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The Blue Lake Fire Station is located at 7534 Blue Lake Rd - Kalkaska, Mi 49646 just north of Blue Lake.

Blue Lake Twp Fire Department meets every Monday evening at 7pm for Training on all types of Fire & Medical responses. 

BURN PERMITS- click on the link below to see if burn permits are issued for the day and time you would like to burn. 


Blue Lake Twp FD would like to welcome our newest member to the Department;

Samantha Hill- Sam is currently enrolled in EMT  classes and will also be taking a Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support Class in the next couple of weeks.


The Blue Lake Township Board would like to introduce and welcome new Fire Chief Greg Brierley.

Chief Brierley took over the Fire Department May 1st 2020 replacing Bob Barr who has been Fire Chief for the Last 20+ years. Bob will be staying on the department as Captain and plans to spend more time traveling with his Wife.

Chief Brierley steps up in the ranks with the department, he has been with the  Blue Lake Twp Fire Department for the past 20 years, and brings with him a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge. Prior to taking over as Chief he retired from the City of Ypsilanti Fire Department in 2014 where he was an Firefigher/ Engineer, Haz Mat Technician, EMT, and Arson Investigator. He has also been with the Milan Area Fire department for the past 30 years where he has held ranks as Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Fire Chief, and Fire Marshal. 


Fire Chiefs report For July 2020

Blue Lake Township Fire Department is prepared to handle any and all Emergency During the Covid 19 order. Your First responders may look a little different as we enter your home on a medical emergency but this is to protect everyone during these abnormal times.

You may notice that there is a different Ambulance service in our area. We have  made a change in EMS ambulance providers in Blue Lake Twp.

Kalkaska EMS will be the primary EMS agency handling our emergency medical transpositions. 


Blue Lake Township run percentages for July 2020

20% of calls responded to where for medical assistance

80%  where Fire related responses.

Mutual aid assist to Bear Lake Fire Department for a fully involved house fire.

Mutual aid assist to Coldsprings/ Excelsior on a garage fire. 

Mutual aid assist to Coldsprings/ Excelsior for a field/ woods fire  


Blue Lake Twp Firefighters Academy started the first of June. The academy will prepare our 6 newest Firefighters with the knowledge and skills they will need to pass the State Firefighters exam in March 2021.  

The Blue Lake Twp Fire Department is a paid on call Department. Our Firefighters are paid by the hour for calls they respond to, and all training is paid. Firefighters respond to the station when an emergency call is dispatched from Kalkaska County Sheriff Department. 

Blue Lake Township Fire Department is HIRING Paid on call FF

If you are interested in learning more about the Blue Lake Twp. Fire Department our seeing how you can assist your community contact Fire Chief Greg Brierley (734-216-9137) or email bluelakefirechief@att.net

A five year millage of 1.0 was passed by the voters on August 3, 2016 which maintains the Fire Departments Budget. This millage is active till Aug 2021. The Fire Department uses these fund for operational and equipment needs.

Members of the Fire Department:

  • Greg Brierley, Chief, EMT, Firefighter I & II, Haz Mat Tech.
  • Randy Dickens, Assistant Chief, EMT, Firefighter I & II
  • Bob Barr, Captain, EMT, Firefighter I & II
  • Jeff Lavender, Lieutenant, MFR, Firefighter I & II
  • Kerry Boyer, EMT, Firefighter I & II, IC
  • Cody Brierley, EMT, Firefighter I & II, Haz Mat
  • Mary Shaw, MFR, Firefighter I
  • Larry Shoemaker, MFR, Firefighter I & II
  • Jack Walls, Engineer/FF
  • Todd Brozoich Probationary FF
  • Pam Clark, FF
  • Mike Clark, MFR, FF
  • Dean McClenaghan, EMR/FF
  • Kevin Ivkovich, Probationary FF
  • Samantha Hill, Probationary FF 
  • K-9 Benelli, Search & Rescue