Battle Creek fire department

1:00 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

New fire chief hired in Battle Creek

David Schmaltz's experience includes serving in Coldwater Fire Department
A 20-year firefighter who spent the last three years as chief in Defiance, Ohio, has been named Battle Creek's new fire chief. David Schmaltz replaces Larry Hausman, who retired in April after 15 years as chief. Schmaltz graduated from Clawson High School and earned bachelors and masters degrees in firefighting-related programs from the University of Cincinnati and Grand Canyon University, respectively.
9:46 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Battle Creek firefighters to get back overtime pay

Audit found city didn't properly pay overtime to some firefighters
Battle Creek will pay its firefighters a quarter million dollars in back pay after an audit of overtime by the Michigan Department of Labor. City Manager Ken Tsuchiyama said Wednesday city officials met last week with labor department investigators who have been reviewing pay records since October.
10:49 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Battle Creek Fire Chief retiring

Larry Hausman has been a firefighter for 40 years, the last 15 as chief of the Battle Creek Fire Department
Battle Creek Fire Chief Larry Hausman has spent hours cleaning his office as he prepares to retire from the fire service. The pictures, memorabilia and files are gone as he ends a career he has always loved. "It doesn't seem possible," he said Tuesday, "after you have worked all your life and are in a routine of working.