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, our department responded to the area of SR 149 & CR 875N for a 3 vehicle head-on accident involving a overtur...
01/06/2021

Yesterday, our department responded to the area of SR 149 & CR 875N for a 3 vehicle head-on accident involving a overturned semi with a spilled load. Unfortunately, this accident did claim one life.

Our crews remained on scene for nearly 5 hours to assist with traffic control and extrication. We would like to thank the Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department for responding to the call initially with us. Thanks also to the Union Volunteer Fire Department, who covered our area during this incident, as well as the Porter County Sheriff's Department and Porter County Central Dispatch.

Our thoughts are with the family of the victim.

Congratulations to our career personnel on this accomplishment, they have worked hard to establish their own union from ...
01/06/2021

Congratulations to our career personnel on this accomplishment, they have worked hard to establish their own union from previously being part of Portage Fire Department’s local 3151 and now have a signed contract. We stand strong as both volunteer and career to proudly serve our community.

South Haven Professional Firefighters Union Local #5221 is proud to announce as of tonight’s Portage Township board meeting, the Local #5221 now has a 5-year contract with the Township of Portage. Portage Township Brendan Clancy and Local #5221 members have been working on a contract for the last 20 months. This is the first of its kind for South Haven Local #5221. South Haven Local #5221 was created in April 2019.

We like to thank Mr. Clancy, the Portage Township Board of Directors, and all his staff that has helped in creating this contract. Thank you to Jon Parkhouse, 1st District Vice-President, and Tom Hanify from the Professional Firefighter Union of Indiana in their guidance with the process.

12/31/2020

We have been asked by many when the 2021 Annual Firefighters Ball is going to be. We have decided to cancel the Ball for 2021 due to the pandemic. This decision wasn’t made lightly and a lot of thought was put in to come to this decision. If anyone has any questions please feel free to reach out.

Contact Logan Kalmar if you have any questions!
Email: [email protected]

Stay safe and have a Happy New Year.

Vice President of South Haven Fire Inc.
Logan Kalmar

The year, 2020 has been quite a difficult one for most of us, the coronavirus pandemic did not only wreck our health and...
12/31/2020

The year, 2020 has been quite a difficult one for most of us, the coronavirus pandemic did not only wreck our health and sanity, but also left quite a lasting impact on most of our lives. One that will continue to affect our lives even when this whole nightmare is over. Yet, humanity is not be taken lightly either. We will continue to hold on to hope and persevere for a brighter and better tomorrow. The upcoming year has a lot of people’s hope riding on it, and the start of a new decade has never seemed more promising. We hope everyone has an amazing day and we all can’t wait to see what 2021 will bring! Happy New Year! Stay safe!

Are you ready to try something new while making a difference in your community? Click "sign up" at the top of our page a...
12/29/2020
2020 Recruitment Video

Are you ready to try something new while making a difference in your community? Click "sign up" at the top of our page and fill out our on-line application. Volunteer Firefighter applications are open until 1/10/2020.

https://youtu.be/HZNhnvPPXQc

12/25/2020

From our family to yours, we wish everyone a very safe and Merry Christmas. 🎄🎄🎄

We would like to thank Pack 316 for their generous donation of Christmas cookies! 🎄
12/23/2020

We would like to thank Pack 316 for their generous donation of Christmas cookies! 🎄

Yesterday, members attended a Surface Ice Rescue training with multiple other agencies from around Northwest Indiana. We...
12/21/2020

Yesterday, members attended a Surface Ice Rescue training with multiple other agencies from around Northwest Indiana. We would like to thank the District 1 Firefighter Training Council for providing this opportunity for our members. This valuable training helps our members be prepared to respond to a variety of emergencies in our community.

12/20/2020

Santa Patrol 2020

12/20/2020

Santa and his helpers are currently in the South Sub and the North Sub in the area between Fremont and 149!

12/20/2020

SANTA PATROL UPDATE:

Good morning everyone! We are hoping to get Santa on the road by 9:30AM. This year, Santa brought his helpers with him to help us get to all of the children in our area! Due to this, we will be unable to post the exact location of Santa as we will have multiple vehicles out in different areas. However, please listen for our sirens or Christmas music when we are nearby.

A few notes for this year:

Unfortunately, due to COVID Santa can not leave the trucks to take pictures. Santa will only be able to wave as we pass. If the children are waiting for us outside, we will slow down so you can get a picture of us passing. We're sorry about the changes, but they were necessary in order for us to continue this program.

We are excited to see you all soon!

Volunteer Firefighter applications should be in no later than January 10, 2021 for our 1st Quarter Hiring Process. Click...
12/18/2020

Volunteer Firefighter applications should be in no later than January 10, 2021 for our 1st Quarter Hiring Process. Click "Sign Up" at the top of our page to fill out our online application. You can message our page for a PDF application.

Questions?

Send an email to [email protected]. We understand this can be a big decision for you and your family. Phone calls can even be arranged to answer any questions if you are unsure about moving forward and would like to talk to a current member!

Already submitted an application?

No worries! All applicants will be contacted with further instructions after the deadline.

This program has been made possible by the Indiana State Fire Marshal's office.
12/16/2020

This program has been made possible by the Indiana State Fire Marshal's office.

This evening, South Haven Fire members held our annual Shop With a Firefighter program. Unfortunately, due to COVID the ...
12/13/2020

This evening, South Haven Fire members held our annual Shop With a Firefighter program. Unfortunately, due to COVID the children were unable to join us. However, our members took lists from the families and delivered the gifts to their homes! This year, we shopped for 23 kids.

All money is provided by donations from our department members, community members, and businesses. To say we are grateful for the donations would be a understatement. This program would not be possible without the generous amount of community support. We would also like to thank the Union Volunteer Fire Department for covering our area while we shopped.

12/11/2020
South Haven Fire Department

South Haven Fire Department

SANTA PLANS SPECIAL VISIT FOR SICK AND INJURED CHILDREN 🎄🎄🎄

Santa will be coming to South Haven one day earlier on December 19th to pay a special "window visit" for children that can not normally participate in holiday festivities. Santa has asked us to help him by scheduling appointments with our community members.

If you know of a child in our coverage area who has a chronic illness that prevents them from leaving home or participating in holiday activities, we ask that you reach out to us and schedule an appointment for the 19th. Appointments will be done on a first come, first serve basis. Santa will arrive at the residence and surprise the child through a window. No face to face contacts will be made.

If you are interested in booking a appointment, please email [email protected]

Santa will be spending the night in our bunk rooms and will be back to visit all of the other children in our area on Sunday the 20th!

12/10/2020

SANTA PLANS SPECIAL VISIT FOR SICK AND INJURED CHILDREN 🎄🎄🎄

Santa will be coming to South Haven one day earlier on December 19th to pay a special "window visit" for children that can not normally participate in holiday festivities. Santa has asked us to help him by scheduling appointments with our community members.

If you know of a child in our coverage area who has a chronic illness that prevents them from leaving home or participating in holiday activities, we ask that you reach out to us and schedule an appointment for the 19th. Appointments will be done on a first come, first serve basis. Santa will arrive at the residence and surprise the child through a window. No face to face contacts will be made.

If you are interested in booking a appointment, please email [email protected]

Santa will be spending the night in our bunk rooms and will be back to visit all of the other children in our area on Sunday the 20th!

We are still very much in need of donations for our Shop With a Firefighter program. We appreciate any support you can o...
11/29/2020

We are still very much in need of donations for our Shop With a Firefighter program. We appreciate any support you can offer to help spread some holiday joy in our community. 🎁🎁

We are happy now to offer an online membership application for our department! Simply click the "sign up" button at the ...
11/28/2020

We are happy now to offer an online membership application for our department! Simply click the "sign up" button at the top of our page and you will be redirected. Those who prefer a hard copy application can still request a PDF by messaging our page or by emailing [email protected]

If you have recently submitted an application, there is no need to redo it. If you are unsure or have any questions, please contact the email above. All applications for the first quarter 2021 hiring process should be in by January 10.

South Haven Professional Firefighters Local 5221
11/26/2020

South Haven Professional Firefighters Local 5221

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours. Stay safe everyone.

South Haven Firefighters have been working on ways to give back to our community during these hard times. Today, our mem...
11/24/2020

South Haven Firefighters have been working on ways to give back to our community during these hard times. Today, our members packaged and delivered Thanksgiving meals to pass out to some families in need in our community. Each family received a Turkey and all of the delicious sides!

All of our members took extra time to ensure everything was handled safely considering the current COVID situation.

We are still taking applications for our volunteer hiring process set to begin January 2021! We wanted to provide everyo...
11/23/2020

We are still taking applications for our volunteer hiring process set to begin January 2021! We wanted to provide everyone with more information about our Firefighter On-Call program. This is an excellent way for people that live outside of our area to serve. It also allows you to spend time at the station when it fits your schedule, while recieving credit for your monthly requirements.

This program not only helps our volunteers, but also provides us with more staffed apparatus to respond faster. In between training and calls, we use our station time to bond with each other while standing by to protect our community.

Message our page for a PDF application today!

Save the date! Santa is giving Rudolph a break and catching a ride with us on the fire truck to visit the streets of Sou...
11/18/2020

Save the date! Santa is giving Rudolph a break and catching a ride with us on the fire truck to visit the streets of South Haven on Sunday December 20th!

During our annual Santa Patrol program, our firefighters give santa a ride down every street of our coverage area to wave at all of the children in our community. This year, we will have to limit up close interaction due to the COVID situation. Nevertheless, Santa is excited to see all of our amazing community members!

As we do not have the route planned at this time, we will not be able to provide time estimates for when Santa will be down each street. We will post more information when the event gets closer and also track his progress on Facebook the day of the event!

It's that time of year! We are looking for donations in support of our annual Shop with a Firefighter program. We greatl...
11/13/2020

It's that time of year! We are looking for donations in support of our annual Shop with a Firefighter program. We greatly appreciate any contributions.

Please help us get the word out by sharing this post! Contact [email protected] with any questions.

We would like to thank all of the Veterans who have fought for the freedoms we have today. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
11/11/2020

We would like to thank all of the Veterans who have fought for the freedoms we have today. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

11/03/2020

STATEMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS ABOUT OUR ABSENCE FROM GOBLIN PATROL ON HALLOWEEN:

We've received a lot of questions regarding the fire trucks not driving around our community on Halloween. It's no secret that the COVID pandemic has impacted all of us in one way or another. It was an extremely difficult decision that none of us wanted to make but ultimately, we were left with no choice. The recent rise in cases locally forced us to take precautions that made Goblin Patrol not possible. These precautions were put in place to ensure that we can continue to serve our community safely, as well as to protect the health of our members.

We were devastated by this and are already working on plans to *hopefully* bring Santa to the community that we miss so much.

Yesterday evening, we were invited by the Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department to join them for a hands on extrica...
10/23/2020

Yesterday evening, we were invited by the Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department to join them for a hands on extrication training. This kind of training is very valuable and teaches us new techniques to rescue patients trapped in vehicles.Thank you Liberty Fire for the opportunity!

We would also like to thank Joe's Towing and the Union Volunteer Fire Department, who covered our station for a few hours so we could go train.

Message us on Facebook for a PDF application! Applications can be turned in at the station or emailed in. Contact c.garc...
10/20/2020

Message us on Facebook for a PDF application! Applications can be turned in at the station or emailed in. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

HELP US HELP YOU! Smart 911 is a FREE service provided to Porter County residents. Simply and quickly create a profile a...
10/16/2020

HELP US HELP YOU!

Smart 911 is a FREE service provided to Porter County residents. Simply and quickly create a profile at the link below. From there, you can add as much or as little information about your house and family as you would like (pets in the household, medical conditions, key locations, etc.)

When you call 911, all of that information will pop up on the call taker's screen and can be quickly relayed to first responders. This is an amazing service available to our community.

Please refrain from burning anything today! Smokey the bear thanks you in advance 🐻.
10/14/2020

Please refrain from burning anything today! Smokey the bear thanks you in advance 🐻.

Strong winds and low humidity values are expected to result in critical fire danger this afternoon. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for locales south of I-80 as a result. Postpone any planned burning today & ensure your vehicle will not be a source for ignition today! #ILwx #INwx

Our thoughts are with Porter County Central Communications (911) as well as Bonnie's family. We thank her for always hav...
10/13/2020

Our thoughts are with Porter County Central Communications (911) as well as Bonnie's family.

We thank her for always having our back and being there for the community in times of need. ❤️💙💛

It is with great sadness to announce that Porter County Central Communications has lost one of our dedicated, hardworking, and passionate dispatchers. We thank her for 27 years of service to Porter County. We will miss Bonnie dearly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

A few of our members having breakfast together before starting their on-call shift this morning.
10/08/2020

A few of our members having breakfast together before starting their on-call shift this morning.

10/07/2020

You may see us driving up and down the streets tonight. We will be out for a few hours mapping fire hydrants.

What a week it has been! South Haven Firefighters have spent the last three days preparing for a large water supply dril...
10/03/2020

What a week it has been!

South Haven Firefighters have spent the last three days preparing for a large water supply drill. This drill is one of the many things that will be factored into our upcoming ISO inspection. This inspection is done to provide fire departments with a "ISO rating" and takes into account many factors such as training hours, equipment, mutual aid, response times, etc.

As mentioned before, for this inspection we had to perform several drills to prove that we can supply water under stressful situations. The large drill last night required us to time how fast we can empty tankers, fill tankers from a static water source, and fill tankers using water from a hydrant.

We started Wednesday night with a basic pump/draft operations refresher. We also reviewed the fundamentals with some of our new members.

Thursday, we practiced all day. We set up every station to figure out what worked, what didn't, and what we could do to overcome issues. We didn't stop until we got the results we wanted. Thursday night, we completed some of the smaller drills for the inspection.

Friday was the big day. Our three stations were set up and the drill started in the evening. We're happy to report it was a huge success with the results we needed.

So what does this mean for you (the community)?

These drills were just one of many things we have been doing to earn the best possible ISO rating. Ultimately, our rating impacts the cost of homeowner's insurance for those who live in our coverage area.

Please understand that these drills would not have been possible without the overwhelming generosity of the fire departments around us. Departments from communities far away came to help our community (and get some tanker operator training in for their members as well). This is a humbling example of the great relationship fire departments around the area have with each other. It's an honor to be a part of such a great brother/sisterhood.

We would like to thank the following departments for providing a total of 16 tankers and 2 engines:

Kouts FD
Hebron FD
Lakes of the Four Seasons FD
Boone Grove FD
Morgan Township FD
Union Township FD
Washington Township FD
Liberty Township FD
Merrillville FD
Chesterton FD
Porter FD
Beverly Shores FD
Pines FD
Ogden Dunes FD
Lake Station FD

The pictures are from Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

10/02/2020

At around 6PM this evening, you may see a large presence of emergency vehicles at a few locations along US HWY 6, McCool Road, and Field of Dreams park. This is a pre-planned exercise and there is no emergency.

Follow this page for more updates later on.

Our condolences go out to the South Holland, IL Fire Deptartment. One of their members was tragically lost during a trai...
10/02/2020

Our condolences go out to the South Holland, IL Fire Deptartment. One of their members was tragically lost during a training. Rest easy.

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Valparaiso, IN
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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.