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.
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
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.