South Haven Fire Department

South Haven Fire Department Proudly Providing Fire and EMS Services to the Largest Unincorporated Township in the State of Indiana. 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.
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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.

Operating as usual

Yesterday evening, we were invited by the Union Township Fire Department to join them on their training night. Members t...
09/22/2020

Yesterday evening, we were invited by the Union Township Fire Department to join them on their training night.

Members trained on aerial operations and set up. We finished the evening practicing roof rescue operations utilizing a rescue mannequin.

Our recent increase in training with mutual aid departments is not only building relationships with the firefighters we work closely with, but also allows members from both departments opportunities to experience training they would otherwise not be able to do (such as the training last night.)

We would like to thank Union Fire for the invitation. Any other local department’s interested in setting up joint trainings can message our page.

09/12/2020

Yesterday evening (9/10/20), our deptartment responded to assist Porter Fire Deptartment at a house explosion with reports of several injuries. Numerous other fire, police, and EMS agancies from across the county also responded. Thanks to the heroic efforts of neighbors and the initially arriving first responders, all victims were rescued from the fire. We would like to thank the local businesses and community members of Porter for providing refreshments and support.

South Haven Engine 2711, Tanker 2744, Rescue 2763, Chief 2701, and Asst. Chief 2802 responded to the scene. During the incident, our members also staffed Engine 2710, Rescue 2761, and Rescue 2762 to assist with covering calls.

Division Chief Keith Austin’s drive for the fire service started back in middle school, when friends of the family let h...
09/11/2020

Division Chief Keith Austin’s drive for the fire service started back in middle school, when friends of the family let him ride in a fire engine during a 4th of July parade. Once returning to school, he was in the library every chance he got doing research. While doing research, his family had received a fund drive letter from the local volunteer fire department, seeking donations, but also was looking for volunteers. While doing his research, he knew the starting age was between 18 and 21 for fire departments in the area. He called the number on the fund drive letter and the hiring age was 18, which he had some time to go, being 17 years of age.
When he got closer to the age of 18, he started the process of getting accepted onto the local volunteer fire department. The process went so well, in fact he had the state required training done prior to being accepted/hired onto the fire department. His fire service career began on November 13th, 1995 (1 ½ weeks after his 18th birthday) with Union Vol. Fire Department. During his 15 years of service to the citizens of Union Township, he had gained a handful of state certifications, such as First Responder, EMT, Firefighter I/II, Investigator, Instructor I, etc. Along with furthering his education, he worked his way up through the ranks of Captain when he retired.
His fire service career did not stop after retiring. The following day after retiring from Union Vol. Fire Department, he continued his career with South Haven Fire Department. His education did not stop; he completed more state certifications to better himself, South Haven Fire, and its citizens. During his time with South Haven Fire Department, he worked his way up through the ranks to Division Fire Chief of Safety and Logistics. Along with his time in the fire service, he spent time with the County Fire Investigation Strike Team and the County Technical Rescue Team.
In 2013 he decided that he wanted to expand his horizons and he learned how to play the Tenor Drum with the Pipes and Drums. He did so well in fact, that he would become part of the Mass Pipes and Drums Band that plays at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) every year in Indianapolis, IN. In January of 2020, he became a member of the Indianapolis Public Safety Pipes and Drums Band. Keith explained how huge of an honor it is to help lay those to rest that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Through out his fire service career, he had the opportunity to attend the National Fire Academy for Training. He received various awards and accommodations. One of the awards he received was a Life Safety Award. Division Chief K. Austin received this award after he courageously assisted on rescuing and ultimately saving two lives on January 30, 1998 and January 31, 1998.
It came to a point in his life where he had to make the toughest decision that he ever had to make. He had to do what was best for his family and himself. With that being said, after 24 ½ years of service, he hung his fire helmet up for the last time on July 31st, 2020. September 2nd, 2020 he received a phone call from the Vice President of South Haven Fire Inc. Keith was told that through a unanimous vote at the monthly business meeting, SHFD is giving Division Chief Austin the privilege of being a Life Time Member of South Haven Fire Department. On behalf of the members of South Haven Fire, past and present, we want to wish you a bittersweet farewell. Thank you for everything you have done for this community, fire department, and its members. We all wish you and your family nothing but good health and happiness. See you around Chief Austin, it has been nothing but a pleasure. Happy Retirement Chief Keith Austin!

On this day... 19 years ago 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to slee...
09/11/2020

On this day... 19 years ago 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning. 343 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift. 60 police officers went to sleep in preparation for morning patrol. 8 paramedics went to sleep in preparation for the morning shift. None of them saw past 10:00am Sept 11, 2001. In one single moment life may never be the same. As you live and enjoy the breaths you take today and tonight before you go to sleep in preparation for your life tomorrow, kiss the ones you love, snuggle a little tighter, and never take one second of your life for granted.
#wewillneverforget

Tonight, our members and members from the Union Township Fire Deptartment trained on vehicle extraction. Special thanks ...
08/27/2020

Tonight, our members and members from the Union Township Fire Deptartment trained on vehicle extraction. Special thanks to Archie's Auto Recycling for their continued support.

Tonight, our department was joined by Liberty Township Fire Deptartment for a landing zone training hosted by Lutheran A...
08/23/2020

Tonight, our department was joined by Liberty Township Fire Deptartment for a landing zone training hosted by Lutheran Air. Members learned how to coordinate patient care with a helicopter safely and more efficiently.

Trainings like this build relationships with our neighboring deptartments and help prepare us to provide a better service to our community. We would like to thank the great people of Lutheran Air for coming out and thanks to Liberty Fire for joining us!

08/22/2020

At approximately 7PM, you may see a large presence of emergency vehicles at Field of Dreams park. This is a scheduled training and there is no emergency.

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.

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

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04/04/2020

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Valparaiso, IN
46385-8490

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Congrats on retirement Tina 👩‍🚒🎉
A huge Thank you to the guys at South Haven FD for letting my 3 year old check out your trucks before the parade today! You made his day!
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