Frederic Township Fire Department

We’re at Our Best When Nature is at Her Worst

In the event that Munson Healthcare, Grayling Hospital or their Emergency Room is evacuated or shut down due to either man-made or natural causes; an activation request would be made through Region 7 Bioterrorism Network to dispatch Frederic Township Fire Department’s Homeland Security Division Mass Casualty Unit to a predetermined location in Grayling and/or Frederic Township. During which time we in conjunction with our partners from Otsego County EMS would work to re-establish Munson Healthcare, Grayling Hospital’s ER operations. At Frederic Township Fire Department we pride ourselves in our participation in quarterly drills in preparation for such potential disasters.  So much so that while working with our partnering agencies we are able to have an alternate ER or Mass Care Facility site set up within 30 minutes of our arrival on scene.  Our roster includes dedicated staff with training in Basic and Advanced Disaster Life Support with more employees being sent for such training with each class put on by Region 7.


During the fall of 2012 the students and full time staff of the Frederic Township Fire Department (FTFD) EMT-Specialist Program received a unique opportunity to practice their skills while working with a Sim-Mannequin. In EMS training it is standard practice to use mannequin heads, arms, and even bones to learn skills such as performing IV starts, and advanced airway management skills. Despite this being a common practice in the EMS teaching world it is a rare opportunity for students to have the chance to work with a full simulation mannequin. On loan from Region 7, this mannequin breaths, has a pulse, blood pressure and is even able to speak to the students.


The automation for these mannequins is performed by a computer program run by technicians who participate in 16 hour classes. FTFD has personnel who are trained to run the Sim-Man program from a laptop computer. The trailer houses the Sim-Man and it's equipment and has separate rooms built into it, a room is housed with a monitor to simulate the heart monitors used in ambulances to keep track of patient vitals, the Sim-Man himself and even a TV used to replay the video recorded scenarios for critiquing provider performance.



Frederic Township Fire Department has partnered with Citizen Corps to form, administer, and oversee Crawford County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  These are highly trained volunteers that support emergency services throughout Crawford County and surrounding communities.  In the event of a large scale disaster, or any planned community event where an extra hand is needed to direct traffic, citizens, or offer first aid services. 


For more information on Flood, Thunderstorm and Tornado preparedness please click on the file below 
CERT Team Training along side members of Frederic Fire and Bear Lake Fire in a Mass Casualty Drill
Mass Casualty Training Drill Kalkaska County, Bear Lake Township
Mass Casualty Drill Frederic Township
        CERT Training
      at Camp Grayling

         WHAT IS CERT?

The CERT course will benefit any citizen who takes it. This individual will be better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster. Additionally, if a community wants to supplement its response capability after a disaster, civilians can be recruited and trained as neighborhood, business, and government teams that, in essence, will be auxiliary responders. These groups can provide immediate assistance to victims in their area, organize spontaneous volunteers who have not had the training, and collect disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders with prioritization and allocation of resources following a disaster

The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.