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.
17201 6th Street Wellston MI., 49689
FOR ALL EMERGENCIES: Dial 911
|FF I & FF II, EMT-B|
|FF I & FF II|
|FF I & FF II, EMT-B/IC|
|FF I, EMT-B|
|FF I & FF II, NREMT-B|
|Jim Ball||FF I & FF II|
|Tony Letizo||FF I & FF II|
|Jordan Skiera||FF I|
|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|
|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.
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