First Responder
Wednesday, 15 April 2015

First Responder Train‐the‐Trainer Instructor Course

May 12th‐13th, 2015 Indiana Law Enforcement Academy

Traffic Incident Management Responder Training

Provided by the Federal Highway Administration in partnership with the Indiana Traffic incident Management Effort (IN‐TIME)

   Faster, safer incident recovery depends on an integrated, well-trained responder corps.


Members of the IFCA
Monday, 06 April 2015





Members of the IFCA

We have been asked to send this out to our membership and the IFCA supports this so we are asking you to help Captain Dern’s family through this difficult time of his recovery. We thank Lanett Stewart for taking time to write this letter asking for the IFCA support. Please read Lanett letter below.


I am sending this as a survivor who has spent time with families who have endured something very similar to what Captain Dern's family and department are currently experiencing.  If you feel this information is worthy of passing on to others, please feel free to do so. If not, I completely understand.  Have a great day and thank you for considering!


Captain Pete Dern of the Fresno City Fire Department sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns on about 65% of his body when he fell through a roof while attempting to provide ventilation for interior crews during a house fire. He continues to fight for his life.  The video footage capturing his fall and rescue has gone viral on social media, as well as the internet.  I'm sure you've seen it by now.  


As you can guess, the outlook for Captain Dern is grim.  He has a long road ahead of him should he survive these initial days, weeks and months.  The chance of infection is high as his body's immune system and skin have been heavily damaged.  Unfortunately, I have witnessed two other situations similar to Capt. Dern's. Both times, each firefighter's family endured a long and grueling hospital stay.  In the first incident, the firefighter fought 59 days before succumbing to his injuries. In the second incident, the firefighter fought almost 30 days before losing his battle. While neither result was what any of us was praying for, we all witnessed something amazing. 


In both cases, other fire departments from across the country showed their support by sending patches, t-shirts, notes, cards, coins etc to the injured firefighters' families as they kept their vigil at the hospital. I can't describe the encouragement and support those families felt when they opened the packages and saw that departments everywhere were thinking of and praying for their loved ones. Many times, it was one of the few positive moments of their day. The families proudly displayed the patches they received and would then locate the department on a map. Hospital staff, visitors, anyone connected to the family would marvel at the support shown across the United States.  The public safety family once again rallied around its own and helped both families endure a very trying time.  


Without a doubt, this support made a difference!  I am sending this email in hopes you might encourage the fire departments affiliated with your organization to send a card, a patch, a note, something of support for Captain Dern's family.  It's a great way to not only show unity within the fire service, but also a great way to wrap your arms around a grieving family.  Thank you in advance for considering this! 


Anyone wishing to send cards, patches, notes, etc for Captain Dern's family may do so by using the following address:


Fresno City Firefighters

753 710 R Street

Fresno, CA 93721


Thank you again,

Lanett Stewart

Daughter of FF Ron Stephan, Lynn Vol. FD, Last Call-9/25/2010

Purdue University Fire Department
Monday, 09 March 2015







The Purdue University Fire Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Firefighter I – Probationary Firefighter.



Provide emergency services for the University and assist other fire departments on a mutual aid basis.  Protect life and property, control and extinguish fires and administer emergency medical treatment and transport patients.  Maintain station and equipment; inspect fire extinguishers, buildings and special event locations.  Subject to 24-hour call back and mandatory overtime.  Required to work 24 hour rotating shifts.


Requirements Include:

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • One year experience as Firefighter 1 & 2 and Emergency Medical Technician. 
  • Indiana State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification or Paramedic license.
  • Must be certified Firefighter 1 & 2 by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
  • Must have successfully completed Hazardous Materials Technician certification or be able to complete within twelve months of employment in this position. 
  • Must be physically and mentally capable of performing all duties of a firefighter and EMT. 
  • Must have the ability to lift and carry 50-80 lbs. frequently, up to 100 lbs. or more occasionally and drag up to 165 lbs. 
  • Must have knowledge of the principles and processes for providing good customer and personal services. 
  • Must have strong oral & written communication skills. 
  • Must have basic computer skills. 
  • Must be at least 21 years of age. 
  • A valid driver’s license. 



  • Paramedic experience.


For a full description and to apply, please visit and reference posting number 1500464.


Online Application Form:

Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.







Day at the Track
Tuesday, 03 March 2015




Indiana Fire Chiefs Association Annual Day at the Track

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Speedway American Legion Post 500 1926 Georgetown Road

Speedway, IN 46224

Cost:            IFCA Members - $25.00

Guest of an IFCA Member - $30.00

Schedule:      11:00 am EST – Registration

11:30 am EST – Lunch 12:45 pm EST – Trackside

Please Note:  This is an IFCA event. All guest must be accompanied by a current IFCA member.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 8, 2015. We must have your RSVP to ensure an accurate count for lunch! Dale Henson, This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it



2015 Hazard Zone and Leadership Conference
Thursday, 12 February 2015

This Year's Hazard Zone and Leadership Conference will be held on 24th -26th of September in Phoenix, Arizona at the amazing Arizona Biltmore Resort. Register early so you don't miss out .

  Incredible hotel rate of $169.00 per night plus a resort fee includes full access to all the resort has to offer and free Wifi. The Arizona Biltmore will honor this amazing room rate for 3 days prior to the conference and for 3 days after to allow all attendees to take advantage of everything the resort and the Phoenix area has to offer.


Your family will love the 8 sparkling pools on the property including the Paradise Pool with slide and swim up bar. Take Advantage of the popular Squaw Peak morning hike, and other area adventures. The Concierge can help you. The Biltmore's own Links and Adobe Golf Courses are some of the best golfing the valley has to offer.

Free Blue Card online subscription for every paid registration, a $385.00 value.

  Receive a free copy of B Shifter magazine specially printed for the conference highlighting this year's presentations. This year we will add lunchtime speakers to keep us abreast of the most current issues in today's fire service.

Blue Card Instructors please remember to register for the Saturday Morning Instructor's Breakfast. Free for Blue Card Instructors.


Wednesday night join Chief Brunacinifor a pre-registration event in the Gold Room just off the main foyer. This welcoming reception includes drinks and appetizers and will be from 6:00pm - 7:30pm.Don't miss this opportunity to network with the presenters and guests.

Please visit to register

Thursday, 05 February 2015

The following bills are already posted for hearings next week. Please let me know of any concerns and if anyone should testify.
SB 484
  SB 491
  SB 556



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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