Fire Chief- Mike Meinert
Deputy Chief- Bryce Palleson
Battalion Chief- Mike Horvat
Captain- Blake Palleson
Captain- Nick Meinert
Safety Officer- Matt Pendowski
Chief Engineer- Don Roeske
Want to Become a Dedicated Volunteer Firefighter at BGFD?! Do you live in the Porter Township/Boone Grove area and want to become part of something bigger than yourself and serve your community?! Our FD is a front runner in training and our leadership & instructors are top notch with an aggressive and safe approach to firefighting and emergency response to those in need! Approximately 80% of America’s firefighters are volunteers and if you want to learn more, contact us for information and an application!
We at BGFD are saddened to hear of the passing of long time Porter EMS Paramedic Veronica ‘Vern’ Hensley. Vern was very dedicated and skilled medic. Rest Easy Vern!
👨🏼🚒🇺🇸 #neverforget #343
He was buried alive twice on 9/11. Joe Torrillo, now retired FDNY Lieutenant shares his amazing story and a life lesson on resilience.
Speaker: Joe Torrillo
State Road 2 and 500 West is now open after being temporarily closed this afternoon while BGFD and Lakes of the Four Seasons Volunteer Fire Force extinguished a pick-up truck fire. No injuries reported.
BG Tanker 1341 responded to assist
With the help of tankers from surrounding areas, 53,000 gallons of water were used to extinguish the blaze.
Hobart Fire Department
Happy Monday, professional firefighters around Indiana! Do you want a great way to start your week? Apply with us!!!
Last night we had the pleasure of celebrating the marriage of BG Firefighter Brandyn Misch and his beautiful wife Lexi! Welcome to the family and we wish you many years of health and happiness!
The new roundabout at State Road 2/100 South and the intersection of State Road 2/500 West are open in Porter Township! Please drive safely!
PROJECT UPDATE - State Road 2 between U.S. 30 (Valparaiso) and U.S. 231 (Hebron)
State Road 2 is now OPEN to through traffic between U.S. 30 and U.S. 231. The intersections of State Road 2 at C.R. 100 S (roundabout construction) and C.R. 500 W (intersection improvements) were previously closed.
Crews will still be out wrapping up some work at C.R. 100 S so please drive distraction free, keep an eye out for anyone who may be out there, and give crews plenty of space to work! We also encourage you to take caution when approaching this new traffic configuration the first few times as you get used to it.
*** Check the comments for a video of the roundabout ***
As schools start up, it’s important for parents to talk to their children about the importance of looking both ways before crossing the street when getting on or off their school bus.
Drivers beware, stop for slowing/stopped buses (SEEING YELLOW FLASHING BUS LIGHTS DOESN’T MEAN SPEED UP TO BEAT THE BUS!!!) Watch out for children and SLOW DOWN in School Zones!
Early this afternoon, BGFD responded to a reported RV fire near the residence. Upon arrival of Engine 1311 and Tanker 1342, the fire was quickly extinguished with no damage caused to the house or the pick-up that was connected to the camper trailer. The cause appears to be electrical in nature. No injuries to report.
Once the fire was extinguished and the scene was safe, the homeowners kids were given a tour of Engine 1311.
Kouts Fire Department
BGFD recently took delivery of 25 new dual band fire pagers thanks to a grant from Gary Sinise Foundation! With these pagers, our dedicated volunteers will be able to hear the most up-to-date call information as they are responding to emergencies!
(Pictured: left to right- Former President Paul Palleson, Fire Chief Mike Meinert, President Erik Palleson & Firefighter/EMT Patrick Librandi)
BGFD assisted with a Landing Zone today for an injury crash in Union Township near 750 West & U.S. Hwy 30.
Porter Township School Corporation
As we approach the start of school, we will be adding resources you can use with your kids, especially as we prepare for in-person learning. If you have not started practicing wearing a mask with your kids, now is a great time to start. Make sure to find a mask that your child likes and is comfortable for your child. This video, created by the state of Indiana, may also help.
Nice save! And good quick decision to take the Squad! They stayed calm, cool and collected! (Warning: Strong language however bleeped out) #webackthethinblueline
This officer was able to rescue an unresponsive baby who was born in a train station bathroom (warning: distressing)
Last night we celebrated the marriage of BG Firefighter/EMT Jason Morris and his beautiful wife Kim! Congrats and we wish you a lifetime of continued happiness and health!
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Some pics from the NIPSCO Generating Station Fire on 7/16/20 in Wheatfield. BGFD assisted with two tankers.
Multiple fire units responding and on scene at Wheatfield NIPSCO Generating Station for a large fire. BG Tankers 1341 and 1342 on scene assisting.
A large fire is being fought in Wheatfield at The RM Schahfer Generating Station (NIPSCO) The Fire is believed to be a large transformer. Multiple outages are also being reported due to this fire.
We have a crew on the way and will continue to provide updates on this developing story.
📷 - Matt A.
FUTURE FIREFIGHTERS! Register today for the next Porter County Fire Academy.
Happy 4th! Enjoy the day. Stay safe. Take a moment to remember why we get to celebrate days like today! God Bless America! 🇺🇸🇺🇸
It’s with great sadness we pass along the news of the passing of Medic Mike Kowal or as most knew him “Krazy Kowal”. He was a great friend and mentor to many in the Fire/EMS field across NWI and Chicagoland area! One of the Best gone too soon!
Rest Easy Brother!
BGFD was invited to the OE Lakeside Facility today to lead their Achievement Honoree Parade! Always great to see our friends at OE!
Celebration of Achievement Honoree Parade kicks off now!
HAPPY FATHERS DAY!
In recent months, our BG community/schools have had some extreme hardships with our youth. Three great kids from BGHS have been tragically killed or seriously injured in separate vehicle accidents as well as in some cases local other teens. We are all in pain but together we are STRONG! Hold your family tight and keep those lost or injured in your prayers! 💙🙏🏻 (commented below are the GoFund Me links if you would like to know more or how to help) #Mathew #Logan #Cristian
Another young life lost way too soon. :/ BGFD, along with Hebron FD and Union FD, assisted LOFS FD at the scene.
A 15-year-old Crown Point boy died Wednesday night after the car he was riding in left County Line Road at a high rate of speed and struck multiple trees in
Engine operation & fire extinguishment training recently
BGFD assisted Hebron and Four Seasons Fire Departments this morning with landing zone support for an AirMedical Helicopter from UCAN for their motor vehicle crash. Kouts Fire also assisted with landing zone support for a second helicopter from Lutheran Air.
All lanes of U.S. 231 at the border of Lake and Porter counties were reopened after a rollover crash hospitalized two drivers early Tuesday, officials said.
BGFD assisted with the Landing Zone at Jerry Ross Elementary School in Winfield.
The driver of the motorcycle was airlifted to an Illinois hospital and the passenger on the motorcycle was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
“I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory! Good luck!” – Winston Churchill
Families, Friends, Residents & FFs,
This is one of the hardest posts we’ve had to write as it pertains to our beloved Pancake Breakfast. Given today’s current status with Covid and the extreme strain it’s put on our America and it’s people, unfortunately means we had to make the tough decision for the safety and well being of all our amazing guests, to cancel this years breakfast. The safety risks, precautions required and risk vs reward analysis has all been taken into consideration and we don’t want to potentially have it be a factor. 35 years in a row is a heck of a run and skipping this year is NOT going to stop us from coming back strong in 2021 if the conditions allow for it! We are sorry but we will all get through these tough times and we as Americans will push on! Thank you and God Bless! We wish you a safe and healthy rest of 2020!
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