Safety Alert
Friday, 17 October 2014



The IAFC's EMS Section has set-up an
Ebola Virus Resource Page for Quick Access
to a Range of Information and Tools for
the Fire and Emergency Service.



White County 911

Standard Operating Guidelines





1. PURPOSE (10-8-14)


Establishes guidelines for dispatching requests for medics/ambulance for subjects with possible flu like symptoms.        




Dispatchers shall ask all callers requesting an ambulance what the nature of the problem is. If the caller states the subject is exhibiting flu like symptoms (nausea, vomiting, fever etc.) the dispatcher will ask the caller if the subject has traveled to Africa. This procedure may change later to the dispatcher asking the subject if they have traveled anywhere out of the country, but for now we are only to ask if they have traveled to Africa. As always, our priority is to keep our responders as safe as possible.




A.  Upon receiving a request for an ambulance the dispatcher will ask for the nature of the problem. If the caller advises the subject is exhibiting flu like symptoms or the subject is "sick", the dispatcher will ask if the subject has traveled to Africa.


B.  Dispatchers will use the station alert system to make the fire department aware of the request.


C.  When giving the initial dispatch with the address and nature of the problem, the dispatcher will end with either " No Travel" or "Subject has Traveled." This will give the medics the information they need.


D.  Secondary dispatch procedure remains the same.


E.  Dispatchers will log in the CAD system that a request was made and that this procedure was followed.


EMS Ebola-Preparedness Resources:




CDA Dispatching of Potential Ebola Incidents

Friday, 17 October 2014

Notice of Sale
Thursday, 16 October 2014

The City Of Bluffton Will
Offer For Sale
The Following 1987 Pierce Arrow
Open Cab Fire Truck:

VIN # 1P9CA01G9HA0403375

Miles 36,860 * Hours 5695.6* *Miles and Hours as of 10/6/2014

Tank: 1,000 gallon

Pump: 1,000 gpm

Transmission: manual 5 speed cable shift

Generator: 4,000 watt

Purchase includes: Two (2) pike poles, one (1) deluge gun, one (1) monitor, Booster wheel with hose and nozzle in rear compartment, multiple SCBA brackets and portable auxiliary lighting.

Possession of this used fire engine to the purchaser will be made at the time a new fire engine is delivered to the Bluffton Fire Department with an anticipated date of late November 2014.

MINIMUM BID: $4,500.00

Bids will be opened and read aloud at the Board of Works meeting held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 in the conference room at City Hall.

The Board of Public Works and Safety reserves the right to reject any bid and to remove items from the sale at any time without notice.

Vehicle may be seen at the Fire station across from City Hall at 204 East Market Street. Questions regarding the vehicle should be directed to Chief Chris Broderick at 260-824-6050.

All vehicles will be sold in "as is" condition with no warranties expressed or implied.

Sealed bids should be submitted to the City Clerk-Treasurer, 128 East Market Street, Bluffton, Indiana 46714 by 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Bids should be marked "Fire Truck Bid" on the outside of the envelope.

All markings referring to "City of Bluffton" must be removed within 30 days of the sale.

Additional Photos Available on the Sale Bill Provided Here

Abandoned Commercial Buildings
Thursday, 16 October 2014


Many communities may have a building or two that they aren’t sure what to do with it that is either abandoned, tax delinquent, or city officials can’t get the owner to do anything with it as they don’t have the money or interest to do so. This may be an option.....

Mike Riehm, Chief of the Kendallville Fire Department states the company listed below specializes in these type of projects to revitalize communities and turn these properties into shovel ready sites for development. 

Kendallville is in the process of riding their city of 4 of these unsafe and unsightly properties.  Chief Riehm states they are not paying for this demolition.

The contact information is:

Garrett LLC
Michael E. Heitz
163 Kentucky Avenue
Lexington, KY  40502
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Middlebrook Fundraiser
Friday, 03 October 2014

Registration is now open for the:
Dr. David Griffin, ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE - A Fundraiser for Jamie Middlebrook

In Honor of The Charleston 9:
A Study of Change Following Tradegy

Date: October 25th, 2014 1600est
Cost: $50 all Proceeds to Middlebrook Memorial Fund
Location: New Prairie High School
5333 N. Cougar Rd. Carlisle, Indiana

Dr. David Griffin speeches are amazing and VERY powerful. Dr. Griffin was the first due Pump Operator at the Charleston Sofa Superstore Fire and is currently a Training Officer in Charleston.

Every morning we wake up, we have a choice. We can choose to be average, or we can choose to be great in everything that we do. Excellence is not an accident. It is a habit. If we practice excellence continuously, it becomes a staple in all parts of our lives, personal and professional. 

Click Here To Read more on Dr. David Griffin

Fitness Symposium
Friday, 03 October 2014

2014 IFCA/PFFUI Wellness -Fitness Symposium & Peer Fitness Trainer Workshop

The Indiana Fire Chiefs Association (IFCA), the Professional Fire Fighters Union of Indiana (PFFUI), and Public Safety Medical would like to invite you to the 3rd Annual Wellness - Fitness Symposium & Peer Fitness Trainer Workshop being held December 4 and December 5 at the Emergency Service Education Center Wayne Twp. Fire Dept.

This information - packed event will update you on the latest scientific news and techniques to improve firefighter health, wellness, fitness, safety and performance.


We encourage all peer fitness trainers to attend the Peer Fitness Trainer Workshop on Thursday December 4th to obtain 0.8 CEC's for the Ace Peer fitness Trainer.

Please go to the link provided to look at the great training being provided and look forward to seeing you at Wayne Twp. Fire on December 4, 5, 2014.

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)

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
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