New beginnings are always a thrill. Last night at the City Council meeting we introduced our new Assistant Fire Chief Antonio Macias III. He joins Deputy Director Jim Manning to form the team that is leading our fire department.
You might recall that both Chief John Burmeister and Assistant Chief Randy Wyatt retired in the last 4 months. So we searched for someone to step in and bring us the expertise that is needed to bring our Fire Department to the next level. In Tony Macias we think we have found that person.
Tony retired from the Pontiac Fire Department in 2012 after having served there for 22 years. He says he went down to the Pontiac Fire Department and applied for a job two weeks after he graduated from high school and 9 months later they hired him. They sent him to the Macomb Fire Academy in within the first 3 years he also became a paramedic–one of the first 24 that Pontiac trained. Also during that 22 years he achieved 2 associates’ degrees from Oakland Community College–one in Firefighter Technology and one in Emergency Medical Technology both with honors. He was promoted and ultimately reached the rank of Deputy Fire Chief and was the Interim Fire Chief in the last days of the Pontiac Fire Department. Because he loves the fire service after he retired he went right out and became a Groveland Township Fire Department Paid on Call firefighter. He was still chasing his dream of leading a fire department after he retired so he put himself through the Eastern Michigan University School of Fire Staff and Command. And he started taking classes for his bachelor’s degree, he plans to graduate from Eastern Michigan University in the Public Administration in the fall of 2014. He must never have a still moment because he belongs to the Oakland County Incident Management Team–for disaster response county wide; Michigan Task Force One and MABAS 3201 Technical Rescue Team (I’ve heard that his specialty is high angle rescue). Along the way he found time to marry Glori who was with him last night. He is active as a baseball coach for their 3 sons and is clearly very involved in all of their activities. His father and step mother were also present and they couldn’t have looked more proud. All in all he is a very impressive guy with great credentials. He matches Deputy Director Jim Manning for energy and intensity–two qualities I think our firefighters will value–I know I do. He fits into our team of productive and professional leaders –a great counterpart to our leadership on the police side.
He brings great value to our community– you’re going to like him when you meet him.