The Department

Response Map

The Grand Traverse Metro Emergency Service Authority (GTMESA) also known as the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department provides fire and life services to the Township of Acme, East Bay Charter Township, and Charter Township of Garfield since officially organized in 1980. We are an “All Hazards” department that looks at all emergency risks our citizens may face. The department has (5) five strategically located stations spread across the 110 square miles of land that encompass urban and rural living, lakes, rivers, and recreational state land. Our staffing consists of a combination model where we supplement full time firefighters with part time employees.

In 2008, the department reorganized as a Fire Authority under Michigan Public Act 57. The three townships believe in the concept of regionalization and the economies of scale by sharing resources. The Authority is governed by a board consisting of two elected officials of each Township. The region is one of a few areas in the State that has seen consistent growth. The department has a vision and strategic direction to manage how this growth affects the delivery of emergency services.

Please click on the map to the left to view our response area, or scroll down to learn more about your department.

We are proud to present to you our annual reports over the years, please see them below or reach out to [email protected] for any questions.