Battle Creek fire department

"Consultants say the city of Battle Creek could improve its response times to fires — if it had fewer stations. A study conducted by Cincinnati-based firms Kramer and Associates Group and MSA Architects concluded that five stations — one of which would be located in a central location and serve as a headquarters — would increase the coverage area where crews could meet four-minute response times." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

The command structure of the Battle Creek Fire Department is changing in May. Chief Dave Schmaltz said Tuesday he is assigning a battalion chief to each of the three shifts rather than having two, 40-hours-per-week administrative positions. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

No injuries were reported in the fire that started Monday evening.

David Schmaltz's experience includes serving in Coldwater Fire Department

Current and former firefighters filed suit earlier this month