Columbus Township Fire & Rescue

Columbus Township Fire & Rescue We are an ISO Class 4 combination fire department proudly serving Columbus Township and Bartholomew The East Columbus Independent Fire Department (ECIFD) provides emergency services to the area of Columbus Township that is outside of the city limits.

ECIFD also have verbal and written mutual aid agreements with all of the fire departments within Bartholomew County, and respond to incidents outside Bartholomew County when requested. Interested in joining the department? Visit www.ColumbusTownshipFire.org for more information!

Operating as usual

The Edinburgh Fire Department is currently accepting applications for the following positions:Paid standby Firefighter /...
12/07/2021
The Town of Edinburgh, Indiana / Document Center / Edinburgh Fire Department Hiring Notice

The Edinburgh Fire Department is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Paid standby Firefighter / EMT (hourly)
Career Firefighter / EMT

Applications are available Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Packets should be picked up and returned to:
Edinburgh Town Hall
107 S. Holland St.
Edinburgh, In. 46124

Applicants at a minimum should possess Firefighter I / II & EMT or Paramedic Certification

A physical agility and written aptitude test will be scheduled upon receipt and review of the application packet. Applicants will be notified of the time, date and location of the testing phase of the application process.

Further information regarding hourly rate of pay and employee benefits will be available at the time of the written and physical agility test.

Completed packets should be returned no later than 4 p.m. December 16, 2019

The official website of the town of Edinburgh, Indiana Government

First responders, community reels after body of Emma Sweet found
11/30/2021
First responders, community reels after body of Emma Sweet found

First responders, community reels after body of Emma Sweet found

Several key questions remain unanswered Monday night after the body of 2-year-old Emma Sweet was found in the White River on Sunday. It was an ending many had hoped would never come true and has left the community and first responders reeling.

As most of you know the body of 2 year old Emma Sweet was recovered from the White River yesterday. Please keep her fami...
11/29/2021

As most of you know the body of 2 year old Emma Sweet was recovered from the White River yesterday. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. This was a tragic event with emotional pain that is overwhelming for all.

I would like to say something about our first responders. Unfortunately tragic events are part of the job. All loss is hard on us, but when it’s a child things change. We all prayed everyday this would have a different outcome and Emma would be found safe and sound somewhere. From the time of initial dispatch till dark every day until she was found they didn’t stop physically looking. Sheriff deputies and detectives worked through the night to gather information that could help us locate her. I’m not looking for praise or thank you. I just would like the residents of Bartholomew County know what an amazing group of first responders you have in Bartholomew County. Emma’s family has suffered a great loss our hearts go out to them first and foremost. Also keep your first responders in your prayers our hearts are heavy as well. May Emma rest in peace now.

-Chief Thompson

Agencies involved:
Bartholomew county Water Rescue & Recovery, Bartholomew County Sheriff Dept., Indiana DNR, Indiana State Police, City of Columbus Police Dept., CRH Ambulance, Columbus Township Fire & Rescue, Wayne Township Fire Dept, Southwest Fire Dept, Elizabethtown Fire Dept, Danville Fire Dept, Amity Fire Dept, Cataract Fire Dept, and the City of Columbus Fire Dept. The other county fire departments were doing their part by keeping the rest of county safe while the search was underway.

As most of you know the body of 2 year old Emma Sweet was recovered from the White River yesterday. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers. This was a tragic event with emotional pain that is overwhelming for all.

I would like to say something about our first responders. Unfortunately tragic events are part of the job. All loss is hard on us, but when it’s a child things change. We all prayed everyday this would have a different outcome and Emma would be found safe and sound somewhere. From the time of initial dispatch till dark every day until she was found they didn’t stop physically looking. Sheriff deputies and detectives worked through the night to gather information that could help us locate her. I’m not looking for praise or thank you. I just would like the residents of Bartholomew County know what an amazing group of first responders you have in Bartholomew County. Emma’s family has suffered a great loss our hearts go out to them first and foremost. Also keep your first responders in your prayers our hearts are heavy as well. May Emma rest in peace now.

-Chief Thompson

Agencies involved:
Bartholomew county Water Rescue & Recovery, Bartholomew County Sheriff Dept., Indiana DNR, Indiana State Police, City of Columbus Police Dept., CRH Ambulance, Columbus Township Fire & Rescue, Wayne Township Fire Dept, Southwest Fire Dept, Elizabethtown Fire Dept, Danville Fire Dept, Amity Fire Dept, Cataract Fire Dept, and the City of Columbus Fire Dept. The other county fire departments were doing their part by keeping the rest of county safe while the search was underway.

10/31/2021

We would like to thank all the kids and parents/guardians that came out to the 4H Fairgrounds last night to see us and the other county fire departments. It was estimated that we had over 400 kids come out and see us. To have that many on our first year holding this event, it means so much to all of the departments that participated. We are already working on plans for next year and how to make it better. If you have a business and would like to participate next year, please keep an eye on our page for announcements to sign up.

10/30/2021
10/25/2021

By 10:00 this morning we had already responded to 3 calls for service (2 medical emergencies and 1 road hazard on the interstate). One of our members happened to catch a video of Engine 221 responding to one of those calls.

10/01/2021

⚠️ Serious accident at US-31 (National Rd) and Base Rd, south of Columbus. Use an alternate route. ⚠️
10/1/2021, 3:15 PM

Last night we trained on a tactic called “VEIS” (Vent, Enter, Isolate, Search). In early August, a few of our members at...
09/29/2021

Last night we trained on a tactic called “VEIS” (Vent, Enter, Isolate, Search). In early August, a few of our members attended a hands-on class at the Fire Dept Instructors Conference (FDIC 2021) that focused on VEIS. This tactic is used to quickly search a single room (like a bedroom) where a victim is likely to be, using the window as an access point. Last night we brought those skills and knowledge from FDIC back to the our own department’s weekly training, completing exercises on the first and second floor in low visibility conditions. Training ran a little later than planned, but everyone stuck around and put in 100% effort. 💪👨🏼‍🚒

Last night we trained on a tactic called “VEIS” (Vent, Enter, Isolate, Search). In early August, a few of our members attended a hands-on class at the Fire Dept Instructors Conference (FDIC 2021) that focused on VEIS. This tactic is used to quickly search a single room (like a bedroom) where a victim is likely to be, using the window as an access point. Last night we brought those skills and knowledge from FDIC back to the our own department’s weekly training, completing exercises on the first and second floor in low visibility conditions. Training ran a little later than planned, but everyone stuck around and put in 100% effort. 💪👨🏼‍🚒

09/28/2021

⚠️ UPDATE: State Street (SR7) will be closed for several hours due to an accident at 250E, east of Columbus. Use an alternate route. ⚠️
Tue, 9/28, 1:55 PM

EYE IN THE SKY: Township firefighters gifted with their own drone
09/17/2021
EYE IN THE SKY: Township firefighters gifted with their own drone

EYE IN THE SKY: Township firefighters gifted with their own drone

Columbus Township Fire and Rescue has become the latest among the first responders in Bartholomew County to acquire a potentially life-saving drone. Formally called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems, drones are essentially flying robots that can be remotely controlled or f...

Township firefighters gifted with their own drone
09/16/2021
Township firefighters gifted with their own drone

Township firefighters gifted with their own drone

Columbus Township Fire and Rescue has become the latest first-responders in Bartholomew County to acquire a potentially life-saving drone. Formally called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems, drones are essentially flying robots that can be remotely controlled or fly autonom...

Two of our members are now certified Public Safety Divers. Please join us in congratulating Chief Dave Thompson and Fire...
08/28/2021

Two of our members are now certified Public Safety Divers. Please join us in congratulating Chief Dave Thompson and Firefighter Kyle Gilbert on this accomplishment!

Photos from Do It Right Diving's post
08/26/2021

Photos from Do It Right Diving's post

EMS skills, vehicle extrication, and challenging scenarios!More info and FREE registration:www.columbustwpfirerescue.org...
08/25/2021

EMS skills, vehicle extrication, and challenging scenarios!
More info and FREE registration:
www.columbustwpfirerescue.org/trauma-camp
Location: Bartholomew County, Indiana
Open to all Fire and EMS personnel.

EMS skills, vehicle extrication, and challenging scenarios!
More info and FREE registration:
www.columbustwpfirerescue.org/trauma-camp
Location: Bartholomew County, Indiana
Open to all Fire and EMS personnel.

08/11/2021

Know the signs and symptoms of a heat related illness. If you are spending an extended amount of time outdoors be sure to hydrate and take frequent breaks to avoid a serious medical emergency.

⛔️ ROAD CLOSED ⛔️ 25th Street is closed near Petersville due to a serious accident. Please avoid the area as emergency c...
08/09/2021

⛔️ ROAD CLOSED ⛔️
25th Street is closed near Petersville due to a serious accident. Please avoid the area as emergency crews work to resolve the incident as complete their investigation.
8/9/2021 1:15 PM

⛔️ ROAD CLOSED ⛔️
25th Street is closed near Petersville due to a serious accident. Please avoid the area as emergency crews work to resolve the incident as complete their investigation.
8/9/2021 1:15 PM

08/08/2021

Update: They have been found.
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Be on the look out for Katie Johnson, Nineteen years of age, short dark brown hair, green eyes, Five foot Nine inches tall, One hundred forty five pounds. Last seen wearing a light blue Sponge Bob shirt, black leggings, and black boots. Katie was pushing a black and neon pink stroller. Katie is with her daughter, Abigail Johnson, six weeks old, last seen wearing a white onesie that says crazy like my auntie. If seen, contact the Columbus Police Department 812-372-2600.

Photos from Do It Right Diving's post
07/19/2021

Photos from Do It Right Diving's post

06/23/2021
06/19/2021

We have had a few water rescues in the last couple of hours. They occurred on roads that have been listed on the high water report for most of the day.

We are reminding you again to NOT drive through water. You are not certain the depth, debris, or lack of roadway that may be underneath. You are not only putting yourself at risk but our responders too.

#TurnAroundDontDrown

06/19/2021

⚠️ SEVERE T-STORM WARNING for Bartholomew County extended till 9:30 PM
6/18/2021

06/18/2021

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
280 IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 AM EDT SATURDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN INDIANA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 27 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL INDIANA

BARTHOLOMEW BOONE DECATUR
HAMILTON HANCOCK HENDRICKS
JOHNSON MADISON MARION
MORGAN RUSH SHELBY

IN EAST CENTRAL INDIANA

DELAWARE HENRY RANDOLPH

IN SOUTH CENTRAL INDIANA

BROWN MONROE

IN SOUTHWEST INDIANA

GREENE SULLIVAN

IN WEST CENTRAL INDIANA

CLAY FOUNTAIN MONTGOMERY
OWEN PARKE PUTNAM
VERMILLION VIGO

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF ANDERSON, ATTICA, BLOOMFIELD,
BLOOMINGTON, BRAZIL, BROWNSBURG, CARMEL, CLAY CITY, CLINTON,
COLUMBUS, COVINGTON, CRAWFORDSVILLE, DANVILLE, FISHERS, FRANKLIN,
GREENCASTLE, GREENFIELD, GREENSBURG, GREENWOOD, INDIANAPOLIS,
LEBANON, LINTON, MARTINSVILLE, MOORESVILLE, MUNCIE, NASHVILLE,
NEW CASTLE, NEWPORT, NOBLESVILLE, PLAINFIELD, ROCKVILLE,
RUSHVILLE, SHELBYVILLE, SPENCER, SULLIVAN, TERRE HAUTE,
VEEDERSBURG, WI******ER, AND ZIONSVILLE.

05/23/2021

⚠️ ⚠️ UPDATE: Child has been located.

🚨 MISSING CHILD - 5/23/2021 12:00 🚨
The Columbus Police Department is asking citizens to look for a missing 9 year old child. Michael Oler is a white male wearing a bright red shirt and may have a skateboard. He is autistic and was last seen on Seneca Ct approximately 15 minutes ago. If you have information, please call 911.

On May 17, 2021, the Bartholomew County Water Rescue Task Force received a call for a water rescue at Clifty Park in Col...
05/18/2021

On May 17, 2021, the Bartholomew County Water Rescue Task Force received a call for a water rescue at Clifty Park in Columbus, Indiana. A male was reported in the flooded water of Clifty Creek, on the opposite shore from the park. Units from the Columbus Township Fire & Rescue, Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus Police Department, Columbus Fire Department responded, along with an ambulance from the Columbus Regional Hospital.

A Columbus Police Officer was the first to arrive and reported the male was in sight, but he could not move. He was in the water holding onto a tree.

Responding units went down the People Trail at the park to access the creek. The location was surveyed, and a launch point was established for the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB).

Firefighters helped to put the boat into the water, and two of the task force’s rescue swimmers ferried the IRB across the flooded creek. The male was pulled from the water and ferried back across the creek to the park.

The male was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for evaluation.

The rescue went quickly and smoothly due to the excellent teamwork of all responders on scene.

EMS week is a nationally celebrated week that recognizes the efforts and dedication of all providers, both volunteer and...
05/17/2021

EMS week is a nationally celebrated week that recognizes the efforts and dedication of all providers, both volunteer and career. A lot of hard work goes in to becoming an EMS provider, and no recognition is ever expected.
This past year has strained the profession. Long, hard hours have been worked. Providers have gone into situations that they have literally never done before, yet, they have persevered. EMS has grown because of it. The unimaginable was taken on, but it was conquered and providers learned more about themselves, each other, and EMS as a whole.
This week, we send out a special "Thank you" to each and every provider for everything that you have done and will continue to do for your communities. This is EMS.

EMS week is a nationally celebrated week that recognizes the efforts and dedication of all providers, both volunteer and career. A lot of hard work goes in to becoming an EMS provider, and no recognition is ever expected.
This past year has strained the profession. Long, hard hours have been worked. Providers have gone into situations that they have literally never done before, yet, they have persevered. EMS has grown because of it. The unimaginable was taken on, but it was conquered and providers learned more about themselves, each other, and EMS as a whole.
This week, we send out a special "Thank you" to each and every provider for everything that you have done and will continue to do for your communities. This is EMS.

On May 11, 2021, Columbus Township Fire & Rescue received a call for a structure fire at 611 Garden Street, Lot 25, in G...
05/12/2021

On May 11, 2021, Columbus Township Fire & Rescue received a call for a structure fire at 611 Garden Street, Lot 25, in Garden City, just south of Columbus. A neighbor reported seeing flames in a bedroom window of a mobile home. Southwest Fire Department responded as Automatic Aid, along with an ambulance from the Columbus Regional Hospital, and a deputy from the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department.

The deputy was the first to arrive and reported seeing smoke but not any visible flames. The neighbors were able to advise that the occupants were not home, and nobody was in the mobile home.

Engine 221 arrived, and Captain Merz advised that flames were visible and reported it as a “working structure fire”. Engine 61 arrived and provided a standby team while the initial crew made entry. The entry crew found the bedroom door was closed and had a fire in the bedroom that was quickly extinguished.

After extinguishment, the crews from Engine 61 and Tanker 25 performed salvage and overhaul duties to ensure the fire was fully extinguished.

The fire started in the bedroom and appeared to have been caused by an overloaded electrical circuit. The fire was contained to the room of origin. The closed bedroom door prevented the rest of the trailer from catching fire or suffering heavy smoke damage.

There were no injuries to occupants or firefighters, but the crew from the ambulance was helpful in the operations of the scene. They are dispatched on structure fires for standby in case of injuries.

The crews from the responding departments were from standby staffing. These crews are beneficial as most of the volunteer responders could not leave work. The availability of the crews allowed for a quick response and extinguishment of the fire without heavy loss of property.

05/07/2021

TRAFFIC ALERT:
US-31 shut down between county roads 100S and 120S in Bartholomew County due to multiple accidents. Avoid the area.

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PLEASE help!!! Last seen in Harvest Meadows subdivision in Columbus, Indiana Monday the 15th Text 815-540-8486 REWARD!!!! We live in Tennessee lost during traveling Desperately need my baby😢
PLEASE help!!! Last seen in Harvest Meadows subdivision in Columbus, Indiana Monday the 15th Text 815-540-8486 REWARD!!!!
A big shout out to Johna Wilson, Chief Dave Thompson and all other members of Columbus Township Fire for putting on an awesome Trauma Camp. This was my first time attending this event and I had the opportunity to play as a victim. Thank you for all you do. Keep up the great work
http://www.columbus.in.gov/fire/safety-information/regulations-for-open-burning-inside-columbus-city-limits/ What are y'all thoughts??? Contacting you in reguards of the statement "a structure" instead of all structures.... Tonight my neighbor at Caldwell place was yelling at us to tell my dog to be quiet and called the fire department to tell us to put out a fire that is 15ft away from their structure we are not worried about my house because we are watching it the whole time at less than 5 ft away from water area to distinguish the fire I don't see any reason why they came to my house repeatedly.... And in of the head men tried to talk to,my daughter without permission and wispered in her ear amd,i,didn't authorize any personel to come in my private property... Also one of your female officer disrespect me when I asked her to step off of my property and she said she can do what she wants to do... This made my daughter feel very unsafe... And another officer asked if she was my daughter this made me even more uncomfortable... They are making a big deal out of something that wasn't causing any issues... They have created the issue... I've also contacted the major on this reoccurring issue public nuisance on private property
Jayden had fun today!
Hello my names Raymond brown I'm a forth generation firefighter from Connecticut im trying to keeping a patch & coin collection going started by my grandfather , I was wondering how I could get you're patch & challenge coin for my collection I would be honored to add you're department Thank you for you're time and stay safe!