“It is the mission of the Indiana Fire Association is to protect the lives and property of the residents of the Indiana Borough, White Township and surrounding Communities by providing the highest quality fire suppression and rescue services. We will continue to seek new opportunities to serve our neighbors and to strive for excellence in the services we provide, through continued education and training.”
13 hours ago
Volunteers of Companies 2 & 3 are responding to a commercial fire alarm at the guidance center, Old Route 119 North, White Township. ... See MoreSee Less
Oh my gosh!
is it on fire
17 hours ago
Volunteers of Company One are responding to a transformer fire, Stonebreaker Road, White Township. ... See MoreSee Less
2 days ago
Volunteers of Company Two are on scene of a reported chimney fire on Simpson Road, White Township. Crews are investigating. Simpson Road is limited to one lane. ... See MoreSee Less
Seriously, Simpson road is only about 1 lane wide.
On Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 1443 hours the Indiana County 911 Center took a phone call for a reported structure fire in the 00 block of North 5th Street, Indiana Borough.
911 activated the volunteers of the Indiana Fire Association, the Clymer Volunteer Fire Company and the Homer City Fire Department, the Indiana County Rapid Intervention Group (RIG), an ambulance from Citizens Ambulance and notified the Indiana Borough Police.
Second Assistant Fire Chief Michael Empfield responded as the OIC along with First Assistant Fire Chief Thomas Moreau, Third Assistant Fire Chief Ronald Moreau, Ladder 101 and Engine 102 from the Central Station, Ladder 106 and Engine 108 from the White Township Station, the Indiana Borough Police Department and numerous mutual aid apparatus from Clymer and Homer City.
Indiana Borough Police Officers were first to arrive on scene and confirmed a fire under the shake shingle siding on the south side of the structure. Police Officers then began closing streets in the immediate to re-route pedestrian and vehicle traffic leaving the Indiana Area Junior and Senior High Schools.
SAFC Empfield arrived on scene and evaluated the structure. Police Officers had confirmed that everyone evacuated and did not observed fire inside the structure.
Ladder 101 responded and had a whirl wind tour of the downtown. Apparatus from the Central normally travel down 8th Street to Philadelphia and responded on the Philadelphia Street. However, SAFC Empfield had located the hydrant at the corner of North Fifth and Water Streets, Ladder 101 was asked to connect to that hydrant which forced the apparatus off Philadelphia Street, North on 6th Street to Water Street and Water Street to Fifth.
This is when things get interesting. Ladder 101 makes the turn into the 00 block of North Fifth Street and strikes a parked, marked police cruiser. Whoops! Not the time or place to cry about it. Ladder 101 crews remains on the apparatus as Indiana Borough Police help pull off the supply line and began the hydrant connection.
SAFC Empfield then placed Ladder 101 into the 400 block of Nixon Avenue and asks the crew to go to work. Crews pulled a pressurized water can, hand tools, ladders, a saw, a pre-connected hand line and established a water supply.
As apparatus continued to arrived the crew of Ladder 101 quickly located and extinguished the fire in the siding. SAFC Empfield began slowing down other responding apparatus before ultimately cancelling the responding mutual aid departments and the RIG team.
Things slowed down and a good overhaul was conducted on the exterior of the structure. Indiana Borough Police conducted a non-reportable traffic investigation for the minor collision. The roadway was closed for just under one hour.
Thanks to all of the volunteers who left work, thanks to all the businesses that allowed our volunteers and the volunteers of our surrounding mutual aid companies to leave work and answer the call. Thanks to the motoring public for understanding the inconvenience of our response and keeping the roadway closed for about one hour. We appreciate it. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you for all for your comments. The volunteers of the Indiana Fire Association strive to be safe and professional in every aspect of our daily operations. Like many professional organizations, we are not above making mistakes. This mistake was avoidable and the Association takes it seriously. Per our SOP a committee did meet and investigated the accident. The committee spoke with the engineer (operator of the apparatus), the officer in charge of the apparatus during response and the Police Sergeant who completed the non-reportable accident report. As a result we have provided constructive criticism/feedback to the engineer and the officer of the apparatus on how to avoid this from occurring again in the future. We are working with the police department to understand their role in providing safe, efficient traffic control at our fire scenes. Safe apparatus operations will be a topic of next month’s engineers practice and we previously had scheduled an EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator Class) for our membership. For those of you wanting to take a more active role in limiting or preventing these types of accidents are encouraged to complete an application for membership which can be found on our website: www.indianafire.com Respectfully, Scott Schuller Fire Chief
"Whoops! Not the time or place to cry about it." Thankfully, this was a parked vehicle (that I am assuming was unoccupied). This makes this department look very unprofessional & not safety oriented. As an operator of an emergency vehicle, you must first & foremost always be in control of that vehicle. This could have been a person & could have had catastrophic consequences. I would hope that "Whoops. Not the time or place to cry about it" wouldn't be the response in that situation.
Why would the department post something negative like this? My guess is the cruiser was parked in the way of fire apparatus. Difficult to fight a fire when you can't get to it.
Thank you to all involved!! Your hard work and dedication is appreciated.
Alex Harrington, sounds like one of your stories....
1 week ago
Volunteers of Companies One & Two are responding to a commercial fire alarm in 00 block of South Ninth Street, Indiana Borough. ... See MoreSee Less
what is the structure?? where is 00 block?
Volunteers of the Association are on scene of a reported house fire in the 200 block of Philadelphia Street.
Third Assistant Fire Chief Ron Moreau responded as the OIC along with Fire Chief Scott Schuller, Second Assistant Fire Chief Mike Empfield, Ladder 101 & Engine 102 from the Central Station, Ladder 1-6 & Engine 108 from the White Township Station and Mutual Aid from the Clymer Volunteer Fire Department, the Homer City Volunteer Fire Department and Citizens Ambulance Service.
Crews entering the structure found a smoking electrical outlet on the first floor. Crews spent the better part of thirty minutes investigating and removing smoke from the structure.
Thanks to everyone who braved the cold to help! ... See MoreSee Less
Indiana Fire Association added 4 new photos.
3 weeks ago
The Indiana Fire Association spends a lot of hours training for the unexpected. Tonight was no exception. Volunteers of the Association gathered at the White Township Station to conduct CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and Blood Borne Pathogen training.
The CPR training includes the use of an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) and bag valve mask for various emergencies.
The Blood Borne Pathogen teaches us not to panic if we come in contact with blood or bodily fluids during emergencies!
All in all - great training!! ... See MoreSee Less
BVM edit valve
Volunteers of Companies Three & Four are responding to a commercial fire alarm at Rose Haven, Saltsburg Avenue, White Township. ... See MoreSee Less
Everyone is ok. I work there
Volunteers of Companies One & Two are responding to a commercial fire alarm at Speciality Tire, 1600 Washington Street, Indiana Borough. ... See MoreSee Less
Indiana Fire Association added 3 new photos.
3 weeks ago
Beautiful day at the construction site allowed the workers of CNC construction to pull back the tarps and take a peek at the apron. Looks good! More work to do outside and take advantage of the weather. We appreciate the hard work! ... See MoreSee Less
Volunteers of Companies Two and Three are responding for a commercial fire alarm, 701 Philadelphia Street, Indiana Borough. ... See MoreSee Less
Same spot as u was 2 hrs ago