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Ironwood Public Safety

Mission Statement
The members of the Ironwood Public Safety Department are dedicated to providing the highest quality police and fire services in order to enhance community safety, protect life and property, and reduce crime and the fear of crime. To do this, we pledge to develop a partnership with the community, lead a community commitment to resolve problems, and improve the safety and quality of life in our city.

Public Safety Concept
In 1980, the City of Ironwood combined the Police Department and the Fire Department and the new “Public Safety Department” was formed. All officers were cross-trained as police officers and firefighters. All officers are sworn police officers by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) and are also fully trained to the fire fighter II level. This concept has allowed the department to become more efficient, more cost effective, and more productive.

Andrew DiGiorgio
Public Safety Director

Liz Sweeney
Administrative Ass’t.

Ironwood Public Safety Department
123 W. Mcleod Ave.
Ironwood, MI 49938
911 (Emergency ONLY)
1-906-875-4425 (Dispatch Center)
906-932-1234 (Non Emergency)
Fax: 906-932-4808

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
8:00 a.m. to noon (Friday)

Mike Rimkus, Lieutenant
Ron Carpenedo, Sergeant
Adam Clemens, Sergeant
Andrew Leiphart, PSO
Jamie Chiapuzio, PSO
Brandon Snyder, Fire Marshal
Sheryl Norman, PSO
Matthew Sterbenz, PSO
Colassaco, John, PSO
Thomas, Daniel, PSO
Ironwood Public Safety provides 24 hour fire protection to the City of Ironwood with contracted service to Erwin Township, Wal-Mart, and Gogebic Community College.

– Class 4 ISO rating that we are making excellent progress to reduce even futher.

– Provide many fire prevention and safety programs to our community and schools.

– Fire extinguisher training to community members and businesses.

– Fire Inspections and pre fire planning

– Tours/Open Houses: In addition to an “open house” held during Fire Safety Week, fire facility tours are held regularly for students and other youth related groups. Please contact us to schedule a tour at 906-932-1234.

Specialized fire services include: confined space rescue, HazMat response, fire instructor, and fire investigation.

Our Full-Time staff is supplemented by a dedicated group of paid on call firefighters that were formally recognized as the Ironwood Volunteer Fire Department.

Hazardous Materials Response Team

Ironwood Public Safety Department was chosen by the Region 8 Homeland Security Board to be the host department for the Region 8 Hazardous Material Team. Region 8 consists of the 15 counties that make up the entire Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

The Ironwood team serves as a resource to all of the UP counties and will also be a mutual aid asset for major disasters and incidents throughout the state and potentially the country.

Prior to the Ironwood team, hazardous materials response had to come from at least 8 hours away to reach Gogebic County. With US2 / M28 being major highways crossing the Upper Peninsula and used as a traffic route for Canadian trucks and major industrial manufactureres, there is a high volume of hazardous materials that pass through our area at any given time.

Having the Ironwood Team will greatly assist in providing for life safety, hazard mitigation, and environmental protection from hazardous materials.

Andrew DiGiorgio
Publlic Safety Director

Brandon Snyder
Fire Marshal

Liz Sweeney
Administrative Ass’t.

Ironwood Public Safety Department
123 W. Mcleod Ave.
Ironwood, MI 49938
911 (Emergency ONLY)
906-932-1234 (Non Emergency)
Fax: 906-932-4808
The Ironwood Public Safety Department provides police services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is the intention of our agency to provide community based policing improving the quality of life by encouraging a partnership between the police and the citizens of our community to develop a cohesive effort to solve problems. This can be accomplished by striving to involve citizens for their input, information and assistance, leading to greater understanding and cooperation.

Officers are Trained Police, Fire and Medical Responders

1 Director of Public Safety
1 Lieutenant
2 Sergeants
1 Fire Marshal
6 Full time Public Safety Officers
1 Administrative Secretary

Specialized police services include: Gogebic-Iron Area Narcotics Team (GIANT), Gogebic-Iron SWAT, Evidence Technicians, Firearms Instructors

Andrew DiGiorgio
Public Safety Director

Liz Sweeney
Administrative Ass’t.

Ironwood Public Safety Department
123 W. Mcleod Ave.
Ironwood, MI 49938
911 (Emergency ONLY)
1-906-875-4425 (Dispatch Center)
906-932-1234 (Admin Line)
Fax: 906-932-4808

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
8:00 a.m. to noon (Friday)

Michael Rimkus, Lieutenant
Ronald Carpenedo, Sergeant
Adam Clemens, Sergeant
Andrew Leiphart, PSO
Jamie Chiapuzio, PSO
Brandon Snyder, Fire Marshal
Sheryl Norman, PSO
Matthew Sterbenz, PSO
Colassaco, John, PSO
Thomas, Daniel, PSO