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FIRE SERVICES

Kurt Gernaat, Fire Chief
Click here for the Blendon Township Fire Department web site.

Our History
Our township first started with a shared fire department with Olive Township, which worked very well for many years. But as each township started to grow, and as the need for better coverage on the far sides of each township arose, the township formed a committee to study the need for better coverage. Over time, Georgetown Township, which had a station in Bauer, was asked to help cover the eastern part of Blendon. This also worked well for several years, until Georgetown informed us of their intent to build a new station further into Georgetown Township. Although this was a long-term plan, Blendon Township knew that they needed to start planning as well. At that time Blendon decided to build our own station at 54th and Tyler to cover the eastern side of the township. For the first few years it was filled with Georgetown equipment, and firefighters, from both Georgetown and Blendon. The Georgetown firefighters trained the Blendon firefighters until they had their own new station built in Georgetown, and moved out of the Tyler St. station. Blendon then filled the Tyler St. station with their own equipment, an Engine, a Tanker, and a Medical unit, and started the Blendon Township Fire Department. Dave Fordon was appointed as acting Chief, until the first Chief, Ken Haveman was hired. We still continued the merger with Olive Township for the western part of the township for several years, but as time went by, and both departments began to strengthen their own departments, the split was made. At this time, Blendon purchased another Engine, and a Tanker, and another Medical unit to fill the Borculo station that we acquired in the split. We have continued to put firefighters through schooling, and added a few necessary pieces of equipment over time to build a very well run Department.

Who we are now
The Blendon Township fire department consists of 36 volunteer (paid on call) firefighters, including the Chief, the Deputy Chief, 2 Captains, and 3 Lieutenants. We respond to an average of about 200 calls each year, which has been increasing slightly over the last couple of years. Most of our calls are medical emergencies.


Click here for the Blendon Township Fire Department web site.

Blendon Township Hall
7161  72nd Avenue
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 875-7707   Fax: (616) 875-7034
Office Hours : Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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