Grosse Ile Fire Dept celebrates their 75th anniversary

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The Grosse Ile Fire Dept held an open house in celebration of their 75th anniversary in Fall 2018.   Photo by Jane Fijal, Grosse Ile Profile

75th Anniversary Celebration

The Grosse Ile Township Fire Department consists of a fire chief, fire marshal, and twenty-nine committed men and women volunteer firefighters ready to respond to any emergency.

The Fire Department celebrated their 75th anniversary with an open house on the first Sunday of October. Members of the community were invited to activities like equipment demonstrations, face painting, and an up-close look at the department and its vehicles. Hot dogs and ice cream was served to visitors.

Before becoming firefighters, all volunteers complete Firefighter 1 and 2, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) training and some special courses like Water Rescue or Training in Confined Spaces. Volunteer firefighters can take these courses through Monroe County Community College, Macomb Community College, or other area community colleges that offer fire science courses. After successful completion of fire science education and training, the volunteer firefighters carry personal pagers. If a volunteer firefighter is in the geographical area of the emergency, they respond to it as quickly as they can. “The volunteers are very dedicated to the community and the fire service,” says Duncan Murdoch, fire chief of the Grosse Ile Fire Department.

The fire department uses a variety of vehicles to help in an emergency like two pumper trucks, an airboat; the fire chief’s vehicle, which contains a mobile command center, the Jaws of Life; and a pursuit boat that’s docked on the Detroit River.

The Grosse Ile Fire and Police Departments also operate a command center within the Grosse Ile Township Public Safety Building. The Center is powered by a generator and has access to the Reverse 911 System, the Outdoor Warning System, Weather Station Grosse Ile, cable TV, maps of the community, and 1700 AM radio.

Grosse Ile volunteer firefighters range in age from 26 to 78 and are equipped with the skills and resources to respond to any kind of crisis. Applications are available at the fire department for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer.


Before becoming firefighters, all volunteers complete:

  • Firefighter 1 and 2
  • Emergency Medical Service (EMS) training
  • Special courses like Water Rescue or Training in Confined Spaces



Our volunteer firefighters range in age from 26 to 78 and are equipped to respond to any type of crisis.

Duncan Murdock, Fire Chief

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