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GR Fire promotes Algoma man 


Ron Tennant, of Algoma Township, was recently promoted to Grand Rapids Deputy Fire Chief, support services. GR Fire Facebook photo.

From GR Fire Department

On Tuesday, November 07, 2017, the Grand Rapids Fire Department promoted Battalion Chief Ronald G. Tennant, of Algoma Township, to Deputy Fire Chief, support services.

Deputy Chief Tennant was hired by the Grand Rapids Fire Department in 1985 and has held the positions of Firefighter, Fire Equipment Operator, Fire Lieutenant, Fire Captain, Acting Assistant Training Supervisor, Acting Fire Training Supervisor, Battalion Chief, and has been in a long term acting assignment in the position to which he is promoted.

“Chief Tennant went into this position, he kept the ship moving forward and he advanced the position creating new areas taking it to a higher level,” said Fire Chief John Lehman. “He has definitely proven himself as somebody I welcome into my command staff.”  

Upon receiving his badge and brass, Chief Tennant replied, “My honor, Sir, I humbly accept the position, and I appreciate your confidence.”

Addressing the staff in attendance Chief Tennant said, “This is certainly a team effort and I really appreciate your support that all of you have shown. I couldn’t have done anything without the help with everyone here and plus some. I will continue to rely on that.”

Deputy Chief Tennant earned an AAS in Fire Science in 1990. He holds two EMS licenses and is a certified instructor in firefighting, hazardous materials, EMS, and fire leadership courses.

His duties include oversight of the Support Services Division for the Grand Rapids Fire Department, which includes oversight of the Fire Marshal, the Building and Fleet Division, Administrative office staff, and over 30 individual fire department programs.

Outside of the GR Fire department, DC Tennant was an adjunct instructor with the Michigan State Police Hazmat Training Center; currently Co-Chairs the Governors Traffic Safety Advisory Commission Traffic Incident Management Action Team; he has volunteered with the Coopersville & Marne Railroad; and has been active with his church in Cedar Springs.

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