A volunteer on call Department providing Fire protection and Basic Life Support Ambulance Service to an 80 sq mile area in Manistee County MI..

We meet at the Department every Monday at
7:00 PM. Feel free to drop in for a visit.

17201 6th Street Wellston MI., 49689
Department Telephone:

:   Dial 911

Work Continues on
New Fire Station

     Work continues everyday on the new fire station.  As work wraps up each day, we try to post pictures here on the department webpage.  The contractors (building, heating, plumbing, and electrical) continue to work on there parts of this huge project.  If anyone wants to see the building, I would encourage you to stop in to the fire department any Monday night and we will be glad to show you what our new home looks like.  You can visit the photo gallery tab above and view all of the pictures so far.
     Continue to watch here for more updates as construction proceeds and if you have any questions about our new facility, please feel free to drop by the station on Monday nights at 7:00 PM.

Send your comments, pictures or whatever we would like to have your feedback on our site. Just click on the e-mail address below.

Front Row (Left to Right): Brook Shafer, Jake Fischer, Chief John Gramza, Deb MacEachern, Richard Giffels

Middle Row (Left to Right): Dan Funk, Dillon VanderBie, Bryan Lake, Gary Jacobs, Christian Funk, Ron Cole

Back Row (Left to Right): Mark Kissling, Toni Kaminski, Melissa Lake

Not Pictured: Asst. Chief Dennis Jolicouer, Jim Ball, John Boerder, Tony Letizio, Jordan Skiera, Mike VanSimaeys, Shamus Shafer, John Duff, Jesse VanderBie, Judy Skiera, Christopher Bush, Scott Skiera, Josh Morrison and Samantha Payne
Officer Roster:
John Gramza

Assistant Chief
Dennis Jolicoeur
Ambulance Captain
Brook Shafer 
Administration Officer
Deb MacEachern
Training Officer
Jake Fischer
Safety Officer
Richard Giffels 

Department Personnel:
Jim Ball FF I & FF II
John Boerder MFR
Tony Letizo FF I & FF II
Jordan Skiera FF I
Mike VanSimaeys EMT-B
Shamus Shafer NREMT-B
Dan Funk FF I & FF II
Christian Funk FF I & FF II
Ron Cole FF I & FF II, NREMT-B
Gary Jacobs FF I & FF II
John Duff FF I & FF II
Jesse VanderBie FF I & FF II
Mark Kissling FF I & FF II
Judy Skiera
Christopher Bush EMR Candidate
Scott Skiera Firefighter Candidate
Josh Morrison Firefighter Candidate
Samantha Payne Firefighter Candidate
Dillon VanderBie Firefighter Candidate
Toni Kaminski EMR Candidate
Jack VanderBie Firefighter Candidate
Ryan Peterson EMT Trainee

EMT-B Emergency Medical Technician Basic
EMT-B / IC    Emergency Technician/Instructor Coordinator
NREMR National Registered Emergency Medical Responder
NREMT-B National Registered Emergency Technician Basic
MFR Medical First Responder
FF I Entry Level Certified Firefighter
FF II Firefighter with advanced certification
Candidate Individual awaiting training
Trainee Individual currently in training/awaiting certification

A Brief History of The Norman Township Fire Department

   Norman Township has had an organized fire department over 35 years.  In 1974 citizens of our Township identified a need to have a means to protect life and property and took steps to form our first department. With the donation of a used fire truck paid for by the, “Wellston Improvement Association” Norman Township had a Fire Department. Mr. Giffels, our present Safety Officer, and the last member of the very first fire crew, has told stories about that first Mack fire truck.

   Every organization needs a way to support itself and the Norman Township Fire Department was no different.  The Norman Township Volunteer Fire Department Booster Club was formed to raise money to purchase supplies and equipment.  They were very dedicated and quite successful at providing everything that the department needed.  Bake sales, bingo, you name it they did it.  Lots of people helped, firefighters, family and friends all worked to raise the funds needed to not only keep the department going, but also growing. Later, property tax mileage would be approved by the voters to provide a reliable source of revenue. This would allow the department to greatly improve the equipment and expand the department’s capabilities.

   With the formation of a Fire Department you need a place to keep the equipment. The present building is located on a parcel of land that was donated to the Department by Lou and Pat Brach. Over the years, the original building has two additions. The last one was the administration and training room that faces 6th Street.

   Firefighters are trained in basic first aid. As the Department became more involved in the community it became apparent that while Westshore had an ambulance that would respond to emergencies, it could be upwards of a half hour before they could respond to Norman Township. Our Department provided advanced training for some of our members and purchased an ambulance. Up until 2011 we operated the only transporting basic life support ambulance in the county. Our average response time to a medical emergency averages seven minutes. We average 200 ambulance calls a year.

Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Norman Township Fire Department is to prevent and/or minimize the loss of life and property resulting from fire, medical emergencies and other disasters through prevention, education, fire suppression, emergency medical service and emergency preparedness. This will be accomplished in the most cost effective manner with maximum utilization of available resources, never sacrificing the safety of our members

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