Fire Chief

Fire Chief

City of Alpena Fire Department / Alpena County EMS
501 W. Chisholm St., Alpena, Michigan  49707
Phone: 989.354.1850, Fax: 989.354.1805
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Fire Chief
Rob Edmonds
Fire Chief Phone: 989.354.1841

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The Fire Chief is the departments lead administrator, and oversees all aspects of the fire department's operation. Chief Edmonds  has 34 years of experience in emergency services and 16 years of experience as a Command Officer with the City of Alpena.  Chief Edmonds is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University School of Fire Staff and Command, and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Studies from Siena Heights University. Additionally, Chief Edmonds holds a certification from the State of Michigan as a Paramedic Instructor/Coordinator and his certification from MIFFTC as a Fire Instructor.  Also, Chief is an Adjunct Instructor for North Central Michigan College for their Paramedic Program. 

The Alpena Fire Department is an all-hazard emergency service with full-time, career firefighter/paramedics ready to respond to a wide array of situations. These include fire suppression, hazardous materials, specialized rescue including confined space, high-angle, cold water and ice rescue, and advanced life support emergency medical services. 

Alpena firefighter/paramedics provide the highest level of medical care available outside of a hospital. Through an interlocal agreement with Alpena County, Alpena City Fire provides paramedic ambulance response for not only the City of Alpena, but also the townships of Alpena, Green, Long Rapids, Maple Ridge, Ossineke, Sanborn, Wellington, and Wilson.

Two specially equipped Mobile Intensive Care Units staffed by UMBC CCEMTP certified critical care paramedics provide care and transportation for critically ill or injured patients being transferred to larger medical centers for definitive care.  




Alpena Fire is a member of the Michigan Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) Division 3701.,
and the MI-Prevention Community Risk Reduction initiative.

Chief Edmonds are volunteer advocates for the
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation's Everyone Goes Home program
encouraging a culture of safety at AFD and beyond