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The Blue Lake Fire Station is located at 7534 Blue Lake Rd - Kalkaska, MI 49646 just north of Blue Lake.

Blue Lake Township Fire Department meets every Monday evening at 7pm for training on all types of fire and medical responses. 

BURN PERMITS- click on the link below to see if burn permits are issued for the day and time you would like to burn. 


New to the Department in August 2020 is a 4 person 12 foot Mercury rescue boat. This new piece of equipment , weighing only 235 lbs,  allows Firefighters to enter the boat at any waters edge without the need for a boat ramp.  

Blue Lake Township Fire Department welcomes our newest members to the Department;

Greg Root- (start date is 09/03/2020)

Matt Ellis- (start date is 09/03/2020)

Rick Marcinkus- (start date is 10/01/2020)


Blue Lake Township  Fire Chief Greg Brierley.

Chief Brierley took over the Fire Department May 1st 2020 replacing Bob Barr who has been Fire Chief for the Last 20+ years. Bob will be staying on the department as Captain.

Chief Brierley has been with the  Blue Lake Twp Fire Department for the past 20 years, and brings with him a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge. Prior to taking over as Chief he retired from the City of Ypsilanti Fire Department in 2014 where he was a Firefigher/ Engineer, HazMat Technician, EMT, and Arson Investigator. He has also been with the Milan Area Fire department for the past 30 years where he has held the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Fire Chief, and Fire Marshal. 


Fire Chiefs report For Sept 2020

Blue Lake Township Fire Department is prepared to handle any and all Emergency During the Covid 19 order. Your First responders may look a little different as we enter your home on a medical emergency but this is to protect everyone during these abnormal times.



Blue Lake Township run percentages for Sept. 2020

60% of calls responded to where for medical assistance

40%  where Fire related responses.


Blue Lake Twp Firefighters Academy started the first of June. The academy will prepare 6 or our Firefighters with the knowledge and skills they will need to pass the State Firefighters exam in March 2021.  

The Blue Lake Twp Fire Department is a paid on call Department. Our Firefighters are paid by the hour for calls they respond to, and all training is paid. Firefighters respond to the station when an emergency call is dispatched from Kalkaska County Sheriff Department. 


If you are interested in learning more about the Blue Lake Twp. Fire Department contact Fire Chief Greg Brierley (734-216-9137) or email bluelakefirechief@att.net

A five year millage of 1.0 was passed by the voters on August 3, 2016 which maintains the Fire Departments Budget. This millage is active till Aug 2021. The Fire Department uses these fund for operational and equipment needs.

Members of the Fire Department:

  • Greg Brierley, Chief, EMT, Firefighter I & II, Haz Mat Tech.
  • Randy Dickens, Assistant Chief, EMT, Firefighter I & II
  • Bob Barr, Captain, EMT, Firefighter I & II
  • Kerry Boyer, Lieutenant, EMT, Firefighter I & II, IC
  • Jeff Lavender, MFR, Firefighter I & II
  • Cody Brierley, EMT, Firefighter I & II, Haz Mat
  • Mary Shaw, MFR, Firefighter I
  • Larry Shoemaker, MFR, Firefighter I & II
  • Jack Walls, Engineer/FF
  • Todd Brozovich  FF
  • Pam Clark, FF
  • Mike Clark, MFR, FF
  • Dean McClenaghan, EMR/FF
  • Kevin Ivkovich,  FF
  • Samantha Hill,  FF
  • Greg Root, Probationary FF
  • Matt Ellis, Probationary FF 
  • Alex Porter Probationary FF
  • Rich Marcinkus FF
  • K-9 Benelli, Search & Rescue