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.

Our Mission

To serve our community by safeguarding life and property from fire, hazards & medical emergencies through education, intervention, and quality response.

Please read our full Mission Statement 

Full-time positions in Fire Administration:

  •  Accountant (part-time)

Full-time positions in Operations / Suppression sector:

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.


Station 1 @ 843 Industrial Cir in East Bay Charter Township

Station 8 @ 6042 Acme Rd in Acme Township

Station 9 @ 110 High Lake Rd in East Bay Charter Township

Station 11 @ 3000 Albany Dr in Garfield Charter Township

Station 12 @ 2025 N East Silver Lake Rd in Garfield Charter Township

Organizational Chart

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.