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Fire Chief

David B. Nelson, III

The City boasts a paid on call department with 20 highly trained active members and very modern equipment. The Ithaca Fire-Rescue Department serves the City of Ithaca, as well as a portion of Arcada, Emerson, Lafayette, Newark, New Haven and North Star townships in Gratiot County totaling 113 square miles. The department provides fire suppression, vehicle extrication, emergency traffic management, medical first response and operations level hazardous material response. The department also supports the community through participation in local events and with a close working relationship with the Ithaca Public Schools providing fire prevention education to their students and medical standby at sporting events. The department is also a participating member of the Gratiot County Fire Mutual Aid Agreement and gives and receives mutual aid services with all six Fire Departments in the county.

Chief David Nelson is responsible for all administrative and operational functions including short and long term planning for the department. Chief Nelson prepares and oversees department budgets and also provides fire safety inspections and fire prevention education for the community. In addition, Chief Nelson is the current President of the Gratiot County Fire Chiefs Association and Chairman of Gratiot County Central Dispatch Authority, along with serving on the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for the Department of Homeland Security, the Gratiot County Ambulance Advisory Board and the Medical Control Authority Board for Mid-Michigan Medical Center-Gratiot. Chief Nelson joined the department in 1981 and has served as Fire Chief since 2002.

Map of Areas Served

Memorial Donations

If you would like to make a donation to the Fire or First Responders Departments, please use the form below.  Your donation will be acknowledge with a Thank You letter and can be tax deductible.

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Ithaca Fire/Rescue Employee Roster & Certifications

DAVID B. NELSON III
FIRE CHIEF
FFII/FOIII/ EMT
HAZ/MAT-OPS
NIMS-IS-100/200/
300/400/700/800

RANDY ESTER
ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF
FFII/FOI
HAZ/MAT-AWR
NIMS-IS-100/200/700

MARTIN LOTT
CAPTAIN
FFII/FOIII
HAZ/MAT-OPS
NIMS-IS-100/200/700/800

PHIL RONDY
LIEUTENANT
FFII/FOII/MFR
FIRE INST-I
HAZ/MAT-OPS
NIMS-IS-100/200/300/400
700/800

JEREMY GALLAGHER
2ND LIEUTENANT
FFII/FOII/MFR
FIRE INST-I
HAZ/MAT-OPS
NIMS-IS-100/200/300/400
700/800

KEVIN BOWEN
ENGINEER
FFI
NIMS-IS-100/200/700

DARYL COOPER
ENGINEER
FFII
HAZ/MAT-OPS
NIMS-IS-100/200/700

RICK BONGARD
MEDICAL OFFICER
FFII/EMT
HAZ/MAT-OPS
NIMS-IS-100/200/700

HAYLEIGH COOPER
FIREFIGHTER
FFII
MFR
HAZ/MAT-OPS
NIMS-IS-100/200/700

DAN DAME
FIREFIGHTER
FFII
HAZ/MAT-OPS
NIMS-IS-100/200/700

BRANDON ESTER
FIREFIGHTER
FFII/FOII/FOII
MFR
HAZ/MAT-OPS
NIMS-IS-100/200/700

JAMIE GULICK
FIREFIGHTER

FFII/FOIII
EMT
HAZ/MAT-OPS
NIMS-IS-100/200/700/800

DYLAN MCGILL
FIREFIGHTER
FFII
HAZ/MAT-OPS
NIMS-IS-100/200/700/800

JUSTIN PRESTLER
FIREFIGHTER
FFII
EMT
HAZ/MAT-OPS
NIMS-IS-100/200/700/800

JOE VOZAR
FIREFIGHTER
FFII
MFR
HAZ/MAT-OPS
NIMS-IS-100/200/700

DILLON WEAVER
FIREFIGHTER
FFII
EMT
HAZ/MAT-OPS
NIMS-IS-100/200/700

DAVE WEBER
FIREFIGHTER
FFII/FOII/ MFR
HAZ/MAT-OPS
NIMS-IS-100/200/700/800

LINDA BONGARD
MEDICAL RESPONDER
LPN
EMT
NIMS-IS-100/200/700

TONY LEITER
MEDICAL RESPONDER
FFII
EMT
HAZ/MAT-OPS
NIMS-IS-100/200/700/800

RUSS PIERCE
DEPT. PHOTOGRAPHER
EMT
NIMS-IS-100/200/700

How to Reach Fire/Rescue

To contact the Ithaca Fire/Rescue Department for non emergencies, please call (989) 875-3968, or e-mail dnelson@ithacami.com.

For emergency, please call 911.

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