Portage FD Water Rescue, Search and Recovery Team

Portage FD Water Rescue, Search and Recovery Team Our team consists of 12 members, 10 divers and 2 boat operators. We respond on Lake Michigan and inland lakes, in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties.

Operating as usual

Condolences to Firefighter Cunningham’s family, fiancé and the South Holland Fire Department. Thoughts and prayers are w...
10/02/2020

Condolences to Firefighter Cunningham’s family, fiancé and the South Holland Fire Department. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Portage Indiana Government Page
09/20/2020

Portage Indiana Government Page

Sunday Spotlight
Each Sunday we will feature a project going on within the city, happenings within a department or someone who works hard to provide services to the community. This Sunday, we talk to Portage Fire Chief Tim Sosby who will be retiring in November after 31 years of service to the city.

Portage Fire Chief Tim Sosby said he never set out to be in the fire service.
He was talked into it, he said, adding that talking led to him finding his passion to serve people.
After 31 years of service with the Portage Fire Department, Sosby, 58, will be retiring Nov. 5.
After high school, Sosby said he worked in his dad's hardware store, first in Munster, then in Cedar Lake.
Paul Zimmerman, a Cedar Lake police officer and director of the town's ambulance service encouraged Sosby to join the department.
"He stayed on me to be a volunteer. One day, he asked me and I said 'alright.' They sent me to EMS school and I fell in love with it," said Sosby.
"In my opinion, I don't think there is a better job," he said.
He left Cedar Lake and went to Fagan Miller, a private ambulance service. They sent him to paramedic school. He was hired by Portage in November 1989.
"Portage had a good reputation at the time and I think we still do," he said.
He became assistant chief of EMS in 1994 and served his first stint as chief from 2001 to 2006.
Then he stepped back and hopped back on a rig, serving the community and helping people on their worst days.
In 2014, he was named assistant chief of fire; in 2018 he became acting chief and last year he again took the top position in the department.
The changes in the fire/EMS service and the Portage department during Sosby's tenure are nearly too many to remember.
When he was hired, he was one of 8 paramedics. Now there are 51. The department itself has grown from 45 people working out of two stations to 62 working out of three stations.
One of the biggest changes was putting paramedics on the back of the engines. That allows the city to send paramedics to five calls at one time.
"For a community of 40,000, that's outstanding," he said.
Ambulances - now called Rescues - have changed. There's more technology, more equipment. Changes in policy and procedures have allowed paramedics to do more in what amounts to a mobile emergency room now than when Sosby started. That amounts to saving more lives, he said, especially when it comes to heart attack and stroke victims.
Firefighter safety has also moved to the forefront. They adopted carcinogen standard operating procedures when it was found firefighters have a greater risk of developing some sorts of cancer due to their exposure to toxins. Firefighters got a second set of gear, so they could wash the first set after a fire call and use wipes to remove as much grime and possible carcinogens as soon as possible.
They've added exhaust systems to the stations and promote self-contained breathing apparatus utilization more than ever before to improve the health of firefighters.
Sosby said he believes Portage has always been at the forefront of EMS service in the Region, often being the first department to adopt proven protocols to improve patient care.
Three years ago Sosby said he decided to retire. State pension requirements allowed him to stay that three additional years.
"It was just time. Firefighting is a young person's game," he said.
"I feel blessed and fortunate. Even in the most difficult times I've enjoyed the job," said Sosby, who will continue work to improve firefighter's lives through his part-time business Lakeshore CPR and Safety Training.
"I'm going to miss a lot. I've been fortunate to do a lot of things here. I'm going to miss being able to make change. I'm going to miss going out and helping people and I'm going to miss a lot of the people here. We have really great people here who are really good at their jobs," said Sosby.

09/11/2020
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The PFD Dive Team proudly supports our brothers and sisters in Blue!

Portage Indiana Government Page
08/28/2020

Portage Indiana Government Page

The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement beginning tonight and through Saturday night. Please stay out of the water.

LAKESHORE HAZARD MESSAGE
National Weather Service Chicago IL
Lake IN-Porter-
316 AM CDT Fri Aug 28 2020

...BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT...

The National Weather Service in Chicago has issued a Beach
Hazards Statement...which is in effect from late tonight through
late Saturday night.

* LOCATION...Lake and Porter County shores of northwest Indiana.

* HIGH WAVE ACTION AND DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS EXPECTED.

* FORECAST WAVE HEIGHTS...3 to 6 feet increasing to 5 to 8 feet.

* STRONG RIP CURRENTS AND STRUCTURAL CURRENTS EXPECTED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Remain out of the water to avoid dangerous swimming conditions
and do not venture out onto piers, jetties, breakwalls, or other
shoreline structures. Please check with your local authorities on
potential beach closures.

US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois
08/18/2020

US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois

[6:33 AM CDT Monday August 17th]

With another round of dangerous swimming conditions on the way for Lake Michigan beaches tonight through at least Tuesday evening, help us spread the word about the importance of beach safety by sharing these graphics.

• Know Before You Go, check the forecast!
• Stay Dry When Waves are High
• Steer Clear of the Pier (or other shoreline structures)
• Lean the types of dangerous currents.
• Flip, Float and Follow to escape dangerous currents.

For beach forecasts, safety, and more, visit: weather.gov/GreatLakes/beachhazards and https://www.weather.gov/lot/beachprepare

Thank you to Portage, IN Helping Hands for your generous donation to the Portage Fire Dept Dive Team! Your graciousness ...
08/13/2020

Thank you to Portage, IN Helping Hands for your generous donation to the Portage Fire Dept Dive Team! Your graciousness throughout Portage is greatly appreciated!

Today while on patrol, Portage Dive members found an occupied float drifting alone out on the lake.  After retrieving th...
08/10/2020

Today while on patrol, Portage Dive members found an occupied float drifting alone out on the lake. After retrieving the occupants, dive members were notified that the boat pulling the float was having mechanical problems and were unsure as to why the line towing the float detached allowing them to drift away. Occupants were returned safely as Marine 1 and 2 remained on scene until help arrived to tow the disabled boat.

Thank you to Mayor Sue Lynch and the Portage Fire Dept administration for continually supporting the safety of not only ...
08/08/2020

Thank you to Mayor Sue Lynch and the Portage Fire Dept administration for continually supporting the safety of not only the citizens of Portage but all of Northwestern Indiana by providing patrolling coverage with the Portage FD Dive Team and Marine 1. Please remember to obey all boating and beach recommendations.

Portage Dive team members trained alongside divers from Chesterton Fire Department and Indiana DNR in tow bar operations...
07/15/2020

Portage Dive team members trained alongside divers from Chesterton Fire Department and Indiana DNR in tow bar operations.

What’s a tow bar operation? Glad you asked! 😁

A tow bar is a metal bar that is deployed from Portage Fire Departments Marine 1. The bar allows multiple divers to search the lake floor while being pulled by Marine 1. Divers trained underwater for approximately 25 minutes in 15-25 feet of water.

As always, please enjoy your summer and stay safe in the water!

07/03/2020
07/02/2020
Drunk Boating Becomes Drunk Driving | Indiana DNR

Drunk Boating Becomes Drunk Driving | Indiana DNR

This summer, Indiana Conservation Officers and Indiana State Police are working together to save lives. Whether you're on the water or on the highway, It's a...

While training the duty crews on Marine 1 operations, a call went out for a boater needing assistance due to mechanical ...
06/16/2020

While training the duty crews on Marine 1 operations, a call went out for a boater needing assistance due to mechanical problems. Crews responded and helped tow the stranded boat into the marina without incident.

This past week Portage Dive Team members along with Division Chief Kender completed a week long Rope Operations/ Technic...
06/13/2020

This past week Portage Dive Team members along with Division Chief Kender completed a week long Rope Operations/ Technician course at the MAAC training facility in Valparaiso, IN. This training will prepare the members for a swift water rescue school next summer.

“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves”This morning, Portage Dive members assisted Lakeshore Camp Resort ...
06/12/2020

“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves”

This morning, Portage Dive members assisted Lakeshore Camp Resort in anchoring floating platforms for their guests to enjoy.

As always, please stay safe and have a great summer!

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06/03/2020

Always a great time! Sign up and join the fun!! ⛳️ 🏌️

Need time in the outdoors? Come join your Portage Firefighters for a great day of golf, food, and prizes!
Spots are limited so sign up quick!
Any sponsorship information can be sent to the names, numbers, or email below!

05/30/2020
Portage Firefighters Local 3151
05/29/2020

Portage Firefighters Local 3151

Remember Fallen Brothers: Portage Firefighter Frank Gilbert, #69, died on May 29, 1997 due to complications from a motor vehicle crash on October 26, 1996, while transporting a patient to the hospital. Brother Gilbert’s death resulted in the first and only Line of Duty Death in the Portage Fire Department history. Please, take a moment and think of Frank today, especially if you’re driving past the Gilbert Park on Willowcreek, named in his honor.

Danville Fire Department
05/29/2020

Danville Fire Department

Danville Fire Department’s Dive team was utilized again this morning, assisting Plainfield Fire Territory with a car into a pond. No persons were found in the car. The dive team then assisted with the recovery of the vehicle. Great work dive team!

05/14/2020
Drunk Boating Becomes Drunk Driving | Indiana DNR

Drunk Boating Becomes Drunk Driving | Indiana DNR

This summer, Indiana Conservation Officers and Indiana State Police are working together to save lives. Whether you're on the water or on the highway, It's a...

“Service above self”~ Admiral Zukunft
05/13/2020

“Service above self”

~ Admiral Zukunft

Indiana Department of Natural Resources
05/12/2020

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Life jackets are just like the seatbelt in your car. You never get an advanced warning to put it on prior to an accident. Remember this when selecting a life jacket for yourself or children. Proper fit and comfort increases your willingness to put it on. Read more: dnr.IN.gov/lawenfor/5066.htm #boatingsafetyweek

04/28/2020

Marine 1 responding last night out to Lake Michigan. Thank you Carol Sue Angarola for the video.

Portage Fire Department
04/28/2020

Portage Fire Department

Portage Fire Water Resuce Team assisted the US Coast Guard in locating a lost kayaker on Lake Michigan this evening. The kayaker drifted 2-3 miles away from shore. Thank you to Porter Fire, Burn Harbor Fire , Ogden Dunes, Indiana Conservation Police, and Portage Police for the help. Special thanks to Porter County E-911 in relaying important information.

This afternoon Portage Dive members and Precision Towing worked together during the recovery of a submerged vehicle.  Th...
04/07/2020

This afternoon Portage Dive members and Precision Towing worked together during the recovery of a submerged vehicle. The vehicle rolled into the water, became buoyant and drifted from the docks before settling in about 20 feet of water.

Portage Firefighters Local 3151
03/16/2020

Portage Firefighters Local 3151

03/04/2020

Good afternoon,

We understand many have seen us at various trainings, open houses, sporting events, or possibly in your own home. We realize you may not know anything about the department teams, or it’s members.

Throughout the year we will introduce our dive members to help give some insight into our history within the department. We hope you enjoy learning about us as we look forward to sharing our information with you.

Thanks for following!

Portage Firefighters Local 3151
03/01/2020

Portage Firefighters Local 3151

Do you want to be a part of a progressive fire department? Do you want to be a part of a strong firefighters union? Then keep an eye out for updates from now until May about our hiring process!

Portage Firefighters Local 3151
02/12/2020

Portage Firefighters Local 3151

Portage Firefighter’s are selling St. Patrick’s Shirts! Shirts are $15.00 and come in sizes S-4XL. The shirts are 100% cotton. All orders must be in by 2/15/2020. See the contact info on the flyer below!

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3401 Swanson Rd
Portage, IN
46368

Telephone

(219) 762-7404

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⚠️⚠️Please use extreme caution⚠️⚠️ Make smart decisions and stay safe!
Nice, blue water.
Training today, almost 5 miles out in 70 ft of water on lake Michigan.
Boat Ops during Dive Week 💯
Boat operation training
Boat training
Portage Fire Dept. Marine 1 & 2 are officially ready for the season. Just want to remind everyone to stay safe and check your safety equipment before going out.