The Support Services Division is responsible for all department training, supplies, vehicle and equipment maintenance, chaplaincy program, and special projects.
Under the guidance of our Training Program Manager, the division provides quality training to department personnel, utilizing a number of internal and external instructors. Training is crucial as firefighters must continually update and practice their skills. Our training program encompasses all facets firefighter training to include in part; typical firefighting operations, strategy & tactics, multi-company evolutions, pump operations, ground and aerial ladder operations, hazardous materials response, confined space rescue, vehicle and machinery extrication, and officer training/development.
To help insure that our apparatus and associated equipment is ready to respond at all times, division personnel conduct detailed inspections of each vehicle and the equipment carried on it each week. When problems are identified, they handle minor repairs or make arrangements for more complex repairs to be completed.
Recognizing that there are times when those we serve or department personnel may need spiritual and emotional support, the department initiated a chaplaincy program in 2011. The primary focus of the chaplain is to relieve the stresses faced by department personnel or of a family in crisis. When circumstances indicate that the services of a chaplain may be needed at the scene of a response, the incident commander can request that the chaplain be dispatched to the scene. While the chaplain is available to provide spiritual support for those who request it, he also is there to help with the emotional trauma that often comes as a result of a serious injury, the loss of a loved one, or the devastation of a fire. In addition, our chaplain is available to provide assistance or counseling to members of the department or their families in times of stress or difficulty.
Under the direction of the Assistant Chief of Support Services, the division includes the Training Program Manager, two firefighters assigned as maintenance technicians, and the department chaplain.
James Muxlow is the department’s Assistant Chief of Support Services. He began his fire service career as a paid-on-call firefighter with the Attica Township Fire Department in 1976. He was hired as a paid-on-call firefighter with our department in 1983, and was promoted to his current position in 1986. He is responsible for the management of all division functions and activities. Assistant Chief Muxlow is a part of the department’s management team and maintains relationships with other city, county, and state agencies.
Greg Deverell is the department’s Training Program Manager. He began his career with the department as a paid-on-call firefighter in 1979, and has been responsible for the department’s training since 1989. His duties were expanded in 2009 when he was hired to manage the department’s Pre-Incident and Firefighter Right-to-Know Program.
Firefighter Tony Sturdevant has additional assigned duties as a maintenance technician. He has been a paid-on-call firefighter with the department since 1998.
Rodney Sanderson-Smith has been the department’s Chaplain since 2011. Affectionately known in the department as “Padre”, Rod is also the Executive Pastor at Lapeer Community Church.