Fire & Rescue
Grand Haven Charter Township operates a combination FIRE and RESCUE Department.
Fire & Rescue Chief
PROVIDING SUPERIOR FIRE / RESCUE SERVICES THROUGH RESPONSIVENESS, RISK REDUCTION AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
TEAM 911 ACADEMY
This one of a kind program is designed for teens, ages 15 to 18, who may be interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, fire services, or EMS. Participants will participate in a multitude of hands- on activities that will offer a glimpse of the overall emergency duties while learning some lifesaving skills. The 2023 Team 911 Academy is scheduled for the week of June 19th. Please visit team911academy.com for more information and to sign up.
The Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue Department is a full-service department that has 7 full time and 24 part time staff. The Department provides a crew of 2 highly skilled staff around the clock and is 1 of only 4 departments in Ottawa County that staff their fire station at all times. Administration
believes that staffing the station is the most important factor when it comes to saving lives and property.
Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue is the only department in West Michigan to operate with a non- transport Advanced Life Support License (Paramedics), which is the highest level of prehospital care. This advantage allows the Fire/Rescue Department to provide advanced airways, life-saving medications, and state-of-the-art cardiac monitoring.
In August of 2014, the Township Board sought approval for a 1.9 property tax millage that raises about $1.7 million annually for the Fire/Rescue Department operations and a capital replacement plan. Prior to the 2014 increase, the Department had operated on a 1.5 millage rate since 1985 (over thirty years ago). Since 1990, the Township’s population has increased by about 94% and the number of emergency runs has increased by around 717% annually. The Department operates on about $1.7 million per year budget, with $100,000 of the monies collected annually set aside for future capital equipment purchases, such as the replacement of a fire apparatus and equipment.
Many citizens are alive today because of quick and aggressive fire suppression, vehicle extrication techniques (i.e. Jaws of Life), and the highest level of medical care available in the pre-hospital setting.
- 1071 Rescue Truck (Paramedic/ALS): 2019 Ford F250
- 1072 Rescue Truck (EMT/BLS): 2012 Chevy Suburban
- 1073 Command Truck (EMT/BLS): 2021 Chevy Tahoe
- 1041 Ladder Truck (EMT/BLS): 2013 75’ Seagrave Quint
- 1021 Engine (Paramedic/ALS): 2020 Seagrave Engine
- 1061 Tanker: 2009 International/Seagrave
- 1081 Brush Truck: 2022 Ford F350
- 1082 UTV: 2016 Honda Pioneer