Thank You to our Volunteer Firefighters
After September 11th, 2001 much attention has been given to fire departments. Many people do not understand the complexity of being a volunteer firefighter. It is never easy to leave the dinner table, a child's concert or game, or a warm bed at 3:30 am on a cold winter's night when the temperature outside is below zero to respond to a fire alarm, a vehicle accident where someone may be trapped, or a house fire; but time and time again it happens. The Grayling Fire Department is no exception.
Over 85% of fire departments in the United States are staffed by volunteer firefighters. A volunteer firefighter in Michigan is required to complete the same training as full time firefighters and to successfully complete an exam upon completion of training administered by the Michigan Fire Fighter Training Council. This training consists of over 225 hours, with a final exam of 200 questions (70% passing score) and 12 practical (hands on) exam stations. This Firefighter training is the starting point; with constant in-service (continuing education) training, and progressively advanced courses firefighters continue improving to meet the demands of an ever changing fire service.
The Grayling City and Township Fire Department has primary responsibility for fire suppression and heavy rescue coverage of 180 square miles, which equals 115,200 acres. The department is also the primary response agency for Camp Grayling Military Reservation, Camp Lehman (Department of Corrections) the Grayling Army Airfield / McNamara Airport and both rest areas located in our county on Interstate 75. The members maintain all fire department equipment along with training which is performed each week during training sessions.
The Grayling City and Township Fire Department currently has 21 members who dedicate their time to the fire service. If you add up all the years of experience that the firefighters bring to a scene it comes to over 200 years.
So the next time you see one of the "volunteer" firefighters be sure to thank them for the time they put into making the City and Township of Grayling a safer place to live.