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.
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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

04/15/2021

⚠️ UPDATE 8:20 AM: Road is open. Expect heavy backups for awhile. ⚠️
(ORIGINAL: US-31 closed south of SR-7 due to accident.
4/15/2021 7:30 AM)

04/15/2021

US-31 closed for accident just south of SR-7 in Bartholomew County
4/15/2021 7:30 AM

04/10/2021
Timeline Photos
04/09/2021

Timeline Photos

FEMA recently announced that starting April 12, financial assistance will be available for #COVID19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

To learn more about this program and who is eligible to apply, go to https://bit.ly/3wIidH8.

04/03/2021

🔥 🔥 ⚠️ ⚠️ 🔥 🔥
ENHANCED FIRE WEATHER RISK TODAY
4/3/2021
Burning is not recommended.

Indiana Department of Health
03/16/2021

Indiana Department of Health

ATTN: Hoosiers 45+ can now register for the #COVID19 vaccine.

Visit ourshot.in.gov or call 211 to register.

*Remember, educators, childcare workers and certain conditions are eligible too.

More info here: https://bit.ly/3oHB7cE

Fire departments in Bartholomew County responded to multiple grass and field fires today. The dry windy conditions made ...
03/11/2021

Fire departments in Bartholomew County responded to multiple grass and field fires today. The dry windy conditions made it easy for fires to spread quickly. Columbus Township quickly contained a field fire that was started by a brush fire that got out of control this afternoon. Always consider weather conditions before burning outside, and always be responsible when discarding ci******es, fireplace ashes, or other hot materials.

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation
03/05/2021

Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation

Sharing from Covid-19 Community Task Force:

Teachers of any age are now eligible to receive the #COVID19 vaccination at sites participating in the federal program.

For teachers who do not meet state eligibility requirements, make an appointment at a Kroger or Wal-Mart pharmacy, or a regional Meijer location.

Appointment required - follow for registration links :
https://covid19communitytaskforce.org/vaccines#teachers

Ages 55+ are now eligible for the covid-19 vaccine.
03/02/2021

Ages 55+ are now eligible for the covid-19 vaccine.

It may be 89 days till the Indy 500, but eligible Hoosiers can drive right up to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend to receive their #COVID19 vaccine.

Visit vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov and enter ZIP code 46222 to register today.

https://bit.ly/3bTJxIH

Sheriff Matt Myers
02/28/2021

Sheriff Matt Myers

We are experiencing a large amount of rainfall with the ground already being saturated, which is causing high water on some roadways such as here at 550 S and 300 E.

If you see water covering the roadway, please do NOT try and cross it.

Alright folks, you know the drill. Limit driving today, go slow, and leave lots of room between cars on the road. Be saf...
02/18/2021

Alright folks, you know the drill. Limit driving today, go slow, and leave lots of room between cars on the road. Be safe out there!

The county's travel status has been upgraded to a Watch Level - Orange.

Watch

Means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a "watch" local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.

Bartholomew County Emergency Management
02/17/2021

Bartholomew County Emergency Management

The county's travel status has been downgraded to an Advisory Level.

Advisory

The lowest level of local travel advisory, means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas.

While many roads within or just outside city limits are mostly clear, many county roads still have patches of ice and sn...
02/16/2021

While many roads within or just outside city limits are mostly clear, many county roads still have patches of ice and snow, and a few sections have significant snow still on them. Continue to drive cautiously and expect to encounter slick areas. Photo of 500W at Lowell Rd taken at 4pm today.

Bartholomew County Emergency Management
02/16/2021

Bartholomew County Emergency Management

The County's travel status has been downgraded to a Watch Level - Orange. Many roads within the city and county have been cleared at least once by crews. There are some outer county roads that have not and may be impassable at this time.

Crews will be continuing to work throughout the day but please use extreme caution when out traveling. Also, do not travel if you do not have to as a Watch Level still restricts traffic. If you must be out, allow extra time and reduce your speed.

Watch

Means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a "watch" local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.

Columbus Police Department (Indiana)
02/16/2021

Columbus Police Department (Indiana)

Columbus DPW snowplows are now clearing secondary streets in the city. It will take several hours to clear all of our roads and streets. Please be patient.

Roadways are still slick and icy spots are possible. We are still under a travel warning until noon today. Please stay off the roads unless it is vital that you travel.

02/15/2021

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The county’s travel status has been upgraded to a WARNING LEVEL - RED. This restricts travel to emergency travel only. Several county roads are in rough shape and visibility is poor in some areas. The county commissioners have signed a Disaster Emergency Declaration for Travel Restriction this is in effect from 4:30 p.m. today until 12:00 (noon) on Tuesday February 16.

Warning
The highest level of local travel advisory, means that travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only. During a "warning" local travel advisory, individuals are directed to:
(A) refrain from all travel;
(B) comply with necessary emergency measures;
(C) cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans; and
(D) obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.

02/15/2021

Captain Joe Clark and crew at Station 221 keeping the apron clear. #alwaysready

While we hope not to have to see you tonight, Columbus Township Fire & Rescue is ready to assist with any emergency that...
02/15/2021

While we hope not to have to see you tonight, Columbus Township Fire & Rescue is ready to assist with any emergency that occurs. We just wrapped up a special briefing. We will have full crews at both of our stations for the duration of the storm, along with additional 4WD trucks responding from various locations throughout our area. Be safe tonight, and only go out if absolutely necessary.

IndianaWeatherOnline
02/15/2021

IndianaWeatherOnline

11:00 AM Update: We have no changes to our ongoing forecast and snowfall amounts. Heavy snow will move back into Indiana from southwest to northeast over the next 2-3 hours. Snowfall rates will reach or exceed 1" per hour. And by late this afternoon and this evening, travel conditions will become extremely difficult (if not impossible) across much of Indiana and Ohio. Get home early and stay home if possible. Travel will not be recommended later today.

We wanted to a moment to address the potential for near blizzard conditions. To officially meet blizzard criteria, a storm much have wind gusts up to 35 mph, visibility at or below 1/4 of a mile and falling or blowing snow for 3 hours or more. So reaching official blizzard criteria is difficult.

But areas across the Eastern part of Indiana and Western Ohio will no doubt see near blizzard conditions this evening and tonight. These areas are where the highest wind gusts, which will come close to 35 mph, will overlap with where the heaviest snow fall. Conditions will be down right dangerous with whiteout conditions likely. Some secondary roadways will likely become impassable and will drift shut.

We will continue to have updates throughout the afternoon so be sure to stay tuned to IndianaWeatherOnline.

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Due to current road conditions, some disabled vehicles will NOT be removed by a wrecker immediately unless they present ...
02/15/2021

Due to current road conditions, some disabled vehicles will NOT be removed by a wrecker immediately unless they present a traffic hazard. Police use bright orange tags or yellow caution tape to mark abandoned vehicles that have been checked. If you see a vehicle with these tags or caution tape on it, that vehicle has already been checked and you do not need to report it.

02/15/2021

⚠️ DRIVE WITH CAUTION ⚠️

Multiple accidents reported this morning, including 2 just now on I-65 near Columbus between the 68 and 70 mile markers.

02/15/2021
DHS: County Travel Status

Need to check the travel status for our county or those surrounding us? EMA offices report/update their county's travel status to this map.

With this week's expected weather, make sure you've familiarized yourself with each of the levels and their restrictions.

https://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/

02/14/2021

⚠️❄️⚠️❄️...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM EST TUESDAY...

WHAT...Heavy snow. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches.

WHERE...Portions of central, east central, south central, southeast and southwest Indiana.

WHEN...From 7 PM this evening to 7 AM EST Tuesday.

IMPACTS...Travel will be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

The latest road conditions for Indiana can be obtained by calling 1 800 2 6 1 7 6 2 3

How are you preparing for the cold temps this weekend? Here’s a few tips!
02/12/2021
Winter Safety — Columbus Township Fire & Rescue

How are you preparing for the cold temps this weekend? Here’s a few tips!

Here are a few quick tips to help keep you safe, whether you're sitting around the fireplace with your family or traveling across town or across the country.  From all of us at Columbus Township Fire & Rescue, stay warm and safe out there!

Bartholomew County Emergency Management
02/12/2021

Bartholomew County Emergency Management

We are continuing to monitor the expected bitter cold temperatures beginning Saturday and lasting through Wednesday. We could see wind chills as low as -10 to -23 degrees across our area. Right now, the coldest temperatures are expected Sunday into Monday. Please use caution when out in these type of temperatures. Limit your exposure and dress in layers to stay warm.

SNOW: yes, we are all over it but, we are watching another potential snow storm set to move through our area Monday into Tuesday. It's still early in watching the models and forecast but, our area could see approximately 7 to 10 inches of additional snow. We will continue to monitor as it is still possible the track of this storm will change which will/can change the snowfall amounts that we receive.

A second system is being monitored and is expected to track through our area in the Wednesday night into Thursday time frame. There is still a lot of question for the Thursday model and we will continue to monitor and update as more confidence and more definite forecasting is made. We are still a little far out to accurately forecast this storm and its track.

⚠️ UPDATE: Road is now open. Traffic still backed up. Road is slick. Use caution!Accident on US-31 south of Base Line Rd...
02/10/2021

⚠️ UPDATE: Road is now open. Traffic still backed up. Road is slick. Use caution!

Accident on US-31 south of Base Line Rd in Bartholomew County. Avoid the area.
2/10/2021 3:15 PM

02/08/2021

Update: ROAD IS NOW OPEN

Original: 25th Street is closed on east side of Columbus btwn Bonnell and 500E due to an accident.
2/8/2021 06:30 AM

02/04/2021
Columbus Fire Department - Indiana

Columbus Fire Department - Indiana

Update on weather today through Sunday.

• A low pressure system will arrive this morning providing rainfall starting shortly after noon and continuing overnight. Around 0.5 inches of rain is expected Light snow showers are possible late Thursday night with very minor accumulations on grassy surfaces. Winds will be strong. Expect sustained winds between 15 and 25 MPH with gusts up to 40 MPH. Highest wind gusts will occur overnight.

• Snowfall expected Saturday night. Accumulations up to 2 inches possible. Highest amounts are expected over northern portions of central Indiana.

• An Arctic air mass is expected to bring some of the coldest temperatures of the season Saturday night through Tuesday morning. Wind chill values below zero expected Sunday.

Columbus Fire Department - Indiana
02/03/2021

Columbus Fire Department - Indiana

Bartholomew County Emergency Management-

Rain is expected all day on Thursday with a total accumulation of .5" (half inch) expected for our area. Use caution Thursday night as the rain transitions to freezing rain and snow before moving out of our area.

Bitter cold temperatures are expected by Sunday with wind chills below zero. Prepare now and remember to dress in layers, ensure animals are inside or have a warm place to go, and check water lines to ensure they don't freeze and break.

Dry weather is expected through tonight. Thursday will be not as cold and rain will move in. Light snow is possible briefly Thursday morning at the onset and light freezing rain and snow are possible as the precipitation starts to move out overnight Thursday night. An Arctic air mass will then pay a visit to central Indiana late this weekend. Bitterly cold temperatures in store by Sunday. Snow accumulation is possible late Saturday and Saturday night. #INwx #nwsind

Indiana Department of Health
02/01/2021

Indiana Department of Health

ATTN: Hoosiers 65+.

You can now register for the #COVID19 vaccine!

☝️ Remember!

You can register at ourshot.in.gov OR call 211.
There will be a wait.
Please be patient.

Bartholomew County Emergency Management
01/31/2021

Bartholomew County Emergency Management

The county's travel status has been returned to Normal level. Some roads may still contain slick spots but majority of the roadways are clear.

Bartholomew County Emergency Management
01/31/2021

Bartholomew County Emergency Management

The county's travel status has been upgraded to an Advisory level. Please allow extra time when traveling and use caution. Crews are out but roads are slick and snow covered.

Advisory

The lowest level of local travel advisory, means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas.

01/28/2021

🚨 SLOW DOWN 🚨

If you have to be out on the roads right now, slow down and use caution. The roads are very slick. There have been many slide offs and accidents reported in the county. Trucks are out doing their best to get the roads clear, but snow is expected to continue for a couple more hours with road conditions worsening.

www.OurShot.in.gov or call 211Are you age 70 or older? The COVID vaccine is now available to anyone age 70 and older, al...
01/13/2021

www.OurShot.in.gov or call 211

Are you age 70 or older? The COVID vaccine is now available to anyone age 70 and older, along with healthcare professionals and first responders. Visit the link to confirm your eligibility and make an appointment.

www.OurShot.in.gov or call 211

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935 Repp Dr
Columbus, IN
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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
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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!