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 Emergency: 911
Office: (810) 385-5666
Fax: (810) 385-7813
Email: [email protected]

Chief Patrick M. Smith
Assistant Chief Larry A. Osborn
Captain Donald O. Nuss
Captain William L. Shagena

*Burning permits are required for all burning and can be obtained on an annual (January-December) basis free of charge at the fire department. Please call for more information.

The burning of leaves and building materials is prohibited.

We are no longer sounding the fire siren at the township hall for emergencies. If you hear the fire siren from the township hall, it means that severe weather is in our area and you should tune to your local radio station and take the appropriate action. This system will also be tested on the first Monday of the month at 1PM.

Current Applicable Fire Code, adopted in Ordinance 206, effective July 12, 2011

Chapter 14, Fire Prevention and Protection, Section 14-31 (a) and Section 14-32 (a) of the Code of Ordinances, Charter Township of Fort Gratiot, Michigan, is hereby amended to read as follows:
Sec. 14-31. Adoption of International Fire Code.
(a)   A certain document, a copy of which is on file in the office of the fire department, being marked and designated as the International Fire Code, as published by the International Code Council, is hereby adopted by reference as the fire code of the township, regulating and governing the safeguarding of life and property from fire and explosion hazards arising from the storage, handling and use of hazardous substances, materials and devices, and from conditions hazardous to life or property in the occupancy of buildings and premises as provided in this section; providing for the issuance of permits and collection of fees; and each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of such fire code on file in the office of the township are hereby referred to, adopted and made a part hereof, as if fully set out in this section, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes, if any, prescribed in this section.Chapter 14, Fire Prevention and Protection, Section 14-32 of the Code of Ordinances, Charter Township of Fort Gratiot, Michigan, is hereby deleted in its entirety.


The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men. – Henry David Thoreau

Obituary and service information for Jon-Marc Chandler

Fort Gratiot Fire Chief Patrick Smith said the unexpected death of one of his firefighters in a motorcycle crash is like losing a son.

“They’ve all taken it really hard,” Smith said of his department. “We still have to do our jobs and get things done, but we’re all like brothers and family here, so to lose him for me, it’s like losing a son.”

Jon-Marc Chandler, 36, died Tuesday morning in China Township in a motorcycle crash.

Chandler joined the fire department in May 2011. He had also been a paramedic with Tri-Hospital EMS for nearly 14 years.

“He was just a great guy, good all-around person, great employee, he got along with everybody, always in a good mood,” Smith said. “He was a great father to his two children — just an all-around good guy. Good on scene, good paramedic, can’t say enough good things about Jon-Marc.”

Smith said the family is still finalizing funeral arrangements. He said his department and Tri-Hospital will both be involved with the service if the family approves of it.

He said fundraising efforts will also be in the works for the family.

Ken Cummings, Tri-Hospital CEO, echoed Smith’s sentiments.

“Jon-Marc was a special kid, and I call him a kid because these are all my kids,” he said of his employees. “Jon-Marc was just unique in he was very talented in what he did … He just made a huge impact on the outcome of patients that he came in contact with every day.”

Cummings said the loss has been even more difficult as Chandler’s father, Hollis Chandler, also works for the agency. He has been a Tri-Hospital dispatcher for more than 25 years.

“It’s just such a huge, huge loss to our organization and really to the community,” he said.

Chandler was married with two young children.

“Needless to say, the family is devastated right now,” Cummings said.

In May, Chandler was honored with a Star of Life award from the Michigan Association of Ambulance Services in Lansing for his work.

Angela Madden, executive director of the association, said the awards go to the unsung heroes in ambulance services who go above and beyond the call of duty.

Rescue crews responded to Wadhams Road near Tripp Road in China Township shortly before 10:40 a.m. Tuesday to the crash.

Investigators believe a northbound 2010 Ford Super Duty truck was driving through the curves on Wadhams Road when it struck Chandler’s southbound motorcycle.

The crash remains under investigation.

The driver of the pickup, a child and dog in the vehicle, were not injured.

Liz Shepard, Port Huron Times Herald

Contact Liz Shepard at (810) 989-6273 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @lvshepard.