Fire and Rescue Department

Fire Dep

Marquette Township Fire and Rescue was formed in 1975 with 14 members. Currently the department has a roster of 30 active members. Marquette Township Fire and Rescue is a combination department that provides Fire, EMS, Technical Rescue, and Hazmat response for residents and visitors to our community. Our address is 2801 Venture Drive, Marquette, MI 49855. Our phone number is 906-228-4296.


Our Mission: To minimize the exposure of the Charter Township of Marquette to the consequences of Fire, Medical and Environmental Emergencies through Prevention, Planning and Response.

Our Vision: A complete emergency services organization dedicated to professionalism, teamwork and excellence.

Our Values and Beliefs: The citizens of the Charter Township of Marquette are valued as customers for the services we provide. They deserve our best effort every time we respond to their emergencies. They are to be treated with dignity and professionalism at all times.

To maintain the highest level of ethical standards, integrity and professionalism, in every aspect of our service. No matter how fast-paced or pressure-filled our mission of service may be, all our efforts must be thoughtfully planned and executed within the spirit of time-proven principles and values, to falter in any way would be unthinkable.

We believe that the Marquette Township Fire and Rescue Department has a role in all programs that impact the safety of our citizens, visitors, property, and environment. It is our responsibility to constantly improve existing programs and to look for additional means to minimize the loss of life and property within our jurisdiction.

We believe that a prevention efforts through public education, code development and enforcement, community planning, and investigation are the best way to reduce the impact of fire, medical, and environmental emergencies.

Employees are the department’s most valued resource. Their involvement in decisions that affect the organization is the best way to assure continued improvement and attainment of excellence.

These are the cornerstones of the Marquette Township Fire and Rescue Department philosophy.


The Fire Prevention Bureau ensures that Marquette Township is a safe and healthy place to live, work, and visit by conducting fire and life safety inspections, site plan, architectural construction plan review, and public education programs. The staff consists of a Fire Marshal and an Assistant Fire Inspector with administrative support from the entire Fire Department.


Through Education, Cooperation and Code Enforcement, the Fire Marshal’s office will strive to keep Marquette Township a safe and healthy place to live, work, and visit.


Issue fire permits, Provide public education, Investigate fires, Enforce fire codes and ordinances, Inspect all types of occupancies, Review building plans, Review fire and emergency system plans, Test fire and emergency equipment, Coordinate Emergency Preparedness, Maintain records, and Maintain public relations.


The Fire Safety Inspection Program provides aid to businesses in meeting code requirements. The purpose of inspections is to protect life and property by identifying unsafe conditions/practices that contribute to the cause and spread of fire. When planning a formal inspection, a fire inspector will consider how to cause the least interference with the operation of the business. After the inspection, the inspector will review with the owner or manager any unsafe conditions or practices and will suggest corrections. Time will be given to resolve any violations and a date will be set for a re-inspection. Re-inspections will continue until all violations are cleared. Fines may be levied if voluntary compliance cannot be achieved.


The Fire Marshal’s office investigates the cause, origin, and circumstances of every fire in the township where property has been damaged or destroyed. Further, the Fire Marshal’s office investigates whether fire(s) result from carelessness or design. Investigations are conducted within 24 hours of a fire. If, in the opinion of the Fire Marshal, evidence exists to levy a charge of arson, attempted arson, conspiracy to defraud, or any criminal conduct in connection with a fire, the investigation will be turned over to the Michigan State Police arson investigator.


Marquette Township has adopted the following Fire codes: NFPA 1, 2012 edition, NFPA Life Safety 101, 2012 edition as well as documents referenced in chapter 32 of Life Safety 101, 2012 edition.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Dan Shanahan, Fire Chief Fire Chief (906) 228-4296 Ext. 303
Rob Cochran Asst. Fire Chief / Fire Inspector (906) 228-4296 Ext 307
Mike Gregorich Fire Captain (906) 228-4296 Ext. 304