About
Us

Newaygo Fire Department is comprised of all paid-on-call members who respond to calls in addition to their full-time jobs.

Our Members

Command Staff

Chief:
Travis Kroll (FF/MFR/ERD II Diver Technician)

Deputy Chief:
David Otteren (FF/MFR/ERD II Diver Technician)

Captain:
Jason Newfer (FF/EMT-IC)

Lieutenant:
Matt Baker (FF/MFR/ERD II Diver Technician)

Lieutenant:
Jason Wolford (FF/MFR/ERD II Diver Technician)

Lieutenant:
Trever Haring (FF/MFR)

Firefighters
  • Sara Bird (FF/EMT-B/ERD II Diver Technician)
  • Marty Badge (FF/MFR)
  • Keith Durnell (FF/MFR)
  • Matthew Hikade (PFF/MFR)
  • RJ Long (FF/PMFR)
  • Jason Fowler (FF)
  • Q’Sun Ma (FF/PMFR)
  • Taylor Nelson (MFR)
  • Jeremy Newfer (FF/MFR)
  • Nigel O’Connor (FF/MFR)
  • Tammy Schumacker (MFR)
  • Wilson Soliz (FF/MFR)
  • Teresa VanDyke (FF/Paramedic)
Probationary Members
  • Kyle Finkbeiner
  • Allen Hooker
  • Ashley Long
  • Eric Wiltfang
Cadet
  • Dennis Fillmore
Military Leave
  • Matthew V. (Firefighter)
Chaplain
  • Rolly Wolford (Retired FF/MFR)

Our History

Firefighting in Newaygo dates back to 1864 when the Undine and Neputne Hose Companies were formed following the great fire of 1863 in downtown. The Newaygo Fire Department was officially formed following the purchase of a 1925 American La France fire engine.

Since then, men and women have been proudly serving and protecting the City of Newaygo, Brooks Township and Garfield Township.
Members provide a wide range of services including:

  • Firefighting
  • Medical First Response
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • Water Rescue
  • Public Education

 

Established in 1925, Newaygo Fire Department proudly services 56 square miles in Newaygo County. This includes all of Brooks Township, approximately 60% of Garfield Township, and the City of Newaygo. Our area is made up of residential inhabitants and resorts. We have wooded sections along with several lakes and streams. The change in seasons brings a variance in population due to the amount of retirees that live in our area and the large amount of tourists during that season. We are a small, modest, part-paid rural department comprised of up to 25 firefighters and one station. We provide fire suppression, rescue from heights, water rescue, and vehicle rescue. We also enjoy strong mutual aid relationships with all departments in the Newaygo County area.  If you have any questions feel free to stop by the station or give us a call and one of our firefighters will be happy to assist you!

Media & In The News

ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST RAISES FUNDS FOR ZOLL AUTOPULSE

Are you looking for one of the best breakfasts in Newaygo during Labor Day Weekend? If so, the Newaygo Fire Department is once again holding its annual Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast […]

HEAT YOUR HOME SAFELY THIS WINTER

Brrr! Your home’s heating systems are working double time to keep you warm this winter. The Newaygo Fire Department says safety must be your top priority since heating is the […]

FIREFIGHTERS AWARDED FOR LIFESAVING EFFORTS

On Monday, November 6, 2017, at 07:20 hours, the Newaygo Fire Department was dispatched to an unresponsive male at an address in Brooks Township. Personnel arrived on scene and assessed […]

TIME TO CLOSE THE DOOR ON FAST-MOVING HOME FIRES

In today’s world, consumers expect everything to happen fast. A hot meal at the door in 30 minutes or less. Groceries delivered in a matter of hours. Coffee order ready […]