Portage Fire Department

Portage Fire Department The Portage FD is a career fire department comprised of 62 firefighters, providing fire protection and ALS ambulance service to the citizens of Portage.
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The Portage FD has 3 firehouses. We operate 2 ALS Engines, 1 ALS Quint (ladder), 1 ALS Tower Truck, 3 Rescues (ALS ambulances), a Dive/Rescue Truck, a 36' Fire Boat and a personal water craft. The City of Portage is an approximately 36 sq. mile city along the southern shore of Lake Michigan with over 36,000 residents. It's diverse landscape is comprised of residential, commercial and industrial properties along with a beautiful lakefront and international shipping port.

Operating as usual

At 2:15 this afternoon units were dispatched to an unknown vehicle accident in the area of US 20 and Willowcreek Rd. The...
05/29/2021

At 2:15 this afternoon units were dispatched to an unknown vehicle accident in the area of US 20 and Willowcreek Rd. The responding Battalion Chief found the accident was in fact in the area of Old Porter Rd and Willowcreek. The accident was a single vehicle versus a tree with heavy front end damage to the vehicle with the driver laying in the grass near the vehicle. Due to the mechanism of injuries and a quick patient assessment a helicopter was requested for transport to a trauma center.

At 2:15 this afternoon units were dispatched to an unknown vehicle accident in the area of US 20 and Willowcreek Rd. The responding Battalion Chief found the accident was in fact in the area of Old Porter Rd and Willowcreek. The accident was a single vehicle versus a tree with heavy front end damage to the vehicle with the driver laying in the grass near the vehicle. Due to the mechanism of injuries and a quick patient assessment a helicopter was requested for transport to a trauma center.

05/29/2021

At 2:15 this afternoon units were dispatched to an unknown vehicle accident in the area of US 20 and Willowcreek Rd. The responding Battalion Chief found the accident was in fact in the area of Old Porter Rd and Willowcreek. The accident was a single vehicle versus a tree with heavy front end damage to the vehicle with the driver laying in the grass near the vehicle. Due to the mechanism of injuries and a quick patient assessment a helicopter was requested for transport to a trauma center.

Congratulations to Firefighters Nickos and Hunsley on graduation of the 11 week  District 1 Career Academy.  Thank you t...
05/29/2021

Congratulations to Firefighters Nickos and Hunsley on graduation of the 11 week District 1 Career Academy. Thank you to our own Firefighter Crail taking the lead as Academy Commander.

Photos from MAAC Foundation's post
05/29/2021

Photos from MAAC Foundation's post

May we never forget Frank Gilbert Jr. His memory lives on with Portage Rescue 2, and Frank Gilbert Jr Park in Portage.
05/29/2021

May we never forget Frank Gilbert Jr. His memory lives on with Portage Rescue 2, and Frank Gilbert Jr Park in Portage.

May 29, 1997 - LODD
Firefighter/Paramedic Frank Delano Gilbert, Jr., 39
Portage Fire Department. Portage, IN
Firefighter/Paramedic Gilbert was in the back of an ambulance treating a patient being transported with lights and siren to a hospital. As the ambulance was passing a dump truck on the left, the dump truck made a left turn. The ambulance swerved and hit a tree. Firefighter/Paramedic Gilbert was thrown to the front of the ambulance where he landed on his head and neck causing paralysis from the neck down. He died from complications of his injuries seven months later. He was an Ordained Deacon of the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church of Hobart, he served as Chaplin of the Portage Fire Department. He was extremely active as a Navy Corps man and was assigned to the US Marine Corps.

05/28/2021

THIS SATURDAY! Stop by, grab some lunch and visit with the members of our emergency response team while checking out our specialty vehicles and other life saving equipment. Supporter T-shirts also for sale.

Photos from MAAC Foundation's post
05/27/2021

Photos from MAAC Foundation's post

05/24/2021

Applications available May 24th -June 25th at Chesterton Fire Department 702 Broadway, Portage Fire Department Headquarters 3401 Swanson, or can be requested via email at [email protected] or [email protected]

05/24/2021
Applications available May 24th -June 25th at Chesterton Fire Department 702 Broadway, Portage Fire Department Headquart...
05/24/2021

Applications available May 24th -June 25th at Chesterton Fire Department 702 Broadway, Portage Fire Department Headquarters 3401 Swanson, or can be requested via email at [email protected] or [email protected]

Applications available May 24th -June 25th at Chesterton Fire Department 702 Broadway, Portage Fire Department Headquarters 3401 Swanson, or can be requested via email at [email protected] or [email protected]

Portage Fire Department will be starting our hiring process soon!!!!!! Check back for more info………
05/22/2021

Portage Fire Department will be starting our hiring process soon!!!!!! Check back for more info………

Portage Fire Department will be starting our hiring process soon!!!!!! Check back for more info………

Thank you to Northwest Health Hospital for the EMS Week gifts for all of our members.
05/21/2021

Thank you to Northwest Health Hospital for the EMS Week gifts for all of our members.

Thank you to Northwest Health Hospital for the EMS Week gifts for all of our members.

Photos from Portage Firefighters Local 3151's post
05/18/2021

Photos from Portage Firefighters Local 3151's post

Our Water Rescue Team is currently training in South Bend this week in river rescue school.  The class was paid for by a...
05/12/2021

Our Water Rescue Team is currently training in South Bend this week in river rescue school. The class was paid for by a grant they wrote and received from the Walmart Foundation.

05/11/2021

Entry forms for the Portage Fourth of July parade are now available!
The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 3. Line up will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Nativity of Our Savior Church on Willowcreek Road.
The theme for this year's parade is Heroes Among Us and it is honoring all the frontline workers, from teachers to health care workers, retail workers, first responders and others who continued to work during the pandemic this past year.
Entries are available at city hall, 6070 Central Ave.; parks department office, 2100 Willowcreek Road or by emailing [email protected]
Deadline to enter is June 18.

Photos from Portage Indiana Government Page's post
05/10/2021

Photos from Portage Indiana Government Page's post

Baby Ducks:Today Ladder 1 was called to help  baby ducks in a drain.  All are back safe with their mom.
05/03/2021

Baby Ducks:

Today Ladder 1 was called to help baby ducks in a drain. All are back safe with their mom.

Update:Dogs are home with original owners safe and sound. PFD Administration
04/29/2021

Update:
Dogs are home with original owners safe and sound.

PFD Administration

Update:
Dogs are home with original owners safe and sound.

PFD Administration

04/28/2021

Take a walk down your street today. Do any of the storm sewer drains look like this? Now is the time to clear them of any debris before the heavy rainfall moves in today! Debris on or near these drains can be a major contributor to flooding. #INwx #INFloodSafety

Shortly after 1 am this morning crews were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in the 2200 block of Hamstrom Rd. The ...
04/27/2021

Shortly after 1 am this morning crews were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in the 2200 block of Hamstrom Rd. The accident left a large oil slick on the road north of the entrance to the street department. Abrasives were applied to the roadway, but caution should still be used when traveling in the area.

Shortly after 1 am this morning crews were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in the 2200 block of Hamstrom Rd. The accident left a large oil slick on the road north of the entrance to the street department. Abrasives were applied to the roadway, but caution should still be used when traveling in the area.

04/22/2021

Vaccine Availabke Today in Portage:

Meijer Pharmacy in Portage is hosting a Pfizer Vaccine clinic today from 9AM to 5PM. There are 600 shots available for walk in patients.

Shortly after 5 am this morning crews were dispatched to the 5500 block of Redwood for a report of a residential fire. U...
04/21/2021

Shortly after 5 am this morning crews were dispatched to the 5500 block of Redwood for a report of a residential fire. Upon arrival crews found that it was not a residential fire but a shed on fire in the back yard. Crews extinguished the fire and were back in service in under an hour. The shed was a complete loss with no injuries reported.

Shortly after 5 am this morning crews were dispatched to the 5500 block of Redwood for a report of a residential fire. Upon arrival crews found that it was not a residential fire but a shed on fire in the back yard. Crews extinguished the fire and were back in service in under an hour. The shed was a complete loss with no injuries reported.

2 vehicle accident with injuries Willowcreek Rd and Mulberry Ave involving a traffic light. Southbound Willowcreek is cl...
04/20/2021

2 vehicle accident with injuries Willowcreek Rd and Mulberry Ave involving a traffic light. Southbound Willowcreek is closed at this time.

2 vehicle accident with injuries Willowcreek Rd and Mulberry Ave involving a traffic light. Southbound Willowcreek is closed at this time.

Photos from Porter County Central Communications (911)'s post
04/12/2021

Photos from Porter County Central Communications (911)'s post

04/12/2021
Donation from Ultima Replenish Team:Thank you to Ultima Replenish Team for the Vitamin Water Power to keep our crews hyd...
04/08/2021

Donation from Ultima Replenish Team:

Thank you to Ultima Replenish Team for the Vitamin Water Power to keep our crews hydrated.

Donation from Ultima Replenish Team:

Thank you to Ultima Replenish Team for the Vitamin Water Power to keep our crews hydrated.

If you know of a home bound adult  in Indiana please help them sign up if they want a Covid 19 Vaccine in the home.
04/04/2021

If you know of a home bound adult in Indiana please help them sign up if they want a Covid 19 Vaccine in the home.

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 week looks at the involvement of the Portage Fire Department in the COVID-19 vaccination effort in Porter County.

Portage Assistant Fire Chief Dan Kodicek has been lending his skills to help get as many Porter County residents vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as possible.

One day this past week, Kodicek was able to vaccinate 18 people, ages 16 to 96, as part of the Homebound Hoosier Vaccination Program.

Porter County Aging & Community Services (PCACS) has partnered with the Porter County Health Department to provide COVID vaccinations to eligible homebound Porter County residents.

Kodicek is on loan to the health department to make sure those residents who cannot travel and have no other way to reach a vaccination site, receive the vaccine.

He said he volunteered for the assignment and will continue on the task "as long as it takes to get Porter County healthy."

Porter County Aging & Community Services will assess and determine the eligibility of a homebound Porter County resident. If the homebound resident is eligible, Porter County Aging & Community Services will register the resident on the Hoosier Homebound Portal. Once the resident is entered into the portal, the Health Department will work with a local EMS provider who will go to the resident's home to administer the vaccination.
The resident will receive a phone call from the Health Department to schedule a date and time that the EMS provider can come.

Those interested in the program must qualify by reaching one of these two criteria: Due to illness or injury, the individual needs the aid of supportive devices such as crutches, cane, wheelchairs and walkers; the use of special transportation; or the assistance of another person to leave their place of residences OR the individual has a condition for which leaving their home is medically contradicted.
If the individual meets one of the above criteria, then they must also meet both of the Criteria Two requirements: There must be a normal inability to leave home AND leaving home would require a considerable and taxing effort.

If you are a homebound Porter County resident, or family member/caregiver for a homebound Porter County resident, please contact Porter County Aging & Community Services by phone at 219-464-9736 to register for the Homebound Hoosiers Vaccination Project.

04/04/2021

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 week looks at the involvement of the Portage Fire Department in the COVID-19 vaccination effort in Porter County.

Portage Assistant Fire Chief Dan Kodicek has been lending his skills to help get as many Porter County residents vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as possible.

One day this past week, Kodicek was able to vaccinate 18 people, ages 16 to 96, as part of the Homebound Hoosier Vaccination Program.

Porter County Aging & Community Services (PCACS) has partnered with the Porter County Health Department to provide COVID vaccinations to eligible homebound Porter County residents.

Kodicek is on loan to the health department to make sure those residents who cannot travel and have no other way to reach a vaccination site, receive the vaccine.

He said he volunteered for the assignment and will continue on the task "as long as it takes to get Porter County healthy."

Porter County Aging & Community Services will assess and determine the eligibility of a homebound Porter County resident. If the homebound resident is eligible, Porter County Aging & Community Services will register the resident on the Hoosier Homebound Portal. Once the resident is entered into the portal, the Health Department will work with a local EMS provider who will go to the resident's home to administer the vaccination.
The resident will receive a phone call from the Health Department to schedule a date and time that the EMS provider can come.

Those interested in the program must qualify by reaching one of these two criteria: Due to illness or injury, the individual needs the aid of supportive devices such as crutches, cane, wheelchairs and walkers; the use of special transportation; or the assistance of another person to leave their place of residences OR the individual has a condition for which leaving their home is medically contradicted.
If the individual meets one of the above criteria, then they must also meet both of the Criteria Two requirements: There must be a normal inability to leave home AND leaving home would require a considerable and taxing effort.

If you are a homebound Porter County resident, or family member/caregiver for a homebound Porter County resident, please contact Porter County Aging & Community Services by phone at 219-464-9736 to register for the Homebound Hoosiers Vaccination Project.

Timeline Photos
04/03/2021

Timeline Photos

[3:45 AM 4/3] Very elevated fire danger develops today due to strong & gusty winds, dry conditions, & warm temperatures. Any fires that develop will spread quickly! Use extra caution today with open flames, do not park on grass, and ensure no vehicle parts drag on the ground.

Have a safe and Happy Easter Weekend!
04/02/2021

Have a safe and Happy Easter Weekend!

Have a safe and Happy Easter Weekend!

Photos from Portage Firefighters Local 3151's post
03/26/2021

Photos from Portage Firefighters Local 3151's post

03/25/2021

What’s the best way to stay informed during severe weather? Having multiple ways to receive severe weather alerts!

Your mobile phones and a weather radio are a perfect combination. But make sure your phone is fully charged before storms hit in case your power goes out! #INwx

Photos from US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois's post
03/25/2021

Photos from US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois's post

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My aunt said the fire department was handing out candy on Halloween is this true?
Warning long post ahead.... I have EPILEPSY, that’s something I’ve always kept private and only told those that needed to know. I was diagnosed at age 11. I’ve always been embarrassed by it, making it something I don’t share. I have worked hard and years trying to over come and beat it. I’ve managed to be seizure free for years. Well Tuesday evening my husband found me in a seizure. He had to call 911, as it was a really bad seizure. The worst one I’ve ever experienced. I had 5-6 seizures total Tuesday. Thanks to the first responders who where supposed to be here to help me in my time need, I realized that having EPILEPSY is NOT something to be embarrassed about. It’s something that has a huge stigma that needs to be changed. People who have a seizure disorder are NOT drug addicts. People who have epilepsy did not overdose. Oh and people who have seizures can hear what’s being said during them, we just can’t respond and have no control. What I’m getting to or trying to say is every single first responder who showed up to the call needs to be re educated on Epilepsy. Yes I heard your remarks and your not wanting to help me because I did this to myself I overdosed. My children where standing in the room while you implied there mother was using drugs. My daughter handed you my medication bottles, medication I take for said Epilepsy and you still assumed I was a druggy and overdosed. My husband and mother told you I had epilepsy and you still assumed I was a drug addict. I can’t wait to find out who responded to the call. The embarrassment I experienced is something I hope no one ever has to experience. I would have rather stayed seizing than experience what I did with those first responders. This happened Tuesday and I was admitted to the hospital for two days. I’m still dealing with the post seizure headache and body ache. Just needed to get that off my chest.
Can we do something about the number of people that run the red light at Old Porter and Crisman? It’s getting bad and someone is going to get hurt or worse.
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That's awesome ! Stay safe you all 🚒🚨💙💙
Thank You Portage FD for checking on my Sister this morning.... Your comforting and on top of it.... Kudo's 😘
FYI: Millers Merry Manor informed us they have set up space for any seniors needing to escape the heat.
Hello to all!!! I hope you all are staying safe! And Healthy!!
To All Portage Firefighters-Paramedics-Lutheran Air Staff Dan Kodicek Chad Bogue Tim Fercik Ray Blazek John Novath David Malis Alicia Kingston Wallen Brian Beach Hannah Young Heather Woody Roger Vincent Noles. Thank You Very Much For Mouse Pad Key(Lock) Chains Pens Note Paper From Lutheran Air Hope Everyone Have Great And Safe Happy New Year Mikey