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Re-building a fire department in Presque Isle Twn.

Submitted by on March 9, 2016 – 12:52 amNo Comment

Behind the scenes efforts have already started to re-establish a fire department in Presque Isle Township.

The City of Alpena will be instrumental in making sure that happens over the next 2-3 years.

A 3-year contract between the City and Township starts Monday.  Under the terms of the agreement, City Fire Chief Bill Forbush and his staff will recruit, train and equip Presque Isle volunteers and respond to emergencies alongside them until they are able to operate independently.

The City will be paid $35,000 per year.

The first order of business is to recruit staff, including volunteer medical first responders, firefighters and people who can do both.  Forbush says a couple of paramedics have already stepped forward and he hopes to have a staff of six by years end.  Interested volunteers should contact Forbush at 354-1840; or through email at pifire@alpena.mi.us.

Volunteers do not have to live within the township and can be as far 5-10 miles from the township line.

As for equipment, Forbush said he will work with the township to first secure a pumper tanker truck.  He said the township will use an older model ambulance from the city.  Township officials are currently working on the fire house to make sure it is in good condition.

The township’s previous private, non-profit department closed in 2013 following financial difficulties and alleged mismanagement.