Alpena Fire Department / Alpena County EMS
501 W. Chisholm St.
Alpena, Michigan 49707
Bill Forbush, EFO
Fire Chief Phone: 989.354.1840
The Fire Chief is the departments lead administrator, and oversees all aspects of the fire department's operation. Chief Forbush has 40 years of experience in emergency services and is in a leadership role in local, regional, state, and national professional groups. Chief Forbush is a graduate of the elite National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program, as well as the Eastern Michigan University School of Fire Staff and Command, and the University of Maryland/IAFC National School of Fire Staff and Command. He holds a Bachelors degree in Public Safety from Siena Heights University, and is a Paramedic Instructor-Coordinator, Fire Instructor and Fire Officer III. Chief Forbush represents the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs on the the State EMS Coordination Committee.
The Alpena Fire Department is an all-hazard emergency service. Thirty career firefighter/paramedics stand ready to respond to a wide array of situations. These include fire suppression, hazardous materials, specialized rescue including confined space, high-angle, cold water and ice rescue, and advanced life support emergency medical services.
Alpena firefighter/paramedics provide the highest level of medical care available outside of a hospital. Through an interlocal agreement with Alpena County, Alpena City Fire provides paramedic ambulance response for not only the City of Alpena, but also the townships of Alpena, Green, Long Rapids, Maple Ridge, Ossineke, Sanborn, Wellington, and Wilson.
Two specially equipped Mobile Intensive Care Units staffed by UMBC CCEMTP certified critical care paramedics provide care and transportation for critically ill or injured patients being transferred to larger medical centers for definitive care.
In addition to its City and County roles, AFD is temporarily providing fire and emergency services to the north half of the Charter Township of Alpena. Next month, a five year management and response agreement with Presque Isle Township will end, as AFD and community volunteers have fully rebuilt the failed department and a new, well staffed and equipped governmental agency stands in its place.
Alpena Fire is a member of the Michigan Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 3701.,
and the MI-Prevention Community Risk Reduction initiative.
Chief Forbush and Deputy Chief Edmonds are volunteer advocates for the
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's Everyone Goes Home program
encouraging a culture of safety at AFD and beyond