As a past Fire Chief of the Year winner, we wanted to let
you know that nominations are now being accepted for the2014 IAFC
Fire Chief of the Yearaward.
This award is being presented by the IAFC in partnership with Pierce
This award honorsone
career fire chief and one volunteer fire chief for their leadership,
innovation, professional development, integrity, service to the public and
contributions as a whole to the fire service.
2014 winners will be announced and presented with their
awards August 14 in Dallas, TX during the general session at Fire-Rescue
House Enrolled Act 1301
has passed both House and the Senate and is now on its way to the Governor for
his action. The Governor can sign the act, veto the act, or let the act become
law without his signature.
This act concerns numerous
building and life safety code issues, but the negative aspect of the act is
that SECTION 5 would redefine Townhouses as Class 2 structures instead of as
Class 1 structures currently. This change takes fire safety backwards two steps
1. Multi-family structures
that were previously classified as Apartments because they did not meet the
definition of Townhouse will now be classified as Townhouses. Thus,
multi-family buildings that were previously required to have fire sprinklers
will no longer be required to have them.
2. By putting the
separation wall requirements into statute, variances to Class 2 Townhouse walls
will not be permitted and cost-effective sprinkler systems cannot be
considered. This will make it nearly impossible to obtain sprinklering of
"Townhouses" as builders will be reluctant to incur the extra cost
and time to build Townhouses as Class 1 structures.
A copy of the act can be
viewed by using the following link:
The final chance to stop
HEA 1301 rests with the Governor. IFCA, along with Indiana's fire inspectors
and volunteer firefighters, have urged the Governor to veto HEA 1301. A copy of
our veto request is attached.
1. We urge each
department in Indiana to send a letter to the Governor ASAP asking the Governor
to veto HEA 1301. The Governor's address is listed on the letter that we sent
to the Governor. A letter will have more impact than an email, so please send a
2. Please share
this email with other chiefs in your area who might not be IFCA members so that
we maximize our impact. It is crucial that we get many contacts made.
Notice is hereby given that the city of decatur Fire Department will be accepting sealed bids on the following piece of used equipment, as is, with no warranty, to the highest bidder on the 15th day of April 2014. description of the used equipment is as follows:
1985 Bauer Model K-14-E1 Breathing Compressor 5,000 PSI, 9.2 CFM with plumbing and valves necessary to fill SCBA bottles.
4-4500 PSI Cascade Bottles with cascade manifold - bottles will need to be hydro tested in 2014
Compressor has been well maintained and has documentation of quarterly NFPA Breathing Air Quality Samples that will be made available to an interested party per request. The compressor is no longer in service and can be made available to the successful bidder immediately after the bid is awarded.
Equipment may be inspected at the Decatur Fire Department at 206 S. 7th Street, Decatur, IN 46733 between the hours of 8:00am - 4:00pm. For more information call 260-724-8909. Pictures can be viewed at www.decaturfire.us and on the Decatur Fire Department's Facebook page.
Sealed bids will be accepted at the Clerk-Treasurer's Office at City Hall 225 W. Monroe Street until 4:00pm local time on the 15th day of April 2014. The bids will be opened and publicly read aloud at 6:00pm at City Hall in Council Chamber 225 W. Monroe Street, Decatur, IN 46733.
The Board of Public Works and Safety of the City of Decatur, Indiana reserves the right to reject all bids and to waive any or all informalities in the bidding process.
KNOW YOUR SMOKE
The Dangers of Fire Smoke Exposure
A Life-Saving “FREE” Training Event for Firefighters & EMS
April 5, 2014
Controlled burn practical session focused on atmospheric monitoring.
Full PPE required.
Wayne Township Fire Department
700 North High School Road
This training program is sponsored by the Fire Smoke Coalition, Inc. located in Indianapolis, Indiana and RAE Systems. The course will be taught by some of the leading fire service experts on HCN and Smoke Toxicology. The following topics will be addressed:
April 5, 2014: 8:30 am — 5:30 pm
Fire Smoke: Perceptions, Myths and Misunderstandings
Atmospheric Monitoring for HCN/CO—The Toxic Twins
Implementing New Standards for Atmospheric Monitoring: The Process
Pre-hospital HCN (Hydrogen Cyanide) Assessment and Antidotal Treatment
Note: Lunch is provided.)
Burn/Smoke Practical focused on atmospheric monitoring will conclude the day.
(Full PPE & SCBA required to participate.)
The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns has asked IFCA, as a member of IACT's Replace Don't Erase Coalition, for assistance in the final week of this year's General Assembly as follows:
Thank you for the overwhelming response to our many requests for help on existing legislative proposals that begin phasing out Indiana's personal property tax. Your assistance is making a difference and we've heard from many lawmakers that you've been in touch.
I know your time is valuable and this is a last-minute request, but we continue to need your help. Please come to Indianapolis on Monday, March 10, and make one-on-one contact with your legislators. We are working to make one final push to inform lawmakers of our concerns regarding PPT reform. While there has been significant evolution on this matter since the beginning of session, there is still much to say and saying it in person is how you can be most effective for your community.
We need your help telling legislators:
1. If something more than a study panel is going to advance during this legislative session, the Senate's plan (inserted into HB 1001) comes closer to addressing the concerns of municipal government than any other ideas currently being considered.
2. Tell your legislators youopposeany final legislative proposal that includes a county by county option to eliminate the tax on new equipment! County by county elimination via a COIT Council approach leaves too many cities, towns, counties, schools, libraries, townships and other local units with little to no voice in a decision to eliminate a relied upon source of revenue. What's being considered is NOT a local option and represents a serious step backwards for economic development and growth in our state!
Finally, I encourage you to contact Governor Pence and urge him to follow up on his openness for replacement revenues for losses caused by any elimination of the personal property tax via the exemption for small businesses. Any dollars lost to city and town government as a result of this proposal will have a detrimental effect on our ability to grow Hoosier communities and enhance the quality of life for our citizens.
A media release approved by the IACT Board of Directors is attached for your review as well.
Again, please come to Indianapolis on Monday and help us make one last push to be heard.
When: Monday, March 10, 9:00 a.m., EST
Where: 125 W. Market Street, Ste 100
IACT Conference Room (We'll meet for a quick briefing before heading across the street to the Statehouse)
Parking: Directly across the street in the Hilton parking garage.
Please RSVP to Natalie Hurt at
at your earliest convenience to let us know if you will be joining us in the office before heading to the statehouse.
*If you cannot attend the briefing at IACT at 9:00 a.m., but can make your way to Statehouse at any time on Monday, we strongly encourage you to do so!
Calls on Governor Pence to Follow-up on Openness for
INDIANAPOLIS - IACT announced today that the Senate's current personal property tax elimination (PPT) proposal, which was inserted into HB 1001 last week, demonstrates great movement from the Senate. If something more than a study panel is going to advance during this legislative session, the Senate's plan comes closer to addressing the concerns of municipal government than any other ideas currently being considered by lawmakers.
IACT praises both the House and Senate for pushing for a blue ribbon panel to further explore the impact of eliminating any portion of Indiana's PPT. We support a comprehensive review of how we fund local government in our state and an analysis of the tools used to grow our communities and attract new business. It is our hope that the blue ribbon council's review will be the impetus for change relative to many provisions that might negatively impact the health of Indiana's communities both today and in the future. The Senate has pushed for a study panel since the early days of the legislative session and we support this effort and expect to be an active participant should it pass.
In terms of remaining areas of concern, IACT continues to be intensely opposed to the county by county option to eliminate the tax on new equipment being pushed in the House. We continue to raise the red flag that this provision leaves too many cities, towns, counties, schools, libraries, townships and other local units with little to no voice in a decision to eliminate a relied upon source of revenue. What's being considered is NOT a local option and represents a serious step backwards for economic development and growth in our state. The language in this proposal represents the beginning of a complete phase out of the tax as counties will be gradually pressured into elimination and old equipment ages out and is replaced. It's a slippery slope and is certainly the most detrimental piece of PPT legislation still alive.
Due to some changes in the small business exemption, the Senate's latest proposal reduces the fiscal impact to local units of government from about $54 million to $6.5 million. When looking specifically at the loss to cities and towns, the estimated reduction in revenues could be as low as $2.4 million. While this reduction is much appreciated by city and town leaders, IACT encourages Governor Pence to follow up on his statements of being open to replacement revenues. We urge the Governor to call upon House and Senate leaders to mitigate any revenue losses to local units and avoid the property tax shift to homeowners associated with PPT elimination.
Compared to where we started in January, great strides have been made on the issue of PPT elimination. We look forward to continuing our work with the General Assembly and Governor Pence in the days ahead.
The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT): IACT is a coalition of municipal officials who seek to improve the quality of life in Indiana through effective government, and is a member of the National League of Cities. Founded in 1891, IACT is one of the oldest state municipal organizations in the country, with 470 cities and towns as members. IACT advocates for municipalities as the official voice of municipal government in Indiana, and promotes good government through education, training and leadership.
Replace Don't Erase: In an effort to communicate with one clear voice the consequences of eliminating all or some of the personal property tax without full replacement revenues, IACT invited the statewide organizations of all affected local units to join Replace Don't Erase. Our hope is that by working together we can effectively communicate the seriousness of eliminating some or all personal property tax revenues without a state implemented replacement of these dollars. The quality of our schools, public safety departments, infrastructure, programs and ability to develop livable communities depends on the limited resources currently available. Changes to these revenue streams need to be made with utmost deliberation and full consideration for how the funds will otherwise be generated.
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