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!

Operating as usual

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.

04/21/2021

Columbus Firefighters and Vectren Energy officials are on the scene of a gas leak caused by a struck gas line in the area of 200 West and Abbey Lane. Approximately 15 homes have been evacuated as a safety precaution. Please avoid the area.

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.

03/16/2021

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.

03/05/2021

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

Photos from Sheriff Matt Myers's post
02/28/2021

Photos from Sheriff Matt Myers's post

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.

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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!