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Emergency Coordinator, Burt Francisco, retiring from Alpena County

ALEPNA, MICH — Alpena County EMS and 911 is looking for a new face to fill an open position with the current director stepping down.

Emergency Services Coordinator Burt Francisco is retiring after serving 18 months in the role.
After committing nearly two decades to moving for his military job, Francisco says having the opportunity to connect with his community is what drew him to his current position.

“The dispatchers are the first contact when someone in Alpena county is having, obviously, one of their worst days.
So being involved in working with central dispatch has been rewarding to ensure that the citizens of Alpena county are getting the best dispatching operations that the county can provide. Ensuring that their getting medical, first responders, or law enforcement in their time in need.

Francisco says he and his wife are both from Alpena, and are looking forward to finally making up for lost family time.

We enjoy the small town here. We are going to continue to reside and stay in Alpena. We’re going to do some traveling. In my nearly 40 years in the military, my family, and my wife in particular has sacrificed a lot of family time. So it’s time for us to recoop that and to go and spend some time together and do a little traveling later on, but mostly just to spend time with her and with my children and all my grandchildren.

Francisco says the application for the position will remain active until this Friday, June 14.