Munising Township Fire Department
Fire protection services are provided by up to 30 volunteer firefighters, one fire chief, one assistant fire chief and one captain. Several firefighters throughout the County are trained as EMT’s as well. The Fire Department is located at E9630 Prospect Street in Wetmore and is part of the Munising Township Office Complex. The Chief’s office and a training office as well as showers are located in the Fire Department.
Fire trucks include a 2015 Ford 550 with compressed air foam and 375 gallons on board and rescue tools, a 2007 Sterling Vacuum tanker with 3000 gallons on board, a 2001 Pierce with 1500 gpm Waterous pump with 3000 gallons on board, a 2000 Freightliner Pumper Tanker 1500 gpm Waterous pump with 3000 gallons on board, and a 1986 utility/brush truck.
The Township’s assigned fire insurance rating is a nine (9) rating as determined by the Insurance Service Office (ISO) Commercial Risk, Inc. In rating a community, total deficiency points in the areas of evaluation are used to assign a numerical rating of 1 to 10. The best protection is 1 and 10 would be a community that is essentially unprotected. Where a single number is assigned, all properties within the classified area receive that rating. Where more than one classification is indicated, the first number applies to properties located within five (5) road miles of the responding fire department and within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant. Class 9 applies to properties located within 5 road miles of the responding fire department but over 1,000 feet from a fire hydrant. Class 10 applies to properties located more than 5 miles from the responding fire department. There are no hydrants in the Township, with the exception of hydrants located in the Industrial Park. A dry hydrant is found on Knox Street.
Mutual aid agreements currently exist between the Munising Township Fire Department, the City of Munising and the fire departments of the surrounding townships in Alger County, as well as the Tri-County Volunteer Fire Department. The Township also has a mutual aid agreement with Hiawatha Township in Schoolcraft County. Mutual aid agreements between fire departments provide for cooperation in the use of personnel and fire equipment for the safety, health and welfare of the people of the respective units of government in times of emergency.