Brotherhood trip
Wednesday, 10 September 2014


2014 Brotherhood Trip

to New York & New Jersey

October 2-5, 2014

Join us for the 12th Annual Brotherhood Trip to New York and New Jersey. A charter bus will be taking firefighters from Indiana fire departments to experience east coast firefighting history & tradition. The trip features marching in the All-Firefighter Parade, sightseeing in NYC, and a dinner reception at a local firehouse.


Thursday - travel to NJ; dinner at Pub 199 (cash only); check into hotel

Friday - sightseeing in NYC all day/evening

Saturday - march in FD parade; dinner at a local firehouse

Sunday - travel home

Monday, 08 September 2014

Indiana Emergency Response

Conference Photos to Enjoy

Were you there?
Did you miss out?

Click on the links below to enjoy some of the events and happenings at the 2014 Indiana Emergency Response Conference!

Captain Caceres Published
Monday, 08 September 2014

Captain Pedro Caceres is Published in Fire Engineering!

Pedro Cáceres is a captain with the Wayne Township (IN) Fire Department, having begun his career there just over 20 years ago. He has been a lead instructor for the Wayne Township Fire Department and the Central Indiana Fire Academy (CIFA). He was the CIFA director in 2008. Beginning in 2009, he served as the Division Chief of Support Services for one year and then as served as Division Chief of Training and Safety for two years. After three years of service with the administrative staff, he returned to the companies and his merit rank of Captain. He is currently assigned to Engine 82. Captain Cáceres is a member of the Indiana Task Force One (INTF-1) team as a rescue officer. Additionally, he is an adjunct instructor for Advanced Rescue Solutions. He has recently completed the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) at the National Fire Academy (2013). He has an Associates of Fire Science degree from Ivy Tech State College. Previous to that he earned a bachelor of architecture degree and a bachelor of environmental design degree, both from Ball State University (1992)

Marion County Fire Chiefs Lunch
Monday, 08 September 2014



October 9, 2014 beginning at 11:00 am

The Marion County Fire Chiefs Association would like to invite you to a luncheon of sharing information and building relationships with other fire chiefs from the IDHS District 5 Planning Council. The luncheon will take place at the Wayne Township Fire Department, 700 North High School Road, Indianapolis.

Please make reservations by contacting Glenna Dragoo at

This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by October 1.

Officers of the IFCA 2014-15
Friday, 05 September 2014
2014-2015 Officers of the IFCA

  • Chief Kevin Ply, Purdue University Fire Department, President
  • Chief James Roberts III, Greenfield Fire Territory, 1st Vice President
  • Chief Brad Lucas, Seymour Fire Department, 2nd Vice President
  • Chief Mike Riehm, 3rd Vice President
  • Chief Eric Kurtz, Ogden Dunes Fire Department Secretary/Treasurer
2014 IERC Award Winners
Friday, 05 September 2014

Congratulations to the 2014 Award Winners and a

Heartfelt Thank You For Your Service!!

The Indiana Emergency Response Conference (IERC) has presented its annual awards. The conference is for firefighters, emergency medical services (EMS), law enforcement, hazardous materials professionals, special operations and those who are part of Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs).

The IERC was planned by the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and Public Safety Medical.

Nominations were taken by any emergency response personnel, or other person that has been aided by a department they were nominating. Narrative about the recipients has been taken from nomination applications.

Ambulance Provider Public Relations Award: Prompt Ambulance Service (Highland, IN)

  • The Ambulance Provider Public Relations Award recognizes those who help the public better understand the EMS system and industry. Prompt Ambulance Service has created a number of community outreach programs, training initiatives, and more. The service has created a social worker internship with Indiana University, built wheelchair ramps for those in need, put on training to increase the understanding of how to treat individuals with dementia, held joint customer service trainings with nursing homes, visited nursing home patients during the holidays, and instituted a comprehensive patient survey process.

Dispatcher of the Year: William Helfrich, American Medical Response, Evansville

  • The Dispatcher of the Year award can recognize either years of service or outstanding performance relating to a specific emergency event. William (Bill) Helfrich has been in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) since 1983, and a dispatcher since 1997. He has dedicated his life to the public safety field and to serve others. He routinely goes above and beyond to learn everything about the local EMS system. Bill, an expert in the Medical Priority Dispatch system, would consider coaching a caller to provide CPR to a loved one just another part of a typical day, as his calm demeanor is a great skill to have as a dispatcher.

EMS Advanced Life Support Provider of the Year (non-fire department based): AMR Evansville

  • AMR Evansville is one of only three providers in Indiana to attain AHA Silver Recognition for Mission Lifeline in 2014. The organization has been able to progressively develop and apply evidence-based medicine over the years, as it has had the same director since 1979. Every paramedic is trained in critical care and ventilator patient management. AMR Evansville was the first accredited dispatch center in the state, 17th in the United States, and 25th in the world.


EMS Advance Life Support Provider of the Year (Fire Dept based): Scott Township, Evansville

  • The Scott Township Fire Department is one of the most progressive ALS Transport services in the state. It has been the only one of its kind in southwest Indiana for nearly two decades. Serving an area of 72 square miles and about 10,000 residents, the Scott Township Fire Department maintains a quick average response time of six minutes to EMS calls. Members of the Scott Township Fire Department go through extensive training to ensure the community is constantly served to the absolute highest level possible.

EMS Basic Life Support Provider of the Year (non-fire dept. based): Ambulance Central, Lafayette

  • Prompt Ambulance Central is the leading EMS provider in a 13-county region. The service has made strides in increasing its accountability to the best care for patients through several education initiatives. Staff utilize all available technology to track statistics, which is used to improve their service. Additionally, Prompt Ambulance Central has increased community service efforts with partnerships with Supporting Heroes and Cornerstone Autism Service.

EMS Basic Life Support Provider of the Year (fire dept. based): Evansville

  • Evansville Fire Department has six paramedics, 172 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and 93 Emergency Medical Responders to serve the City of Evansville. Each unit is equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and has an average response time of just three minutes. Every new recruit is trained as an EMT. The department also allows the Evansville Police Department and other local fire departments to go through the department's academy free of charge. Every member of the Evansville Fire Department is AED certified, in addition to being a certified CPR provider. The department is active in several community outreach events, including the Shrinerfest and Race for the Cure.

Fire Chief of the Year (Career): James Roberts, Greenfield Fire Department

  • James Roberts was hired as a career firefighter and EMT for the Greenfield Fire Department in 1994, and promoted to Fire Chief in 2007. Chief Roberts brought in a great amount of energy, which raised morale throughout the department. He is the president of the Hancock County Emergency Operations Center advisory board, and attends all fire chiefs' board meetings and Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meetings. In his time as chief he has increased fire prevention and training budgets, and instituted a work performance evaluation for each firefighter that helps firefighters set and attain fitness goals. He is active in the community outside of firefighting, and is a great example of the integrity and personal character fire chiefs should possess.

Fire Chief of the Year (Volunteer): Phil Pirtle, Waynetown Fire Department

  • Phil Pirtle has been a member of the Waynetown Fire Department since 1980, and chief since 1992. A member of the LEPC, Pirtle is known for thinking outside the box and being creative to get a job done. His efforts in response are off the charts. He has opened the firehouse to the community and stranded motorists during the winter months, provided hot meals at all hours, and utilized snowmobiles to aid in life-saving measures. He is proactive in helping not only his department, but also departments in adjacent counties. He attends other counties' LEPC meetings, and is dedicated to serving his community and those around him.

Fire Instructor of the Year:  Louis Scarpellini, Vincennes University

  • This award recognizes an individual who has made Indiana's fire service training safer, more effective and more professional. Louis Scarpellini recently retired from Vincennes University after teaching fire science for 15 years. He is certified as a fire instructor, EMT, and CPR instructor in both Indiana and Kentucky. He has experience speaking at many large events, such as the Fire Department Instructors Conference. He regularly attends the National Fire Academy, in search of ways to educate his students on the newest fire protection methods. Scarpellini taught more than 400 students per year, in addition to serving on two volunteer fire departments, a sheriff's deputy with the local reserves, and participating at the American Legion.

Heroic Rescue of the Year Award: Jason Tibbetts and Katie Warrick, Decatur Township (Indy) Fire Department/Midwest Ambulance Service

  • This award is presented to EMS personnel who were actively involved in a rescue operation involving a victim in a dangerous environment. To be considered, the candidates must have demonstrated a degree of courage and bravery while showing an understanding of the seriousness of the situation. From the nomination form: Jason Tibbetts was riding in an ambulance with his coworker Katie Warrick on a routine call when they witnessed a severe and urgent situation. A semi truck weaved and slammed into a wall, bursting into flames. Noticing the situation, Tibbetts and Warrick ran to the scene and used a hammer from a nearby motorist to break the window of the semi and get the driver to safety. Upon learning of another individual in the truck, they went back to save her as well, and took them away in their ambulance.

Fire Officer of the Year: James Beaman, Vincennes City Fire Department

  • ThisJames Beaman grew up around the fire service industry, as he is a legacy son of the Vincennes City Fire Department. As training captain, Beaman goes the extra mile to obtain extra training and certifications, such as obtaining his paramedic license. He works to ensure all responders are ready for the countless different situations they may face. He has the best interest of the community and department at heart at all times. Beaman also helps the Knox County EMA with training and response to emergencies, and is also a Sergeant in the Knox County Sheriff's Department Reserves. It is not uncommon for him to assist with the local ambulance service, or help with paramedic training classes as a clinical coordinator.

Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year:  Jeff Owens, Wayne Twnshp (Indy) Fire Dept.

  • In 1995, Jeff Owens started the Kasey Program to teach children about fire and life safety. The program uses black labrador retrievers to demonstrate safety skills, such as stop, drop, and roll, crawling under smoke, and checking the door to see if it is hot. The dogs wear the badge of the Wayne Township (Indianapolis) Fire Department, and are trained in search and rescue and serve as therapy dogs for burn camps in Indiana and Illinois. In 1998, Koorsen Fire and Security became the sponsor of the program, which is designed to educate children from preschool age up to sixth grade. Through the program, Owens is estimated to have taught more than 400,000 children.

Medical Director of the Year: Dr. Michael Smith, Reid Hospital and Healthcare, Richmond

  • The nominees for the Medical Director of the Year award should not only demonstrate proficiency in oversight, but an attitude of professionalism among all members of the EMS and hospital communities, as well as the public. Dr. Michael Smith has served as the medical director for Wayne County for two years. Dr. Smith uses an emergency response vehicle to respond to incidents along with first responders. He regularly works shifts in the emergency room. He personally evaluates and tests each paramedic annually on protocols and skills. Dr. Smith has been an integral part in implementing two Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances and three Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances in Richmond. He is also developing a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) medic program with the Richmond Fire Department and Richmond Police Department, on which he serves as a SWAT medic.

Paramedic of the Year: Mark Snodgrass, Lilly Fire Rescue, Indianapolis

  • Mark Snodgrass eats, sleeps, and lives EMS. He spends several weeks developing a training curriculum, and even longer developing continuing education initiatives. He is responsible for the updating of more than 50 AEDs. Rather than dispose of the old AEDs, he had them donated to local schools, police, health and human services, and the Hancock County Sheriff's Department. He spends a great deal of time pushing quality improvement initiatives and manages two state-certified ambulances and about 50 EMS providers.

EMS Primary Instructor of the Year: Chris Thomas, Sugar Creek Fire Dept. Terre Haute

  • Chris Thomas is incredibly passionate about EMS education. Even when he is not conducting classes, he receives texts, calls, and emails asking for tips and advice. Thomas began teaching in 2004, and shortly after started his own private training business. He regularly drives great distances to put on classes for those who do not have the time or money to travel, oftentimes doing so for free. He goes to great lengths to ensure all of his students succeed, donating hours of personal time to them. He is always looking for more classes to take to ensure he is as educated as possible, which, in turn, he can use to give back to his students.

EMS for Children Award: Kerri James, Trans-Care, Brazil, IN

  • Kerri James reaches and connects with patients on a level most others never will. She aids in the emotional health of both the patient and the family. She has laughed, cried, and prayed with families. James shows professionalism through the toughest of times, and has remained humble through the praise she has received. She has taught children in her community about the importance of EMS, and has spent time in elementary schools teaching about 9-1-1, what ambulances do, and when they are needed. Many children have drawn her pictures of thanks, which wallpaper her station.
ARFF Award
Friday, 05 September 2014



NEWS RELEASE: 8-12-2014

Subject: CFD news/ ARFF
Awarded to Columbus Firefighter

The Great Lakes Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives(AAAE) has chosen a Columbus Firefighter to receive an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting award. Columbus Fire Department Captain Andy Lay was nominated for the ARFF Achievement Award by Columbus Municipal Airport Director Brian Payne. Assistant Airport Director Carlos Laverty accepted the award on Captain Lay's behalf at the AAAE conference last week in Michigan. In a nomination letter to the AAAE , Director Payne touched on the many achievements that Captain Lay has brought to the ARFF program during his 2 years at fire station 2.

Director Payne states, "Capt. Lay is never satisfied with good enough. He has encouraged me to push for more advanced training opportunities for the ARFF staff and has gone above and beyond with the exceptional ARFF record keeping."

Captain Lay was instrumental in establishing a full scale ARFF training prop with a derelict DC3 that is located on the airport property. Lay has also lead several training sessions with City and local volunteer departments. Some of the topics of these sessions included nozzle turret training, proper procedures for approaching an aircraft and interior rescue of victims.

In addition to structural fire and emergency medical training provided by the department, ARFF firefighters must complete additional training to maintain compliance with the FAA. The FAA requires that each ARFF firefighter trains in 11 categories annually. In addition to this training, the ARFF division firefighters must participate in a live burn exercise each year to remain compliant. This year our firefighters attended the live burn exercise at Grissom AFB. Another condition of compliance is that the ARFF apparatus must be at the airport midfield ready to deploy extinguishing agents within 3 minutes of dispatch.

Over the last two weeks the airport has seen several large aircraft that are participating in Army North's Vibrant Response training held at Camp Atterbury and Muskatatuck Urban Training Center. These aircraft include C130's, 737's, C17's and a C5 as well as several military helicopters. Columbus Fire Department recently equipped station 2 with a 14 inch rotary saw. The FAA recommends using this tool to cut through an aircraft wall. When an aircraft is damaged in an impact the saw will allow firefighters to reach the occupants when a door won't open.

Capt. Lay was unable to attend the award ceremony in person. In an acceptance letter to the AAAE, Capt. Lay expressed his gratitude for receiving the Achievement Award.

"As much as I would like to take full credit for this achievement, the accomplishments of the Columbus Fire Department ARFF Division could not have been possible without the help of the Columbus Municipal Airport, the City of Columbus and the Columbus Fire Department. I would also like to thank Captain Mike Sieverding for providing a starting foundation for building a program that has subsequently evolved into one of great success. I cannot thank the personnel at station 2 enough for their continued dedication and commitment to providing the citizens of Columbus and the Columbus Municipal Airport an exceptional level of service that is one to be proud of. "

Andy Lay became a City of Columbus firefighter in 1997. He was promoted from Lieutenant to Captain in May of 2014. Captain Lay also received a $100 check with the award which he has donated to the Columbus Firemen's Cheer Fund.

ARFF Achievement: The Achievement Award recognizes candidates who have shown exceptional skills in the workplace by organizing or directing special projects, employing innovative ideas, proactively improving safety or public service. . This award was established to recognize Fire Rescue Personal within the Chapter who have been nominated by their supervisors for meritorious and dedicated service within their section. Acts of performance deserving recognition of this award need not be in the heroic or life-saving category. Time and cost saving procedures, equipment modification, and improved training methods are things that would merit a nomination for this award.

The Kasey Program
Friday, 01 August 2014


Free To Your Departments!


The Kasey Program is a non-profit established in 1994 to bring fire and life safety skills to children of all ages in a fun and memorable way. The program is sponsored by Koorsen Fire & Security and is run by retired firefighter, Jeff Owens.

With the use of black Labrador Retrievers, talented song writing, and guitar-playing fire fighter, Jeff Owens uses song and demonstration to inspire audiences of all ages to learn and retain important fire safety tips and lifesaving skills. The program reaches roughly 400,000 children each year and has been accredited to saving at least 12 lives since it was founded.
Joomla Templates and the Joomla Book