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Fire and Rescue

Fire and Rescue Chief
Tom Gerencer

(616) 842-5988 ext. 6322

Grand Haven Charter Township operates a combination department. This consists of 7 Full-Time firefighters and 23 Part-Time firefighters.

Grand Haven Charter Township annually produces an 800+ call volume. This consists of Medical, Fire, Accidents and other emergency situations. In 1990 the department had 156 emergency runs; in 2006 the department made 844 emergency runs. You can review our call stats here.

Grand Haven Charter Township operates a combination FIRE and RESCUE department.The departmentís apparatus includes a newly purchased Medical Unit in 2011, Along with 2 Engines, 1 Tanker, Brush Truck and a Utility suburban.

Grand Haven Charter Township Fire Rescue is the only department in West Michigan to operate with an Advanced Life Support license. This advantage allows the Fire/Rescue department to provide advanced airways, life- saving medications, and state- of- the art cardiac monitoring.

It is now recognized that efforts at fire control must include education to inform and prepare property owners as well as thoroughly trained fire fighters and inspectors. The goal of the fire fighting aspect of the department is (1) to use both education and inspections to reduce the frequency of fires and, (2) to have a well-trained and equipped force of professionals to safely and effectively suppress any fire that might occur.

The Fire/Rescue Department of the Township only exists and operates with the support of Township residents. Every five (5) years, the Township Board schedules an election to renew the 1.5 operating millage for the department. In 2011, the Township voters overwhelmingly approved the 1.5 millage request. (For a home with an appraised value of $200,000, the 1.5 fire/rescue millage costs the homeowner $150.00 per year.)

Although the millage rate has remained steady, the amount of work completed by the Department continues to dramatically increase. In 1993, because of the continued expansion of the Township's water system which allowed the Fire/Rescue Department to suppress fires more effectively, most of the residents in the Township were reclassified from an Insurance Service Organization (ISO) rating of "8" to an ISO rating of "6". These ratings are one of the major elements used to establish fire insurance rates for your home. Thus, for a person with a $100,000 home with an equal amount of personal belongings, their insurance rates have fallen from about $364 per year to $318 per year ... a savings of $46 per year





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Grand Haven Charter Township
13300 168th Avenue
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417
Phone: (616) 842-5988
Fax: (616) 842-9419

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