VFD Hot Topics

This page will consist of a variety of information of events
 that occurs in and around the department.
 If you want to know what is going on check back on a regular basis. 
VALPARAISO | Firefighters are investigating the cause of a blaze that broke out early Friday night at a large Victorian-style building at the corner of Jefferson and Lafayette streets.

The fire appears to have started on an upper level of the building at 60 W. Jefferson St., which was home to the Needles & Thread business, according to Valparaiso police Sgt. Michael Grennes.

The fire is at least the third to strike a commercial building in the city during the last five months, on the heels of blazes June 25 at a strip mall on Calumet Avenue and March 4 at a century-old building at 204 Lincolnway.

Friday's blaze was called in at 5:09 p.m. and firefighters assisted a person out of the upper levels of the building, Grennes said.

Firefighters were still pouring water on the structure hours later and were succeeding in keeping the blaze from spreading to neighboring buildings, he said. No was injured.

Firefighters from Washington Township assisted with the fire, and the American Red Cross was on the scene. The fire also attracted a crowd of onlookers.

Officials closed Jefferson Street, east from Napoleon Street, and Lafayette Street, north from Lincolnway, as the fire was brought under control.

Blaze damages Valpo businesses

June 26, 2013 5:45 pm  

 Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Good Job B-Crew Rescue 65 YOF in wheel chair
fell into 6ft deep Construction Hole.

see news article below.



Welcome Dustin Buchanan to the Valparaiso Fire Department
as our newest probationary firefighter.


Wednesday, March 06, 2013

New Rescue was put into service today.


Great job to all that worked so hard with the fire downtown!

208 Lincolnway

Photo: Early morning downtown fire has some roads in the area of Lincolnway, Morgan Blvd, Michigan St, Franklin St and up to Washington St closed this morning. Please plan a detoured route when traveling. (Photo taken early this morning courtesy of Luis Munoz)

Firefighters continue to pour water on a building at 204 Lincolnway in Valparaiso following an early morning fire that closed much of the downtown business district

The building at 204 Lincolnway was a livery stable when it first opened as the Empire Hall building in 1901. It has since housed a hardware store, a dance hall and the Red Cross. It was destroyed by fire March 4, 2013.


Thursday, February 28, 2013


Just wanted to send this to everyone. C-T’s office has agreed to issue semi-annual FLSA checks separate from paychecks so that taxes won’t be so horrendous. Our thanks should go to them for their help!!


Friday, February 22, 2013

The dept is looking at it's equipment needs soon
and would like your input!

See your station officer.

   Wednesday, February 20, 2013 


Assistant Chief Arnold hopes to have new rescue in service
next week. Department is waiting on some equipment.



The Clerk-Treasurer’s office is going to allow changes to HSA deductions each quarter, so if employees want to change their deductions they will have to do it in writing or by email the week after the pay of:

March 31

June 30

September 30

December 31

Monday, February 04, 2013


The department has taken delivery of the new rescue. Deputy Chief Jacobs has
been mounting equipment last week and truck radios were being hooked up
today at Hoosier Fire Equipment. Assistant Chief Arnold hoped to have it in
service in a couple weeks. It will be a nice addition to the department.

Friday, February 01, 2013

HSA Insurance Meetings

These will be additional meetings at city hall to answer questions and
how to manage your HSA account.

Wednesday - Feb. 6th  at: 10:00 am

Thursday - Feb. 7th   at: 3:00 pm

Monday, September 24, 2012


Please give a congrats to our fellow firefighters who recently passed their

F/F, Paramedic Stites
F/F, Paramedic Nondorf

Speaking for myself Im very proud of both of you. Actually all of who choose to better themself and the department. Sound corny I know but it takes commitment, discipline and hard work  to acomplish what they did. My hats off to you.


Brothers and Sisters,
I know that we are all extremely concerned with the proposed insurance changes and fees that the City has proposed for 2013. I have been told that the Mayor would like to hear any and all feedback concerning the proposed changes. Therefore, I would like EVERYONE to write a letter addressed to Mayor Jon Costas outlining how the proposed changes will impact their lives and their family. Inform the Mayor if you are already struggling to pay your bills, if you have a chronically ill member of your family or any reason that these changes will negatively impact your life. Please keep all correspondence polite. He has indicated that he might be willing to revisit the issue, so keep that in mind when you are writing your letter. Please place them in a sealed envelope and get them to me ASAP as I hope to meet with him next week.

On a seperate note, Culver's Restaurant has contacted the Local and proposed a fundraiser on October 7th. I will forward the flyer for the event. I will be putting up a sign up sheet with the hope that members and their families will sign up for a few hours. You do not have to be there the whole day. Just volunteer for a few hours that day. I looks as though it will be easy money. We will also be able to circulate a boot for individual donations. The K-9 cops have done this in the past with good results. Stay Safe, Bob

Saturday, September 15, 2012

A message from Human Resources

Good news! United Health Care has everyone loaded into their system, and now has everyone’s individual I.D. numbers assigned. Lynn has access to those numbers. If you are in immediate need of them, contact Lynn for assistance. Otherwise, your insurance cards are at the printer and will be mailed directly to your home.

Please ensure that employees who do not have email access also receive this email.

If you have any questions, contact Human Resources. 462.1161 


A new way for you to get temporary cards has just been discovered. I was asked to relay this to you. You can follow these bullet points if you need a card right now, and do it yourself. If you don’t need to, remember, your permanent cards will be in the mail soon. Thank you.

Go to www.myuhc.com and establish a username and password.

Once that is established, on the main page/right hand side, is a place to print temporary cards. Print.


There is another set of health insurance meetings that are going to be taking place. The reason for these meetings is to educate all of our staff on the upcoming insurance coverage changes that will be taking place at the first of the year. It is very important that you attend at least one of these meetings so that you know what is going to be best for you and your family. Please make arrangements to attend at least one, but if you feel that you need to understand the information better, feel free to attend more than one meeting until you fully comprehend. Spouses are encouraged to attend as well.

The meetings will take place in the City Hall council chambers and are as follows:

September 21
7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm

October 17
7 am, 9am, 11am, 1pm

November 9
7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Here it is the video you all have been hearing about. Great job guys you have more guts than me!

Brothers and Sisters,

I am pleased to announce that the E-Board has elected Tim Stites the new VP. He will complete the current open term and, if he decides, shall be up for election in the fall. Please thank Tim for stepping up and filling this vacancy.

Best Regards, Bob

Saturday, August 25, 2012
Some Department info,

Valpo FF Local 1124 Pac Members,

I would like to let everyone know that we have scheduled our Candidates Night for the next union meeting Sept. 12th at 6:00pm (Union Hall). Note it will start 1 hour sooner than our normal meeting. I have mailed out letters to the 12 candidates that are running for offices in the fall election. We really need to have a good turn out for the candidates night. Our political power does not show well when they spend their evening to come and we only have a handful of members present. I hope this is not an embarassment to our union. So please come and hear their presentation for our benifit. We will be asking specific questions to all of the candidates as we have in the past. If any member has specific questions, please email or call me to let me know in advance. Again I can not stress the importance of a good showing. Thanks to all our members!

Tracy Millard Valpo F.F. Local 1124 P.A.C. Chairman

Brothers and Sisters,

I just spoke to Brother Britten and he stated that Derek was doing well all things considered. He suffered a skull fracture, a small bleed in his brain, a thoracic spine fracture, a broken collarbone and many scrapes and bruises as a result of being ejected during his car accident. Thank you to all that prayed and kept Mike and his family in their thoughts during his ordeal. Believe it or not, Derek is being discharged home today! Mike hopes to be back to work next week. Never underestimate the power of prayer. While we are on the subject, not to be too churchy, but don't forget about Brother David Nondorf and his family. He is in his third round of treatments and could use all the thoughts and prayers that you can send his way.

On a seperate note, good job to the guys and gals that held the Poker Run last Saturday. I was unable to attend, but appreciate all the hard work that Graham and Tommy Jr. put in to it. It is hard work heading up a fundraiser. Also- the Corn Roast is back on. I recieved a call from B-crew and they have pledged to get enough people together to run the event. Brother Casto has volunteered to be the new chairman.

Make plans to attend the September union meeting. PAC Chairman Millard informed me that we will be having Candidates Night that evening. Please attend and show the candidates that we are and strong union and that they need our support.
Best Regards, Bob

Sunday, August 19, 2012
Lets all keep Brother Brettin and his son in our thoughts.

Thursday, August 16, 2012
Great National Anthem sung by a rock band.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Great picture in the paper of the Pinic with a Fireman.

Lucas Kutcha, 9, waves his hand through fake smoke Wednesday inside the Valparaiso Fire Department's fire safety house at the department's annual picnic at Valplayso Park. Kids were taught how to safely exit a room if there is a fire in their home.

 Saturday, August 04, 2012
We have a bright star on our Department

Seven More Students Graduate EMS Academy Paramedic Course
Posted on June 26, 2012 by franciscanalliancenwi

Rob Dowling, Emergency Medical Services Academy director, (red shirt) is shown with paramedic graduates (from left, back row) Eric Newell, Terry Morgan, Danny Misiak, Dan Michels, and (front row) Natalie Ferrantella, Jamie Giffin and Yasmine Garcia.
Seven students recently became the latest graduates of the Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Crown Point Emergency Medical Services Academy paramedic program.
They are:
Natalie Ferrantella, Dan Michels and Eric Newell, Schererville Fire Department
Jamie Giffin and Yasmine Garcia, Prompt Ambulance
Danny Misiak, Hammond Fire Department

Terry Morgan, Valparaiso Fire Department

Morgan became the first recipient of the Don Hess Award, which recognizes the student who achieves the highest grade point average in the course, as well as outstanding evaluations from field and clinical rotations. Morgan achieved a 99 percent score on his final exam and a 94 percent score for the class.
The award is named for Hess, longtime academy director, who died in 2011, and was the mentor of his successor, Rob Dowling.
Dowling said the award was an appropriate way to honor Hess’s legacy, “by honoring the traits Don would consider to be beneficial in being successful as a paramedic.” Those traits include displaying exceptional knowledge in the classroom setting, the ability to use that knowledge in the field and in a clinical setting, and the willingness to pay that knowledge forward to others. The award was presented by Lenore Hess, Hess’s widow, who encouraged the graduates to continue his legacy.

I want an autograph !!!!!! 

 Tuesday, July 31, 2012     


Starting Aug 1 lets welcome Eric Berg to the family.

Eric is Lt Witherspoon's replacement.
Not saying Lt Witherspoon is replaceable he is definitely irreplaceable
On a training note Officers should have Eric go throught the "Probie Page" on our intranet. The page expresses all he should know to about station life here at the Valpo Fire.




Dear City Employees,
We will be having a “City of Valparaiso Day” for all city employees at the Gary RailCats home game scheduled for Friday, August 31 at 7:10 p.m. All of you are welcome to purchase your special low cost tickets for only $7 a piece and attend the game for an employee’s night out.
Our seats are very close to the front, starting in row E, right behind home plate. They are also organized so that all of you can sit as close together as possible.
You are welcome to purchase tickets for your families and bring them along. Adults and children 3 need to buy tickets for each seat. Any child who is below three years of age attends free of charge.

There will be a welcome to the city of Valparaiso employees announced at the game, and we are hoping that Mayor Costas or one of our representatives will also be throwing out the first pitch. This will be contingent on schedules.

TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS, CONTACT or COME VISIT: Christine Hisick, Community & Staff Specialist located in City Hall.
Phone: 219.462.1161.
Email: chisick@valpo.us.
*I can even come visit you in your department if you need me to come to you.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Greetings everyone,

I wanted to take a moment to recognize some folks. Thank you to Mike Brettin and Aja for your hard work again to make the golf outing a success, as well as to all of the people involved with obtaining sponsorships, door prizes, and worked on the signage. The weather was definitely a hot one, so thank you to the on-duty crew for helping us out by picking up more water from the union hall and helping us keep up with having ice on hand. Thank you to Scott Stafford for hanging out over a hot grill cooking lunch for the whole course of golfers/helpers as they came in 1/2 way through their round. We had a great turnout, and thank you to all of the guys that golfed or covered shifts so others could golf. Congrats to 1 of the Valpo foursomes who won the tourny/trophy this year (way to keep it in house!): Kenny Collins, Eric White, Scott Hansen, and Jack Bryan. Good job guys!

Right after the golf outing the Honor Guard presented the colors in the Girls Softball World Series Opening Ceremonies Parade in downtown Valpo. The members that participated were: Danny Dever, Tracy Millard, Dave Souders, Terry Morgan, Mike Cervik and myself. The pictures that ValpoLife took were proof that everyone looked sharp out there (despite the heat) and did Valpo Fire proud; thank you. Also a shout out to Bill Garpow for driving the tower in the parade that carried the Valpo girls softball team, and to Chief Nondorf and B/C Bottorff for driving the Honor Guard members so we didn't have to walk extra distance before the parade even began (and for your quick action in treating a male subject who was having a medical problem right as the parade was beginning).
I hope I got everybody...sorry if I missed someone.

*Next thing on our agenda is our annual Picnic with the Firemen on Aug. 8th (B crew day). Please see Robert Cree to see if he needs help with anything*
Thank you for your dedication,
Steph :~)

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Sister Hart asked for some important dates be posted. Here they are.

* Aug 18th - L1124 Benefit Run
  * Aug 25th - New Hospital Opens
* Sept 8th - Popcorn Fest
             * Sept 14th - L1124 Concert in the Park

I'm also working on MDA Fill-the-Boot dates as well and will notify you when those are set.
Thanks so much!
Steph :~)

Friday, July 13, 2012
Brothers and Sisters,
the golf outing is coming along very well. Yet we need your help....

We are still in need of Sponsors. If you know of anyone please impress that this is for a good cause. We have at this time only 14 4somes left to fill for a full field. If you know of someone who likes golf impress that this is for a good cause and is a blast and well worth the price.
Valpo FD members please pay in advance for you foursome.
We need people to help on the day of the outing. In the am packing coolers and during the round. Let me know if you can help.
We still have a long way to go, and a short time to get there. We can only make it with your help Thanks
Michael S Brettin
Valpo FD Golf Czar

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
T- Shirt Orders
Get a form fill it out and return forms to Jim Daugherty, Tracy Millard, or Robert Cree by JULY 26, 2012.
Payment must be with order!

7-23-12 is Locall 1124 Golf Outing

8-8-12 is the Departments Pinic with a Fireman.

View work.jpg in slide show
Greetings everyone,
I hope this e-mail finds everyone well and enjoying summer. Attached is a copy of our Local 1124 Benefit Run flyer that Jr created. Please take note of the date for your records and pass this on to your family/friends. Also, please feel free to print it off and take it to any surrounding FD's/VFW's/etc in your area as well. Help spread the word!
P.S. Please contact Jr, Graham, or Casto if you have any questions or would like to assist with what they are so diligently working on.
Thank you,
Stephanie :~)

Sunday, July 08, 2012
Valparaiso Cooling Centers
Valparaiso Offers Relief from Heat

The City of Valparaiso has partnered with a number of community organizations to offer cooling centers to help keep the city safe during this week’s heat wave. “We encourage people to visit these cooling centers and to check on those who may not have functioning air conditioning,” said Mayor Jon Costas. The following Cooling Centers will be in place for this week and future heat waves:

• Valparaiso University (219-464-5000)
Harre Union, 1509 Chapel Dr., open Mon-Sat 8 am to 5 pm
Christopher Center Library, 1410 Chapel Dr., see http://library.valpo.edu/hours.html for hours.
• Valparaiso YMCA (219-462-4185)
1201 Cumberland Crossing , open Mon-Fri 5 am to 10 pm, Sat 7 am to 6 pm, Sun 12:30 pm to 6 pm
• Porter County Public Library, Valparaiso branch (219-462-0524)
103 Jefferson St., open Mon-Thurs 9 am to 9 pm, Fri 9 am to 6 pm, Sat 9 am to 5 pm
• Vale Park Enrichment Center at Banta (219-462-1301)
605 Beech St., open Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 4 pm
• St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church (219-464-4042)
1511 LaPorte Ave., open every day 8 am to 7 pm
• Ivy Tech Community College Northwest Valparaiso Campus, 3100 Ivy Tech Drive Valparaiso IN 46383, 219.464.8514, 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, starting June 4 – July 29. July 30-August 10, 8:00 – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Beginning August 13, we would again have extended hours.
In addition, the Valparaiso Police Department offers a special program for individuals who may need special help during weather emergencies, including times when the heat index exceeds 100 degrees for consecutive days. The Contact Assistance Referral (CARE) Program means the VPD will check on residents during harsh weather. To register yourself or a loved one for CARE, contact St. Michael Grennes at mgrennes@valpopd.com or 219-462-2135.
Thursday, July 05, 2012
SCBA ALERT - Not New Info --- But A "New" Sobering Reminder:

Keep in mind our lost brother and sisters.   

Yearly Totals
Year Totals
2012  -   46
2011  -   81
2010  -  87
2009  -   93
Monday, July 02, 2012
Heads Up!
Jennifer Brown from Nationwide will be visiting July 24, 25, 26. General times will be 1pm to 3pm. Approximatly 1hr at each Station.
Also Aug 8th is the Pinic with a Fireman
Very warm the rest of the week. Stay cool.
Station 2 carpet is in. Looks great.
Spare Engine at Station 1 (96) has sprung a leak. Chief Jacobs is informed.
The Flea bombing is complete. Hopefully the little guys are gone for good.

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Station one is to be bug bombed today. Fleas have been found. Thank you to the
administration for the quick response in this matter. Today's crew will be housed at Station 2 until 2pm while the fleas die.
Carpeting at Station2 is coming along. I heard they ran into a snag because the old glue needed to be scraped. We will keep you updated. 

Saturday, June 23, 2012
I need to express that it was my opinion only (Nick Weber) that the design of the Quints cradle is flawed. Not the departments. Sorry for the confusion. I mention this in attempt to make all of us aware to pay special attention to lowering the ladder into the cradle. The result hopefully is to reduce the amount of times the silicon pops off. Ultimately it is up to us to properly cradle the ladder.
On the 28 of June the carpet in the kitchen area will be removed and on the 29 Fashion Floor will be installing new carpet.
Chief Jacobs off for the week ahead.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Stay hydrated it hot!!!!!!

The silicon guide to the Quints ladder cradle has popped off and been replaced. This has been a ongoing problem.
 After further investigation the design appears to be flawed. If the ladder is placed or hits the top of the silicon it is forced down thus elongating the holes drilled through the silicon that secures it to the cradle. It then eventually pops off. This is just a heads up on why it continues to occur.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
A RELATED Father & Son story from the Boston FD:
HERE is a related FATHERS DAY Firefighter story about a Father-and Son, in the BFD: 

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Great video about NYFD 10 years later
Monday, June 11, 2012
June 17-23 is Fire/EMS health and safety week.
Check out the website. 
Stay in the AC today hot and sticky.
 Three of our Engineers are sweating it out up at O'Hare today.
 All seems quiet around the firehouse.
Monday, June 04, 2012
June 17-23 is Fire/EMS health and safety week.
Check out the website.

Pictures for new City ID's will be taken by Asst. Chief Lamb on June 12, 13, and 14.  He will make the round of the stations each of these days.  A time will be announced prior to those days.  Please dress in Class B Uniforms for the pictures.  If you are planning on being on vacation please let Rosie know so we can get your picture done either before you leave or after you get back. 

Sunday, June 03, 2012
Fire quotes found on the internet 
My sons think it's a fireman's pole, but I forgot to cut a hole through the ground into the kitchen.
Pamela Anderson

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Grand Total for Hoosier Burn Camp-$6240.23 All involved are to be thanked. the Chief released a Memo (not on Memo Page) Mentioning;
 "one hell of a job--everyone should be proud, I know I am."
Chief went to Burn Camp today to present the money.

Sunday, May 27, 2012
Hoosier Burn Camp time
Yesterday and today (and Mon) we have/will be collecting money outside Town-n-Country. Saturday approximatly $2,700.00 was collected. I heard each G-note sends a child to camp. I will post how we do today. UPDATE add 2 more G's to out total we are nearing the $5,000 mark. 5 happy kids.
A-Crew Sta 1 sends out a huge thanks to the brothers at Sta 3 who graciously allowed us to take the 9 to 11 slot so the tatted up F/F (2 of them on the shift) who have to wear long sleeves did not do so in the mid day. They agreeded to it even while the Indy 500 was going on. One word "BROTHERHOOD"

A turkey was chatting with a bull.
'I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree' sighed the turkey, 'but I haven't got the energy.'
'Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?' replied the bull. They're packed with nutrients.'
The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.
The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch
Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.
He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.
Moral of the story:
Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there..
Stay cool!!!!! 97 degrees today.
Take a look at AC Jacobs Page its about equipment. Awesome stuff.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Conover Fire Station honors trustee

Valpo Fire Department Station 3 renamed. Hit the link below for the story.
We have a name change it is; "Captain Grandpa Jessen" give him a congrats or a hug his daughter had a baby girl.

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Congradulations Steph!!!

(Steph I had posted this ealier but I lost a few entries with a computer problem. Self imposed)

Valpo firefighter answers call for second calendar shoot

Being one of the featured models in the 2012 America's Female Firefighters calendar has produced a few perks for Stephanie Hart, a Valparaiso firefighter/paramedic.
Not only did she get to travel to several national expositions for fire equipment, including the recent Fire Department Instructors' Conference in Indianapolis, which is one of the industry's biggest, she got three proclamations in her honor, from the city, the county and the governor's office.
All congratulated her for being chosen and each one declared a day of recognition for female firefighters — each on a different day.
"I might get to go to the South Carolina show in June," she said. She said two or three of the calendar models usually attend the expositions to "sell calendars and give out autographs. We do pictures with people and the firetrucks. We meet a lot of people."
Ten of them made it to the Indianapolis show, including another firefighter model from Indiana. Money from the sale of the calendars and posters of the women goes to raise awareness and educate people about fire safety and treatment of burn injuries and to the national People's Burn Foundation, which is based in Indiana.
In a somewhat unusual move, Hart has been invited to appear again in the 2013 calendar.
Usually the model who sells the most calendars gets to return as the cover girl for the next year's calendar. That wasn't the case last year, and Hart was the second highest seller this year with 300 calendars and "I forget how many posters, but it was a lot."

The top seller was invited back but decided once was enough, so the honor went to Hart. She doesn't know if she'll be the cover girl. Nobody knows where their photo will appear until the calendar is released at a national convention later this year. Hart will be in Florida for the photo shoot in June.
The AFF makes all the arrangements, including arranging sponsors for each woman. Last year Hart posed with a Husqvarna saw used by fire departments for cutting holes in buildings to gain access or create ventilation.
"It was neat because that is what we use in Valparaiso," she said. "I'm excited about doing it another year. I've been working out harder because I just found out two weeks ago I'd be in the calendar again."
She doesn't know if she would be eligible for a third appearance in the calendar, but maybe she can get officials to proclaim three more days to honor female firefighters
Monday, May 21, 2012
Tick Removal:
Spring is here and the ticks will soon be showing their heads. Here is a good way to get them off you, your children or your pets. Give it a try.
Please forward to anyone with children, hunters or dogs or anyone who even steps outside in summer!

"I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great because it works in those places where it's sometimes difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of dark hair, etc.

"Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique has worked every time I've used it (and that was frequently), and it's much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me.

"Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way. I even had my doctor's wife call me for advice because she had one stuck to her back and she couldn't reach it with tweezers. She used this method and immediately called me back to say, "It worked!"
Please pass on. Everyone needs this helpful hint.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Wellness Testing for your spouses is going to be May 30th – June 1st. I will need a call to set an appointment date and time. The “binder” went to all departments before it got to us and all the slots are full but we can double book on May 30th as they are going to have additional staff coming in that day to accommodate that. They run appointments ever 10 minutes starting at 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Please call me asap for book an appointment. Testing is being done at the Welter Room at Forest Park Golf Course.
The Basic Panel which include Lipid Panel, Metabolic Panel and Complete Blood Count are all at no cost to spouses covered under City insurance. Spouses covered elsewhere can pay $30.00 for the basic panel. Vision Screening is free with the Basic Panel

Additional testing is available as follows: C-Reactive Protein $20.00; Prostate Specific Antigen: $20.00; Hemoglobin A1C $15.00; Carcinoembryonic Antigen (must have physician requisition) $35.00; Thyroid Profile $29.00; Heart Cart screening $60.00; ColoCare Kit $10.00; Health Risk Assessment $10.00. Heart Cart screening is only being done on Friday, June 1, from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Extra testing is payable by cash/check made out to IU Health Occ Services.

A representative of SCM is going to be present at City Hall on May 31 starting at about 9:30 a.m. to have one-on-one sessions with city employees who have concerns or questions about claims and their servicing of claims. You can just go in and wait your turn to talk to the representative (Colleen) or you can contact Christine Hisick at City Hall to set an appointment time.  Thanks, Rosie
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
 Today as of around 2:00pm Captain Dutz and his wife had a baby girl. Hattie Nicole 6#12oz and 19" long. A congrats goes out to them.
 Monday, May 14, 2012
Attention all members,
Your help is needed! There are still 2 callbacks that need to be filled so everyone that's signed up can attend the PFFUI annual convention. There is a 24 hr callback on May 23rd (C crew), and a 12 hr callback on May 25th (B crew). Please check your schedules and help out your brothers. Thank you, Steph :~)
Alright I believe we are up and running again with the Hot Topic's page. Several entries were lost but the main page was saved. Damn computers.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Today was Government Day with the High School Kids. The Kids visited each City Department to learn the inner workings. 5 students went to Station 2 and learned to cut up a car. At Station 1 a group of kids were given a tour and asked questions. Their next stop was the Cop Shop.

Monday, April 23, 2012
Brothers & Sisters,

I just want to make sure everyone knew how our Local 1124 Honor Guard did at the FDIC competition. As some of you already know they placed 5th place in the national competition at FDIC. This was a new learning experience for most of them and I am very proud of what they accomplished. They spent many...many hours and expense from their own pockets to represent us. From what I heard we were the talk down state. I can not say enough about how happy I am for our honor guard and Local 1124. I also have a special thanks to Dan Dever for organizing and pushing to make this happen!! Thanks again. I am sure we will continue to compete representing our department and local well in all our events.
Tracy Millard

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
When you see brother Yokovich give him a hug we are luck he is still with us. Several days ago he was involved in a MVC with a Semi. Happy to say he is doing fine.
Our Honor Guard is headed to compete at FDIC wish them luck. We will let you know how they do.

Friday, April 13, 2012
Good luck guys. Stay safe today!!!!!
Yard looks great at Station 2

 Thursday, April 12, 2012

If anyone is wondering why Station 1 center door is brown on the bottom it's due to bruising because it has been hit twice in the same week. Let's keep and eye on the door make sure the door is well past the header. This message is a head's up only.