Fire Department Personnel

The Sault Ste. Marie Fire Department operates with 19 fire fighting personnel, 1 Chief and a Secretary. The personnel work three 24 hour shift with a full day off in between, and four full days off after the third worked shift.



Chief Scott LaBonte


Chief LaBonte is an LSSU Fire Science Graduate and has been with the fire department since 2000; he was promoted to Lieutenant in 2012 and then appointed to the position of Fire Chief in 2017. Chief LaBonte is active with many local boards and committees and is proud to have a strong working relationship with many City, County, State, and Federal stakeholders striving to keep our community safe.

He and his wife Jennifer live in Sault Ste. Marie with their three daughters Madison, Hallie, and Avery and are proud to call it home.


Chief LaBonte can be reached at:

Shift 1

Captain Rod Sanford

Joined December 1995

Lieutenant Phil Sheppard

 Joined May 2001

Michael Rader

Joined May 2002

Paul Young

Joined May 2010

Michael Cerre

Joined May 2013 

Kent Goulet

Joined September 2015

Shift 2

Captain Kevin Mohar

Joined August 1998

Lieutenant Fred Schneider

Joined July 2000

Jason Carstens

Joined July 2001

John Duchin

Joined January 2003

Peyton Blakely

Joined May 2010


Micahel Demcak

Joined November 2018

Shift 3

Captain Mike Hill

Joined May 1990

Lieutenant Andy Morrison

Joined July 2001

Gerald Skonieczny

Joined July 2000

Nick Vaught

Joined August 2004

Robert Allen Hipps

Joined June 2012

Charles Pereny

Joined October 2018



1.) Hold a current Paramedic License from the State of Michigan Dept. of Public Health and/or National Registry Certificate.


2.) Hold a current Michigan Firefighters Training Council Certification as a State Certified Firefighter – Level I & II.


3.) Hazardous material training – Awareness Level & Operations Level.

4.) Possess a valid Michigan motor vehicle operator or CDL license.

Hours: M - F 9:00AM - 5:00PM
225 East Portage Ave, Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783

Phone: 906-632-5715
Fax: 906-635-5606

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