Columbus Township Fire & Rescue

Columbus Township Fire & Rescue We are an ISO Class 4 combination fire department proudly serving Columbus Township and Bartholomew County since 1942.

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!

As wildfires continue to rage in several parts of the country, one of our own is headed to the front lines to help. Capt...
07/26/2019

As wildfires continue to rage in several parts of the country, one of our own is headed to the front lines to help. Captain Travis Wakefield, a volunteer firefighter with Columbus Township, leaves today to battle wildfires in Alaska, where over 2 million acres have been burned by 585 different fires in this year alone. Captain Wakefield became a certified wildland firefighter last October, and for the last couple months has been on standby. Yesterday he received the call to tell him he had been activated and would be flying out to Alaska where he will serve for he next 28 days. Please join us in wishing him good luck on this adventure!

Ever wanted to have a firefighter serve you breakfast?? Now you can! Check out the event page for more details. Tickets ...
07/23/2019

Ever wanted to have a firefighter serve you breakfast?? Now you can! Check out the event page for more details. Tickets can be purchased online, from any Columbus Township firefighter, or at the door!

Event page: Flapjack Fundraiser!

At 4:18pm we were dispatched to a vehicle fire on northbound I-65 at the 71 mile marker. Chief 21-1 arrived and took com...
07/18/2019

At 4:18pm we were dispatched to a vehicle fire on northbound I-65 at the 71 mile marker. Chief 21-1 arrived and took command of the scene, with an SUV fully engulfed in flames. After fighting congested traffic, Engine 221 arrived and had the fire extinguished with a couple minutes using the 1-3/4” bumper line. Approximately 400 gallons of water were used. No injuries resulted. Both lanes were closed briefly but the left lane was quickly reopened to keep traffic moving. Our crews cleared the scene at 5:05pm. Unfortunately about 45 minutes later we were dispatched again to the same location for an accident involving several vehicles. Thankfully there were no injuries, but it is a reminder to always be alert and patient when driving in congested traffic.

07/18/2019

TRAFFIC ALERT: I-65 Northbound is shut down at mm 71 due to a vehicle fire. Crews are on scene.
7/18/2019 4:35 PM

Bartholomew County Emergency Management
07/17/2019

Bartholomew County Emergency Management

...Excessive heat expected Thursday through
Sunday...

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Montgomery- Boone-Tipton-Hamilton-Madison-Delaware-Randolph-Vermillion-Parke- Putnam-Hendricks-Marion-Hancock-Henry-Vigo-Clay-Owen-Morgan-Johnson-Shelby-Rush-Sullivan-Greene-Monroe-Brown-Bartholomew-
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Including the cities of Delphi, Flora, Williamsport,
West Lebanon, Lafayette, West Lafayette,
Frankfort, Kokomo,Attica, Covington, Veedersburg, Crawfordsville, Lebanon,Zionsville, Tipton, Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Anderson,Muncie, Winchester, Clinton, Newport, Rockville, Greencastle,Plainfield, Brownsburg, Danville, Indianapolis, Greenfield,Cumberland, New Castle, Terre Haute, Brazil, Clay City, Spencer,Martinsville, Mooresville, Greenwood, Franklin, Shelbyville-Rushville, Sullivan, Linton, Bloomfield, Bloomington, Nashville,Columbus, Greensburg, Vincennes, Washington, Loogootee, Shoals,Bedford, Mitchell, Seymour, Brownstown, and North
Vernon
Wed Jul 17 2019
...EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM
THURSDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...
* TEMPERATURE...Highs in the mid to upper 90s
daily, with heat
index reaching 105 to 110.
* IMPACTS...Several days of heat indices of at
least 105 degrees
could have a cumulative impact on some
individuals, especially
those who spend a prolonged amount of time
outdoors. The most
susceptible are the very young, the elderly, and
those without
air conditioning, and anyone conducting
strenuous outdoor
activities.
Also, car interiors can reach lethal temperatures
in a matter
of minutes. Never leave pets, children or the
elderly
unattended in parked vehicles. The extended period
of high heat
and humidity will worsen the effects of heat
stress.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
An Excessive Heat Watch means that a prolonged
period of hot
temperatures is expected. The combination of hot
temperatures and
high humidity will combine to create a DANGEROUS
SITUATION in
which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of
fluids, stay
in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun,
and check up on
relatives and neighbors.

Bartholomew County 4-H Fair, Inc
07/11/2019

Bartholomew County 4-H Fair, Inc

❤🇺🇲💙

Headed to Kids Day at the Fair today? Drink LOTS of water, wear sunscreen, and find some shade every once in awhile to c...
07/10/2019

Headed to Kids Day at the Fair today? Drink LOTS of water, wear sunscreen, and find some shade every once in awhile to cool off. See you out there!

Know what to watch for!

Bartholomew County Emergency Management
07/10/2019

Bartholomew County Emergency Management

Know what to watch for!

While severe weather doesn't seem to be an issue for kid's day at the fair tomorrow, please be aware of the heat index. ...
07/10/2019
Heat, humidity and storms for Wednesday

While severe weather doesn't seem to be an issue for kid's day at the fair tomorrow, please be aware of the heat index. It is supposed to be hot so keep an eye on yourself and your children and know the signs and symptoms of heat related issues.

Humidity surges, along with temperatures, Wednesday ahead of a cold front. The front is located approximately 700 miles from Indianapolis as of Tuesday evening. A narrow line of decaying thunderstorms may enter western portions of Indiana around sunrise Wednesday morning, bring a small chance of rai...

06/26/2019

⚠️ TRAFFIC ALERT: Columbus Township HAZ-221, our special hazmat trailer, has been called to the scene of a large fuel spill at the 62 mile marker NB I-65. Avoid that stretch of the interstate if possible.

06/23/2019

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
Bartholomew County until 4:00pm 6/23/2019

06/16/2019

🌲 ⚡️ Trees and power lines may be down in your area. It is best to remain inside for the rest of tonight and let crews make repairs. If you encounter a downed power line, STAY AWAY and call 911 to report it. If a tree is blocking the road, call 911 to report it.

🚦Traffic lights are out throughout the city and county. Intersections with malfunctioning traffic lights should be treated as 4-way stops. If you must drive tonight, please be safe and alert.

06/16/2019

⚠️ Flash Flood Warning for Bartholomew County until 2:00 AM 6/16/2019.
TURN AROUND,
DON’T DROWN

06/16/2019

Additional severe weather is expected in southern Bartholomew County in next hour. Remain sheltered or get to shelter.
6/15/2019 9:10 PM

06/16/2019

At least one confirmed tornado touchdown in the county.
TAKE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.
6/15/2019 8:42 PM

06/15/2019

TORNADO WARNING for Bartholomew County extended (again) until 9:30 PM 6/15/2019

We provide emergency services for all of the demo derbies at the Bartholomew County 4H Fairgrounds, including the 2 derb...
06/12/2019

We provide emergency services for all of the demo derbies at the Bartholomew County 4H Fairgrounds, including the 2 derbies that take place during the upcoming 4H Fair. Last night we had Rich Ferrenburg, former derby car driver and current derby official, and his son Josh Ferrenburg who is a firefighter/mechanic on our dept, provide some training on typical derby car incidents and how to handle them.

We covered derby car construction, typical injuries, transmission 🔥, fuel 🔥(gasoline and alcohol), and other dangers to watch for. Then we got hands-on and practiced patient removal from a derby car. Thank you to Rich and Josh for leading the training, and to Cody Adams for bringing his car for us to train with.

While life safety is always top priority, we also recognize that derby car owners have put a lot of time, effort, and 💵 into their cars and therefore we need to make sure we use tactics that don’t cause unnecessary damage when mitigating the problem.

See you at the track!

Today we got to spend the morning with the folks at DSI for a touch-a-truck. Our firefighters always have a great time w...
06/12/2019

Today we got to spend the morning with the folks at DSI for a touch-a-truck. Our firefighters always have a great time with this group. Thank you DSI for the invite!

We are hanging out at the Parking Lot Party till 7pm! Come see Engine 222 up close and personal and meet some of our fir...
06/08/2019

We are hanging out at the Parking Lot Party till 7pm! Come see Engine 222 up close and personal and meet some of our firefighters! See you there!

06/06/2019

US-31 is closed at 500 S in both directions due to an accident. Use alternate route.

06/05/2019

FLASH FLOOD WARNING for Bartholomew County until 9:15 PM 6/5/2019

05/29/2019

Tuesday Night Training

Drawn By Fire - Paul Combs
05/27/2019

Drawn By Fire - Paul Combs

Thank you!

05/16/2019

5/16/2019
Bartholomew County
Severe T-Storm Warning until 6:45 PM

Some pics from training this week. We started off with a simple chemistry experiment to learn a little more about the di...
05/16/2019

Some pics from training this week. We started off with a simple chemistry experiment to learn a little more about the different types of foams we can mix with our water, then spent the rest of the evening outside throwing water from 2-1/2” attack lines while enjoying this beautiful weather!

Chief Rick Lasky and Chief John Salka
05/16/2019
Chief Rick Lasky and Chief John Salka

Chief Rick Lasky and Chief John Salka

Join us for an interactive day with Chief Lasky and Chief John Salka, topics to be discussed are: "The Volunteer Firefighter: Defining Commitment"--This program looks at the methods for implementing a productive recruitment and retention program along with the steps needed to train and motivate our....

Air Methods Bedford
05/10/2019

Air Methods Bedford

It’s absolutely amazing what teamwork can do.
#airmedicalsworkingtogether
#showofforce
#lotsofjetfuel
#airmedicalteamwork

05/04/2019

⚠️ SILVER ALERT OR MISSING ADULT
The Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Sheriffs Department are looking for a Missing Adult.

Timothy Duckworth, 22 year old white male, 5 foot 8 inches, 120 pounds, Brown Hair, Brown Eyes.
Last seen in the area of Ceraland Park 3989 South 525 East on Friday morning (May 3). Possibly left the area on foot.

If anyone has information on this subject, call 911. Authority Columbus Police Department and the Bartholomew County Sheriffs Department.

Earlier tonight we were dispatched for a vehicle fire on SR-46. Luckily the fire was small and a Bartholomew County Sher...
05/02/2019

Earlier tonight we were dispatched for a vehicle fire on SR-46. Luckily the fire was small and a Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Deputy was able to extinguish the flames quickly. Engine 221 continued to the scene to cool off the ”hot rear end” of the truck. 😳

Was a nice night for some 2-minute drills and push ups. 💪👨‍🚒👩‍🚒
05/01/2019

Was a nice night for some 2-minute drills and push ups. 💪👨‍🚒👩‍🚒

04/27/2019

Lifeline 4 departing!

It was a beautiful morning in Columbus, Indiana! Perfect day for some cross-agency mass casualty training. This was the ...
04/27/2019

It was a beautiful morning in Columbus, Indiana! Perfect day for some cross-agency mass casualty training. This was the calm before the storm...

04/26/2019

US-31 is closed in both directions between county roads 300 S and 100 S due to wires in the road. Avoid the area!

Two weeks ago at FDIC 2019 in Indianapolis, our firefighters had the opportunity to take classes with some of the best f...
04/25/2019

Two weeks ago at FDIC 2019 in Indianapolis, our firefighters had the opportunity to take classes with some of the best fire service instructors on the planet. Over the course of just 3 days, 13 of our volunteer and career firefighters spent a total of over 75 hours in classes! They attended 30 different classes on a wide range of subjects including tactics, training, leadership, technology, morale, and even "Yoga in the Fire Service". Those firefighters bring all of that new knowledge back to our department to share it with others to help us all become better at serving our community safely and effectively. It is also worth noting that several of those firefighters that spent time in classes are volunteers that had to take vacation days from their job to attend. There is always more to learn, and we owe it to our families and our community to be constantly improving ourselves. Thank you for allowing us to serve you!

04/23/2019

Hello all,
We are currently revamping our workout area. Our current equipment is old, also some of it is even broken.

If you happen to have any gently used equipment you are not using and would be interested in donating to the department. Please send us a message we would be happy to pick it up. Thank you in advance for your donations!!!

Disclaimer: This is training, not a real incident!When we have a mass casualty incident involving multiple victims, resp...
04/17/2019

Disclaimer: This is training, not a real incident!
When we have a mass casualty incident involving multiple victims, responders must “triage” the victims and prioritize who gets treated first to do the most good for the most people. After a quick review of the triage process in the classroom, we took it to the streets (literally) for a mock scenario, complete with moulage (fake wounds) done by our instructor Johna Wilson. Thankfully MCI’s are relatively rare, but when they do happen we will be prepared to jump into action!

04/16/2019
Fire Engineering

Last Friday 5 of our firefighters participated in the 2019 FDIC 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. They climbed in memory of the following FDNY firefighters that gave their lives on 9/11:

Capt. David Wooley, Ladder 4
Stanley Smagala Jr, Engine 226
Matthew Barnes, Ladder 25
Lt. Vincent Halloran, Ladder 8
Gerald Atwood, Ladder 21

We climb because they climbed. Our father/son duo Firefighter Barry Henderson and Cadet Ethan Henderson can be seen at 0:20 in the FireEngineering video.

FDIC Education Director Bobby Halton at the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on Friday at #FDIC2019.

Barn fire in county destroys antiques
04/05/2019
Barn fire in county destroys antiques

Barn fire in county destroys antiques

Antiques were among the valuables lost when fire destroyed a pole barn west of the Woodside Industrial Park.Located just off State Road 58 west of Interstate 65, the barn is owned by Jean Lawson, 7902 S. County Road 400W, said Southwest Volunteer Fire Department’s chief Billy Koons.Nobody was inju...

04/03/2019

We were dispatched to 850 S and US 31 earlier today to assist Elizabethtown Fire & Rescue with a serious accident. The accident ended up being a double fatality. We are sending prayers of comfort to the family and friends of the victims. We also are thinking of all the first responders involved.

04/02/2019
Sgt. Stephen Wheeles-Indiana State Police

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles-Indiana State Police

‪Bartholomew County‬

‪US 31 is now back open following earlier two vehicle crash near 900 South at Bartholomew/Jackson County line. ‬

‪There were two fatalities in the crash.‬

‪More information will be forthcoming.‬

UPDATE 5:20 PM - US-31 has reopened.Original Post:ROAD CLOSURE - April 2, 2:20 PMUS-31 is closed due to an accident just...
04/02/2019

UPDATE 5:20 PM - US-31 has reopened.

Original Post:
ROAD CLOSURE - April 2, 2:20 PM
US-31 is closed due to an accident just north of the Bartholomew-Jackson county line. This will be a lengthy closure. Use an alternate route.

Indianapolis Fire Department
03/27/2019

Indianapolis Fire Department

12:51 PM - With only seconds of daylight to spare a 34 year old man was rescued from a silo at 5160 E 96th St after a 7 ½ hour, full scale effort, by multiple fire department agencies. Indianapolis Fire Department was dispatched to Milestone Contractors for a possible trapped worker inside an asphalt silo. Upon arrival it was confirmed that the man – Billy Joe Walls was indeed trapped in coarse gravel but alert and able to talk to firefighters. IFD Collapse Rescue and Rope Rescue teams worked valiantly for over an hour to extract the man from the silo with no success. With input from onsite Milestone Contractors personnel, plans A, B & C were established. However, with no real way to remove the gravel from the silo - the constant shift of the loose gravel became the biggest obstacle. Rescuers reported that every time progress was made in removing it from around the victim, it would slide back down in a v shaped cone and put them back to square one. Two steps forward, two steps back. Despite the initial use of wood as a barrier to stabilize the area around the victim, gravel removal proved to be like digging out concrete. Additional resources were requested. Among them, Hancock County Collapse Rescue (Sugar Creek FD and Greenfield FD) and Fishers FD. The city of Carmel also sent a large Vacuum truck. With rescuers maintaining constant contact with the victim inside and attempting to utilize wood, a silo kit and sheer muscle, exterior crews worked on creating an access hole on the side of the silo and utilizing the vacuum truck.

Co-workers from Riley Tool and Machine say that Mr. Walls was working inside the silo taking measurements. Normally these silos are filled with asphalt but in order to take measurements they are filled with gravel instead. The gravel allows for a firm work environment on which they can walk. The gravel starts 3 feet from the top and the worker is lowered in. Once measurements are taken at that level – the gravel is released through a port at the bottom in 3 foot increments. At each 3 foot increment – more measurements are taken – more gravel released - until they get to the bottom. The crew was about 30 feet from the top at time of the accident. It is believed that Mr. Walls stepped on the gravel base and hit an air pocket which sucked him into the gravel – much like quicksand. He was still harnessed and attached to his braided stainless rope cable. He remained attached to that until firefighters removed it – just before he was raised. Rescuers were unable to secure him to one of our harnesses as he was buried too deep.

Tac Team 14 utilized a high angle rope system including a main, belay and osha line for each of the 7 rescuers. The OSHA line is used for accountability. Due to the fact that Mr. Walls was buried so deep in the thick gravel, firefighters were on constant watch for any sign of compartment syndrome or compression injury. The constant pressure on the body, lack of movement and ability to perfuse, the body can sustain a build-up of lactic acid which when rapidly released can be deadly to a victim. The shift of the gravel and its subsequent release from the silo had to be well coordinated to protect the health of the patient. Too quick of release could have caused significant and/or catastrophic injury to his lower body. Constant re-evaluation of the rescue process was on going and several ideas were tried to no avail. In the end, at 8:19 pm when the victim was raised to the top, it was a combination of the use of the vacuum truck, the release of gravel from the bottom door (5lbs at a time) and the 7 rescuers (4 IFD, 2 Fishers, 1 Greenfield) hard work inside the silo that kept Mr. Walls from serious injury and gave this rescue a successful outcome. The coordination of effort by all agencies on scene, from the firefighters up top and those working below, was truly a group effort with one mission. Representatives from both agencies said they had never seen this kind of accident before.

Big thanks to the Indianapolis Fire Buffs for their Rehab Support and the Indy Public Safety Foundation for the much needed pizza for the ride home.

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