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ATTENTION RESIDENTS OF BLUE LAKE TWP. THE CURRENT MILLAGE FOR YOUR FIRE DEPARTMENT IS SET TO EXPIER JUNE 30TH 2021. 

YOUR FIREFIGHTERS ARE HERE AND DEDICATED TO SERVE YOU IN YOUR TIME OF NEED.

VOTE TOMORROW 05.04.2021 TO SUPPORT YOUR FIRE DEPARTMENT

ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL FIRE CHIEF BRIERLEY @ 734-216-9137

 

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

Blue Lake Township Fire Department meets every Monday evening at 7pm for training on all types of fire and 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. 

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/BurnPermits/Search.aspx?KALKASKA

New to the Department;

Blue Lake Twp. Fire Department received a grant from the Risk Reduction Grant Program. The Fire Department added a Forward and Rear facing cameras to our Tanker. This system automatically begins to record when the truck in moving forward, or in reverse. This addition will also aid our Firefighters in backing up our tanker on the scene of all emergencies. 

Thank you Michigan Township Participating Plan for this Donation to better assist our Firefighters.

 

 

 Blue Lake Township Fire Department welcomes our newest members to the Department;

Rick Marcinkus- (start date is 10/01/2020)

John Hulwick- (start date is 12/14/2020) John comes to the department with 16 years of Firefighting experience

Welcome!!!

 

Blue Lake Township  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.

Chief Brierley 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 a Firefighter/ Engineer, HazMat Technician, EMT, and Arson Investigator. He has also been with the Milan Area Fire department for the past 30 years where he has held the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Fire Chief, and Fire Marshal. 

 

Fire Chiefs report For April 2021

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.

Due to the below normal snow fall and early arrival of warmer weather please check the above DNR link for any open burning you may want to do. the link will let you know if you can burn in Kalkaska County and each individual Township.

"NEVER LEAVE ANY FIRE UNATTENDED"

 

            Blue Lake Township run percentages for April  2021

45% of calls responded to where for medical assistance

65%  where Fire related responses.

SOME OF THE RESPONSES THIS MONTH

3  Grass fires- one being a large grass fire on 571 just north of Starvation lake rd. Many area departments involved to contain the fire. 

House Fire assist to Kalkaska Fire Department

Electrical Fire assist to Bear Lake Twp. Fire Department

 

Blue Lake Twp Firefighters Academy started the first of June. The academy will prepare 8 or our Firefighters with the knowledge and skills they will need to pass the State Firefighters exam June 12th  2021. This will State certify 17 of the departments 19 Firefighters.  

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. 

 

If you are interested in learning more about the Blue Lake Twp. Fire Department 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
  • Kerry Boyer, Lieutenant, EMT, Firefighter I & II, IC
  • Jeff Lavender, MFR, Firefighter I & II
  • Cody Brierley, EMT, Firefighter I & II, Haz Mat
  • Mary Shaw, MFR, Firefighter I
  • Larry Shoemaker, MFR, Firefighter I & II
  • Jack Walls, Engineer/FF I
  • Todd Brozovich  FF
  • Pam Clark, FF
  • Mike Clark, MFR, FF
  • Dean McClenaghan, FF
  • Kevin Ivkovich,  FF
  • Samantha Hill,  EMT/ FF
  • Greg Root, Probationary FF
  • Matt Ellis, Probationary FF 
  • Alex Porter  FF
  • Rick Marcinkus  FF
  • John Hulwick FF I & II Haz Mat
  • K-9 Benelli, Search & Rescue

 

 

 

                           History of Blue Lake Township Fire Department

                                        Kalkaska County Mi  (Station 4)

 

The Blue Lake Twp. Fire Department was formed in 1974 with 8 volunteers.

 

Blue Lake Township has had 6 Fire Chiefs to date.

1-      Jim Dirosa

2-      Al Former

3-      Craig Edlund

4-      Norm Moyer

5-      Bob Barr- 1995 till 2019 (Currently serving as a Captain)

6-      Greg Brierley 2019 till present

 

Original Fire station was located at 10599 Twin Lake Rd NE Kalkaska Co. 49646.

The station consisted of a 1 room building and housed the Townships very first fire truck a used 1949 Chevy Fire Engine that was donated by the Kalkaska Fire Department.

 From 1974 till 1983 the Department only ran on Fires.

 In 1977 The Fire Department had outgrown the 1 room station on Twin Lake Rd and with the addition of a new fire truck the Fire Department had to look for a new location and begin construction of a new Fire Barn. (The new Fire Truck was a Kalkaska County purchase that included a new mini pumper for every department in the County.)

The members of the department put in several hours getting the new site ready for construction pouring the foundation and concrete pad for the trucks. A construction company came in after the cement work was done and built the new Fire Barn located at 7534 Blue Lake Rd. Kalkaska Mi 49646.

 In 1982 Firefighter Bob Barr who later became the Chief (1995) was the first Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) on the Department.

 By 1983 the department had 17 volunteers and with assistance from Kalkaska County the Department started running medical calls as well as fires.

 In January 2001, The Fire Department lost all its equipment except for a pumper/ tanker which was stored in a separate building when the Fire Barn burned to the ground (The fire was investigated and determined to be electrical. A battery tender that was hooked up to the Argo off road vehicle).

 The Fire Station was rebuilt by early 2002. With all the other department trucks destroyed in the fire Blue Lake Twp. Had to run with the only truck not lost in the fire and a rescue truck on loan/ lease from Cold Springs Twp. Fire Department until replacement vehicles could be purchased and fabricated. First up for replacement was the Fire Engine from CSI in Grayling MI. CSI jumped Blue Lake Twp. Fire Department to the front of the production line thanks to all their current customers understanding the situation. It took 9 months for the truck to be constructed and delivered. At that point it took a total of 5 years to replace the remaining tucks lost in the fire.

Immediately after the fire Many Michigan Fire Departments began to contact Blue Lake Fire Department to see how they could help by donating Fire Fighters turn out gear, SCBA, Fire hose and other equipment so the Department could keep responding to emergency calls.

 In 2010 the Department purchased a Ford 550 utility truck with a flatbed to haul the replaced 8 wheeled Argo off road vehicle. This eliminated the use of hauling the Argo on a trailer.

 In 2020 the Fire Department bought it first set of Hydraulic Tools (Jaws of Life) for extrication, and a 4-gas monitor to detect Carbon monoxide, H2S, oxygen levels, & Lower explosive limits.

 In 2021 the Fire Department put into service for the first time 2 Thermal Imaging cameras (TIC) to allow Firefighters to see in smoked filled environments.

 Blue Lake Twp. Fire Department in 2021.

 Chief, Assistant Chief, Captain, & Lieutenant with 15 Fire Fighters

 Equipment

Rescue- 2000 Ford F550

Engine- 2001 Freightliner

Brush truck- 2003 Ford F350

Argo- 2005 8 wheeled off road vehicle

Tanker- 2006 International

4-Wheeler- 2008 Polaris

Utility truck- 2009 Ford F450

Rescue Boat- 2020 Mercury 

 

 Budget

 From 1974 thru 2001 the Fire Department operated with funds shared by the Township Board out of the General Fund leaving the Department to operate with limited funds. Every dollar for the Fire Department was a struggle to get from the Township Board. The Township Board strongly supported the Fire Department, but they were frugal with funding.

In 2001 the Fire Department started operating with a 1.0 Millage voted on and accepted by the Township residents. The Fire Department still today (2020) is operating with the 1.0 millage.

 

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