Kent Maricle - Deputy Chief, Hired 1985Kent Maricle

Deputy Chief Maricle began his career in the fire service as an on-callfirefighter and has advanced to his present title. He completed his State of Michigan firefighter certification in 1986 and his fire officer certification in 2010.  Deputy Chief Maricle is also certified through the Michigan State Police in fireinvestigations and is a member of theInternational Association of Arson Investigators, International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Genesee County Fire Chiefs Association.  He has received certifications
for Hazardous Material Technician, Urban Search and Rescue Technician and Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting

Troy Brancheau - Battalion Chief, Hired 1988Troy Brancheau

Battalion Chief Brancheau received his State of Michigan firefighter certification in 1988. Nine years later in 1997, Battalion Chief Brancheau received his certification as an Emergency Medical Technician, and in 1999, he earned certification in performing rope, building collapse, trench, and confined space rescues. Before becoming a battalion chief, he received his state certification for Fire Officer in 2009.

Gerald Knopf – Captain Hired 1981

 Gerald Knopf

Captain Knopf began his career as an on-call firefighter in Grand Blanc. He received his State of Michigan firefighter certification in 1981. Captain Knopf became a certificated Emergency Medical Technician from the State of Michigan in 1999. He completed his fire officer certification in 2008 and a level III certification in leadership in 2009.  In 2016, Captain Knopf received certification to perform trench rescues.  He was also certified as an Emergency Vehicle Driver Training Instructor in 2015. 

William Larsen – Captain, Hired 1990William Larsen

Captain Larsen completed his certification as a State of Michigan firefighter level 2 in 1992. In 1998, he received his certification as an Emergency Medical Technician and in 1999 finished the Paramedic licensure, and he earned certification in performing rope, building collapse, trench, and confined space rescues.  Captain Larsen continued his advancement in emergency medicine by obtaining his paramedic instructors permitted in 2003. He is certified through the National Fire Protection Association as a level II inspector and plan examiner.  Also, Captain Larsen received his Michigan certification for Company Officer in 2008. 

Bradley Hutchison – Captain, Hired 1987Bradley Hutchison

Captain Hutchison began his career working in the U.S. Air Force as a Crash-Fire Rescue Technician. When he left the service, Captain Hutchison joined the Grand Blanc Township Fire Department as an on-call firefighter and received certification from the State of Michigan for firefighting in 1987. He also completed his certification for Emergency Medical Technician in 1991, his certification for level 3 Fire Officer in 2009, and confined space and rope rescue in 2010.

Chris Hyde – Lieutenant, Hired, 1991.Chris Hyde

Lieutenant Hyde joined the Grand Blanc Township Fire Department in September 1991 after spending two years in an Explorer Post that was co-sponsored by the Grand Blanc Fire and City Police departments.  He received his certification as a firefighter in June of 1993 and certification with the National Incident Management System in November 2007. He has been certified as a driver’s training instructor since July 2015. In 2015, he completed his certification for Incident Command Systems level 100, 200, 700 and 800.

Chris Keller - Fire Inspector, Hired 2006Chris Keller

Inspector Keller has received numerous certifications during his time with the Grand Blanc Township Fire Department. In 2006, he received certification from the State of Michigan as a Firefighter and a level 1 certification for fire inspector from the National Fire Protection Association. In 2013, Inspector Keller also received his certification for Inspector level 2 and Plan Examiner from the NFPA. Inspector Keller is a certified fire inspector for the State of Michigan and is a National Registered Emergency Medical Technician since 2007. In 2011, Inspector Keller completed the Fire Officer certification through the State of Michigan and is a certified Child Safety Seat Technician since 2016. Inspector Keller holds memberships in the Michigan Fire Inspector Society, International Association of Arson Investigators and is the IAFF Local 4962 president. 

FD Staff

The Grand Blanc Township Fire Department is staffed by 35 part-time and four full-time dedicated firefighters who answer your call for help any time of the day or night. The main station is staffed 24/7/365 with part-time and full-time firefighters, who respond to every incident. Full-time firefighters work rotating 24-hour shifts as the company officer and engineer. Part-time firefighters workstation shifts, attend training twice a month and respond from their homes or workplaces to any large incidents. Each firefighter has completed the Michigan Firefighter I & II Academy, which takes about 350 hours. That includes instruction in firefighting, search and rescue, vehicle extrication, hazardous materials, incident management and more. Many of our firefighters have more advanced and specialized training