MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — Three new men have been hired to join the Montcalm Township Fire Department.
During the township’s Wednesday night meeting, Fire Chief Clif Dickinson presented to the board three candidates who would make a good addition to the fire department. The board unanimously approved the new firefighters.
“I am pretty impressed with the lengths they went to to conduct these interviews,” said Montcalm Township Supervisor Michael Adams.
Dickinson said interviews were conducted through a number point system with each question being on a rating scale of 1 to 5.
“Based on how they answered is how the points were given out,” said Dickinson, noting the highest score was 70.
Martin Toren, 23, is the manager at Tractor Supply Co. in Greenville and received his degree in business from Montcalm Community College.
“I am happy to be able to serve the community,” Toren said.
Bradley Patteen, 28, is employed by Charter in Greenville and moved to the area in February from Reed City, where he served on the fire department.
“I look forward to be back on the department,” Patteen said. “I also look forward to serve the community the best I can.”
Tyler Petterman, 18, has been a cadet at the Montcalm Township Fire Department for just about a year. He was unable to attend Wednesday’s meeting.
Trustee Ron Price asked how many firefighters are on the department now. Dickinson clarified they are maintaining 20 firefighters and spots are being added to the department. Vacancies had recently become available.
“I hope you guys understand what a privilege and honor it is to be a part of this fire department,” Adams said.
During the township meeting, the board also approved sending Curtis Perry through the fire academy. The cost will be $400 and will include firefighter I and II programs along with a hazardous materials program, Dickinson said.
“I will do you proud,” said Perry at the meeting.