years tactical experience in a combination or career department.
• Minimum of 10 years of command experience; the last 5 as a Captain or higher.
• Michigan certification as Fire Fighter I & II.
• Michigan EMT license or higher.
• Meet the minimum physical and mental requirements in NFPA 1582 and as determined by GTMESA physician.
• Must be thoroughly familiar with and be able to initiate and manage an incident according to the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
• Unrestricted Michigan driver’s license.

Preferred education and experience
• National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer (EFO).
• National Fire Academy Managing Officer (MO) Certificate or Staff and Command Certificate.
• Michigan Fire Fighter Training Council Instructor.
• Michigan Fire Fighter Training Council Fire Officer IIl.

Benefits
GTMESA full-time employees enjoy a comprehensive benefit package for themselves and their families. Below is an overview of the benefits provided to our employees and their families:
• Priority Health Medical Insurance (GTMESA pays 96% of the monthly premium for the employee and their family)
• HSA deductible is fully funded by GTMESA (individual or family)
• Dental Insurance (GTMESA pays 96% of the monthly premium for the employee and their family)
• Vision Insurance (GTMESA pays 96% of the monthly premium for the employee and their family)
• Life and AD&D Insurance (provided by GTMESA)
Voluntary Life Insurance
• Long-Term Disability insurance (provided by GTMESA)
• Short-Term Disability Insurance (provided by GTMESA)
• Paid Vacation Leave
• Paid Personal/Sick Time
• 13 Paid Holidays
• Employee Assistance Program
• GTMESA offers a 401(a) and 457 governmental retirement plan and contributes 10% of the employee’s base pay

www.gtmetrofire.org

Recruitment & Retention Spotlight: Richmond Fire Department - National Volunteer Fire Council
02/02/2021
Recruitment & Retention Spotlight: Richmond Fire Department - National Volunteer Fire Council

Recruitment & Retention Spotlight: Richmond Fire Department - National Volunteer Fire Council

Department Name: Richmond Fire Department Department Location: Richmond, ME Department Type: Call Number of Active Volunteers: 27 Community Type: Rural/suburban What challenges have you experienced in terms of recruiting new members to your department? The main issue for us has been retention. We ha...

29/01/2021

Today, our beloved friend, Dave Rehnke will be laid to rest.
Dave Rehnke was perhaps the finest example of what the FCSN represents. When we met Dave, he had been given a difficult diagnosis, but always remained optimistic that he would beat his cancer. He refused to allow any outside influence effect his ability to thrive. He was an eternal optimist, but also knew when someone needed a dose of reality.

As the Arizona State Director, and despite his own physical challenges, Dave always made time to help others- especially those with cancer. He was the shining light into the darkness that a cancer diagnosis brings. He was the person who always had time for you, and never made you feel like you were an inconvenience. Dave lost his battle with occupational cancer on January 11, 2021.

Dave was a warrior, an advocate for firefighter health and safety, and an integral part of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. But more importantly, Dave Rehnke was our friend, and we will miss him tremendously.

Cedar Area Fire & Rescue
31/12/2020

Cedar Area Fire & Rescue

Cedar Area Fire & Rescue is hiring a new chief! Applications will be accepted through January 18, 2021, with a new chief in place by April 1, 2021. See the job posting below for information on applying!

Meridian, ID, Fire Chief
20/12/2020
Meridian, ID, Fire Chief

Meridian, ID, Fire Chief

The City of Meridian, ID, is accepting applications for the position of Fire Chief.

Capital Area Peer Support
02/12/2020

Capital Area Peer Support

While we don't often post to our page, your peers are here! If you're struggling, don't bear the burden alone. Call or text a peer through the CAPS Helpline anytime!

Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs -MAFC
26/11/2020

Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs -MAFC

Today at the regularly scheduled MAFC Board meeting, President Roberts issued the oath of office to Vice President Menifee. Congratulations to Chief Menifee

24/11/2020
Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs -MAFC

Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs -MAFC

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Blissfield township fire department and family of Joseph Todd Gallo who died in an accident responding to a home fire yesterday

24/11/2020
Oceana County Fire Fighters Training

Oceana County Fire Fighters Training

11/19/2020 10:30 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dan Yost, Assistant Fire Chief
Tel: 231-638-3369
E-Mail: [email protected]

GRANT TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT (OCEANA) LINE OF DUTY DEATH (LODD)

It is with great sadness that Grant Township Fire Department reports the loss of Firefighter Michael Buitendorp. Firefighter Buitendorp was responding to a report of a camper fire on South Forest Glen Drive in Otto Township when he went unresponsive while driving a Grant Township FD tender. Firefighter Buitendorp’s passenger was able to stop the vehicle and then radio for help while he tended to Firefighter Buitendorp.

Grant FD firefighters responded to aid Firefighter Buitendorp along with Grant Rescue and Life EMS. He was transported to Mercy Health Lakeshore Hospital. Attempts to resuscitate Firefighter Buitendorp were unsuccessful. He is survived by his wife Anna and children Jasper, Isabel, Redding and Andrew.

Information on services will be released when it becomes available.

If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview with Dan Yost please call Dan at 231-638-3369 or e-mail Dan at [email protected].

24/11/2020
Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs -MAFC

Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs -MAFC

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Blissfield township fire department and family of Joseph Todd Gallo who died in an accident responding to a home fire yesterday

South Haven Area Emergency Services
30/09/2020

South Haven Area Emergency Services

Wednesday, Sept. 30, marked the end of the fulltime firefighting career of SHAES Chief Ron Wise. Ron served our community for 32 years with a tireless commitment toward enhancing the quality of life for South Haven residents and visitors with first-class fire protection and emergency services. His passion for community service is unsurpassed. We wish him the best in retirement. Enjoy a photo gallery of Ron's career -- http://www.shaes.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=public:ron_wise

Niles fire chief retiring after more than 30 years - Leader Publications
10/09/2020
Niles fire chief retiring after more than 30 years - Leader Publications

Niles fire chief retiring after more than 30 years - Leader Publications

NILES — One Christmas morning not long ago, as children across the globe raced to the Christmas tree to open their presents before breakfast, Paige and Larry Lamb Jr. waited until lunchtime to find out what Santa left them. Their father, Niles City Fire Chief Larry Lamb, spent that Christmas morni...

Please take the time to read this article in the recent ICHIEFs magazine. "One thing we have discovered is that a lot of...
03/09/2020

Please take the time to read this article in the recent ICHIEFs magazine. "One thing we have discovered is that a lot of the time, my colleagues are not willing to talk about mental health on their own - then need to be asked about it." Let's change the stigma!

Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs -MAFC
01/09/2020

Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs -MAFC

Congratulations to Fire Chief
Johnny Menifee (Southfield) for being elected by the membership to the Position of Vice President with the MAFC!

Michigan Fire Service
30/08/2020

Michigan Fire Service

Captain Joseph Michael Liedel, Services

All services to be held at:
Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe
2442 North Monroe Street
Monroe, Michigan 48162

-Public Gathering for Family and Friends
Sunday, August 30, 2020 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
-Emergency Services Ceremonial Walk-Through
Monday, August 31, 2020 at 11:30am
-Worship Service
Monday, August 30, 2020 12:00pm
Following Walk-Through, firefighters will exit the facility and have outdoor seating available behind the facility under the tent or may remain with their apparatus.

-Apparatus Procession for Graveside Services

Procession will follow to Roselawn Memorial Park, 13200 South Dixie Highway, LaSalle, Michigan 48145 where the Last Alarm and Bell Services will take place.


All Apparatus and Emergency Services Vehicles should arrive between 9:30am and 11:00am on Monday, August 31, 2020. Agency vehicles will be staged at the North Monroe Street Church of God
Mountain Assembly, 2393 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162, directly across from Merkle Funeral Service. To allow for sufficient planning attending agencies bringing equipment are requested to please RSVP Merkle Funeral Service at (734) 384-5185.

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic and Michigan State Mandates, guests will be limited in number, temperatures will be taken, and face coverings will be required for entry to the facility.

Michigan State Firemen's Memorial
26/08/2020

Michigan State Firemen's Memorial

Here are the names that were added to the wall this year at the Firemen's Memorial in Roscommon.

Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs -MAFC
24/08/2020

Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs -MAFC

September is National Su***de Prevention month and we have the shirts for you! Visit www.MiChiefs.org today and place your order.

The reduced tee shirt price will remain until budgeted funds are exhausted. Every effort will be made to assure the tees arrive before September 1st. All firefighters are welcome to join in this statewide effort of saving those that save others. #Su***dePrevention #StigmaFree #YellowRoseCampaign

Niles Township fire chief retires after 37 years - Leader Publications
08/08/2020
Niles Township fire chief retires after 37 years - Leader Publications

Niles Township fire chief retires after 37 years - Leader Publications

NILES TOWNSHIP — Walking through the Niles Township Fire department, 2049 S. Third St., Chief Gary Brovold knows every inch of the building. He knows it, because he was there when it was constructed in 2005. Brovold can tell a visitor about the history of each truck in the garage, the vast changes...

Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs -MAFC
01/08/2020

Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs -MAFC

RIP Warrior.

Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs -MAFC
15/07/2020

Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs -MAFC

Today the MAFC was spread out with social distancing, masks, and many of you dialed in via YouTube or Zoom for our annual buisness meeting, installation of officers, as well as our two top awards. Congrats to President David Glotzbach as the outgoing president for his years of service on the board. Now Past President Glotzbach handed the baton of the association over to Fire Chief Jeff Roberts (Wixom) as the new president of the Association. In addition Chief Glotzbach recognized, Chief Greg Flynn with the presidential award for his dedication to the association on our yellow rose campaign, EMS and so much more. Fire Chief Michael O’Brian was honored as the 2019 Michigan Fire Chief of the year.

Thank you to the many people who dialed in and were part of this remote MAFC meeting!

On Thursday, July 9th, Mr. Sheldon Yellen of Belfor Property Restoration, presented a $25,000 check to the Michigan Asso...
10/07/2020

On Thursday, July 9th, Mr. Sheldon Yellen of Belfor Property Restoration, presented a $25,000 check to the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs for the Yellow Rose Campaign. The Yellow Rose Campaign was rolled out in 2018, with the mission of removing the stigma of emotional health issues. The MAFC’s pledge is to make a positive impact on the fire service culture and behavioral wellness.
Mr. Yellen was present at the kickoff of the Yellow Rose Campaign in 2018, and at that time, pledged $100,000 to be used toward this mission!
Western Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs Executive Board received the check on behalf of the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs: President Gregg Ginebaugh (Delta Twp Fire Chief), Vice President Don Munn (Walker Deputy Fire Chief), Trustees Mike Keefe (Allendale Twp Fire Chief), Mark Cleveland (Eggleston Twp Fire Chief), Mike Roman (Delta Twp Assistant Fire Chief), Treasurer Steve McKellar (Plainfield Twp Fire Chief), and MAFC President Dave Glotzbach (Muskegon Twp Fire Chief).

Howell Fire Chief Announces Retirement
23/06/2020
Howell Fire Chief Announces Retirement

Howell Fire Chief Announces Retirement

Andy Pless has been Chief of the Howell Area Fire Authority since 2008, when he succeeded longtime Chief Jim Reed. Pless, who joined the Howell Fire Department in 1987, announced his retirement last week during the Howell Fire Authority Board meeting.

Southfield Fire Department
30/05/2020

Southfield Fire Department

The Southfield Fire Department is saddened to announce the death of Active Duty Firefighter / Mechanic Jeff Payne, Badge # 237. Jeff began his career with the SFD on January 11, 1995 and was currently serving as a FF/Mechanic on C-Shift. Even in death, Jeff was still able to help others by being an organ donor and donating his kidneys. Condolences may be sent to Southfield Fire Headquarters, 24477 Lahser Road, Southfield, MI 48033 to be forwarded to the Payne family. Final arrangements are currently pending.

04/05/2020
Liza

Liza

Thanks again for making his day Delta Township Fire Department!! 🚒🚑
I don’t think he’ll ever forget this birthday! 🎉

Delta Township Fire Department
26/03/2020

Delta Township Fire Department

In response to the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order to reduce the effects of the COVID-19 virus, permits for open burning will be suspended across the state. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued the order Monday, aimed at further protecting public health and safety.
“We need to make sure our emergency response resources are available where they are needed at this time,” said Dan Laux, fire supervisor for the DNR Forest Resources Division. “Less open burning means less potential for escaped fires, and that means staff can deal with other, more critical needs.”
Because firefighters often work closely together on scene and when traveling to and from incident locations, the suspension of burn permits also will help protect first responders and fire fighters from infection by the novel coronavirus.
“It’s out of an abundance of caution that we want to support the statewide effort to fight COVID-19,” Laux said. “Suspending burn permits in much of the state means fewer people will be burning debris – the No. 1 cause of wildfires in Michigan.”
State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer agreed, adding: “This preventative approach to limiting wildland fires is important so that first responders can continue making medical calls during this health crisis.”
Open burning in some parts of the state may still be allowed in areas where the ground is still snow-covered.
Burn permits in the southern Lower Peninsula are issued by local fire departments and governmental offices. In the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula, permits are issued through the DNR’s website Michigan.gov/BurnPermit. Residents are encouraged to frequently check the website to see when restrictions are lifted.
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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