Legislative Update
Thursday, 29 January 2015


HHB1182, fire training academy, was referred to Ways & Means last week and will need to be heard by that committee.

HB 1478, Marion County fire consolidation, passed the House today 69-27. We did not do any lobbying on it in the House.

HB 1307 was amended this week as predicted to remove the language that would have prohibited local building and fire code ordinances that are more detailed or stricter than state codes.

HB 1300 is scheduled for a hearing next Tuesday. Please review and let me know if we have any concerns about it, particularly SECTION 1, as the Apartment Association asked about our position since they are pushing the legislation. I discussed it briefly with the marshals who attended this week’s hearing on HB 1307 and they did not have any initial concerns, although I plan to ask them again.


Bill Track
Thursday, 22 January 2015


The last of the introduced bills were released to the public today, and I have updated your bill track accordingly. Please use the following link to access the bill track and let me know of any special concerns as soon as possible.




Also, please remember that this link is good throughout session to view the most recent action on the bills, including any bills that I need to add along the way.


Here is a link to view the text of the bills:





Mark Scherer  mscherer@thelobbyfirm.com

Tuesday, 06 January 2015


retirement invite_page_1_image_0001.jpgPLEASE JOIN US IN CELEBRATING THE                                                                                                                                                 


Battalion Chief Jon Rubeck and  Lieutenant Dwayne Little

February 1, 2015

At 1900

Washington Township Park Pavilion

RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Or 317-272-2155

Wednesday, 31 December 2014




Purpose of Position/Summary:


Incumbent is responsible for establishing and monitoring a safety program at the Rockville Correctional Facility. Areas of responsibility include all life, health, and safety standards.  Incumbent reports to the Superintendent at an adult, female correctional facility.


 Essential  Duties/Responsibilities:

 Ensures compliance with all federal and state rules and regulations governing fire, health and safety

 Ensures all fire, health and safety equipment has been inventoried, properly located, and clearly identified for emergency use

 Inspects all fire, health and safety equipment for defects and damage and monitors preventive maintenance schedule

 Conducts routine inspections of work sites both on and off institutional grounds to assure compliance with all fire, safety and health standards

 Surveys and evaluates physical facilities to recommend appropriate actions necessary for compliance with standards

 Forms and chairs an institutional safety committee

 Develops and conducts offender and staff safety educational programs

 Maintains contact with local and state regulatory agencies for purposes of maintaining up-to-date


 Prepares annual OSHA reports concerning workplace safety

 Conducts, evaluates and maintains documentation of emergency response drills (i.e. fire, storm, etc.)


 Job Requirements:

 Thorough knowledge of and ability to apply federal and state occupational safety, fire and health laws, rules, regulations and policy guidelines

 Thorough knowledge of al laws, regulations and court decisions regarding safe living conditions for offenders

 Considerable knowledge of and ability to conduct surveys, investigations, and complex inspections

and evaluate investigative results for findings of facts


Ability to establish and monitor preventive maintenance schedules as they pertain to health, fire and safety issues & equipment

 Ability to differentiate the nature and degree of unsafe working and sanitary conditions

 Ability to develop effective working relationships with department heads, other DOC personnel and vendors.

 Ability to maintain personal composure and tactfully handle difficult situations

 Ability to supervise offenders

 Above average knowledge of OSHA, Fire and Building Codes pertaining office, maintenance, food service, medical & living areas


                                                                          Ability to work overtime if necessary 

   Ability to walk, observe and attend to issues occurring in sites under inspection

 Ability to write professional, effective reports, memos, letters, etc.

 Ability to abide by the Department Code of Conduct

 Ability to test negative on all drug tests

 Ability to successfully complete all required training


 Preferred  Experience:

 Seven (7) years of work experience in the development and/or enforcement of construction and/or industrial programs in the areas of environmental, fire, occupational health and safety regulations, or accredited college training in a related field.

 Interested applicants should send a resume to Amanda Holcomb at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it




Courage to Be SafeŽ & Leadership, Accountability, Culture & Knowledge Training
Monday, 29 December 2014

Fellow fire service members,

 I hope all is well with you.  I wanted introduce myself, for those that don’t know me.  I am the newly appointed Indiana Advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters’ Everyone Goes Home Program.  My goal is to teach this program and reach every firefighter in our state.  I would also like to get this program into our Firefighter I curriculum.  I clearly will need help to accomplish this task.  The State Fire Marshall (Jim Greeson) and I are asking you to help.  We would like for you or a representative from your department.  Also, feel free to have more than one.   The date is Friday January 16th start time 0900, working lunch, 1600 completion time? This time frame would allow us to cover the CTBS & LACK (Courage to Be Safe® & Leadership, Accountability, Culture & Knowledge Training) programs.   This class will be a train the trainer class.  This will certify you to teach the 4hr. course.  The instructor will be Rick Best (OH).      

There is no cost, and my advocate position is a volunteer position.  We will have it here at Carmel, or somewhere centrally located.  This will be determined when the numbers come back from all of you.  Please feel free to pass it along to others, as you see fit.  Then respond to this email if you are able to attend.  After this training each person will be able to teach the class.  The program description is below. 

  Courage to Be Safe®

  Firefighters must have the courage to face a multitude of risks in order to save lives and protect their communities. Their courage allows them to willingly risk their own lives so that others can be saved. A different type of courage is required to stay safe in potentially dangerous situations, avoiding needless risks and tragic consequences. This provocative and moving presentation is designed to change the culture of accepting the loss of firefighters as a normal occurrence. Building on the untold story of LODD survivors, it reveals how family members must live with the consequences of a firefighter death and provides a focus on the need for firefighters and officers to change fundamental attitudes and behaviors in order to prevent line of duty deaths. The central theme promotes the courage to do the right thing in order to protect yourself and other firefighters and ensure that "Everyone Goes Home" at the end of the day.

  Leadership, Accountability, Culture and Knowledge (LACK) – Is your department on the path to an LODD? This compelling presentation by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation examines the root causes of LODDs and the role of Leadership, Accountability, Culture and Knowledge as it influences the end result. Many fire departments across the United States “LACK the right stuff” to prevent them from being in the path of a line of duty death with Leadership, Accountability, Culture and Knowledge being the elements that need to be addressed and managed by those environments. Through education and training, those departments can improve their survivability by understanding the root causes of firefighter fatalities and tackling these four elements with special emphasis on understanding the fire service culture.

Thanks and I wish you and your family a safe and happy Holiday Season!!

Mark Cromlich

Safety Chief


Carmel Fire Department

2 Civic Square, Carmel IN 46032

317-571-2600  Headquarters

317-571-2660  Fax

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Patient Handling - Instructor Patient Care Documentation
Tuesday, 23 December 2014

VFIS ….. In v i t e s   y o u  t o   a t t e n d  t h e  

f o l l o w i n g  E m e r g e n c y 

S e r v i c e   T r a i n i n g   P r o g r a m. 

 Patient Handling {Instructor} Patient Care Documentation {Instructor}

 Choose one or both classes 

 January 20, 2015 

 Patient Handling 0800-1200 Hours

 Patient Care Documentation 1300-1630 Hours

 Location: Wayne Township Fire Department 

700 N High School Road Indianapolis, IN 46214 

 Pre-registration required!

 Please register by January 15, 2015 

 Cost - VFIS Insured - No Cost 

 Non VFIS Insured - 1st Instructor $199 Additional Instructor $99 each

 {Cost underwritten by The Downey Agency} 

 To Register On-Line: Go to www.vfis.com


Wednesday, 17 December 2014
ImageGREENFIELD FIRE TERRITORY 17 W. South ST, Greenfield IN (317) 477-4430 (Fax) (317) 477-4431 The Greenfield Fire Territory is now accepting applications for the position of Career Firefighter, with paramedic preferred. Applicants for the position must possess a current EMT certification. Firefighter certifications and Paramedic license will be preferred. In addition, all applicants must be United States Citizens, Twenty one years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid driver's license and meet the additional specific requirements set forth by the Greenfield Fire Territory. Online Applications will be available at: www.greenfieldin.org/employment Completed online applications should be printed and returned in person or by mail to the Greenfield Fire Territory Headquarters located at 17 W. South St., Greenfield, Indiana 46140 by 4:00 PM February 6, 2015. No online applications will be available after the above date.
2015 IERC Request for Proposals
Monday, 08 December 2014
2015 IERC Request for Proposals The Indiana Emergency Response Conference is now taking proposals for the 2015 IERC! We are looking for classes for the IERC attendee to receive excellent and worthy educational opportunities at the 2015 IERC. Please click on the link to submit your proposal! The entire application must be filled out to be considered. Deadline in March 1, 2015. To take the survey click here: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ea4oea9yi2gu13ym/start
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