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 MI..

                  
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

FOR ALL EMERGENCIES
:
Dial 911

Department to host
Pancake Breakfast
Labor Day Weekend

    
The members of the Norman Township Fire Department will host our Annual Labor Day Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station located at 17206 8th Street in Wellston on Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 8 AM til 12 PM.  Come in and enjoy breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and scrambled eggs prepared and served by the members of the department.  All of our equipment will also be available to view and members will answer any questions you may have.  Suggested donation for the breakfast is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children.
     If you have any questions, please feel free to drop by the station on Monday nights at 7:00 PM.
        
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Front Row (Left to Right): Safety Officer Dick Giffels, Ambulance Captain Brook Shafer (retired), Chief John Gramza, Asst. Chief Dennis Jolicoeur, Admin. Officer/Ambulance Captain Deb MacEachern, and Training Officer 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): 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, Mike VanSimaeys, Samantha Payne, Charon Sexton, and Mark Sexton



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
Fire Lieutenant
Christian Funk
FF I & FF II
EMR Candidate

Administration Officer
Ambulance Captain
Deb MacEachern
FF I, EMT-B
Training Officer
Jake Fischer
FF I & FF II, NREMT-B
Safety Officer
Richard Giffels 
FF I

Department Personnel:


John Boerder MFR
Ron Cole
FF I & FF II, NREMT-B
Dan Funk
FF I & FF II
Gary Jacobs
FF I & FF II
Toni Kaminski FF I & FF II
Mark Kissling FF I & FF II
Tony Letizo FF I & FF II
Ryan Peterson
NREMT-B
Shamus Shafer NREMT-B
Jordan Skiera
FF I 
Dillon VanderBie
FF I & FF II
Jack VanderBie
FF I & FF II
Jesse VanderBie
FF I & FF II
Mike VanSimaeys
EMT-B


Kathleen Fischer Candidate
Janet McDonald Candidate
Samantha Payne Candidate
Charon Sexton Candidate
Mark Sexton Candidate
Julie Snyder EMR Candidate
Ann VanderBie EMR Candidate

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 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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