Brief History of Addison Township Fire Department
- In 1949 the Village of Leonard built a fire hall, and on November 27, 1949 the township
organized it's fire department with Robert McCallum as it's first Fire Chief.
- A GMC Model FC-454 with a special fire-fighting body and equipment was the department's
- Our first ambulance was purchased in the late 50's, which led us into medical transports.
- Station #2 was built at 1442 Rochester Rd. in Lakeville in 1987
- in the 1980's the fire department went to the public for a millage separate from the
Townships general fund, this has given us a great advantage in projecting future
- The 1st full time employee was Chief George Spencer in 1998
- Station #1 was built at 4026 Forest St. Leonard in 2004 (this replace our original station)
|| Past Addison Fire Chiefs
1949-1955 Robert McCallum:
1st Fire Chief - started Addison Twp. Fire Department
1956-1958 Elmer Powell:
Started a cadet program and purchased the 1st ambulance
1958-1956 Edward Porter
1966-1967 John Hawk
1967-1970 Edward Porter
1970-1970 Ramon Bundy:
Purchased first grass rig
1971-1972 John Sutherby
1972-1978 Charles Hamilton:
Purchased 1973 GMC pumper and 1974 GMC pumper
1979-1983 Jim Ostrander:
Purchased new ambulance
1983-1987 WIlliam Wagner:
Built St#2 in Lakeville, purchase new ambulance
1987-1990 D.L. Sellers:
Implemented Fire I and Fire II training program. Purchased 1987 tanker, brought department into the digital age.
1990-1994 Robert Schulz:
Purchased 1993 squad and 1991 Darley Engine
1994-1995 David Powell
1995-1998 Kenneth Coon:
Purchased 1998 Pierce Engine, water rescue boat. and implemented a Dive team.
1998-2009 George Spencer:
Built St#1 in Leonard, initiated ALS transport, and was the first full time employee
2009-current Jerry Morawski:
Received over $360,000 in grant money, created a Master plan which outlines our current operational tasks as well as the requirements for development, training
and growth necessary to meet the challenges for the future. Purchased 2 ambulances, technical rescue trailer, and command car. Continued streamlining
of our emergency medical operations.