Engine 11

Department Profile

The Grand Traverse Metro Emergency Services Authority covers an area of more than 95 square miles and population over 35,000. District boundaries are the township borders of Acme, East Bay and Garfield. The authority is supported by a voter approved property tax assessment of  XXXXX per hundred dollars of assessed valuation.


Chiefs ~ 3
Captains ~ 4
Lieutenants ~ 11
Firefighters (includes FT & PT) ~ 60+
Health and Safety Officers ~ 2
Fire Inspectors ~ 3
Fire Investigators ~ 3
Fire and Life Safety Educator ~ 1


Engines ~ 5
Tankers (Water Tenders) ~ 5
Off Road Vehicles ~ 4
Wildfire Units ~ 3
Rescue Snowmobiles ~ 2
Ladder Trucks ~ 1
Water Supply Units ~ 1
Rescue Boats ~ 2
Medical Units 
(BLS Non-Transporting) ~ 13

We respond to all Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) calls within the district. Normal response time is 4–5 minutes. Grand Traverse Metro Emergency Services Authority has mutual aid agreements with all surrounding fire departments.

100% of our firefighters are state-certified. Firefighters train on a daily and weekly basis throughout the year and also attend training courses at the local, state and federal level.

The Grand Traverse Metro Emergency Services Authority is very active in the community with fire prevention, public education, M.D.A. fund raising, fire inspections, code enforcement and many other areas. With the rapid growth of new commercial and residential buildings, the personnel of the district remain committed to meeting the life safety needs of the community.

Traverse City is one of the fastest growing cities in the state and continues to be the target of publications talking about the rich and diverse atmosphere located in Traverse City. Traverse City is a vacation destination known throughout the world and the population increases are suggesting it’s also becoming a highly desired place to live among all age groups. The department carries a class 4 Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating throughout the district.