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

The members of the Portage Dive Team urge anyone visiting Lake Michigan today to do so with extreme caution. Waves will ...
08/22/2021

The members of the Portage Dive Team urge anyone visiting Lake Michigan today to do so with extreme caution. Waves will be building throughout the day becoming extremely dangerous.

The members of the Portage Dive Team urge anyone visiting Lake Michigan today to do so with extreme caution. Waves will be building throughout the day becoming extremely dangerous.

Thank you to all that came and saw us at the First Responder Appreciation & Demonstration Day at the MAAC today. Next ye...
08/21/2021

Thank you to all that came and saw us at the First Responder Appreciation & Demonstration Day at the MAAC today. Next year State Senator Ed Charbonneau is gonna get in the tank!

A huge thank you to Portage, IN Helping Hands for their generous donation. Their commitment to the community is second t...
08/13/2021

A huge thank you to Portage, IN Helping Hands for their generous donation. Their commitment to the community is second to none!

A huge thank you to Portage, IN Helping Hands for their generous donation. Their commitment to the community is second to none!

Courtesy of Dan Sheehan Photography#missgeicoracing
08/10/2021

Courtesy of Dan Sheehan Photography

#missgeicoracing

Courtesy of Dan Sheehan Photography

#missgeicoracing

Portage Dive members were at the Great Lakes Grand Prix in Michigan City this past weekend.   Divers were utilized for t...
08/09/2021

Portage Dive members were at the Great Lakes Grand Prix in Michigan City this past weekend. Divers were utilized for the possibility of prolonged water emergencies and Marine 1 was used to transport any injuries. We would to say thanks to Dave Westphal and OPA Racing for the opportunity to assist in this years event.

07/28/2021

Your Portage Firefighters want to congratulate Brothers Traybsza, Brown, and Medellin on successfully completing their Open Water Scuba Dive certifications. These 3, and the other 9 @pfd_in_dive_team members all are here to serve you and effect any rescue on Lake Michigan and any body of water inland.

#IAFF3151 #Local3151 #PortageFirefighters3151

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07/23/2021

Marine 1
Video below is Marine 1 flowing from its TAsk Force Tips monitor. The vessel must maintain 5-7mph to keep from being moved around due to the nozzle reaction.

07/22/2021
07/21/2021

Riding onboard Portage Marine 1
36’ Fire Boat

PSA:Pool Safety
06/12/2021

PSA:
Pool Safety

PSA:
Pool Safety

06/03/2021
05/24/2021
V Lower

Here is one of many rescue drills the Portage Dive Team practiced at the Indiana River Rescue School a couple of weeks ago. The V-Lower lowers a rescuer in moving water to effect a rescue of a trapped victim by attaching a rope line to the rescuer's PFD via the O-ring. This is one of many drills the team learned to help prepare them for water rescue scenarios they may encounter in fast moving water or flooded areas.

With the temperatures expected to be in the 80s and 90s we want you to remind you the Lake Michigan water temps are stil...
05/22/2021

With the temperatures expected to be in the 80s and 90s we want you to remind you the Lake Michigan water temps are still dangerously cold. Current water temps are in the 50s. Please acclimate yourself to the water by gradually entering with your feet first and make sure you have the proper clothing and a life vest for your water activities. Enjoy and be safe!

With the temperatures expected to be in the 80s and 90s we want you to remind you the Lake Michigan water temps are still dangerously cold. Current water temps are in the 50s. Please acclimate yourself to the water by gradually entering with your feet first and make sure you have the proper clothing and a life vest for your water activities. Enjoy and be safe!

Our week of training at the Indiana River Rescue School was capped off Friday with our Asst. Team Leader, Chris Alexande...
05/16/2021

Our week of training at the Indiana River Rescue School was capped off Friday with our Asst. Team Leader, Chris Alexander, being awarded a challenge coin for his “Grab of the Week”. Congratulations Chris!! Much deserved!

Our week of training at the Indiana River Rescue School was capped off Friday with our Asst. Team Leader, Chris Alexander, being awarded a challenge coin for his “Grab of the Week”. Congratulations Chris!! Much deserved!

PFD Water Rescue Team is in South Bend for the Indiana River Rescue School this week. Training to always get better. #in...
05/12/2021

PFD Water Rescue Team is in South Bend for the Indiana River Rescue School this week. Training to always get better. #indianariverrescueschool #sbfd #indianadnr

Thank you to Chesterton Fire Department for coming over and training with us on one of our more dangerous conditions. Th...
02/23/2021

Thank you to Chesterton Fire Department for coming over and training with us on one of our more dangerous conditions. Thank you to Lakeshore Camp Resort Portage, IN. for allowing us to use your lake. Training as if our lives depend on it.

Over the last several years our call volume has increased causing us to outgrow our previous dive vehicle. Thanks to the...
01/05/2021

Over the last several years our call volume has increased causing us to outgrow our previous dive vehicle. Thanks to the Portage Fire Department administration, we were fortunate enough to pick up this replacement. Many thanks to Portage Port Authority and Sammy Maletta Marina's generous donations to make the appropriate adjustments needed. Special thanks to Chuck Litzkow for all of his time and dedication on this vehicle. The team has been hard at work and this unit is now in service.
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12/31/2020

Portage Firefighters Local 3151

Your Portage Firefighters want you to be as goofy as Brother Wirtz always is, but please be goofy responsibly! Please be safe tonight and have a very Happy New Year! #BeResponsible #IAFF3151 #Local3151 #PortageFire

11/25/2020
Please Wear It

Please Wear It

Volunteers demonstrate the 1-10-1 rule for cold water survival and why it’s vital to always wear a life jacket. For more advice, watch the full length video called Cold Water Boot Camp USA at www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1qbnToHhuE #LifeJacketsWornNobodyMourns

11/19/2020
Portage Fire Department

Portage Fire Department

Portage Fire Marine 1 this afternoon helped a Windsurfer in trouble off Wells St Beach. Thank you to Gary Fire/ EMS, National Lake Shore, and Coast Guard Station Michigan City. The gentleman is doing just fine.

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11/17/2020

Portage Firefighters Local 3151

Your Portage Firefighters are working on their ice rescue skills.

Brother Garner, a Water Rescue Team Member, instructed House 1 members today (all 3 houses and all 3 turns were trained) on surface ice rescues.

Please be careful this upcoming winter and avoid going on any ice that has formed.

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10/10/2020

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Marine 1 on the scene of a 24ft boat fire. All occupants jumped in the water to safety and are on another boat that came to their aid.

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.

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09/20/2020

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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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3401 Swanson Rd
Portage, IN
46368

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(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.