Mitch Petterson, 39

Deputy Fire Chief
Independence Township Fire Department

Mitch Petterson Mitch has been the deputy fire chief at the Independence Township Fire Department since 2012. His public safety career began in 1992 when he was a senior at Clarkston High School. He attended evening classes to obtain his basic EMT certification and license. Immediately after graduating he was hired as an on-call firefighter with Independence Fire.  He was hired full time after becoming a licensed paramedic, ultimately progressing to staff captain and deputy chief.

Mitch has been involved in Michigan Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue since its inception in 2008.  As medical team coordinator, he has participated in the development and administration of the medical component of the Task Force.  In six years, the Task Force has grown from a concept to a deployable Urban Search and Rescue asset serving Michigan

Aside from being an emergency responder, Mitch has given back to the community in many ways including coordinating the Holiday Charity program funded by the Independence Professional Firefighters. He served on the Oakland Schools Health Sciences Advisory Committee, and he has trained many community members allowing them to become certified in CPR. 

Mitch received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety from Siena Heights University and is currently in a master's program at the University of Michigan-Flint. He is a certified firefighter, fire officer and instructor. He is also a licensed paramedic and EMS Instructor/Coordinator and is certified to teach a number of American Heart Association Professional Courses.  Mitch is a FEMA equivalent Urban Search and Rescue Medical Specialist. He received awarded a Disaster Service Award, the American Legion Firefighter of the Year award, and an Outstanding Patient Care Award from Oakland County Medical Control Authority.

The information presented here was accurate as of January 1, 2015.