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.

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

University of Chicago Medical helicopter scene landing from earlier this morning.
10/02/2021

University of Chicago Medical helicopter scene landing from earlier this morning.

University of Chicago Medical helicopter scene landing from earlier this morning.

Photos from Portage Firefighters Local 3151's post
10/02/2021

Photos from Portage Firefighters Local 3151's post

09/21/2021

It is with a heavy heart we announce that on September 20th, 2021 Sergeant Garland “Butch” Rose Jr. #62 (retired) passed away. Sergeant Rose began his law enforcement career with the Chesterton Police Department in October of 1978 before transferring to the Portage Police Department on August 8th, 1980. Sergeant Rose served in the Patrol Division where he was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1988. As a Corporal, Rose was transferred to the Detective Bureau. In 1992 Rose was appointed to the rank of Captain where he oversaw the operation of the Patrol Division for several years before returning to the Detective Bureau as a Sergeant, where he spent the remainder of his career. In addition to his regular duties Sergeant Rose was also a certified police driving instructor and a member of the department’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team. Over his career Sergeant Rose was the recipient of eight department commendations. After twenty-seven years of service to the citizens of Portage, Sergeant Rose retired on December, 30th, 2007. The members of the Portage Police Department extend their sincerest condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.

RT 20 is closed East bound at SR 249 for a Hazardous Material Spill.  20:45 pm 09//19/21RT 20 is now open.
09/20/2021

RT 20 is closed East bound at SR 249 for a Hazardous Material Spill.
20:45 pm 09//19/21

RT 20 is now open.

RT 20 is closed East bound at SR 249 for a Hazardous Material Spill.
20:45 pm 09//19/21

RT 20 is now open.

Photos from Portage Indiana Government Page's post
09/13/2021

Photos from Portage Indiana Government Page's post

09/13/2021

Myers Elementary Pinwheels for Peace

Thank you to the students and staff for taking time to recognize our first responders this morning. The school has done this for years and we at the fire department really appreciate the kind jesture.

09/11/2021
Please take a moment to remember all the citizens and rescuers we lost on 9/11
09/11/2021

Please take a moment to remember all the citizens and rescuers we lost on 9/11

Please take a moment to remember all the citizens and rescuers we lost on 9/11

Never Forget
09/11/2021

Never Forget

Never Forget

20 years of Service:Congratulations to Lieutenant Jeremy Himan and Firefighter Paramedic Dave Duttlinger on competing 20...
09/10/2021

20 years of Service:

Congratulations to Lieutenant Jeremy Himan and Firefighter Paramedic Dave Duttlinger on competing 20 years of Service today.

Promotion to Lieutenant:The Portage Fire Department would like to congratulate Firefighter Paramedic Chris Crail on his ...
09/10/2021

Promotion to Lieutenant:

The Portage Fire Department would like to congratulate Firefighter Paramedic Chris Crail on his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Lt. Crail has served the department for over 19 years. Chris serves as team leader on our Water Rescue Team. Lieutenant Crail is currently our Portage Firefighters Local 3151 Vice President. Instructing in the fire and EMS service is one of his cherished roles, as he is the Commander of Indiana District 1 Career Academy of firefighting located at the MAAC. We wish Lt. Crail the best of luck with his new position and know he will do a great job serving the citizens of Portage just as he’s done for 19 years.

Promotion to Lieutenant:

The Portage Fire Department would like to congratulate Firefighter Paramedic Chris Crail on his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Lt. Crail has served the department for over 19 years. Chris serves as team leader on our Water Rescue Team. Lieutenant Crail is currently our Portage Firefighters Local 3151 Vice President. Instructing in the fire and EMS service is one of his cherished roles, as he is the Commander of Indiana District 1 Career Academy of firefighting located at the MAAC. We wish Lt. Crail the best of luck with his new position and know he will do a great job serving the citizens of Portage just as he’s done for 19 years.

Promotion to Captain:The Portage Fire Department would like to congratulate Teresa Janovitz on her promotion to Captain....
09/10/2021

Promotion to Captain:

The Portage Fire Department would like to congratulate Teresa Janovitz on her promotion to Captain. Captain Janovitz is the first female Captain in Portage Fire Department’s history. Captain Janovitz has been a Firefighter/Paramedic for Portage Fire Department for 19.5 years, and has been a Lieutenant for the last 4.5 years. In addition, she serves on our Fire Investigation and Honor Guard Teams. She is an active instructor for EMS and fire in District 1. Captain Janovitz currently serves as a Co-Lead Instructor for the Porter County Vocational Fire Program at the MAAC. We wish Captain Janovitz the best of luck with her new position and know she will do a great job serving the citizens of Portage just as she’s done the past 19.5 years.

Promotion to Captain:

The Portage Fire Department would like to congratulate Teresa Janovitz on her promotion to Captain. Captain Janovitz is the first female Captain in Portage Fire Department’s history. Captain Janovitz has been a Firefighter/Paramedic for Portage Fire Department for 19.5 years, and has been a Lieutenant for the last 4.5 years. In addition, she serves on our Fire Investigation and Honor Guard Teams. She is an active instructor for EMS and fire in District 1. Captain Janovitz currently serves as a Co-Lead Instructor for the Porter County Vocational Fire Program at the MAAC. We wish Captain Janovitz the best of luck with her new position and know she will do a great job serving the citizens of Portage just as she’s done the past 19.5 years.

Retirement of Captain Rob Fedorchak:Congratulations to Captain Rob Fedorchak on your retirement today. Captain Fedorchak...
09/09/2021

Retirement of Captain Rob Fedorchak:

Congratulations to Captain Rob Fedorchak on your retirement today.

Captain Fedorchak has served the city well over the past 30 years. He has served not just as a firefighter paramedic but as a Engineer, Lieutenant, Division Chief, and Captain. As our self contained breathing apparatus team leader, he served many years and shaped our program in many positive ways to make our members as safe as possible each day. Our current leaders and many of our future leaders at the fire department have been shaped and mentored by Captain Fedorchak. We wish him and his family many years of retirement. The City of Portage Fire Department will forever be changed due the the efforts of Captain Fedorchak.

Retirement of Captain Rob Fedorchak:

Congratulations to Captain Rob Fedorchak on your retirement today.

Captain Fedorchak has served the city well over the past 30 years. He has served not just as a firefighter paramedic but as a Engineer, Lieutenant, Division Chief, and Captain. As our self contained breathing apparatus team leader, he served many years and shaped our program in many positive ways to make our members as safe as possible each day. Our current leaders and many of our future leaders at the fire department have been shaped and mentored by Captain Fedorchak. We wish him and his family many years of retirement. The City of Portage Fire Department will forever be changed due the the efforts of Captain Fedorchak.

Breast Cancer Shirt Sales: $15Orders are going to be due September 10,2021. PFD Crews will be in these shirts all of Oct...
08/23/2021

Breast Cancer Shirt Sales:

$15
Orders are going to be due September 10,2021.

PFD Crews will be in these shirts all of October.

Breast Cancer Shirt Sales:

$15
Orders are going to be due September 10,2021.

PFD Crews will be in these shirts all of October.

Hoosier Burn Camp:Portage Firefighters with your help raised $3,201.85 to help burned children this morning.  Thank you ...
08/13/2021

Hoosier Burn Camp:
Portage Firefighters with your help raised $3,201.85 to help burned children this morning. Thank you all who donated.
The community support was amazing.

https://m.facebook.com/
HoosierBurnCamp/

#hoosierburncamp
#portagefirefighterslocal3151

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!

Marine 1 with Miss Geico
08/11/2021

Marine 1 with Miss Geico

Marine 1 with Miss Geico

Please be alert for school buses stopping to pickup children.
08/11/2021

Please be alert for school buses stopping to pickup children.

Please be alert for school buses stopping to pickup children.

Photos from Portage FD Water Rescue, Search and Recovery Team's post
08/09/2021

Photos from Portage FD Water Rescue, Search and Recovery Team's post

Rapid Sequence Airway Quarterly Training:Rapid sequence airway  (RSA) is an established method of inducing anaesthesia i...
07/29/2021

Rapid Sequence Airway Quarterly Training:

Rapid sequence airway (RSA) is an established method of inducing anaesthesia in patients who are at risk of aspiration of gastric contents into the lungs. It involves loss of consciousness during cricoid pressure followed by intubation without face mask ventilation. We use it on patients experiencing a traumatic event.

The training led by LT. Janovitz was conducted Tuesday-Thursday this week.

Photos from Portage Kiwanis's post
07/27/2021

Photos from Portage Kiwanis's post

07/27/2021

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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Emergency Services Training | MAAC Foundation | Home
07/25/2021
Emergency Services Training | MAAC Foundation | Home

Emergency Services Training | MAAC Foundation | Home

We offer a realistic hands-on approach to emergency services training. Our systems are designed to meet National Fire Protection Association requirements.

07/23/2021
Training:Crews participated in forcible entry training over the last 3 days.
07/23/2021

Training:
Crews participated in forcible entry training over the last 3 days.

07/21/2021
Stop the Bleed:The fire department recently trained 24 Konrady Plastics employees in Stop the Bleed.  The class is hands...
07/19/2021

Stop the Bleed:

The fire department recently trained 24 Konrady Plastics employees in Stop the Bleed. The class is hands on with life saving techniques using Z form gauze, compression bandages, as well as a wide band tourniquets.

Interested in your group hosting a class? Contact Assistant Chief Dan Kodicek at 219-762-7404
Or
[email protected]

#stopthebleed
#PortageFire
#portagefirefighters
#cityofportage
#konradyplastics

Passing of  K9 Bosco:Yesterday July 13, 2021 K9 Bosco passed away.   He served 13 years with the Portage Fire Department...
07/14/2021

Passing of K9 Bosco:

Yesterday July 13, 2021 K9 Bosco passed away. He served 13 years with the Portage Fire Department. Bosco has been involved in every type of fire you could imagine from small car fires to murders. Bosco has worked cases that have resulted in numerous felony convictions, including murder and attempted murder. There have also been many cases that resulted in plea deals and lesser charges, and multiple cases still working their way through the court system. Bosco and I have been to some of the most horrific scenes you can imagine. But on the good side of things we were able to teach 100’s of school kids about fire and doggy safety.
Thank you to Lt. Jeremy Himan for your years of dedication to keeping up on his training, recertifications, and maintaining Bosco in a ready healthy state.

Portage Fire Department

Passing of K9 Bosco:

Yesterday July 13, 2021 K9 Bosco passed away. He served 13 years with the Portage Fire Department. Bosco has been involved in every type of fire you could imagine from small car fires to murders. Bosco has worked cases that have resulted in numerous felony convictions, including murder and attempted murder. There have also been many cases that resulted in plea deals and lesser charges, and multiple cases still working their way through the court system. Bosco and I have been to some of the most horrific scenes you can imagine. But on the good side of things we were able to teach 100’s of school kids about fire and doggy safety.
Thank you to Lt. Jeremy Himan for your years of dedication to keeping up on his training, recertifications, and maintaining Bosco in a ready healthy state.

Portage Fire Department

07/14/2021

Your Portage Firefighters are still looking for golfers, sponsors, and donations (for door prizes) for our Adam J Harting Golf Outing.

We raised $4500.00 for scholarships for 3 Portage High School seniors in the JROTC program at the last golf outing.

Please contact Jordan or Tommy at the number listed on the flyer or email [email protected] for more information.

#local3151 #iaff3151 #yourportagefirefighters3151

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Amazon Supplies:Thank you to Amazon for the cleaning supplies.
07/13/2021

Amazon Supplies:
Thank you to Amazon for the cleaning supplies.

Amazon Supplies:
Thank you to Amazon for the cleaning supplies.

Photos from Portage FD Water Rescue, Search and Recovery Team's post
07/07/2021

Photos from Portage FD Water Rescue, Search and Recovery Team's post

07/02/2021
07/01/2021

One of our great Dispatchers created this for us, enjoy!*Boone Grove is also having a parade on July 4th at 1500hrs, starting at Boone Grove Fire, going west on 550 S to 400 W. Left out unintentionally!*

PSA:Pool Safety
06/12/2021

PSA:
Pool Safety

PSA:
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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.
Hi guys.
Hi sir and good morning.
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!!