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New City of Grand Blanc Fire Department

We are currently under construction on this page. Please, bear with us while we update the information in the coming weeks. We are looking forward to serving the City of Grand Blanc residents and businesses. 

Fire Department Discussion Letter from the City of Grand Blanc HERE

THE GRAND BLANC CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION. 

Press Release -- City of Grand Blanc Creates New Fire Department

Grand Blanc, April 10, 2019 – The City of Grand Blanc is excited to announce a historic decision made by the City Council at the April 10, 2019 meeting. The City of Grand Blanc has committed to the creation of a City of Grand Blanc Fire Department. Our primary concern when making this decision is the City’s safety and protection with care and respect. The City of Grand Blanc’s current operating budget will be used to fund the new Fire Department. The Fire Department will provide our City with the highest level of fire protection service. 

This department will operate efficiently with standardized procedures. We will work diligently to recruit and retain the highest quality candidates our City deserves.

The current contract with Grand Blanc Township is set to expire on July 24, 2019 after the 90-day extension from the April 25, 2019 original deadline given by the Grand Blanc Township Board. There will be no interruption of service. Fire Service will be provided by the City of Grand Blanc Fire Department effective July 25, 2019.

The City of Grand Blanc Fire Department will remain in the current building at 117 High Street, Station #1, in the center of the City.  This will ensure response times are kept at the same level of excellence.

The City of Grand Blanc is excited to bring Fire Services to our residents. We welcome this new department. It’s one more way we are striving to better serve our residents.

The City will inform you of our progress as our commitment to you. Social media (Facebook, etc.) and press releases will be utilized to ensure our messages are reaching as many individuals as possible. Please, stay tuned for further updates of great things happening in our community. The City of Grand Blanc is looking forward to our future.

Fire Protection Millage

City Fire Protection Millage - Shall the limit on taxes which may be imposed each year for all property in the City of Grand Blanc, Michigan be increased by 1.0 mills ($1.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of ten (10) years from 2018 to 2027, inclusive, for fire protection? The millage replaces the previous approved .5 mills for fire protection which expires in 2019. The winter 2018 collection of the 1.0 mill will be reduced to .5034 mill due to the previous summer collection of .4966. Total tax revenue for the 1.0 mill will be approximately $217,890.00. The millage will thereafter be continued in the summer at the 1.0 mill until 2027. 

 

This was approved at the November 6, 2018 election  

 

Frequently Asked Questions

We will update this section with more questions and answers.

1.       Where will the Fire Station be located?

The Fire Station will be operating out of the current fire station location – 117 High Street.

2.       When will Fire Station #1 be fully operating under the City of Grand Blanc management?

The Fire Station will be fully operational on or before July 25, 2019.

3.       Will there be an interruption of service?

There will NOT be an interruption of service.

4.       Will the response times be consistent with past practices?

Yes, response times will remain consistent with past practices.

5.       What will be the hours of operation?

The Hours of Operation are being worked out and will be updated here soon. 

6.       Will my taxes be raised to pay for the new department?

Your taxes will not be raised at this time to fund this new department.

7.       When will fire equipment be purchased?

Fire equipment will be purchased before the station opens.

8.       How will fire equipment be purchased?

Fire equipment will be purchased using designated funds.

9.       Who will be the Fire Chief?

Dennis Smith will be the First Fire Chief of the City of Grand Blanc Fire Department.

10.   How many firefighters will be employed?

Dependent on staffing and scheduling needs, firefighters will be recruited for paid on-call positions. 

11. Who will staff the department? 

We will have a Full-Time Fire Chief and paid on-call firefighters to start the department. 

12. How will you staff the department? 

The department will be staffed with trained firefighters. Currently, we have 8 committed firefighters ready to join  our staff. We are interviewing more. There will be more trained at the Genesee County Firefighter Academy starting in October.  

13. What are the requirements for firefighters on the scene of an active situation? 

We will follow the standards set by the NFPA, including the two in/two out Rule.    

14. Can we tour the Fire Department?

Yes, the station will be open and appointments can be made to tour the facility.

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

 

Words from our Fire Chief

I want to assure all residents of the Grand Blanc Community that the Grand Blanc City Fire Department will work together with the Grand Blanc Township Fire Department in providing the highest level of fire protection possible. We are here to serve and assist this community, along with surrounding communities, with the highest level of service.

 

Fire Chief Dennis Smith 

Fire Chief

Dennis Smith 

firechief@cityofgrandblanc.com

(810) 694-1118

 

Additional Information

“Without volunteer or paid on-call firefighters our communities would be in trouble. They are the ones that people turn to in their time of need. From an article written by Charisty Haislip @ FireDeptFamily.com “5 Reasons being a Volunteer Firefighter is Totally Worth It.” I would like to share some of those thoughts.

 

Firefighters are the people you call when you need help. They are the ones to get the job done. Is it surprising that over 70% of firefighters in the United States are truly volunteer? I know it shocked me, I thought for sure that more career firefighters would be employed across the nation, but for some towns and counties that just isn’t an option. That is why volunteer (or paid on-call) firefighters are so important. If they don’t have the training requirements and the willingness to save strangers then those people might not be saved in their time of need. This can be a meaningful and important way to serve your neighbors and the community you love. Sadly, the number of volunteers have decreased over the last several decades. Why? There’s lots of theories out there, but it ultimately comes down to less people signing up. Some people just don’t see that being a volunteer firefighter is totally worth it!

 

Reason 1: Volunteer Firefighting has never been, and it never will be, just a job.

Being a volunteer (or paid on-call) firefighter is nothing short of amazing. Yes, you have days and calls that are less exciting but the important calls more than make up for the simple calls you might run. The best part, since it isn’t a job, you have a little more flexibility with the schedule and hours. Plus, you will also have periods of time where you don’t have many calls. While most places don’t pay you for your work (City of Grand Blanc Fire Dept. will) a lot of places offer a pension plan (as do we) for your retirement! Some other places offer health benefits (GBCFD provides a gym membership). The opportunities are there if you look for them. If you are interested in a real life account of life lessons and stories about being a volunteer firefighter, I highly recommend this book, Thoughts on Fire. This compelling read, by Dr. Frank, shares his insights into the life of a professional who volunteers on the side.”

Charisty Haislip @ FireDeptFamily.com

 

Over the course of the next few months I will be sharing the rest of this on-point article with you. If you want to experience for yourself what being a firefighter is all about, please feel free to fill out an application. Even if you’re not interested in “running into burning buildings” your support is always welcomed. Your fire department is always looking for volunteers to help with fundraising, or other support services that aid the fire fighters during their call to assist others.

In Fire Safety,

 

Dennis Smith

Fire Chief

GBCFD

 

BIO

Fire Chief Dennis S. Smith served as a Police Detective, Fire Marshal and Building Official in the past. He has over 35 years of experience in municipal government. Dennis has an Associate Degree in Fire Protection Technology and studied at the University of Michigan-Flint. Fire Chief Smith is certified by the Council of American Building Officials and the National Fire Protection Agency. He also holds several State and National Certifications and has served on the International Building and Fire Code Development Committees. 

For 10 years, he served as faculty and program development coordinator for Mott Community College Fire Technology Program. He has been instrumental in the development of approved training courses for fire personnel, building inspectors and police officers as well as providing training for the State of Michigan, Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Townships Association. 


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APPLICANTS

THE GRAND BLANC CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION. 

Application HERE

Electronic Application HERE

ABOUT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT

The City of Grand Blanc Fire Department provides fire and rescue services for the residents and business owners in the City of Grand Blanc. 

Burning Permits

Burning permits are not issued for the City of Grand Blanc. 

Station

 117 High Street

Current Equipment  

 

  Fire Safety Tips

  1. Never leave holiday lights plugged in when no one is home.
  2. Keep lighters and matches away from children.
  3. Be sure your clothes dryer is clean – and never allow the dryer to run when no one is home.
  4. Candles should never be left unattended.
  5. Be sure to practice “Fire Drills” and establish an outdoor meeting place.
  6. Be sure to properly maintain all heating systems, including wood burning equipment and chimneys.
  7. Have a fire extinguisher and keep it properly maintained.
  8. “Change your clock, Change your battery” .....Be sure to change the batteries in all smoke detectors at least yearly.  Daylight Savings Time changes are a good time to remember to check them.
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203 E. Grand Blanc Road • Grand Blanc MI  48439 • (810) 694-1118
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