Located in Northern Michigan, Grand Traverse Metro Emergency Services Authority (GTMESA) is comprised of three townships in Grand Traverse County; Acme Township, East Bay Charter Township and Garfield Charter Township, and has been in operation since 1980.
To serve our community by safeguarding life and property from fire, hazards & medical emergencies through education, intervention, and quality response.
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Today, GTMESA responds over 30 pieces of apparatus out of five stations. These include engines, tankers, ladder truck, heavy rescues, wildfire trucks, water supply trucks, air supply vehicles, medical units (Squads), chief command vehicles, fire investigator vehicles, rescue boats, rescue sleds, ATVs and a public education vehicle. GTMESA has station Captains that oversee 30+ fire service personnel (full time and part time) working out of those five stations.
Chief Patrick Parker
Chief Pat Parker has had an illustrious career with GTMESA and has filled many roles within the departmental ranks. His part-time career began in 1983 as a volunteer firefighter and grew to include Lieutenant, then Captain, and continued to Battalion Chief (B.C.). He remained B.C. until 2004, when he earned the rank of full-time Deputy Chief. He later became Chief of the Department in 2006. Chief Parker has a Bachelor of Science in Business from Lake Superior State College and is a Michigan Firefighter Training Council Instructor. He holds the titles of Executive Fire Officer from National Fire Academy and Professional Emergency Manager from Michigan State Police Emergency Management & Homeland Security. Chief Parker is involved in numerous organizations and committees including Traverse City Rotary Club, Michigan Fire Chiefs Association, and Chairperson for Grand Traverse County Local Emergency Planning Committee. His vision for the department embraces continuing training for the department as well as increasing awareness of safety for both employees and citizens. Chief Parker encourages his members to foster an atmosphere where everyone is empowered to give their best.
Omnis Cedo Domus—Everyone Goes Home.
Fire Marshal | Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention — Brian Belcher
Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Brian Belcher began his career with GTMESA in 1988 as a volunteer firefighter and worked his way up through the department/Fire Marshal. He earned the rank of Lieutenant in 1989, the rank of Captain/Training Officer/Safety Officer in 1990, became Fire Inspector/Plan Reviewer/Investigator in 1994 and achieved his current rank of Assistant Chief in 2011. Chief Belcher is involved with many local, statewide, and international associations including National Fire Protection Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Michigan Fire Inspectors Society, to name a few. He is presently responsible for the Fire Prevention Bureau and its operations and supervises two Fire Inspectors, one Fire Plans Examiner, and one Fire & Life Safety Public Educator. Our fire prevention bureau offers a large list of programs including Youth Fire Intervention and Education, Car Seat Safety Inspections, Fire Inspections, Plan Review, Fire Extinguisher Training, Safe Neighborhood Smoke Alarm Program, Burn Permit issuance, and other services to keep our community and residents safe from fire and injury.
Assistant Chief of Operations—Tony Posey
Assistant Chief of Operations Tony Posey came to GTMESA in 2003 as a firefighter then later became Lieutenant in 2008. He was quickly promoted again to Captain in 2009. He accepted the offer to become Assistant Chief of Operations in 2021. His career with GTMESA has been filled with numerous accomplishments, including graduating Staff & Command from Eastern Michigan University with honors in 2018 and being a champion of GTMESA Special Operations Land/Water Search & Rescue Group from its inception. Tony’s leadership has been demonstrated in many facets in and out of the department as he has been actively involved in Grand Traverse Guns N Hoses, GT County Adopt-A-Road Program, Grand Traverse Hockey Association Girls Committee, Habitat for Humanity, and more. Chief Posey is directly responsible for the success of the suppression division. Chief Posey’s mission for the suppression team is to continue to provide training, techniques, and appropriate equipment to further advance the team as a collective unit of teamwork and camaraderie while keeping safety for the citizens and team at the forefront.