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James H. Katona
Fire Chief

James H. Katona was sworn in as Flat Rock's Fire Chief and Civil Defense Director in January of 2020 to lead the Flat Rock Fire Department of full-time and paid-on-call firefighters into this new decade.

Raised on the west side of Detroit, Chief Katona always wanted to be in fire service. As a youth, he spent many hours hanging out at the neighborhood fire station. Chief Katona started in the fire service in 1990 as a paid-on-call firefighter before starting his career with the City of Flat Rock. Throughout his career in the fire service he has achieved the titles of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, Paramedic Instructor and Emergency Manager. After a short retirement, Katona committed to lead the Flat Rock Fire Department with professionalism, passion, integrity, and courage using a "family concept", providing the citizens of Flat Rock and their guests with state-of-the-art full-service Fire and Emergency Medical Service.

Chief Katona enjoys motorcycle riding during his time off, taking short road trips throughout the state.

Chief Katona is available for your questions or concerns weekdays at City Hall by appointment, telephone, or text message at 734-626-0136, or at
Full-Time Firefighters

Chief James Katona Firefighter Paramedic
Sergeant John Rose Firefighter Paramedic
Sergeant Ray Rich Firefighter Paramedic
Tim Webb Firefighter Paramedic
Shawn Curry Firefighter Paramedic
Erik Miracle Firefighter Paramedic

Part-Time / Paid on Call Firefighters (current as of 02/13/2023)

Lt. Kenneth Laird Firefighter EMT
Matt Hammond Firefighter EMT
Julius Rea Firefighter EMT
Dakota Coleman Firefighter EMT
Alec Grendysa Firefighter EMT
Kyle Hensley Firefighter EMT