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

DO YOU NEED A SMOKE DETECTOR?

Heating season is here and the end of daylight savings time is near.  The Norman Township Fire Department in partnership with the American Red Cross is installing smoke detectors for those in need of them.  For more information or to have you home added to our list, please call the Norman Township Fire Department at (231) 848-4495 and leave a message with your name, address, and the best number to contact you.  Our first install date is full at this time, however we will add your name to the list and as soon as we have enough names to schedule a day, we will contact you.


If you have any questions, please feel free to drop by the station on Monday nights at 7:00 PM. 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, Asst. Chief Dennis Jolicoeur, Chief John Gramza, Ambulance Captain Jake Fischer, Lieutenant Christian Funk

Middle Row (Left to Right): Gary Jacobs, Mark Lester, Training Officer Ron Cole, Jack VanderBie, and Gary Melzer.

Back Row (Left to Right): Ann VanderBie, Toni (Ax) Kaminski, and Marleah Clockman

Not Pictured:  John Boeder, Joe Cerka, Kathleen Fischer, Matt Forsyth, Dan Funk, Mark Kissling, Toni Letizo, Janet McDonald, Ryan Peterson, Shamus Shafer, Jordan Skeria, Julie Snyder, Dillon VanderBie, Jesse VanderBie, Mike VanSimaeys, and Jesse Roman

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, EMT-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
Joe Cerka
FF I & FF II
Matt Forsyth FF I & FF II
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 FF I & FF II
Ryan Peterson NREMT-B
Shamus Shafer
EMT-B
Jordan Skiera FF I
Julie Snyder NREMR, FF I/II Trainee
Dillon VanderBie
FF I & FF II
Jack VanderBie
FF I & FF II
Jesse VanderBie
FF I & FF II
Mike VanSimaeys
EMT-B


Marleah Clockman FF I/II Trainee, EMR Candidate
Kathleen Fischer Candidate
Mark Lester FF I/II Trainee, EMR 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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