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)

David Schmaltz's experience includes serving in Coldwater Fire Department

Audit found city didn't properly pay overtime to some firefighters

Larry Hausman has been a firefighter for 40 years, the last 15 as chief of the Battle Creek Fire Department