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


Chief Patrick M. Smith
Captain Donald O. Nuss
Captain William L. Shagena
Lieutenant Travis Woolman
Lieutenant David Clarkson




Date Posted:  February 12, 2019

Application Deadline:  Friday, March 15, 2019 by 4:00PM

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:  To protect life, limb, and property by performing firefighting, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, or fire prevention duties. To maintain the fire equipment, fire apparatus, and department facilities and to perform related work as required. Will perform office related duties as assigned by the Fire Chief.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Work is performed under the supervision of a superior officer.

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK:  An employee in this class may be called upon to do any or all of the following:  (These examples do not include all of the tasks which the employee may be expected to perform.) The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or logical assignment to the class.

  • Perform routine maintenance on equipment and apparatus as well as yearly preventative maintenance services, in conformance with departmental policy.
  • Perform firefighting activities including driving fire apparatus, operating pumps and related equipment, laying hose, and performing fire containment, extinguishments and overhaul tasks.
  • Perform emergency medical service activities including providing medical treatment as allowed by the individual or licensure level of the department.
  • After returning from an incident, assist in preparing equipment, supplies and apparatus for the next emergency.
  • Participate in training, attend classes in firefighting, emergency medical, hazardous materials, and related subjects.
  • Clean facilities as directed by superior officer(s).
  • Maintaining records, reports, and files as required by the Fire Chief.
  • Maintains confidentiality and place trust in them by their supervisors.
  • Preparing and entering run data for EMS calls as needed.
  • Perform office related duties as requested by the Fire Chief.
  • Carry out duties in conformance with Federal, State, County, City and Local laws and ordinances.
  • Adhere to department policies and procedures.
  • Firefighters are directly responsible to the officers for the following:
    • Possessing thorough knowledge of the streets’ hydrants, static water source, and target hazard area.
    • Possessing thorough knowledge of the operation of the apparatus to which they are assigned.
    • Perform other duties, as assigned.


  • Knowledge of the geography, streets and principal locations in the township.
  • Mechanical aptitude and mental alertness.
  • Willingness to perform any assigned task.
  • Ability to establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships with other employees.
  • The principles, techniques, strategy, materials and equipment used in fire suppression, investigation, prevention, rescue and related emergency responses.
  • Methods and practices of providing emergency medical response at a basic life support level.
  • Hazardous material and chemical spill response.
  • Knowledge of applicable local, state and federal laws, codes, ordinances and regulations.
  • Safety practices and precautions pertaining to work.
  • Mechanical knowledge in general service of automobiles, trucks small engine equipment.


  • High school graduate or GED equivalent.
  • Completion of the Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council Firefighter I and II, Hazardous Materials Operations.
  • Michigan Department of Public Health EMT license; Automatic External Defibrillator and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
  • ICS and NIMS 300 and 400 certification within one (1) year of appointment.
  • State of Michigan Mechanics certificate (not needed but is recommended.)
  • Must have and required to maintain a valid State of Michigan driver’s license.


  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • A United States citizen.
  • No felony convictions.

WORKING HOURS:  40-hour work week, shifts to be determined; nights and weekends will be required, afternoon shifts are a possibility. Fire Department operates 365 days per year. This is a Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) hourly non-exempt firefighting 28 day work period position (in 28 day work period, firefighters would be entitled to FLSA overtime only for hours actually worked over 212 during the 28 day period.)


Minimum $38,000 for a 40 hour work week with the possibility to earn up to $50,000 by returning for after hour calls to the maximum allowed under FLSA (if you live in the response area.)

  • Paid time off
  • Healthcare, dental, life and optical insurance
  • Deferred compensation plan (457)
  • Healthcare savings plan


Job applications can be obtained from the Fort Gratiot Fire Department.

A resume, cover letter and copies of the following certificates must accompany the completed job application:

  • Fire Fighter Phase I and II
  • EMT Certification or higher
  • Any fire related certificate
  • Mechanics license if applicable

Original job applications will be accepted in-person or by mail at:

Fort Gratiot Fire Department

Chief Patrick Smith

3720 Keewahdin Road

Fort Gratiot, Michigan 48059

If mailed, it must be postmarked by the Friday, March 15, 2019 by 4:00PM.



*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

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