Located in Northern Michigan, Grand Traverse Metro Emergency Services Authority is a unique fire department that consists of three former township fire departments outside of the Traverse City area. Metro Fire now operates as one department since 1980.
GTMESA provides services to Acme Township, East Bay Charter Township and Garfield Charter Township. Each township supervisor (or designee) makes up the Grand Traverse Metro Emergency Services Board who governs GTMESA.
Full-time in Fire Administration we have the Fire Chief, one Human Resource/Office Manager, one Administrative Assistants, and one Operation / Purchasing Administrator. In Fire Prevention, we have an Assistant Chief / Fire Marshal, one Fire Inspector / Plans Reviewer / Investigator, a Fire Inspector / Investigator, two Fire Inspectors and one Fire and Life Safety Educator. Our Operations / Suppression sector is overseen by an Assistant Chief, 4 Station Captains, and 10 Station Lieutenants. Our membership consists of a combination 11 full time / 60+ part time firefighters.
Today, GTMESA responds 35 pieces of apparatus out of five stations. These include engines, tankers, ladder truck, heavy rescues, wildfire trucks, water supply truck, air supply vehicle, medical units (Squads), chief command vehicles, fire investigator vehicles, rescue boat, rescue sleds, ATVs and public education vehicle. GTMESA has four station Captains that oversee 70+ fire service personnel (full time and part time) working out of those five stations.
GTMESA is working towards a Strategic Plan for the future of the fire department to keep up with the growth of the three townships in Grand Traverse County.
Chief Patrick Parker
A veteran of the fire service for over 20 years. Chief Parker oversees all Metro Suppression Operations, both tactical and administrative. Chief Parker took over as the GTMESA Chief in January 2006 as Chief Wayne Hanna retired after 50 years of fire service (25 years as Chief).
Assistant Chief – Operations
This position is currently vacant
Fire Marshal / Assistant Chief Brian Belcher – Fire Prevention
With 30 years of fire service experience Assistant Chief/ Fire Marshal Brian Belcher oversees all fire prevention bureau staff and operations as well as responds to emergency scenes for command functions. The fire prevention bureau consists of two full time inspectors, one fire plans examiner, one fire and life safety educator, one GIS specialist, three Youth Intervention Counselors and nine company level fire inspectors. Our fire prevention bureau offers a large list of programs and services to keep our community and residents safe from fire and injury.