EMS Continuing Education Practical Day

September 16th, 2017 8:00am to 5:00pm – Ann Arbor Township Fire Station #2

8 Practical CEU’s


This one-day, 8-hour course is being offered FREE and is designed to specifically focus on topics relevant to fire suppression personnel, ie. burn care, fireground trauma and medical, rescue operations of pediatrics and geriatrics, etc. It will additionally provide training to assist fire departments in complying with the practical Continuing Education Unit requirements of Michigan Public Act 368 of 1978, Part 209 – Section 333.20901 – Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensing.

This course will provide an interactive educational session employing the use of live patient simulators to meet and satisfy the practical requirements in airway/ventilation, medical, trauma, pediatrics and special considerations by utilizing the most modern and nationally accepted approach to patient care.

This class can accommodate up to 32 firefighters. The participants will receive a training certificate, EMS Chit sheet, and supporting educational documentation. The instructors are experienced EMS Instructor Coordinators and fire service certified instructors to better understand the complexities of fire based EMS.

Registration flyer is attached HERE.  Deadline to register is September 8th, 2017

Upcoming Training


Be advised that we have locked in the WAMAA Rapid Intervention Team / Crew Training dates. It is scheduled for April 27 and 28, 2019. Class will start at 0800 and conclude at approximately 1800 on both days. Location of the program is yet to be determined. If anyone has a suitable vacant structure that can be used for this training (destructive), please let me know. The cost of the program is $100.00 per seat, which will be invoiced after the course is completed. Please see the attached flyer for additional information and for registration instructions.


Please see the attached flyer for this program being held at HVA on March 7, and 8. Please see the attached flyer for additional information and registration instructions.


The Dexter FD and Ann Arbor Twp. FD are hosting an Ice Rescue training on March 1 and March 3. We have a few available seats if anyone has personnel wishing to obtain this training. Please see the attached flyer for additional information and registration instructions.

20th Annual Washtenaw County Hazardous Materials Team Golf Benefit

September 30, 2019 Barton Hills Country Club Ann Arbor, Michigan

Master of Ceremonies Northfield Township Fire Department Chief William Wagner and Washtenaw County Hazardous Materials Response Team Director Russ Girbach.

Make plans to celebrate our 20th year with us on September 30th, 2019. (The 5th Monday in September.) The outing fills quickly so we encourage you to send your registration and sponsorship materials today. We appreciate your support!

Washtenaw County Hazardous Materials Team Golf Benefit

The Twentieth Annual Hazardous Materials Golf Benefit will take place at the Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Washtenaw County Hazardous Materials Response Team.

Format and Prizes

Each team of four will play a best ball scramble format. Prizes will be awarded to the team with the lowest score and other prizes will be distributed on a lottery basis. Special contests will be held on various holes with prizes awarded to the winners. Barton Hills club rules require collared shirts, no denim shorts or pants and soft spikes only.

The Washtenaw County Hazardous Materials Response Team

The Washtenaw County Hazmat Response Team is a cooperative effort of the Washtenaw County Fire Mutual Aid Association that includes every Fire Department in Washtenaw County and several surrounding area Fire/Public Safety Departments. The Hazmat Team provides public safety response in situations involving spills or leaks of hazardous materials or materials of unknown origin. We are funded by membership dues, grant awards, cost recovery ordinance and our single fundraiser, the Annual Golf Outing. Your support is critical to keeping our team equipped and ready to support the Washtenaw County area.

For More Information Contact:

Don Dettling or Tim Andrews

Cell: (734) 216-4002 Fax: (734) 426-8537


January 30th Washtenaw County Radio System Upgrade

What is going to happen?

Motorola is flying in Engineers on January 29th. Around 2100 on January 29th, they will get into position at all the tower sites in Washtenaw County

A project mgr. will be located at HVA and Metro PD to discuss taking all the towers offline around 2am January 30th as long as there is nothing major going on in the county (PD chase, lg incident, etc)

As soon as the centers give a green light, all the towers will be taken off line. They will begin to update the software and firmware at the towers. Engineers will be at towers to troubleshoot any issues.

The State is bringing in a SOW (Site on wheels) to help with communications. It is being set up at the EMU tower to better cover YP, YT, SU areas for PD, FD and EMS.

AAPD, AAFD and other agencies in and around Ann Arbor will switch to the UM system

Fire station based radios will auto switch to towers out of the county once Washtenaw towers are shut down

Ambulances, Police vehicles and fire trucks should not need to press and hold the RSSI button to switch towers. This should be automatic

Fire Operations

Each department should consider staffing their station with at least one firefighter

Once a call is received for the department. The station firefighter can send out a group text to have personnel respond if required depending on the incident.

Each fire station has a base radio station. The Consortium is going to go to each station and add Zone V (Paging) to add their paging talk groups. Once a call is received, dispatch will alert the station radio (causing it to beep until PTT is pressed) and dispatching information on the paging talk group and the dispatch talk group. FF’s at home should monitor their paging talk group via portable (if getting a signal)

Radio portable coverage will be reduced due to the outage in the county and bonk out of range will be often in some areas

AAFD and PIFD will be on UM FIREMED 1

All other FD agencies can use UM FIREMED 2. Remember, this is a back up system, wait for the channel grant and speak slowly and clearly. Sometimes there can be a lot of static due to distance and coverage. Dispatchers have to decipher what is being said.

All other FD agencies can also use WC BKUP F. Again, remember, this is a back up system, wait for the channel grant and speak slowly and clearly. Sometimes there can be a lot of static due to distance and coverage. Dispatchers have to decipher what is being said.

Worst case scenario – Command needs to stay in the truck using the mobile radio to communicate with dispatch and using a portable to communicate with onsite crews on Zone F ITAC talk groups.

The Dispatch center will announce when the towers are going down utilizing the 81PG911 for the pagers and the primary dispatch talk groups. Dispatch will also send a message to Active 911 and Edispatch that the system is going down.

Firefighters should make contact with officers if they do not understand how to get to the UM back up system, the WC (Washtenaw Co) back up system or zone F ITAC talk groups.

When dispatched to large incidents in Washtenaw, an Interop channel is generally assigned. Due to the tower outage, portables may not work on the MPSCS system. Incident Command may be using Zone F ITAC channels instead of Interops. Dispatch will advise which talk groups are being used for which incidents.

Dispatch CANNOT monitor Zone F ITAC talk groups. Incident Command will have to use a mobile radio in these situations to talk with the dispatcher or try the UM or WC talk groups based on their location to the towers.

Emergency buttons will not be reliable as the portable goes in and out of range with the tower.

Pediatric Medication Administration Practical CE

November 20, 2018
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
City of Ypsilanti Fire Department
525 West Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI. 48197



Credit Category:  Special Consideration
License level:  EMT-P, A-EMT
Credit:  1.5
Format: Practical Scenario
Fee: Free

Contact info: Chief Anthouard: 248-789-8618

Training References:

Washtenaw Livingston County Protocol

MI Medic 2017 version 2.0

Please take the free 2017 MI MEDIC training update if you haven’t done it yet. You will receive an additional .5 CE with mi-train.


To register please email and include:

  1. name
  2. agency
  3. email address
  4. phone number
  5. medical license (EMT-P or A-EMT)


Ped Med Administration Flyer


Rescue Task Force Training Dates

Hello WAMAA members,

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office is holding Rescue Task Force training every Wednesday in from November 7th to January 16th.  The times for all classes are 0800 to 1200.  Locations are yet to be announced.  Location is Ypsilanti Township Fire Station #1, 222 S. Ford Blvd.  Than a short drive from there to Willow Run Middle School for the practical.

All training dates are open to any fire personnel who wishes to attend.  There is no cost for this training.

If you’d like to sign up, please contact Capt. Jeff Foulke.

For more information on Rescue Task Force see the short description in this former posting.

Chelsea Area Fire Authority Hiring

(3 Non-SAFER openings)

Firefighter position requires skills and abilities in: combating and extinguishing fires; performing rescues; providing emergency medical services (as assigned); conducting fire safety inspections and education; conducting pre-incident planning walk-throughs; apparatus driving and operational actions; participation in training programs; station, vehicle, and equipment maintenance. This description shall supersede any description for this position previously approved.

Once all documents have been received by March 31, 2019, an oral interview will be scheduled for those applicants that are still being considered. Notification of dates and times will be posted at a later date. The eligibility list will last for a 2 year period from the date that is officially created.




Please click HERE for full details



Vehicle Extrication Technician Level Training

Hello WAMAA members,

The Washtenaw Area Mutual Aid Association, in cooperation with Fiat-Chrysler Automotive, is sponsoring a 2-day vehicle extrication training program which will be held at FCA Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Michigan.  The potentially grant funded program will provide a unique training opportunity for firefighters to learn about the latest vehicle construction technologies and how they relate to emergency operations such as patient care and disentanglement.  This training is for all members that want to learn more about the newest obstacles associated with vehicle construction – and solutions for them.  EMS Continuing Education credits will also be provided.

Class times are:

Friday November 2nd, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm 

Saturday November 3rd, from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm

This training is limited to 24 members so please sign-up early.  This class will fill up fast.

Please register by October 5th.  To register you must email your name, SMOKE PIN number, and department affiliation to Fire Chief Mark Nicholai.  (Contact your chief or training officer if you do not know your SMOKE PIN number prior to emailing Chief Nicholai).

See attached flyer for full details.

WAMAA 2018 CH Vehicle Extrication Flyer


A Quick Survey


At this time, I am completing my fourth and final year of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP).  As a program requirement, an applied research project (ARP) has to be completed, which I selected the development of a succession planning program as the subject matter.

The following will link you to this voluntary and anonymous, on-line survey through Survey Monkey.

All your professional experiences and perspectives are unique and valued.  The survey is comprised of thirteen (13) questions, which is a matter of point and click; however, opportunities are available to comment as well, which is encouraged, but not necessary.

Thank you advance for your time and attention with this request.

Sincerely and respectfully,

Andy Box

City of Ypsilanti – Job Posting

The City of Ypsilanti is establishing an Eligibility List for Fire Fighter/EMT.



The Fire Fighter/EMT is responsible for extinguishing fires, responding to emergency calls and performing emergency medical techniques in order to protect and minimize the loss of life and property. Beside fire suppression and medical emergencies assignments include but are not limited to; public education, building inspections, maintenance of the fire station, and maintenance of fire apparatus and equipment. Assignments are received and are carried out under considerable judgment, initiative and skill in a variety of cases and must be able to act without direct supervision in completing work.

  • Knowledge of human physiology
  • Knowledge of modern firefighter techniques and methods
  • Knowledge of the city geography and street system
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, coworkers and the public
  • Ability to operate firefighting equipment and apparatus to include truck, hydraulics, hose and ladder
  • Ability to carry equipment over 70 pounds and lift victims of 120 pounds
  • Ability to pass the Washtenaw Medical Control Authority Basic EMT Test within 12 months of hiring



  • Responds to fire alarms; analyzes situation at scene and operates accordingly; operates pumps; performs search and rescue runs; extinguishes fire and ensures area is safe before leaving scene
  • Responds to emergency calls and performs rescue and emergency work in both fire and non-fire situations; performs emergency medical techniques at scene and prepares follow-up report on call
  • Acts as a dispatcher; answers emergency phone calls; gathers important and necessary information and relays to shift on duty; maintains log of emergency calls taken and also answers general inquiries from public
  • Restores and maintains trucks and equipment to ensure they are operational and ready for emergencies
  • Participates continually in educational programs, training and practice drills; participates in EMT refresher course to maintain EMT certification
  • Maintains public relations with the community; provides fire prevention classes and fire station tours
  • Performs a number of housekeeping and maintenance duties in and around the fire station
  • Performs other related duties as assigned within knowledge, skills and abilities set forth


REQUIREMENTS: Proof of the following must be submitted with application:

  • U.S. Citizen (copy of passport or birth certificate)
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Valid Michigan driver’s license with good record (copy of driver’s license)
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • State of Michigan *Firefighter I & II Certification preferred
  • State of Michigan *EMT Basic Certification preferred
  • Valid certificate of completion of Conference of Western Wayne written and physical ability tests.
  • Current ARC or AHA CPR certification
  • A current Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Certification or equivalent is preferred
  • Hazardous Material Operation Level is preferred
  • Provide proof of any additional certifications and/or degrees attained

*Preference will be given to applicants that have EMT Basic and Firefighter I and II certification

Applicants must have completed the Conference of Western Wayne written test and Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) to be eligible.

Schoolcraft College Training Center offers written and physical ability tests for the Conference of Western Wayne. Call the Schoolcraft Assessment Center at 734-462-4806 to register.

Written test dates: June 9, July 14, August 11.

Physical ability test dates: June 2, June 30, July 28.



The deadline for application is July 31, 2018.

Applicants must attached their resume to the online application.

Applicants must email proof of the listed requirements directly to the Fire Chief at

Applicants must be able to pass an extensive background check.

North American Active Assailant Conference

The North American Active Assailant Conference is just under a month away and attendees include law enforcement officers, fire department personnel, and emergency medical service providers from throughout the world … including the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Caribbean.

If you haven’t already registered, we encourage you to do so and join many of your peers in hearing invaluable lessons learned by those who have responded to such tragic incidents. You’ll also be witness to presentations of our annual Kristina Anderson Phoenix Award to three survivors, Dave Sanders Rescue Task Force Award to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Clark County Fire Department, and our Spartan Award for Valor to two surprise recipients.

Attached, is a flyer and registration form for the event. Should you require additional information, please feel free to contact EMS Coordinator Jim Etzin of the Farmington Hills Fire Department at (248) 871-2807 or


Inspector Jim Etzin, EMT-P / IC

EMS Coordinator
Farmington Hills Fire Department
31455 West Eleven Mile Road
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48336

Office: (248) 871-2807
Fax: (248) 871-2801
Cellular: (248) 331-6415

NAAAC Flyer and Registration

Job Posting – City of Saline


Position Title: Firefighter
Position Type: Full Time
Compensation: Annual Salary starting at $41,681
The Fire Department provides excellent employee benefits including but not limited to health & dental care, 457B retirement plan.

Position Summary:
Under the direct supervision of the Fire Chief, Assistant Chief, Lieutenants and Sergeants. Participates in fire suppression, prevention, general rescue activities, and emergency medical techniques in order to protect the lives and property of the public.

Required Minimum Qualifications:
⦁ Must be at least 18 years of age and legally eligible to work in the United States.
⦁ High School diploma or equivalent.
⦁ A valid Michigan Driver’s License and an insurable driving record are required, along with the ability to complete
specialized driver’s training courses related to emergency vehicles. Must have and maintain a good driving record.
⦁ Must be willing to work a variety of shifts.
⦁ Has not been convicted of a felony.
⦁ Must pass a complete physical exam with drug screen, including vision/hearing tests, and a psychological exam
prior to hire.
⦁ Must be able to perform the essential job functions as set forth in “Saline Area Fire Department Essential Job
Functions” with or without accommodation.

Must be current in the following certifications:
⦁ State of Michigan Firefighter I and II Certification (including State Driver’s Certification)
⦁ State of Michigan EMT Basic or Higher
⦁ Current CPR card
⦁ Haz-Mat Operations
⦁ Candidate Physical Agility Testing (CPAT) (by hiring date)



YOU MUST SUBMIT ONLY THE DOCUMENTS BELOW TO: or mail to: Saline Area Fire Department
Attn: Carol Joyce
100 N. Harris Street
Saline, MI 48176

1) Completed Saline Area Fire Department Application (found at
2) Copies of all Above-Stated Certifications
3) Cover Letter and Resume

We are an equal opportunity employer; M/F/D/V encouraged to apply. Qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, marital status, height, weight, genetic information, and any other protected status.

Posting Date: March 9, 2018  Deadline to Apply: March 23, 2018; 5:00 P.M.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.  Saline Area Fire Department is not responsible for applications received after the deadline. No phone calls please.


Firefighter Job Posting- Saline 2018

Rescue Task Force Training

Hello WAMAA members,

Below are dates and locations for upcoming Rescue Task Force trainings.

For those who are unfamiliar with Rescue Task Force (RTF) operations, it is a national program that has the purpose of “embracing a more assertive approach to rendering life-saving care and rescuing viable victims in areas considered to be “warm zones” (not fully secured) during [an active violence] event.”

With the increase of active violence incidents (school shootings, terror attacks, etc.) fire and EMS personnel had to confront a major issue.  It was found that many victims of these incidents had a very good chance of survival if care was rendered as soon as possible – as is the case with any trauma.  But these incidents are unique in that scene safety cannot be immediately assured.  In fact calling an area “clear” and safe for fire and EMS personnel to enter could take a significant amount of time, in essence loosing viable victims.

The Rescue Task Force has the purpose of saving lives in these situations.  It is a cooperative effort with law enforcement that provides maximum safety to fire/EMS personnel and allows for the literal stoppage of bleeding and mass survivability.


Upcoming RTF trainings…

Date: March 14th 0800 – 1200 or 1200 – 1600

Location: Manchester Middle School

710 E Main St.

Manchester MI, 48158


Date: March 16th 0800 – 1200 or 1200 – 1600

Location: Manchester Middle School

710 E Main St.

Manchester MI, 48158


Date: March 24th 0800 – 1200

Location: Saline Middle School

7190 N Maple

Saline MI, 48176


Contact Capt. Jeff Foulke to register or with any questions you may have.

WAMAA EMT Basic Class

Hello WAMAA members,

An EMT Basic class will be run from February 19th to June 16th.  Classes well be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 1800 – 2200, and Saturdays form 0800 – 1600 at Pittsfield Township’s Fire Station One.

The cost of this class is covered by the Washtenaw County Fireworks Training Fund.

To register please fill out the attached form and sign up through the state’s SMOKE website. Registration is open until January 15th.

Questions may be directed to Russ Girbach.

WAMAA EMT Flyer 2018




Firehouse Museum’s Gingerbread Firehouse Contest

Hello WAMAA members,

It’s that time of year again!  The Michigan Firehouse Museum’s Gingerbread Firehouse Contest!  Show off your holiday cheer and department pride with a handmade gingerbread house….  gingerbread firehouse.

For all the details and entry rules check the Firehouse Museum’s website or see the attached flyer and registration form.

Best of luck to all who enter.  Have a wonderful and safe holiday season.


Gingerbread Firehouse Contest Flyer
Gingerbread Firehouse Contest Registration Form

Critical Incident Causality Management

Hello WAMAA Members,

A Critical Incident Causality Management Course is being offered to all first responders on November 6th and December 4th at Washtenaw County Community College.

This MCOLES approved multi-media based training program focuses on enhancing the likelihood of both survival and domination in the unfortunate occurrence of violent encounters. Based on the military’s combat proven Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) and the civilian translation of TCCC, Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, this is highly valuable training for all first responders and command staff.

Participants will learn methods on how to react if you, your partner or a teammate is injured as well as be instructed to recognize and treat most common causes of potentially preventable death in the tactical environment. There will be an emphasis on self-aid and buddy-aid so officers can manage injuries to themselves and their partners. The program prioritizes life saving medical care with tactical considerations to encourage officers to remain engaged, end the threat, and minimize further injury and loss of life.

Please see the attached flyer for further details and registration info.

Critical Incident Casualty Management Flyer

Michigan Firehouse Museum Golf Outing

Hello WAMAA members,

Join us on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Eagle Crest Resort for a golf outing in support of the Michigan Firehouse Museum & Education Center.  Registration includes 18 holes of golf, cart, continental breakfast, lunch on the course, dinner buffet, prizes, and games including a hole-in-one contest to win $10,000 toward a 2-year lease on a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited sponsored by Cueter Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram.  Register today to secure your spot.  The cost for the outing is $90/player or $360/foursome.  For more information visit  or contact Maura Overland at 734-547-0663.

Michigan Firehouse Museum Golf Outing 2017 Brochure




Michigan Firehouse Museum & Education Center

110 W Cross Street

Ypsilanti, MI  48197


Propane IQ Training

Hello WAMAA members,

On September 20th and 21st there will be a hazmat tactics training at Pittsfield’s Station 1.

Both days are 0800 to 1600 and include hands on training.  Please bring your turnout gear.

See the attached flyer with further details and registration instructions.

Propane IQ Flyer 2017

Ann Arbor Fire 29th Annual Charity Golf Outing

Hello WAMAA members and friends,

The Ann Arbor Fire Department is looking for golfers to participate in their 29th Annual Charity Golf Outing.

The event is Monday, August 7th with registration at 8:30am and a shotgun start at 9:30am at the Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center.

Registration includes…


For more details and signup information please see the attached flyer HERE.

Fire Officer III Training Program

Hello WAMAA Members,

A Fire Officer 3 Program will be held this August through September.   This course is funded by the Fireworks Safety Fund and is no cost to WAMAA agencies.

Dates, times, and details can be found on the attached flyer.

Registration is done via the Smoke website –

If you have any questions about the training or registering please contact Ernie Close


WAMAA Fire Officer III 2017 Flyer

Entry Level Firefighter Application Process – Superior Township



The Charter Township of Superior will be accepting applications beginning Monday July 10, 2017 through Thursday August 24, 2017 for entry level firefighter. This process will be used to establish an eligibility list for 2 years. Duties of a firefighter include work in the protection of life and property; to operate and assist in maintaining equipment,apparatus and facilities; and to participate in rescue and fire prevention activities.



Must be a minimum of 18 years of age

Must be a U.S. citizen

Must have a high school diploma or equivalent

Must have a valid Michigan driver’s license with good record and no more than 6 pts in the last 5years



Michigan Firefighter Training Council Firefighter I&II Certification

State of Michigan or Equivalent Emergency Medical Technician— Basic License

Valid certificate of completion of Conference of Western Wayne written and physical agility testing (All certifications must be valid at time of application and job offer)

Photo Identification will be required for all phases of the application process and should be submitted with application packet



Information on testing opportunities can be obtained by contacting Schoolcraft College Testing Center at 734-462-4806.

Applications must be received by the Human Resource Department no later than 4:00p.m. Thursday August 24, 2017.

Interested candidates should contact the Charter Township of Superior Human Resource Department 3040 N. Prospect Road, Superior Township, Michigan 48198, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday or via e-mail to

U of M Ergonomics Tests

Hello WAMAA members.

I was contacted by Mr. Chuck Woolley of the University of Michigan’s Center for Ergonomics.  He is in need of 12 firefighters to test a new motorized ladder-mill designed for NIOSH.  His statements are below and a flyer with registration instructions is attached.


The National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety will be doing a major national study of firefighter ladder climbing for aerial ladders.   The study is to compare 12″ vs. 14″ rung spacing for future aerial ladder equipment specifications and will be performed in Morgantown, West Virginia, where NIOSH is headquartered.

The Center for Ergonomics here at U of Michigan has designed the ladder-mill for NIOSH and is doing some initial tests. We are in need of 12 firefighters to test the motorized ladder-mill.

The sponsors of this project include the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

Subjects will be paid $25/hour for up to four hours and mileage to and from Tecumseh where the device is located.

Thank you for your consideration.


Chuck Woolley

Research Area Specialist Lead, Lecturer II
Room G624 IOE
Center for Ergonomics
Industrial and Operations Engineering
University of Michigan


Michigan Firehouse Museum’s Annual Fire Truck Muster

Hello WAMAA members,

Below is an email I received from the Michigan Firehouse Museum and Education Center.  They are gearing up for their annual Fire Truck Muster and are looking for some volunteers to lend a hand and/or truck.  The event flyer and registration form is attached.  Hope to see you there!


The Michigan Firehouse Museum will be holding its annual Fire Truck Muster/Show on Saturday, August 19, 2017 in Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park from 10 am to 3 pm.  Join us for this free outdoor exhibition of fire apparatus showcasing rigs dating from the early 1920s right up to today.  Several trucks will be in operation drafting water from the Huron River. 

There will be special hands-on activities for children including a working hand pumper, bucket brigade demonstrations, pedal fire trucks, and a visit from Freddie the Fire Truck, a remote control fire truck provided by the Howell Fire Department.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to tour the Saline Fire Department’s smoke house trailer and fire safety information will be available from our friends at Safe Kids Huron Valley.  This year’s event is generously sponsored by Les Heddle/Edward Jones Investments.  

We would love to encourage area fire departments or any firefighters who own rigs in the area to participate so I have also included a registration form in the attachments.  Also, we can always use volunteers on the day of the event especially anyone who has experience driving fire trucks and might be willing to help us get some of the museum’s rigs down into the park. 

Maura Overland
Michigan Firehouse Museum & Education Center
110 W Cross Street
Ypsilanti, MI  48197

Muster 2017 Rig Registration Letter

Muster 2017 8.5×11 flyer

ICS-300 and ICS-400 Course Opportunities

Hello WAMAA Members,

An ICS-300 course, happening on June 19-21, and an ICS-400 course happening on June 22-23 will both be held at the Wayne County Community College District – MIPSE Center in Taylor.  Both session have a lot of availability and thanks to The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, these sessions are open to all disciplines at NO COST.

Instructions for registration can be found here.

WCTRT Water Rescue Group

Hello WAMAA members!

Below is the press release sent out by our Technical Rescue Team.  Please let it be known that the water rescue division of the TRT is equipped, trained, and ready for activation whenever needed.

April 2, 2017


The Washtenaw Area Mutual Aid Association, in cooperation with the Washtenaw County Homeland Security Task Force and the Washtenaw County Technical Rescue Team are proud to announce the Water Rescue group of the Technical Rescue Team.

The Washtenaw County Technical Rescue Team (WCTRT) was developed to respond to complicated rescue situations throughout Washtenaw County that require specialized skills and equipment. These specialized or technical rescues include rope, confined space, trench, and building collapse rescue incidents. Area fire departments also identified a need for assistance in responding to emergencies involving people in and around water. These types of incidents could involve canoeists overturned in swift water currents of the Huron River, or people trapped in their cars during floods. It was a natural fit to expand the WCTRT to be able to respond to these types of emergencies.

The water rescue group is comprised of personnel from Fire Departments throughout Washtenaw and Livingston County as well as paramedics from Huron Valley Ambulance. The group is currently comprised of 16 members lead by the WCTRT operational staff. Management oversight is provided by a board of fire chiefs from across the county.

The team operates with two rescue squads, and a boat, as well as a utility truck and an additional boat from Ann Arbor. Currently these rescue vehicles are stored in the Dexter area, Ann Arbor Township. and Ann Arbor city fire stations. The Fire Departments there have agreed to deploy them anywhere the team is needed.

The team trains once monthly. After nearly 200 hours of training to include practicing multiple realistic scenarios that involve rescuing persons trapped in or around water, the group is now operational.

The training and equipment to properly address these incidents is very expensive. And the risk level has been extremely high to the first responders attempting the rescue. While the rescue efforts in the past have been the responsibility of the local fire departments, this team will provide for a local, central, organized resource that can respond with state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained rescuers to handle incidents such as these in the future.

Funding for the team comes from a myriad of sources. Much of the equipment was purchased under grants made available by the Washtenaw County Homeland Security Task Force under grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Two of the response vehicles were donated to the team by Huron Valley Ambulance. Also, some existing equipment was made available by the City of Ann Arbor Fire Department. Members of the team also solicited donations to include one of the boats and some of the personal protective equipment. Compensation for the members, while they are training or deployed, is the responsibility of the emergency service agency they are members of. Ongoing operational expenses are expected to be covered by the Fire Departments in Washtenaw County under cost recovery ordinances that are designed to recoup response costs from incidents that require the deployment of the team.

The Team is a great example of a cooperative working agreement involving many agencies and jurisdictions that addresses a regional need in a very cost effective manner.

For further information, please contact Director Mike Chevrette of the Washtenaw County Technical Rescue Team at

Company Officer 1 and 2 Program

Hello WAMAA members,

Through June and July there will be a Company Officer 1 and 2 program held in Ann Arbor Township.

Course Description:
The purpose of the Fire Officer I course is to provide entry-level fire officers with the knowledge and skills to meet the minimum job performance requirements for paid and volunteer fire officers.   Fire Officer I candidates must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to function safely and effectively as an integral member of a firefighter team.  When engaged in hazardous activities, the Fire Officer I work under direct supervision of a senior company officer and as a team leader.    The purpose of the Fire Officer II course is to provide officers at the second level of progression with the knowledge and skills to meet the minimum job performance requirements for paid and volunteer fire officers.  Fire Officer II candidates must demonstrate the depth of knowledge and skills necessary to function under general supervision.  A person trained at the Fire Officer II level will function safely and effectively as an integral member of a team of equally or less experienced firefighters to accomplish a series of tasks.    This is a combined Fire Officer I & II program and will not be separated.    The Company Officer I & II program provides insight into the role of the officer as defined by   NFPA 1021, the Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications.

Please check the attached flyer for prerequisites, dates, and registration info.


Company Officer I & II WAMAA 2017 Flyer

Fire Instructor 1 Program

Hello WAMAA members,

There will be a Fire Instructor One program occurring in June.

The Michigan Fire Instructor-I program utilized the NFPA 1041 standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Service Instructors as it’s guide.  All sections of this program comply with NFPA 1041 standard for Instructor I.
This is a five (5) day course.  Attendance at each class session is mandatory.  A large amount of information will be missed and can’t be made up.  Prior to the first day of class, you are required to read Chapters 1-9 in the IFSTA, Fire and Emergency Services Instructor, 8th Edition.  In addition, you must complete the study guide (Chapters 1 thru 9) workbook that goes with this IFSTA manual and turn it in on Day 1 for review.
Minimum Requirements for INSTRUCTOR I Probationary Applicant:

  • Must be a member, or have been a member, with the last five years of an organized Michigan fire department
  • Must possess Fire Fighter I and II certification
  • Must complete FFTD Instructor Orientation class since 2009.  This course may be completed after the Instructor I program
  • Must have a minimum of three (3) years firefighting experience at the time of application and be certified at the level/course they wish to instruct.  (Minimum Fire Fighter II or at least one (1) of the wild land specialty/subject matter expert courses.)


See the attached flyer for more details and registration inf0.


Instructor One WAMAA 2017 Flyer

MFFTC Instructor Orientation

MFFTC Instructor Orientation – May 10th, 2017 in Northfield Township.

This course covers MFFTC Structure and Services and OFFT Administrative Policies and Procedures, which an instructor must be knowledgeable in. This segment will provide an understanding of the course structure and materials that will be used during the course presentation and practical skills training.

See flyer below for more details

WAMAA Instructor Orientation Flyer

Annual Firefighters Picnic

Hello WAMAA members!

Mark your calendars! The Washtenaw Area Firefighters Picnic is scheduled for Wednesday, August 16th, 5:30pm at Dexter’s American Legion Post 557.

  • Socialize and enjoy a great meal with over 150 firefighters,
    vendors and friends of the fire service.
  • 50/50 raffle and door prizes
  • Fire Apparatus on Display (Bring yours to show off)
  • Vendor Tent (display space is available 8 foot tables in 20’x40’ tent)
  • Demonstration of equipment is encouraged
  • Door prizes are greatly appreciated
  • Cash donations are also appreciated to offset the cost of this event
  • We need to raise over $1,500.00 to host this event
  • Our goal is to provide dinner and door prizes for each attendee at NO COST
  • HART truck will be on display.
  • Fundraiser to support HART continued operation.
  • Vendors please RSVP for table space

For meal planning head count please call the Dexter Area Fire Department (734) 426-4500 with the number of attendees.

Summer Picnic Flyer Dexter – HART Flyer



18th Annual Washtenaw County Hazmat Golf Benefit

Hello WAMAA members and friends!

The 18th Annual Washtenaw County Hazardous Materials Team Golf Benefit is set for August 21st, 2017.

Please come out and support the Hazmat Team while enjoying great company and great golf at the beautiful Barton Hills Country Club.

This event fills up fast so you are encouraged to send in your registration and/or sponsorship quickly.

Questions can be directed to Tim Andrews or Don Dettling and full information for registration and sponsorship can be found on the attached form.

Your support is very appreciated.

2017 Hazmat Golf Registration Form

Fire Officer 1 and 2 Co-Requisites Program

Hello WAMAA Members!

A Fire Officer 1 and 2 Co-Requisites program is being held in Northfield Township from to March to May.  The courses are…

  • Education Methodology
  • Incident Command System and Rescue Management
  • Firefighting Strategies and Tactics
  • Incident Safety Officer

The program’s flyer is attached below with all the details and instructions on how to sign up.

2017 – WAMAA Company Officer Prerequisites Flyer

Instructor Level Training Opportunities

Hello WAMAA Members,

There are some great instructor level trainings being offered to us.  The flyers with all the details for each class are attached below.  Check them out!

Emergency Vehicle Driver Training – Instructor Level
Emergency Services UTA/ATV Safety – Instructor Level
Emergency Services Trailer Operations and Safety – Instructor Level
Traffic Incident Management for Emergency Responders (SHRP2 Equivalent) – Instructor Level