TCFD Airport Agreement Set to Expire

May 16, 2023

Airport Agreement for Fire Services will not be Renewed
Emergency Services to still be provided throughout the City

The City of Traverse City has chosen not to renew a soon to expire agreement with Cherry Capital Airport. This agreement has provided onsite personnel from the Traverse City Fire Department (TCFD) to fulfill their Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required standby aircraft rescue fire fighting service.

Due to the Cherry Capital Airport’s location in the City of Traverse City, emergency services will continue as they have for over 70 years. The FAA requires that operators of airports must provide aircraft rescue and fire fighting services during air carrier operations. With the City no longer having the capacity to provide this service, the agreement will not be extended. Cherry Capital Airport will now be required to meet FAA requirements independently, which is not uncommon for airport operators.

“The airport has been experiencing continued growth and has been seeking additional services from public and private sources. At this time, the City needs to refocus efforts to maintain a high level of services to our residents, businesses, and visitors. As long standing partners, we intend to continue our strong relationship by working together to support the transition,” stated Nate Geinzer, Interim City Manager.”

“The Traverse City Fire Department has serviced the airport since its inception. We will always respond to emergencies at the airport. However, due to staffing resources and the growing needs of our community, we need our public safety professionals to be focused on our community and available to respond to its service needs,” says Traverse City Fire Chief Tuller.