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To: Grand Traverse Band Community Members

From: Garrett Fairchild, Fire Chief

Date: 12/01/2023

Subject: Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of your home, but like any device, they have a limited lifespan.

GTB Fire has installed and handed out a large amount of Kidde FIREX Smoke Alarms. Unfortunately, most of these smoke alarms will be reaching their lifespan in the fall of 2024.

GTB Fire has been working with MI Prevention, State of Michigan Fire Marshall’s Office, and the American Red Cross to obtain new smoke alarms. I am pleased to announce that we have been successful and after January 1, 2024, we will begin to replace outdated or soon to be outdated smoke alarms.

Please take a moment to inspect the manufacturing date on your smoke alarms. Typically, these devices have a lifespan of 10 years. If your alarms are approaching or have exceed this timeframe, it’s advisable to replace them to ensure their optimal functionality in detecting smoke and providing timely warnings.

If you have received smoke alarms from GTB Fire or have outdated alarms, please email firerescue@gtb-nsn.gov or call 231-534-7666 to schedule a time to have your alarms updated.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. Your commitment to maintaining a safe living environment is greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

Garrett A. Fairchild

Fire Chief




Main Line (231) 534-7666

  • Fire and Rescue Services.
  • CPR , First Aid and AED Training (including FFI & II, MFR, EMT)
  • Tribal Facility Inspections (playground, storage tank, tornado shelters, etc.)
  • Drills (fire and tornado, evacuation, etc.)
  • Fire Prevention Programs (smoke detectors, fire starter program, etc.)
  • Emergency Preparedness Program.

What is Fire Prevention?      Home Inspection Request

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The GTB Fire Rescue Department welcomes new members to join the department. Contact GTB Fire Chief Garrett Fairchild at (231) 534-7666 or (231) 534-7161 Or

Email: garrett.fairchild@gtb-nsn.gov for additional information.