Richard "Chuck" Riesterer | Fire Chief
The Troy, Michigan, Fire Department is led by Chief Chuck Riesterer, a 30+ year veteran of the department.
Chuck started his career in Troy as a Fire Education Specialist with TFD in 1989. He has been assigned to Operations, Training and Fire Prevention. During his 10 years in Training, Chuck coordinated and provided training for all new members. In 1999, he was transferred into the Fire Prevention Section where he conducted Fire & Life Safety Inspection in all occupancy types. Chuck also became a volunteer Troy Firefighter, serving from 1982-85 and 1991-2015, holding positions of Firefighter, Lieutenant and Station Assistant Chief at Station 3. In 2015 he was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal. Chuck is a graduate of the National Fire Academy with certifications in Education and Fire Protection Systems, has a certificate in Fire Fighting Technology from Oakland Community College and is a certified Fire Fighter Instructor from the State of Michigan.The Troy Fire Department is comprised of six fire stations strategically located throughout the city. Firefighters, who are highly trained and certified by the State of Michigan, are on-call 24 hours a day to respond to requests for service such as fires, rescues, and other emergencies.
The Troy Fire Department provides effective and efficient fire protection, rescue, and hazard mitigation to the community with a team of professionals, both volunteer and career, through fire prevention, public education, training, emergency response, and strategic planning.
2019 Annual Report
The Troy Fire Department is unique in that staffing consists of an authorized strength of 180 volunteer members and 11 uniformed career staff members, a mere 6% of the department. Administrative support is achieved with the uniformed career staff and one full-time civilian administrative assistant; one part-time civilian administrative aide; and four uniformed part-time staff assistants who are also volunteer firefighters.
In addition to administrative support and emergency incident response, career staff members provide required firefighter training; community risk reduction; plan review; inspection and code enforcement; permitting; equipment acquisition and maintenance; hazardous material reporting; and emergency management planning to support the department and comply with both state and local mandates.
A proactive approach to fire prevention principles and practices helps to reduce the risk of fire in the community, and is the basis for an affordable, well equipped, and well trained fire department.
The Troy Fire Department accepts applications for volunteer firefighters based on availability.