City, township welcome new Grayling Fire Department chief

Rodney VanDeCasteele begins tenure as fire chief on Monday, July 11
Board members from Grayling Charter Township and the City of Grayling welcomed a new chief for the Grayling Fire Department – the department is a joint venture of the two municipalities – during regular meetings in July.
Rodney VanDeCasteele, the new fire chief for the Grayling Fire Department, was sworn in and introduced to city officials during the city council’s regular meeting on Monday, July 11, according to approved meeting minutes.
On Wednesday, July 20, during a regular meeting of the Grayling Charter Township Board of Trustees, former chief Mark Brown introduced VanDeCasteele to township officials. Brown said he is staying with the department and will serve as assistant chief during the transition process.
“We’re in good hands. I’m confident of that,” Brown said.
VanDeCasteele said he has 33 years of firefighting experience – all at Grand Ledge – serving in a variety of roles with that department, including fire chief.
VanDeCasteele said his parents moved to Grayling in the 1980s and he has spent a lot of time here. He said he likes “hunting, fishing, everything outdoors.” He said he’s already received a lot of warm welcomes from community members as the new chief.
“I know a lot about the area and I love the area. This community is wonderful,” VanDeCasteele said.
Grayling Charter Township Supervisor Lacey Stephan III said VanDeCasteele does possess a lot of “knowledge of the community.”
“The interview process, he knocked it out of the park,” Stephan said. “He’s a great guy. We’re lucky to have him.”
VanDeCasteele told the township board that the Grayling Fire Department is not just a “good department,” it is “an exceptional department.”
VanDeCasteele said “community” is the reason he loves being a firefighter.
“Helping people, that’s the biggest thing. Just being there when people need us. It’s not just about firefighting, it’s about providing services that people need,” VanDeCasteele said.

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Phone: 989-348-6811
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