Gerrish Fire Fighters Association patch

Donations Accepted!

If you would like to support the association, donations are accepted (receipts will be provided) at any time.  Checks can be made to GFFA and mailed to our address at 2997 E. Higgins Lake Drive, Roscommon, MI 48653. No Paypal or electronic payments please. We are very grateful for every donation we receive, no matter the size.

Gerrish Fire Fighters Association

The Gerrish Fire Fighter’s Association was established in 1981 and is a separate entity from the Gerrish Township Fire/EMS Department.

When the Association began in 1981, its original objective was to “Aid and assist our neighbors and fellow man in the protection of their property and life” and has evolved into much more with emphasis placed on our membership (department family) and the community that we serve.

The Association holds regular monthly meetings and members pay monthly dues which supports the Gerrish Fire/EMS Department with sponsoring events and community programs such as:

Stuff The Ambulance

A Christmas-time event where community members donate much needed supplies for local children’s organizations and load them into a Gerrish ambulance for delivery. Learn more.

Grayson's Gift

Grayson’s Gift project provides specialized strobe/bed shaker units for smoke and carbon monoxide detection for the deaf and hard of hearing. Learn more.

Gerrish Trunk or Treat

On Halloween, Gerrish community members gather to decorate their vehicle trunks in spooky Halloween decorations for local families to go car-to-car and trick or treat. Learn more.


ACT NOW stands for Advisory Community Team – Neighbors On Watch. They are committed to benefitting the people of Gerrish Township by promoting the preservation, appreciation and improvement of the physical, social and aesthetic qualities of all Gerrish Township neighborhoods, through benevolent actions. Learn more.

Northern Michigan Children's Assessment Center

NMCAC’s core service is to provide a multidisciplinary response to cases involving a child victim. A typical case might involve multiple law enforcement agencies, state child protective services, the court(s), school(s), medical and mental health providers. NMCAC strives to align these parties and interests into a comprehensive child-focused process that ensures children are given a proper interview, advocacy and treatment.

Put simply, the NMCAC makes sure no child gets lost in the aftermath of child abuse and neglect. Learn more.

Michigan Firemen's Memorial Festival

Fire Chiefs, Fire Fighters, EMS and thousands of friends and family from all over the United States and Foreign countries will gather annually in September in memory of the valiant Fire Fighters who gave the supreme sacrifice of their  lives while protecting their communities. Learn more.

Friends for Safe Schools Boot Program

The “BOOT” is a very simple device in which teachers or students can easily secure a classroom door to protect against unwanted intruders.  This product will provide for another layer of security within our schools to make them a safer place for learning. Learn more.

Wreaths Across America

Roscommon Post #96 of the Michigan American Legion and Wreaths Across America gather at Gerrish Township Cemetery to remember and honor our veterans through the laying of remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud. You can help by sponsoring a wreath, volunteering, or inviting friends to help. Learn more.

Fire Department T-Shirts

The Association also purchases all of our custom non-uniform apparel which can be purchased by the members or the public, such as our latest navy-blue logo “United We Stand” t-shirts.

If you would like to purchase one of these t-shirts and support our Association, please stop by the Gerrish Fire/EMS Department or contact Brandon at 989-821-9813 Ext. 240 or Julie at 989-821-5207 Ext. 291.

Bear Claw Bags


The Association has an on-going fundraiser selling these large trash and recycling bags. Bear Claw Bags are heavy-duty 2 mil thick bags that can hold up to 45 pounds of contents!

If you would like to purchase these bags and support our fundraiser, please stop by the Gerrish Fire/EMS Department or contact: Brandon at 989-821-9813 Ext. 240 or Julie at 989-821-5207 Ext. 291.

Clear Bear Claw

Recycle Bags

30-gallon bags
100 bags per box

$29 per box

Multi-Color Bear Claw

Garbage Bags

33-gallon bags
80 bags per box

$29 per box

Gerrish Fire Fighters Association

Officer Positions

The three officer positions for the association are elected annually and currently are:
Jason Budzinski
Julie Hill
Brandon Rodgers