On Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department is hosting its first-ever Community Forum. They will share last year’s annual report and allow citizens to share their concerns.
Subway Fire Chief Pat Parker says it will be more of a listening session for firefighters.
“We would like to hear from our citizens: what do they want from their fire department, what are the things we can do to improve ourselves,” says Parker.
The meeting is open to citizens of Garfield, Acme and East Bay Townships and will be held in the cafeteria of Traverse City East Middle School.
The fire department will also respond to the need for more firefighters. Parker says firefighter runs increased 13% last year.
“We, like other employers, had trouble finding employees,” admits Parker. “The 2020 census showed that this area grew by about 7%. We must follow these times. »
Along with more firefighters, Parker also says they need a new fire station in Acme, as well as a third fire station in Garfield Township.
Additionally, Parker hopes the forum will help them understand the staffing shortage.
“Maybe the public can help us understand: is there a segment in our demography who would like to become a firefighter? Parker said.
The Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department believes Wednesday’s forum will help them better serve the community.
“We often hear from people, ‘oh thank you, thank you for what you’re doing,’ and you know sometimes you think you’re okay,” Parker said. “Is there anything our citizens would like more from firefighters? They pay quite a bit of tax to the fire department, so we want to make sure we’re providing some value to our citizens.