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We were honored to be part of an event at Mission BBQ. Thank you letting us be part of it.
Today we received word that we’re getting the Nipsco safety grant. Thank you again Nipsco.
Today was a sad day for many. We were honored to be part of the flag detail along with Chesterton Fire Department. RIP and God Speed Porter EMS Paramedic Veronica Hensley.
Union Volunteer Fire Department
Last night Monday 8/31/20 training. It was a nice night to flow some water!
We would like to send a thank you to South Haven Fire Department for inviting us to do extrication training with them tonight.
UPDATE: Road Reopened
750 W is closed between 600 N and 450 N for a tree down in the roadway. Please avoid the area while crews work to clear the roadway
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!
Yesterday our members responded to a chicken coop fire. Thankfully all of the chickens were safely removed before the homeowner burned the old chicken coop. Please make sure to check all burning laws before burning unwanted things. https://www.in.gov/idem/openburning/
Tonight our department, along with other various fire and police departments, participated in a show of appreciation to hospital staff at Porter Regional Hospital. Thank you to all healthcare providers for continuing to serve our communities through these difficult times. Thank you to all of those who participated and made this event happen
Tonight Union Fire assisted Porter EMS with a medical call. A Helicopter was requested for the patient and landed at John Simatovich Elementary School. Thank you to South Haven Fire Department and Washington Township Fire Department for your assistance with setting up a landing zone. A job well done by all of those involved! A special thanks to Lutheran Air as well
Yesterday, members from our department, with the assistance from our brothers and sisters at South Haven Fire Department, wanted to wish someone a very happy eighth birthday! Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he was unable to have a birthday party, so we thought we would try to help! Once again, happy birthday from all of us, we hope it was a great one!
Porter County Search and Rescue Team
The Porter County Search and Rescue Team has received a donated vehicle from the Union Volunteer Fire Department. The former Deputy Fire Chief’s vehicle is a 2004 Chevy Tahoe 4x4 which will be used by the Search and Rescue Team to pull our 17 foot command post and rehabilitation trailer.
“We acquired a new truck for our Deputy Chief, and felt it would be good to pay it forward and donate the Tahoe to the Search and Rescue Team”, Union Fire Chief Mark Werno said. The Union Volunteer Fire Department operates two fire stations on the west side of Porter County. The Search and Rescue Team responds to Union Township several times a year for missing person calls.
Search and Rescue Team Director Micah Bell says, “Our all-volunteer team doesn’t receive any funding from the state, county or local government. Donations like this from our supporting agencies in Porter County are what sustain the Team and allow us to provide our services to Fire and Police Departments where ever we are called.” The vehicle is expected to be in service within the next two weeks.
The Porter County Search and Rescue Team was founded in 2014 to provide a trained team of ground searchers to assist public safety agencies in searching for and rescuing lost, missing and injured persons in Porter County. The Team is made up of 25 members of the various agencies that make up the Porter County Fire Association. The Team averages 12 call-outs per year.
This morning, members from our department were invited to participate in another ice water rescue training with Lakes of The Four Seasons Volunteer Fire Force. Members honed their skills and learned new techniques to better serve our communities. Thank you to Lakes of the Four Seasons Volunteer Fire Force for the invitation!
Perfect weather for some ice water rescue training! Our firefighters train in all aspects of rescue, in all weather conditions to make sure we are the most prepared to help our community and neighboring fire departments! Special thanks to Burns Harbor Fire Department for the invitation, and to Instructor Heather Compton from Chesterton Fire Department for a great training.
This afternoon Union Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a deer that had fallen through the ice on Lake Louise, in Shorewood Forest. With the assistance of Boone Grove Volunteer Fire department, and Indiana DNR Law Enforcement, the deer was safely removed from the lake and left the area on it's own. Thank you for all of those involved and that helped.
Firefighter MAYDAY/CPR training. A huge thanks to Jason Pickering for taking time out of his schedule to put on this training for our department.
Thank you to C&M Training for coming out to help us with forceable entry training Monday night. We are very grateful for this opportunity in growing our knowledge in this field. It was a pleasure working with such great knowledgeable instructors.
US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois
A period of dangerous heat is forecast Thursday through Saturday. Heat Advisories and Excessive Heat Watches have been issued. The hottest conditions are expected on Friday. #ILwx #INwx
Happy July Porter County! We’ve been asked questions about the fireworks ordinance (pertaining to the unincorporated areas of the County only) and times that consumer fireworks may be used. Please find the ordinance below:
*County Fireworks Ordinance 07-09*
-Between the hours of 5:00pm and two (2) hours after sunset (Chicago area sunsets are at approximately 8:30pm) on June 29-30, July 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
-Between the hours of 10am and 12am on July 4th
-Between the hours of 10am on December 31 and 1am on January 1
During these dates and times, Officers will NOT be dispatched unless: there is injury, property damage, the fireworks are being set off in a reckless/dangerous manner, fireworks being thrown from a moving vehicle; dispatch as a suspicious vehicle complaint.
*Remember to check with the city you live in for their local city ordinance, as they may differ*
We hope you’re enjoying the summer!
Boone Grove Fire Department
Public Safety Announcement:
BGFD and Union FD responded to Opportunity Enterprises Lakeside Facility this morning for a reported possible structure fire. Upon arrival, it was determined to only be an electrical feed issue to the facility which caused the generator to smoke. The power supply did its job and shut down power to the affected areas and staff quickly and safely evacuated all clients without incident. Due to power being out, an employee who was in the elevator at the time became stuck. Fortunately firefighters and maintenance were able to quickly and safely free her. All OE operations were able to resume after emergency crews cleared.
On this Memorial Day we would like to thank those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of this great country and the freedoms we enjoy. We keep you in our thoughts every day and are forever grateful.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers out there!
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jack Eskridge. Northwest Indiana has lost an amazing firefighter and more importantly, a wonderful person.
We would also like to extend our condolences to the Eskridge family in this difficult time. Rest In Peace sir.
Happy Easter from our family, to yours!
Residential Fire in South Wheeler today. There were no injuries reported.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to Boone Grove Fire Department, Lakes of the Four Seasons Fire Department, South Haven Fire Department, Burns Harbor 3302, and Porter EMS for all of the help.
TORNADO WATCH: effective until 5pm
Tornado Watch issued March 14 at 12:24PM CDT expiring March 14 at 5:00PM CDT by NWS Chicago IL
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED TORNADO WATCH 26 IN
EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM CDT /6 PM EDT/ THIS AFTERNOON FOR THE FOLLOWING
IN ILLINOIS THIS WATCH INCLUDES 15 COUNTIES
IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS
IN EAST CENTRAL ILLINOIS
IN NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS
BOONE DEKALB LA SALLE
IN NORTHEAST ILLINOIS
COOK DUPAGE GRUNDY
KANE KANKAKEE KENDALL
LAKE IL MCHENRY WILL
IN INDIANA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 5 COUNTIES
IN NORTHWEST INDIANA
BENTON JASPER LAKE IN
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF AURORA, CHICAGO, DEKALB,
DOUGLAS PARK, FOWLER, GARY, HUMBOLDT PARK, HYDE PARK, JOLIET,
KANKAKEE, LAKEVIEW, LINCOLN PARK, LOGAN SQUARE, MOROCCO, MORRIS,
OSWEGO, OTTAWA, PIPER CITY, PONTIAC, RENSSELAER, VALPARAISO,
WATSEKA, AND WHEATON.
U. S. First Responders Association
From: Franklin Fire Company
Public Safety Message
While on a box alarm recently, Engine 43 had hose laid in the street from a hydrant to a house. A vehicle attempted to pass Engine 43. Firefighters began yelling and waving for the person to stop. The vehicle snagged the hose and began pulling more hose off the engine causing the engine driver to be struck in the head by a 4 inch diameter hose coupling. Luckily the engine driver was not seriously injured.
While this incident was unintentional, we are sharing it to raise public awareness.
PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE OVER OUR HOSE OR THROUGH THE INCIDENT SCENE.
Our condolences go out to the Kouts Fire & Police departments in this difficult time. Rest In Peace, Nick Deal.
The roads are a total sheet of ice tonight. If you don’t absolutely have to venture out, please stay home!
If you can, please stay inside until this cold snap passes!
#INDOTWinterOps - Extreme Cold/Hazardous Road Conditions:
Folks, we can't say it enough, if you can hunker down and stay inside for the next 48+ hours, do it. Not only is the extreme cold a danger to your body, it will also potentially lead to hazardous road conditions.
As your can see in this graphic from WSBT-TV, wind chills reaching -40 and below are moving in right now and frostbite can happen in minutes. In addition, these historic temperatures are expected to severely limit, if not negate, the effectiveness of salt and de-icers spread by INDOT crews to combat slick spots. These temperatures are also expected to cause major challenges in keeping some INDOT vehicles and plows operational.
As a result, the effectiveness of INDOT crews will be very limited in how they're able to fight back blowing and drifting snow and slick conditions.
In a nutshell, if things are rough on the roads, it will be tough to make it better through Thursday. Please stay home, if you can. This is truly a once in a lifetime event. Treat it accordingly and heed the warnings. If you MUST be out, take it slow and expect hazardous conditions. Leave with a full tank of gas, pack an emergency kit, a charged phone and heavy duty winter gear.
Bottom line: Roads will be hazardous and the temperatures will be life threatening. Think, plan ahead, and then think again. Let's all get through this safely, folks.
Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. We would like to thank our Brothers & Sisters in blue for putting their lives on the line every single day to ensure our safety. We are extremely grateful for all that you do!
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