NORMAN TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT

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

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

Location
17206 8th Street
PO BOX 143
Wellston MI, 49689

Department Telephone:
231-848-4495

We would like to remind you, Norman Township does not man our fire station.  If you call the number above, you will in most cases get our answering machine.  If you are reporting a fire or medical emergency, hang up and dial 9-1-1.  For calls that are not an emergency, please call (231) 723-6241.  If you would like to leave a message, please include your name and phone number and we will return your call as soon as possible.

FOR ALL EMERGENCIES
:
Dial 911

Don't Burn Without a Permit

The members of the Norman Township Fire Department would like to take a minute to remind everyone as we move into spring, finally, that if you plan to burn leaves, grass, sticks, or stumps in your yard you must get a burning permit.  
It is a simple process you can call 1-866-922-2876.  Once you dial this number you will hear an automated prompt to clearly speak the county you are calling about.  After you have given the county name, the automated system will ask you to confirm the county name by pressing a number, in most cases it will be 1, however if the system doesn't quite match a county name to what you said, it may present more choices.  If there are different options within the county you have chosen, the system will read you a list of townships and will ask you to select one of the lists it presents.  That is all you have to do.  The system will then tell you if burning is allowed and if there are any restrictions in place.  You can also check for a burning permit online by visiting http://www.michigan.gov/burnpermit.  Once on this page, you will click the map of the State of Michigan.  A new window will load that is color coded.  Click on the county you are inquiring about and a list of township will show telling you if you can burn.

     If you have any questions, please feel free to drop by the station on Monday nights at 7:00 PM or contact any office of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  For Manistee County, contact the Platte River Field Office by calling (231) 325-4611.  As always please be careful with fire and never leave your fire unattended.  If you see an unattended fire please report it by calling 9-1-1.   
        
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Front Row (Left to Right): Safety Officer Dick Giffels, Brook Shafer (retired), Chief John Gramza, Asst. Chief Dennis Jolicoeur, Admin. Officer Deb MacEachern(retired), and Ambulance Captain Jake Fischer

Middle Row (Left to Right): Fire Lieutenant Christian Funk, Dan Funk, Gary Jacobs, Janet McDonald, Kathleen Fischer, Julie Snyder, and Ann VanderBie

Back Row (Left to Right): Training Officer Ron Cole, Ryan Peterson, Toni Kaminski, Jesse VanderBie, Dillon VanderBie, Jack VanderBie, and Mark Kissling

Not Pictured: John Boerder, Tony Letizo, Shamus Shafer, Jordan Skiera, and Mike VanSimaeys.

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

Officer Roster:
Chief 
John Gramza

FF I & FF II, EMT-B
Assistant Chief
Dennis Jolicoeur

FF I & FF II
Ambulance Captain
Jake Fischer
FF I & FF II, NREMT-B 
Fire Lieutenant
Christian Funk
FF I & FF II, NREMR
Training Officer
Ron Cole
FF I & FF II, NREMT-B
Safety Officer
Richard Giffels 
FF I

Department Personnel:
John Boerder MFR
Matt Forsyth FFII
Dan Funk FF I & FF II, NREMR
Gary Jacobs
FF I & FF II
Toni Kaminski
FF I & FF II
Mark Kissling FF I & FF II
Tony Letizo FF I & FF II
Janet McDonald
NREMR
Gary Melzer FFII
Ryan Peterson NREMT-B
Shamus Shafer
EMT-B
Jordan Skiera FF I
Julie Snyder NREMR
Dillon VanderBie
FF I & FF II
Jack VanderBie
FF I & FF II
Jesse VanderBie
FF I & FF II
Mike VanSimaeys
EMT-B


Marleah Clockman Candidate
Kathleen Fischer Candidate
Mark Lester Candidate
Jesse Roman Candidate
Ann VanderBie Candidate

EMT-B Emergency Medical Technician Basic
EMR Emergency Medical Responder
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 previous building, located at the corner of Sixth St and Seaman Road, 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.

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