To serve the fire coverage area, and other fire departments, through mutual aid, by protecting life, property, and the environment; by providing fire safety education, inspections, suppression, investigations, emergency medical support, disaster response, and hazardous materials mitigation. We will give the highest level of service possible with the level of resources provided to this department, in the most efficient, and cost effective manner possible.
The Richland Township Fire Department was organized in 1922, as one of the earliest fire departments in Saginaw County. Richland Township Fire Department covered the following Townships: Richland, Fremont, Ingersoll (Midland County), Swan Creek, James, and Thomas. In 1963, Thomas Township and James Township Fire Departments were organized and Swan Creek Township joined the Tri Township Fire District in St. Charles.
Presently we cover 36 square miles in Richland Township, 24 square miles in Fremont Township, and 6 square miles in Ingersoll Township. The approximate population for all three coverage areas is 7,500. We have a mutual aid pact with all Saginaw County Fire Departments, giving us access to all their Fire Fighters and equipment, if needed.
Richland Township Fire Department is funded by a special assessment in Richland Township and contract fees with Fremont and Ingersoll Townships.
The Fire Department's headquarters are located at 1099 N. Hemlock Road, Hemlock, Michigan 48626. It is our third station since organization and was built in 1986, replacing one that was built in 1948, which replaced the original station which was built in 1922. Our equipment consists of two-class A pumpers, one water tender, one rescue unit, and two brush units.
Richland Township Fire Department responds to approximately 350 alarms per year. Richland Township Fire Department responds to all medical calls to assist Mobile Medical Response (MMR), the area ambulance service, with pre-hospital emergency treatment. Richland Township Fire Department hires Fire Fighters on an as needed basis. Applications are available at the Richland Township Administration Office, 1180 North Hemlock Road, Hemlock, Michigan.
In January 2004, the Richland Township Police Department headquarters was added to the station to better serve the public at a lesser expense.
There have been 14 Fire Chiefs since organization which include:
The following roster is current as of January 1, 2015:
Chief: Michael Morse
Assistant Chief: Jeremy Scott
Captain: David Bouliew
Lieutenant: Nick Scoles
Lieutenant: Andrew Morse
Matthew Boettcher John Rick
Cody Pedlar Timothy Trim
Scott Rose Rebecca Smith
Robert Gilmour Ron Gilginas
Nathon Hascall Benton Wenzel
David Hoffman Josh Morse
James Jesselaitus Daniel McGeathy
Past Members of the Richland Township Fire Department:
* Charter Member
** Served As Fire Command Officer
*** Served In U.S. Military
The Hemlock Volunteer Fire Fighters Association has purchased a Thermal Imaging Camera. The camera has been given to the Richland Township Fire Department, and placed in service, after Fire Fighters were trained with it. The cost of the camera was $10,000.00, and bought with money donated by citizens and organizations of the area. The donations were in Honor or in Memory of loved ones. A complete list of donors is available at the Fire Station.
The donation fund is still in existence and all donations are used for non disposable life saving equipment. If you would like to make a donation you can make checks payable to, Hemlock Volunteer Fire Fighters Association, and mail to 1099 North Hemlock Road, Hemlock, Michigan 48626.
We thank all of you for your support in the past, and look forward to serving your needs in the future.
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Interested in serving on the Richland Township Fire Department? Please submit the following application to the Richland Township Administration Office, 1180 North Hemlock Road, Hemlock, MI 48626. All applicants will participate in an interview with final approval by the Richland Township Board.