New Phone number to request statewide fire and emergency resources for emergency response to incidents. The Indiana Fire Chiefs Association working in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the State Fire Marshal's Office has established a new number to contact the Indiana Mutual Aid Response Plan (IMARP) for emergency response resources. The new number for IMARP requests will be 1-800-669-7362. This number goes directly to the IDHS watch desk and they will collect the information requested to start you additional resources to your local emergency. You can start calling this number starting Jan 1st, 2017.
The Indiana Fire Chiefs Mutual Aid Section working with Fire Marshal James Greeson has been collecting data for a new national data system called Mutual Aid Net. This is a United States initiative to get all fire resources into one database. Mutual Aid Net is a software that is internet based so it is accessible from anywhere you have an internet connection. Unlike the current data we have as a standalone program the new one can send emails and text messages to dispatch centers, mutual aid coordinators, emergency managers and anyone on the new program. It can notify individuals by county, IDHS district or statewide if needed. We are working with the IDHS District personnel to help meet with county chiefs associations and get all of the data collected. Currently we are about 40% collected throughout the state. Even if you cannot provide mutual aid because you have a small department we still want to collect your data because you could be involve in the incident in your community.
The Indiana Fire Chiefs Mutual Aid Section has been working on many mutual aid initiatives for the past 10 years.
Mid America Mutual Aid Consortium (MAMA-C) This is state line mutual aid. If you operate mutual aid with departments across an Indiana state line you need to look into this initiative. We currently have legislation passed in all states surrounding Indiana for Stateline mutual aid. Currently there is a template in place for Michigan/Indiana that can be used to create your mutual aid agreements. We are working on the other 3 states as well.
Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) MABAS is regional mutual aid around your community. It can be a county of resources, it can be several counties around you worth of resources, it is what you want to make it. Currently in Indiana we have 16 MABAS Divisions that make up 18 counties. That number continues to grow. Contact Chief Timm Schabbel from Clay Fire Territory at email@example.com or 574-272-2144 if you are interested in starting a MABAS Division in your area. He heads up the Indiana MABAS program.
Indiana Mutual Aid Response Plan (IMARP) The Indiana Mutual Aid Response Plan is a plan that is partnered with the Indiana Fire Chiefs Association and the State Fire Marshal's Office. The data collected for this plan is what is being used in the State EOC ESF 4 and ESF 9 desks during emergencies. This is for when you exceed local mutual aid and need resources from several counties away from the incident. For example it is for flooding emergencies where you need swift water teams, large fires where you need water resources, large mass casualty incidents where you need numerous ambulances, etc. Both the Chiefs Association, the Fire Marshal's Office and the IDHS District Reps are working to get this data collected so we can start doing training district wide on the response training. Your help is needed to complete this large task. You can go to indfirechiefs.org to get a form to fill out for your data. We ask for your resources, a person to manage your resources from your department and the information for your county dispatch center on the form. We would appreciate your assistance in getting this huge task accomplished. If you have any questions about the Mutual Aid Programs in Indiana Contact Brian Lott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-325-1505 or Timm Schabbel from Clay Fire Territory at email@example.com or 574-272-2144.