South Haven Fire Department

South Haven Fire Department Proudly Providing Fire and EMS Services to the Largest Unincorporated Township in the State of Indiana.
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Since the early 1960s, the members of the South Haven Fire Department have dedicated their lives to serving this community to the best of their ability. Our department is very fortunate in many ways. The members of the South Haven Fire Department are honor to work for a community that stands with them as we all attempt to make the community of South Haven a nice and safe place to live.

The Bonner Senior Center will open as a cooling center beginning tomorrow, July 7.Please see the flyer for additional de...
07/06/2020

The Bonner Senior Center will open as a cooling center beginning tomorrow, July 7.
Please see the flyer for additional details.

With this week's temperatures predicted to climb into the 90s, accompanied with excessive humidity, Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy will open the Bonner Senior Center beginning Tuesday for Portage Township residents to utilize as a cooling center.
Please see the attached flyer for details.

South Haven Professional Firefighters Local 5221
07/03/2020

South Haven Professional Firefighters Local 5221

Please share! We are happy to announce that we are able to begin offering classes again and our next CPR class will be August 3rd at 5pm. As always this is AHA BLS CPR and the cost is $50. Please contact Lt Halie Wise at [email protected] to register and with any further questions. Thank you!

Last night, our members joined the Union Township Fire Deptartment for a joint training to become familiar with each oth...
06/30/2020

Last night, our members joined the Union Township Fire Deptartment for a joint training to become familiar with each other's extraction tools and apparatus. Firefighters engaged in a friendly competition playing Giant Jenga and Egg Grab with the "Jaws of Life."

Joint trainings like this build relationships with our neighboring deptartments and give us the opportunity to practice working with unfamiliar people and equipment before a real life emergency. Thanks to Union for coming out, it was a pleasure to have you!

Remember. Reflect. Give thanks. 🇺🇸
06/06/2020
70 facts on D-Day

Remember. Reflect. Give thanks. 🇺🇸

To help commemorate and remember the upcoming anniversary of D-Day here are 70 facts on the largest seaborne invasion in history.

We would like to congratulate Tina Nabhan. Yesterday an exceptional leader retired after 17 years in the fire service, a...
06/02/2020

We would like to congratulate Tina Nabhan. Yesterday an exceptional leader retired after 17 years in the fire service, and a 14 year dedicated career at SHFD. Firefighter/Paramedic Tina Nabhan, not only served many of her years as assistant chief, but as a true leader, mentor, role model and friend who is leaving behind very big shoes that will not be easy to fill. On behalf of your brother’s, sisters and a grateful community, we would like to thank Tina Nabhan for her years of service and the outstanding impact she has had on countless lives, and in the fire and EMS Service.

Lt Lundy and Lt Wood rescuing ducklings this weekend 🦆
05/31/2020

Lt Lundy and Lt Wood rescuing ducklings this weekend 🦆

05/30/2020

As Indiana is now in stage three of re-opening and gathering allowance is increased to 100 people, South Haven Fire Department would like to inform the public as of June 1st we I’ll no longer be accepting Birthday Parade requests. On behalf of the members of South Haven Fire Department, we hope we were able to make every birthday special during these trying times and we thank you for you ongoing support. God bless.

All Portage Township buildings and properties will remain closed through June 30, Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clanc...
05/12/2020

All Portage Township buildings and properties will remain closed through June 30, Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy announced this week.
To that end, buildings that will be closed to the public through the end of June include the:
• Bonner Senior Center
• Cemetery Office
• South Haven Fire Department
• Township Administrative Building
• Portage Township Department of Parks and Recreation
If COVID-19 data holds steady or begins to improve, the trustee will open park playgrounds, ball fields, and basketball courts on June 15 and picnic shelters will be open to rent for 4th of July weekend. Social distancing guidelines apply, where possible.
Portage Township residents can connect with their trustee’s office by calling 219-762-1623 or visiting the website at portagetrustee.org and page at facebook.com/portagetownship.

05/04/2020

We are looking for part-time paramedics in the St Mary system for immediate hire. Please pick up your application at the station.

05/01/2020
Union Volunteer Fire Department

Union Volunteer Fire Department

We wanted to offer a big thank you to South Haven Fire, Hobart Fire, Porter Regional EMS, UCAN, Porter County Sheriffs Department, Indiana State Police, INDOT, Porter County Central Communications and Greens Towing for assisting with our motor vehicle crash on IN-130 today. Also thank you to Four Seasons Fire Force for providing our members with pizza and refreshments afterwards!

The South Haven Fire Department has been a part of Alexsis Hopper’s life for a decade.The 16-year-old Portage High Schoo...
04/14/2020

The South Haven Fire Department has been a part of Alexsis Hopper’s life for a decade.
The 16-year-old Portage High School junior started hanging around the station when she was six when her brother became a member. She joined the department’s junior firefighter program to become more involved with the department and her community.
Alexsis has participated in several of the department’s programs over the years, from community Christmas parties to the Goblin Patrol.
When the COVID-19 pandemic caused the junior firefighter program to be suspended and prevented Alexsis from visiting the station, she knew she had to do something to show her support for the department and its members.
Since April 1, Alexsis has been lighting candles and placing them around the memorial in front of the station on County Road 700 North.
“Everyone over there means a lot to me and I thought this would be a good way to show them how much they mean to me,” she said.
In addition to lighting candles each night, Alexsis took the time to write messages of support on some of the luminaries. She also wrote the name of each firefighter on the department on the white bags which hold the candles.
“I’ve met so many people there and they’ve helped me in so many ways,” Alexsis, who plans on becoming a neonatologist, said.
“The fire family has become my family and they mean a lot to me,” she said, adding she will continue lighting candles to show her support for her first responder family until the pandemic crisis is over.

Thank you!
04/14/2020

Thank you!

Happy Easter from our family to yours! Thank you to the community member who captured this photo from yesterday’s EB pat...
04/12/2020

Happy Easter from our family to yours! Thank you to the community member who captured this photo from yesterday’s EB patrol.

Porter Regional Hospital
04/12/2020

Porter Regional Hospital

“We’ve never seen anything like this!” “This gives me chills!” “It is incredible to be thanked in this way!” These are just some comments from our front line as they experience this incredible tribute offered by first responders from throughout Porter County.

It is a privilege for us to care for Porter County residents and others in Northwest Indiana. And it is a priceless to serve along side these first responders!

Thank you to Union Township Fire’s Chief Werno for coordinating this event. And to: Porter County Fire Association,Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department Valparaiso Fire, Porter Volunteer Firefighters, Inc., Union Community Volunteer Fire Department, Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department Portage Fire Department, Chesterton Fire Department, Boone Grove Fire Department, Morgan Township Volunteer Fire Department, Kouts Fire Department, Ogden Dunes Fire Department, Burns Harbor Fire Department Honor Guard, Hebron Volunteer Fire Department, Westville Vol. Fire Department, Lakes of the Four Seasons Volunteer Fire Force, Porter County Search and Rescue Team, Porter County Sheriff's Office, and our own Porter EMS.
Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.

04/12/2020

SHFD at Porter Regional. We are here tonight to alongside our brothers and sisters showing support for all the front line workers. No one fights alone. 🇺🇸🚒🚑🚓🏥❤️

04/11/2020

We will be out with the Easter Bunny starting at 10am! We will make every attempt to get every street! For everyone’s safety the Easter Bunny will maintain a safe distance from our engine. Happy Easter from SHFD.

04/10/2020

We would like to extend our condolences to the Spicer family. Fire Chief Bill Spicer Sr. was a founding member and the first Fire Chief of South Haven Fire Department. The family is holding a private service tomorrow for Chief Spicer as he will be laid to rest. Chief Spicer did so much for the community of South Haven. Chief Spicer will be given his last ride on a fire engine. Between the time of 12:15 to 12:30 the procession will be in the area of McCool between 700 North and Raritan Dr. The procession will head East down Raritan Dr. to Timberline Pkwy, then onto US Hwy 6. The procession will then head East to SR 149, then South on SR 149. We are asking that anyone of the community that would like to pay their respects, to do so along the procession route through South Haven. If you are going to pay your respects, we ask that you practice social distancing.

Portage Township - Brendan Clancy, Trustee
04/06/2020

Portage Township - Brendan Clancy, Trustee

Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy is urging compliance with Gov. Holcomb’s stay-at-home order and reminds residents all facilities and parks operated by the Portage Township Trustee's office are closed

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP - Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy is asking all residents to abide by Gov. Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order, reminding them that all township parks and buildings will remain closed until the order is lifted
In compliance with Gov. Holcomb’s stay-at-home order, Clancy is urging the community to resist gathering at parks and other public areas. This includes park amenities such as ballfields, playgrounds, shelters and basketball courts.
“I understand with the warmer spring weather and the Easter holiday at our door step, it is challenging to stay at home, however I am urging parents and children to please take the pandemic seriously,” said Clancy.
“It’s a silent, invisible threat so that makes it harder to believe,” Clancy said of the COVID-19 threat. “But kids and parents alike must realize that even though they may not be exhibiting signs of the virus, they still can have it or be a carrier for it. We have a large vulnerable population in Portage Township; please don’t take a chance with your life or someone else’s.”
Other township properties closed to the public during COVID-19 pandemic are:
• Portage Township Trustee 0ffice
• Bonner Senior Center
• Portage Township Department of Parks & Recreation office
• South Haven Fire Department
“We have someone staffed in our administration building to receive calls, answer questions and disseminate information,” said Clancy.
Portage Township residents can call 219-762-1623 for assistance or visit the website at portagetrustee.org or page at facebook.com/portagetownship

Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy, Portage Township Food Pantry, Portage Township Schools and the Portage Township...
04/06/2020

Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy, Portage Township Food Pantry, Portage Township Schools and the Portage Township YMCA are working together to keep the community fed during the COVID-19 crisis.
Please see the flyer below for opportunities for food distribution and meals during this time.

Are you in need of food assistance? There are a number of resources available within our Portage community that can help! See the latest edition of the Portage Community: Stronger Together flyer, which lists updated information for our Meal Pick-Up Program, the YMCA family meal program, and the Portage Township Food Pantry.

The Indiana Family and Social Services website features a Food Assistance Availability Map that allows you to search for local organizations providing help to those who need it. Access the map here: https://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/5768.htm

#PortageProud #StrongerTogether

Timeline Photos
04/04/2020

Timeline Photos

Indiana State Department of Health
04/04/2020

Indiana State Department of Health

The latest #COVID19 case information for Indiana is now available on the ISDH website.

Here are the updated numbers:

Total positive cases: 3,953
Total deaths: 116
Tests reported to ISDH: 19,800

Learn more ➡️ http://coronavirus.IN.gov

Portage Township YMCA
04/02/2020

Portage Township YMCA

The City of Portage invites all of you to be part of "Shine A Light On Portage“ A Night of Shining & Support. Tonight (April 2nd) @ 7:00 pm

Help show support for medical professionals, all the “essential workers” and first responders during this incredible time of need by displaying candles/lights and/or your American Flag outside at exactly 7:00 p.m. on April 2nd.

In addition, please consider extending that support by ordering dinner from any of our Portage restaurants that are offering pick-up or delivery service. Create a true "candlelight" dinner experience! 😄

We hope you will help spread the word by sharing this post with friends; more importantly, please join the City on April 2nd and help us... UNITE WITH LIGHT!

It is with a heavy heart we are sharing the news that William Spicer, the first chief of the South Haven Fire Department...
03/30/2020

It is with a heavy heart we are sharing the news that William Spicer, the first chief of the South Haven Fire Department, passed away Monday morning.
Spicer, 89, started the department from his home in 1962, served as chief until 1972 and as assistant chief until 1980. The station, at the corner of McCool Road and 700 North, was dedicated to Spicer in May 2017.
Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy has order flags to be lowered to half staff at all Portage Township facilities in recognition of Spicer’s service to the community.
Spicer’s son, Rich, said his dad had a passion for firefighting. It was something he brought with him when he and the family moved to South Haven from Pennsylvania in 1962 for William Spicer to take a job at the then National Steel Midwest Plant in Portage.
Rich Spicer said his dad had been a volunteer firefighter in Pennsylvania and saw the need here.
William Spicer started the department with a crew of seven and eventually grew membership to 35 during his tenure.
“I would like to pass my condolences on to Chief Spicer’s family,” said South Haven Fire Chief Bill Lundy. “Chief Spicer’s commitment and dedication to this community will not be forgotten. His countless years in service to the South Haven Fire Department and our community is a tradition that I and others hope to continue in his name.”
Rich Spicer said any services are pending.

Photos courtesy of The Times are from the May 2017 dedication of the fire station in Spicer's name.

William Spicer, South Haven's first chief, passed away this morning.Our condolences to the family.
03/30/2020

William Spicer, South Haven's first chief, passed away this morning.
Our condolences to the family.

It is with a heavy heart we are sharing the news that William Spicer, the first chief of the South Haven Fire Department, passed away Monday morning.
Spicer, 89, started the department from his home in 1962, served as chief until 1972 and as assistant chief until 1980. The station, at the corner of McCool Road and 700 North, was dedicated to Spicer in May 2017.
Portage Township Trustee Brendan Clancy has order flags to be lowered to half staff at all Portage Township facilities in recognition of Spicer’s service to the community.
Spicer’s son, Rich, said his dad had a passion for firefighting. It was something he brought with him when he and the family moved to South Haven from Pennsylvania in 1962 for William Spicer to take a job at the then National Steel Midwest Plant in Portage.
Rich Spicer said his dad had been a volunteer firefighter in Pennsylvania and saw the need here.
William Spicer started the department with a crew of seven and eventually grew membership to 35 during his tenure.
“I would like to pass my condolences on to Chief Spicer’s family,” said South Haven Fire Chief Bill Lundy. “Chief Spicer’s commitment and dedication to this community will not be forgotten. His countless years in service to the South Haven Fire Department and our community is a tradition that I and others hope to continue in his name.”
Rich Spicer said any services are pending.

Photos courtesy of The Times are from the May 2017 dedication of the fire station in Spicer's name.

Porter County Emergency Management Agency
03/27/2020

Porter County Emergency Management Agency

What is Social Distancing?

Much of the media refers to social distancing. But what exactly is it? Read below about the specific methods of social distancing and ways you can keep yourself safer using this tool during this corona pandemic.
• STAYING AT HOME!!
• Not having visitors
• Visiting with friends or family electronically
• Playing games at home or electronically with family and friends
• Conducting meetings using videoconferencing or other electronic means
• Online schooling
• Teleheatlh meetings with doctors and other health care providers
• Using drive through, delivery, or pick up options at restaurants, stores, and pharmacies
• Staying at least six feet away from others: at home, essential shopping, or walks
• When children are playing outside, maintaining six feet from each other
• Avoid discretionary travel

MAAC Foundation
03/26/2020

MAAC Foundation

Congratulations to our Indiana District 1 Volunteer Firefighter Academy Graduates!
This selfless group spent months learning and training here at the MAAC. NW Indiana will be safer because of their willingness to serve their communities in a time of need!
Crown Point Fire Rescue Boone Grove Fire Department Burns Harbor Fire Department City of Gary Fire Department Hebron Volunteer Fire Department Lakes of the Four Seasons Volunteer Fire Force Lake Station Fire & Rescue / EMS Merrillville Fire Department Porter Volunteer Firefighters, Inc. South Haven Fire Department Union Volunteer Fire Department Center Township Volunteer Fire Department - Company 91 Wheatfield Volunteer Fire Department Inc. Wheatfield Township Fire Department

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Thank you so much for doing this every year, my kids love seeing Santa on the fire truck!
Truly think fire dept should be giving this kid a huge high five hes showed more compassion than most some sort of recognition by your dept can make his day an help keep on right path
Fire prevention week is October 6-12, 2019. This year's theme is "Not every hero wears a cape. Plan and practice your escape!"Remeber to make a home escape plan with all members of your household and practice it!
Do you still do cpr?
Santa is out and about visiting all the kids in South Haven. Watch for Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves and reindeer on the fire trucks!!
My book "Motion For Justice: I Rest My Case" is in stock and available for purchase at the fabulous Barnes & Noble bookstore in Valparaiso. I hope you enjoy it!
Hydrant Dave Heck back in action
OPEN HOUSE Saturday, June 2, 2018 10:00am until 2:00pm. 398 W 700 N Valparaiso, IN 46385 SHFD will be hosting an Open House to show off our newly remodled station, and a wetting ceremony for our new ambulance. Everyone is welcome.
Any chance you still have this pool table? #FiftyYearsAgo #25Jan1968
Thank you for coming out and getting my husband's grandma to Porter last night. She ended up with 5 staples, a tetanus shot and a cat scan. She's home and resting. We appreciate all of you.