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History of Hobart Fire Department
Hobart was a thriving community with a well organized town government, a sizable business district and a growing array of residences when the people of Hobart began to realize that spur-of-the-moment bucket brigades were inadequate fire protection. Led by interested citizens and business men, namely W.B. Owen, George Stocker, B.W. Strattan and Seward Lightner, meetings were held during the summer and fall of 1891 to determine a better system of fire protection. While no definite organization was at first accomplished, it was arranged to buy from Valparaiso an old hand pump and hose cart. This proved unsatisfactory and the town purchases a Howe hand pump at a cost of $1,000.00 in October.
With no organized fire department, however, a fire often found everyone at the scene of the disaster and the equipment still in the city barn. To circumvent this, Seward Lightner essayed to get together a regular volunteer fire department. He mentioned the project to Charles Borger, then in business on Main Street, and Charlie said, “You notify the fellows and we will meet here”.
Every fellow contacted responded and an enthusiastic group crowded the harness shop on the evening of November 2, 1891, to band into Hobart’s Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Borger was elected president with A.J. Swanson to serve as secretary.
The following, with a notation of their ages, signed the original roster:
C.A. Borger, 31
J.H. Carpenter, 29
F. Zediker, 24
Ed Odell, 31
Fred Thompson, 28
B.S. Barr, 31
S.A. Smith, 24
August Batterman, 24
Albert Wall, 26
William Waldeck, 22
A.J. Swanson, 23
Fred Rose, 25
William Bolt, 32
Ed Batterman, 35
Frank MacPherson, 31
John L. Fiester, 32
John Green, Jr., 32
Jake Fiester, 33
Frank Swanson, 29
Alwin Wild, 29
John Ahrens, 39
James Roper, Jr., 38
Willard Stevens, 22
E. Neuman, 24
John Killigrew
Fred Black
Ronney Shearer
L. Black
George Hadsell
E. Guyer
Pat O’Boyle
Adam Diedrick
C.Cory
John Hillman, 21
Charles Gruel, 31
S. Lightner
These, for the most part, were young businessmen or living close to the center of town. They paid dues to belong to the company and fines if they missed a fire without good excuse. When a member was forced to resign voluntarily or because he did not comply with the rigid rules of the company, he was immediately replaced. The names of Thomas Kelly, Herman Tabbert, Clarence Barnes, Jacob Kramer, H. Stevens, William Jahnke, Dell Brown, Dan Scholler, William Kostbade, Fred Werner, Albert Johnson, Frank Scharbach, William Alexander, Alex Ballantyne, and J.H. Conroy were soon added. The group was divided into three companies: Engine, Captained by Ed Batterman; Hook and Ladder, Captained by Fred Rose; and Hose Cart, Captained by B.S. Barr.
Fire Alarm
One of the first problems to be solved was a method of signaling the men when a fire broke out. At first, one person shouted to another up and down the street. In 1894, a huge bell weighing 525 pounds was purchased at a cost of $80.00 from a concern in Chicago and erected on a standard near the Scholler Implement Shop which was just across from the Scholler Blacksmith Shop on Third Street. This bell can be seen in the center of the birds-eye view of old Hobart shown on another page. This bell served until 1910 when the first steam siren was installed at the city’s light and water plant. When the city sold the plant, an electric siren was purchased and erected on a tower near the fire station.
Equipment
Various equipment for fire fighting and also uniforms and protective apparel for the firemen was purchased whenever the funds were raised by either the town or the volunteers themselves. Because of the area covered, the equipment was drawn by the men when a team was not handy, a second company was organized in “Canada” at Illinois and Georgianna Streets. This company was continued until the first motor driven truck was purchased. It was the duty of the first man at the station to commandeer the nearest team or automobile and attach the pumper and hose cart.
Proud indeed was the city of Hobart when the American LaFrance 500 gallon pumper engine was purchased in 1918. This truck was as an auxiliary to the American LaFrance 750 gallons pumper and booster tank streamlined truck which the city bought in 1940. An E. & J. resuscitator and inhalator was also added to the equipment in 1940, replacing an obsolete pulmotor. Hobart’s fire ladies are outfitted in the most modern protective clothing purchased by themselves from funds raised by their annual dances. The firemen are also protected by the city with accident insurance while they are on duty.
Water
After a few larger fires, the men saw the need of a better water supply than the various backyard pumps offered. Under the direction of the Fire Marshall J.H. Carpenter, cisterns were installed
by the town at strategic points. In 1898, the town built their own water plant and Hobart had it’s by the town at strategic points. In 1898, the town built their own water plant and Hobart had it’s first really adequate protection. A 125 foot brick and metal tower with a 60,000 gallon water capacity, 3 miles of 8, 6 and 4inch water mains and 30 fire hydrants were a real step forward.
Organization
The first “Firemens’ Ball” was held in 1893 to celebrate the second anniversary of the company. Since that time, the dances have been held, not only as a means of swelling the treasury of the company, but to commemorate the first step in organizing the fire fighters. Each Thanksgiving Season, the dances have proven to be “the” social event of the year.
In October 1967, during Fire Prevention Week, the Number 2 Hobart Fire Station was dedicated and put into service. In May 1974, moved into the new Fire Headquarters at 401 East 10th Street.
The equipment and manpower, as of 1976, was as follows:
Headquarters Station:
¨ Pumper
¨ 55’ Snorkle
¨ Heavy Duty Rescue
¨ Boat & Trailer
¨ Grass fire mini-pumper
¨ Two fire prevention cars
Manpower:
Fire Chief H. Richard Harrigan
Captain Harry D. Garling
Captain Lynn Weiler
Captain Evan Young
Lieutenant Dale Hensley
Lieutenant David Kietzman
Private Dennis Vanecek
Private Tom Teer
Private Richard Raymond
Private Jeffery Johnson
Private William Smeltzer
Private Andrew Penska
Private William Gravel
Private Steve Mast
Private Paul Polak
Station Number 2
¨ Pumper
¨ Inhalator car
¨ Reserve Engine 3
Manpower:
Captain Raymond Ludwig
Lieutenant Bruce Wilkinson
Lieutenant Thomas Zytko
Private Lonnie Brooks
Private Edward Trinosky
Private Keith Kennett
Part-Time Reserves
Thomas Potts
William Paulson
Vincent Boyd
Richard Hudspeth
David Mayer
Gordon Jones
James Schmelter
Leslie Doepping
Francis Ludwig
Carlos Bennett
Jerome Ribar
All equipment is 2-way radio equipped.
The Fire Prevention Bureau is under the direction of Captain Harry D. Garling and Lieutenant Dale Hensley.
The Hobart Fire Department has received, for Fire Prevention Activities, the following awards:
§ Honorable mention on International level for 12 years
§ First Place in Indiana 3rd Class cities from Chicago Commerce and Industry for 14 years
§ First Place in State of Indiana 10 years
§ Six Distinguished Achievement Awards
§ First Place as one of 10 best cities in the United States through the promotion of the Fire Department.
§ 1976 Hobart Fire Protection Class reduced to 6 due to improved Fire Equipment & Manpower.
The Department, as of 1981, was as follows:
§ City of Hobart contracts with private ambulance service to provide one (1) BLS Ambulance for the city of Hobart.
§ City purchased Van style Ambulances housing Ambulance at Fire Station No.1 … Manpower provided by private Ambulance service
§ Fire department runs two (2) rescue trucks with Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s)
§ Fire Department manpower remained at 24 Firefighters.
§ Ambulance service manpower was 6 EMT’s.
The Department, as of 1982, was as follows:
§ The Ambulance Service is made part of the Hobart Fire Department and run by the city of Hobart.
§ The city of Hobart purchased two (2) Ambulances.
§ The city of Hobart opened Station No. 3 where the EMS service would run one (1) BLS Ambulance for the city of Hobart.
§ Fire Department manpower remained at 24 Firefighters and 6 civilian EMT’s.
The Department, as of 1985, was as follows:
§ The fire department purchased a new rescue truck – Rescue 8
§ The fire department purchased a new Pumper from FMC – Engine 1
The Department, as of 1988, was as follows:
§ Chief H. Richard Harrigan retired after 38 years as Fire Chief.
§ Lieutenant Bruce Wilkinson was named Fire Chief with Steve Hoskins named Asst. Chief.
§ The manpower was at 24 firefighters and 6 EMT’s.
The Department, as of 1989, was as follows:
§ The Fire department purchased a new F-250 Ford Brush Truck
§ The Fire department purchased a new Breathing – Air compressor.
The equipment and manpower, as of 1992, was as follows:
Station No. 1 – Fire Headquarters
¨ Pumper
¨ Snorkle
¨ Rescue Truck
¨ Boat
¨ Brush Truck
Station No. 2
¨ Pumper
¨ Rescue Truck
EMS Station
¨ (2) Ambulances
§ City of Hobart was in the process of annexing a large portion of Ross Township which included the US Route 30 corridor. With this annexation the department would increases its staff and would require opening a south station.
§ The City of Hobart Fire Department starts hiring process to hire new firefighters and EMT’s to staff a new Fire station in the new annexed area of Hobart. The Fire Department also becomes an Advanced Life Support ambulance provider with Robert Scott as the E.M.S. Director
The equipment and manpower, as of 1996, was as follows:
Station No.1 – Fire Headquarters
¨ Pumper
¨ Snorkle
¨ ALS Ambulance
¨ Boat
¨ Brush Truck
Station No. 2
¨ Pumper
¨ ALS Ambulance
Station No. 4
¨ 75’ Quint
¨ Pumper
¨ ALS Ambulance
FIRE DEPARTMENT ROSTER:
Ray Ludwig (Fire Chief)
Dale Hensley
Bruce Wilkinson
Steve Mast
Paul Polak
Terry Norman
Steve Hoskins
John Cordova
William Lashenik
Ron Schwuchow
Steve McKown
Keith Kerr (Asst.Chief)
Tom Lashenik
Robert Ellenberger
William McCorkle
Jack Baker
Randy Smith (Asst.Chief)
Fabian Martinez
Don Kepshire
Tom Castle
Patti Brazil
William Dillin
Mark Slonaker
Tod Elias
Robert Lamprecht
Joe Gospodarek
Dan Saitta
Jay Dee Prohosky
John Wall
Jim Jaracz
Brian Taylor
Michael Hott
Louis Donsbach
Jody Taylor
Robert Fields
Tim Tully
Robert Ashlock
Tom Colvin
Kevin Sneiderwine
John Christos
Rod Mosqueda
John Beebe
Roger Lane
Brian Kerr
Darren Sandilla
Brenda Bayer
Ryan Aguiano
Jon Gonzalez
Hector Garcia
A year into the new millennium, Hobart Fire Department is still growing fast.
· The beginning of the New Year started with new millennium badges. These badges were worn until the end of the year when they were retired as souvenirs.
· The addition of a new station and the problems with staffing it was a challenge. Overtime was started to keep staffing levels at their proper levels.
· One Firefighter was replaced this year.
· No new members were added to the staff of this department, it now remains at 58 fulltime firefighters and one civilian EMT. We hope to see a much needed growth throughout the years to come.
· During this past year, staffing within the department never fell below minimum levels at any station.
· With the addition of the new Northeast side fire station No. 3 comes another improvement with its more expedient coverage, providing even better services within the city than before.
· With the new millennium here, the department found a further need for new computers in the administrative offices along with new computers in the stations. With new State reporting requirement software and fire department managing software, the department will be able to track and report calls more efficient. Along with the software the station computers were set up to be able to call a central computer in order to complete reports at the stations and record them on one central computer. This equipment was purchased, and we are still hard at work programming all the needed information into the software.
· Training has seen a constant change this year. A Probationary Firefighter class was held with the firefighter receiving over 200 hours of training before being assigned to a permanent turn and station. Along with this training, the on-duty firefighters received a minimum of 2 hours’
training every week. With the increase of demands on the firefighting force, training has become so important that a full time training instructor is now needed.
· Annual inspections of city fire hydrants were done again by on-duty firefighters, and all fire hoses were tested.
· This year Pre-Fire Plans were updated for every existing business in the city. These plans included a magnitude of information from the building’s construction to its occupancy. Drawings were done by on-duty firefighters to insure that in case of a fire they would have all the needed information at hand. These Pre-Fire Plans will be updated every year.
· This year Automatic Defibrillators were purchased and placed in service on all Fire trucks.
· The annual preventive maintenance program initiated three years ago has once again been a success. It has provided much needed service to the fire equipment, helping all equipment to stay on the road all year.
· The Fire Prevention Bureau again was busy this year with plan reviews along with inspections of new construction, inspections of existing buildings, and public education programs. With the increased construction in the city, it has kept the bureau very busy. This increase has put such a demand on the staff that an additional person is needed.
· The ambulance billing program that was re-formatted last year has continued to grow with the increase of EMS runs this year to a point that a part-time billing clerk was hired to help get this billing done more efficiently.
§ This year fire runs were Down slightly with a total of 701 calls. Out of these were 31 structure fires, 39 vehicle fires, 93 brush/rubbish fires, 34 burning complaints, 79 Haz-Mat, 236 other calls and 189 false alarms.
§ Major responses were Navarro Construction warehouse, & Assist to Lake Station Strip Mall Fire.
§ EMS runs again topped the calls for the department with 2336 calls. This was an increase of 234 calls over last year’s totals.
Ray Ludwig- hired in 1967- retired in 1998
Dale Hensley- hired in 1968 - retired in 1998
Keith Kerr- hired in 1982 - retired in 1999
Tim Tully- hired in 1994 - left in 1998
John Beebe- hired in 1995 - left in 1998
Brenda Bayer - hired in 1996 - left in 1996
Tim Barron - hired in 1995 - left in 1998
John Novath - hired in 1998 - left in 1999
Rick Boyd - hired in 1991 - left in 1999
Scott Swinford- hired in 1998 - left in 2000
The equipment and manpower, as of 2001, was as follows:
Station No.1 – Fire Headquarters
¨ 75’ Quint
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ Brush Truck
¨ Batt. Chief Car
¨ ALS Ambulance
Station No. 2
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ ALS Ambulance
Station No. 3
¨ Rescue Pumper
Station No. 4
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ ALS Ambulance
¨ 105’ Tower
¨ 3000gal Tanker
¨ (2) Spare ALS Ambulances
FIRE DEPARTMENT ROSTER:
Chief Paul R. Polak
Assistant Chief Steve S. Mast
Battalion Chief Terry Norman
Battalion Chief Steve Hoskins
Battalion Chief John Cordova, Jr.
Captain Steve McKown
Captain Robert Ellenberger
Captain Randal Smith
Lieutenant William Lashenik
Lieutenant Ron Schwuchow
Lieutenant Thomas Lashenik
Lieutenant William McCorkle
Lieutenant Jack Baker
Lieutenant Fabian Martinez, Jr.
Lieutenant Donald Kepshire
Lieutenant Thomas Castle
Lieutenant John Wall
Inspector/FF Patti Brazil
Firefighter William Dillin
Firefighter Mark Slonaker
Firefighter Tod Elias
EMS Director Robert Lamprecht
Firefighter Joe Gospodarek
Firefighter Dan Saitta
Prevention Director James Jaracz
Firefighter Jay Dee Prohosky
Firefighter Brian Taylor
Firefighter Jody Taylor
Firefighter Robert Fields
Firefighter Robert Ashlock
Firefighter Thomas Colvin
Firefighter John Christos
Firefighter Rod Mosqueda
Firefighter Roger Lane
Firefighter Brian Kerr
Firefighter Darren Sandilla
Firefighter Ryan Anguiano
Firefighter Hector Garcia, Jr.
Firefighter Jon Gonzalez
Firefighter John Papka
Firefighter Scott O’Kelley
Firefighter Arthur Howard
Firefighter Robert Scott
Firefighter John Reitz
Firefighter Christopher Curdes
Firefighter Joseph Lavendusky
Firefighter David Tinsley
Firefighter Herlindo Zamora
Firefighter Kevin Heggi
Firefighter Brian Wedel
Firefighter Shawn Millard
Firefighter Michael Pouch
Firefighter Richard St. Myers
Firefighter Mark Reid
Firefighter Michael Garrett
Firefighter Joshua Magner
? Without the annual preventive maintenance program initiated four years ago, equipment would have been out of service even more than it has again been. A success in its own, it
has provided much needed service to the fire equipment, providing annual pump test and ladder test helping all equipment to stay on the road.
? Last year when Station 3 was opened our only spare fire truck was put into service as a first out rig. This created a problem every time an engine broke down since the only truck we had to use to replace this engine with was our tanker.
? At the direction of Chief Polak, a committee was formed to address the need for a new engine for Station No. 3. In the past when a fire truck was purchased, the truck was designed by a salesman, and the fire department would have to make due with the truck as is and try to find room for all the equipment needed to be carried on the truck. This meant using bungee cords to fasten down equipment wherever a space could be found. In an effort to prevent this from happening, the committee worked hard all year to design a fire truck that met the need of the department today and that would be able to continue to meet the needs in the years to come. Specs were written including the equipment needed to outfit the truck, and in November of 2001, we went to bid. The bid was awarded to Pierce Fire Apparatus Co. with delivery in the summer of 2002. This will be the first fire truck purchased that was designed by the firefighters to fit the needs of Hobart Fire Department.
? With four ambulances on the road running thousands of call each year, a lot of miles go on and breakdowns increase. This is another problem we have had this last year as the miles have increased also have been the problems with ambulances breaking down. Sometimes two to three ambulances would break down in the same day! With only one spare this has caused the department to temporarily drop down to only having three ambulances serving the city until an ambulance could be repaired and put back into service. The costs of repairing these rigs have increased every year.
? At the Direction of Chief Polak, EMS Director Robert Lamprecht worked on getting specs written on one to four new ambulances. In November of 2001, we went to bid, but as of the first of the year no bid has been awarded. The need for new ambulances is still growing as the miles increase on these rigs.
? The year 2001 started out most tragically with the fatalities of a mother and her 8 year old daughter. Both perished in a house fire on the west side of town. In addition we saw an increase in structure fires in the city, including two business fires: Holiday rental on the northwest side of the city and Hobart Karate Center downtown.
? This year EMS Director Robert Lamprecht began working days taking care of the needs of the Paramedic program, Ambulances, and EMS training. This will provide a more thorough supervision of the day-to-day operations of the emergency medical services. It will also mean a close monitoring of medical equipment and supplies as well as quality assurance of medical care rendered. This will provide for more efficient evaluation and coordination of both quality and cost-effectiveness of operations. His duties will also include performing business inspections.
? Training improved this last year with the addition of EMS Director Robert Lamprecht providing EMS training to the firefighters along with Fire Prevention Director James Jaracz providing firefighting training on a weekly basis.
? Last year all city hydrants were inspected by on-duty firefighters and problems found were reported to American Indiana Water Co.
? Last year all fire hose was tested and inspected by on-duty firefighters, and hose that failed the test was repaired.
? Last year Charles Reeves, our only civilian EMT, went out on disability retirement due to a back injury received while on duty. Firefighter Joshua Magner, hired June 25, 2001, replaced him. Joshua is a Firefighter – Paramedic.
? Once again No new members were added to the staff of this department; it still remains at 59 fulltime firefighters. We still hope to see a much-needed growth during the years to come.
? During this past year, staffing within the department fell below minimum levels several times due to call-offs only and not due to scheduled days off. On these days personnel not scheduled to work weren’t available.
? Communications with off duty firefighters has been a problem for this last year as so many of our members live outside the city. Several years ago our only method of contacting personnel was by the telephone! Then in 1998 we provided radio tone activated pagers to our members so when they were needed they could be reached all at once. This did not work because the radio signal was too weak for the members living throughout Lake and Porter Counties to receive the signal to open their pagers and be able to hear the message. Last year this problem was eliminated by replacing the tone pagers with new state-of-the-art alphanumeric pagers that provided coverage throughout the entire state of Indiana.
? As a way to improve the billing of Ambulance calls, a new software program was purchased to track and print bills. Mayor Buzinec, Clerk Treasurer Mellon and Chief Polak had been working on a way to improve handling of the billing by possibly bringing the billing into the clerk’s office. This would provide a more efficient way to handle the billing, collections and receipts. In August of last year this became a reality. The billing was moved into the clerk’s office at city hall.
? The Fire Prevention Bureau continued to be keep busy this year with plan reviews along with inspections of new construction, inspections of existing buildings, and public education programs. The increased construction in the city has kept the bureau very busy.
This year has put more of a demand on the staff and the new EMS director will be helping out with the inspections.
The equipment and manpower, as of 2002, was as follows:
Station No.1 – Fire Headquarters
¨ 75’ Quint
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ Brush Truck
¨ Batt. Chief Car
¨ ALS Ambulance
Station No. 2
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ ALS Ambulance
Station No. 3
¨ Rescue Pumper
Station No. 4
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ ALS Ambulance
¨ 105’ Tower
¨ 3000gal Tanker
¨ (2) Spare ALS Ambulances
FIRE DEPARTMENT ROSTER:
Chief Paul R. Polak
Assistant Chief Steve S. Mast
Battalion Chief Terry Norman
Battalion Chief Steve Hoskins
Battalion Chief John Cordova, Jr.
Captain Steve McKown
Captain Robert Ellenberger
Captain Randal Smith
Lieutenant William Lashenik
Lieutenant Ron Schwuchow
Lieutenant Thomas Lashenik
Lieutenant William McCorkle
Lieutenant Jack Baker
Lieutenant Fabian Martinez, Jr.
Lieutenant Donald Kepshire
Lieutenant Thomas Castle
Lieutenant John Wall
Inspector/FF Patti Brazil
Firefighter William Dillin
Firefighter Mark Slonaker
Firefighter Tod Elias
EMS Director Robert Lamprecht
Firefighter Joe Gospodarek
Firefighter Dan Saitta
Prevention Director James Jaracz
Firefighter Jay Dee Prohosky
Firefighter Brian Taylor
Firefighter Jody Taylor
Firefighter Robert Fields
Firefighter Robert Ashlock
Firefighter Thomas Colvin
Firefighter John Christos
Firefighter Rod Mosqueda
Firefighter Roger Lane
Firefighter Brian Kerr
Firefighter Darren Sandilla
Firefighter Ryan Anguiano
Firefighter Hector Garcia, Jr.
Firefighter Jon Gonzalez
Firefighter John Papka
Firefighter Scott O’Kelley
Firefighter Arthur Howard
Firefighter Robert Scott
Firefighter John Reitz
Firefighter Christopher Curdes
Firefighter Joseph Lavendusky
Firefighter David Tinsley
Firefighter Herlindo Zamora
Firefighter Kevin Heggi
Firefighter Brian Wedel
Firefighter Shawn Millard
Firefighter Michael Pouch
Firefighter Richard St. Myers
Firefighter Mark Reid
Firefighter Michael Garrett
Firefighter Joshua Magner
Roger Lane - hired in 1995 - retired in 2002
Bill Dillin - hired in 1993 - left in 2002
· Training has seen a constant change this year. A Probationary Firefighter class was held with the firefighter receiving over 200 hours of training before being assigned to a permanent turn and station. Along with this training, the on-duty firefighters received a minimum of 2 hours’ training every week. With the increase of demands on the firefighting force, training has become so important that a full time training instructor is now needed.
· Annual inspections of city fire hydrants were done again by on-duty firefighters, and all fire hoses were tested.
· This year Pre-Fire Plans were updated for every existing business in the city. These plans included a magnitude of information from the building’s construction to its occupancy. Drawings were done by on-duty firefighters to insure that in case of a fire they would have all the needed information at hand. These Pre-Fire Plans will be updated every year.
· New equipment was purchased and placed into service this year.
· The annual preventive maintenance program initiated three years ago has once again been a success. It has provided much needed service to the fire equipment, helping all equipment to stay on the road all year.
· The Fire Prevention Bureau again was busy this year with plan reviews along with inspections of new construction, inspections of existing buildings, and public education programs. With the increased construction in the city, it has kept the bureau very busy. This increase has put such a demand on the staff that an additional person is needed.
· The ambulance billing program that was re-formatted last year has continued to grow with the increase of EMS runs this year to a point that a part-time billing clerk was hired to help get this billing done more efficiently.
The equipment and manpower, as of 2003, was as follows:
Station No.1 – Fire Headquarters
¨ 75’ Quint
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ Brush Truck
¨ Batt. Chief Car
¨ ALS Ambulance
Station No. 2
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ ALS Ambulance
Station No. 3
¨ Rescue Pumper
Station No. 4
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ ALS Ambulance
¨ 105’ Tower
¨ 3000gal Tanker
¨ (2) Spare ALS Ambulances
FIRE DEPARTMENT ROSTER:
Chief Paul R. Polak
Assistant Chief Steve S. Mast
Battalion Chief Terry Norman
Battalion Chief Steve Hoskins
Battalion Chief John Cordova, Jr.
Captain Steve McKown
Captain Robert Ellenberger
Captain Randal Smith
Lieutenant William Lashenik
Lieutenant Ron Schwuchow
Lieutenant Thomas Lashenik
Lieutenant William McCorkle
Lieutenant Jack Baker
Lieutenant Fabian Martinez, Jr.
Lieutenant Donald Kepshire
Lieutenant Thomas Castle
Lieutenant John Wall
Inspector/FF Patti Brazil
Firefighter Mark Slonaker
Firefighter Tod Elias
EMS Director Robert Lamprecht
Firefighter Joe Gospodarek
Firefighter Dan Saitta
Prevention Director James Jaracz
Firefighter Jay Dee Prohosky
Firefighter Brian Taylor
Firefighter Jody Taylor
Firefighter Robert Fields
Firefighter Robert Ashlock
Firefighter Tom Colvin
Firefighter John Christos
Firefighter Rod Mosqueda
Firefighter Brian Kerr
Firefighter Darren Sandilla
Firefighter Ryan Anguiano
Firefighter Hector Garcia, Jr.
Firefighter Jon Gonzalez
Firefighter John Papka
Firefighter Scott O’Kelley
Firefighter Arthur Howard
Firefighter Robert Scott
Firefighter John Reitz
Firefighter Christopher Curdes
Firefighter Joseph Lavendusky
Firefighter David Tinsley
Firefighter Herlindo Zamora
Firefighter Kevin Heggi
Firefighter Brian Wedel
Firefighter Shawn Millard
Firefighter Michael Pouch
Firefighter Richard St. Myers
Firefighter Mark Reid
Firefighter Michael Garrett
Firefighter Joshua Magner
Firefighter James Allison
Firefighter Ray Houston
Firefighter Craig Barton
Tom Colvin - hired in 1995 - left in 2003
v Without the annual preventive maintenance program initiated six years ago, equipment would have been out of service even more than it has again been. A success in its own, it has provided much needed service to the fire equipment, providing annual pump tests and ladder tests helping all equipment stay on the road.
v Last year ISO completed its analysis of the structured fire suppression delivery system provided in our community. ISO was very pleased to report that the resulting classification is now a Class 4/9. This is an improvement from the former classification of Class 6/9. This means our community’s fire suppression services are improving in the face of the demands of a changing environment. ISO is the leading supplier of statistical, underwriting, and actuarial information for the property/casualty insurance industry. Most insurers use the PPC classifications for underwriting and calculating premiums for residential, commercial and industrial properties.
v The Fire Department received a grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. This program is administered by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and assists rural, urban and suburban fire departments throughout the United States. These funds are used by the nation's firefighters to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, emergency medical service programs, and fire prevention and safety programs.
v Firefighters received specialized training along with everyday training to help keep their skills at the highest levels. Specialized training came in the form of firefighters traveling to West Virginia to attend week long training at the National Response Center Memorial Tunnel Project. Normal local training consisted of weekly training sessions covering a host of subjects. EMS training was on a monthly basis covering various topics.
v Last year all city hydrants were inspected by on-duty firefighters and any problems found were reported to American Indiana Water Co. for repair.
v Last year all fire hoses were tested and inspected by on-duty firefighters, and hoses that failed the test were taken out of service and repaired before being repacked on equipment.
v Last year we had two more firefighters leave the force in addition to the two firefighters that left in 2002.
v Three new members were hired to replace the two firefighters that left the department in 2002 and one that left in 2003; staffing for the year ended at 58 fulltime firefighters. The last firefighters that left will be replaced at the beginning of 2004.
v No new additional staffing has been added even with the opening of Fire Station No. 3 in 2002. The first year of the opening of station No. 3, the staffing was handled with overtime personnel, but with the budget cuts, overtime staffing had to be cut back. This caused a staffing shortage within the department. To try to handle the staffing shortage, one Advanced Life Support Ambulance was taken out of service and the two personnel assigned to it were moved
to another station to help with manpower shortages. We still need a minimum of thirteen additional staffing to fully man this new station. We still hope to see a much-needed growth during the year to come.
v During this past year, staffing within the department fell below minimum levels several times due to call-offs only and not due to scheduled days off. On these days personnel not scheduled to work weren’t available. This is becoming more of a problem.
v The Fire Prevention Bureau continued to be keep busy this year with plan reviews along with inspections of new construction, inspections of existing buildings, and public education programs. The increased construction in the city has kept the bureau very busy.
v New Cold Water Rescue suits were donated by Wal-Mart to replace old suits that no longer could be repaired.
v Fire Department launched new web pages on city web site, http://www.cityofhobart.org/
v Fire Department received the Life Safety Award for no fire deaths during the year 2002.
Fire Department stats: Total Fire and EMS runs for 2003: 2969
Hobart Fire Department Awarded Grant:
The Fire Department received a grant from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. This program is administered by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and assists rural, urban and suburban fire departments throughout the United States. These funds are used by the nation's firefighters to increase the effectiveness of firefighting operations, firefighter health and safety programs, new fire apparatus, emergency medical service programs, and fire prevention and safety programs.
Hobart Fire Department was awarded a grant for Health and Safety in the amount of $89,000.00 to provide a physical fitness program within the department.
The program included the purchase of fitness equipment, physicals for all the firefighters, and the hiring of a personal trainer to establish a fitness program for each firefighter.
Hobart’s New Classification went from a 6/9 down to a 4/9.
The equipment and manpower, as of 2004, was as follows:
Station No.1 – Fire Headquarters
¨ 75’ Quint
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ Brush Truck
¨ Batt. Chief Car
¨ ALS Ambulance
Station No. 2
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ ALS Ambulance
Station No. 3
¨ Rescue Pumper
Station No. 4
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ ALS Ambulance
¨ 105’ Tower
¨ 3000gal Tanker
¨ (2) Spare ALS Ambulances
FIRE DEPARTMENT ROSTER:
Chief Paul R. Polak
Assistant Chief Steve S. Mast
Battalion Chief Terry Norman
Battalion Chief Steve Hoskins
Battalion Chief John Cordova, Jr.
Captain Steve McKown
Captain Robert Ellenberger
Captain Randal Smith
Lieutenant William Lashenik
Lieutenant Ron Schwuchow
Lieutenant Thomas Lashenik
Lieutenant William McCorkle
Lieutenant Jack Baker
Lieutenant Fabian Martinez, Jr.
Lieutenant Donald Kepshire
Lieutenant Thomas Castle
Lieutenant John Wall
Inspector/FF Patti Brazil
Firefighter Mark Slonaker
Firefighter Tod Elias
EMS Director Robert Lamprecht
Firefighter Joe Gospodarek
Firefighter Dan Saitta
Prevention Director James Jaracz
Firefighter Jay Dee Prohosky
Firefighter Brian Taylor
Firefighter Jody Taylor
Firefighter Robert Fields
Firefighter Robert Ashlock
Firefighter John Christos
Firefighter Rod Mosqueda
Firefighter Brian Kerr
Firefighter Darren Sandilla
Firefighter Ryan Anguiano
Firefighter Hector Garcia, Jr.
Firefighter Jon Gonzalez
Firefighter John Papka (on Military Leave)
Firefighter Scott O’Kelley
Firefighter Arthur Howard
Firefighter Robert Scott
Firefighter John Reitz
Firefighter Christopher Curdes
Firefighter Joseph Lavendusky
Firefighter David Tinsley
Firefighter Herlindo Zamora
Firefighter Kevin Heggi
Firefighter Brian Wedel
Firefighter Shawn Millard
Firefighter Michael Pouch
Firefighter Richard St. Myers
Firefighter Mark Reid
Firefighter Michael Garrett
Firefighter Joshua Magner
Firfighter Jim Allison
Firefighter Ray Houston
Firefighter Craig Barton
Firefighter Chris Brunke
Darren Sandilla - hired in 1996 - left in 2004
Jim Allison - hired in 2003 - left in 2004
Chris Brunke - hired in 2004 - left in 2004
v Without the annual preventive maintenance program initiated seven years ago, equipment would have been out of service even more than it has again been. A success in its own, it has
provided much needed service to the fire equipment, providing annual pump tests and ladder tests helping all equipment stay on the road.
v The Fire Department purchased a new Ford E350 Pickup truck to replace one that has been used for a brush truck since 1986. In addition, a bid was awarded for a new Fire Truck to replace our 1989 Pierce truck which is in poor condition. The new Engine will be delivered in 2005.
v The Fire Department received a $20,500.00 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that assists rural, urban and suburban fire departments throughout the United States. These funds were used to purchase a new breathing air compressor with a four-bottle cascade system, and two position fill station. This compressor will be used to refill our breathing air tanks as they are used.
v Firefighters received specialized training taught by state instructors and national instructors along with everyday training to help keep their skills at the highest levels. EMS training was on a monthly basis covering various topics.
v Last year all city hydrants were inspected by on-duty firefighters and any problems found were reported to American Indiana Water Co. for repair. In addition, last year all fire hoses were tested and inspected by on-duty firefighters, and hoses that failed the test were taken out of service and repaired before being repacked on equipment.
v Last year we had four firefighters leave the force. They were James Allison, Christopher Brunke, Darren Sandilla, & John Papka. Staffing for the year ended at 55 fulltime firefighters. These firefighters that left should be replaced in 2005.
v No new additional staff has been added even with the opening of Fire Station No. 3 in 2002. This caused a staffing shortage within the department. To try to handle the shortage, one Advanced Life Support Ambulance was taken out of service and the two personnel assigned to it were moved to another station to help with manpower shortages. We still need a minimum of thirteen additional firefighters to fully staff this new station. We still hope to see a much-needed growth during the year to come.
v The Fire Prevention Bureau continued to be keep busy this year with plan reviews along with inspections of new construction, inspections of existing buildings, and public education programs. The increased construction in the city has kept the bureau very busy.
Fire Department received for the second year in a row the Life Safety Award for no fire deaths during the year 2003.
Fire Department stats: Total Fire and EMS runs for 2004: 3181
New Ford F-350 Pickup Truck Purchased from Barile Ford for new Brush Truck
New Air Compressor purchased
The equipment and manpower, as of 2005, was as follows:
Station No.1 – Fire Headquarters
¨ 75’ Quint
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ Batt. Chief Car
¨ ALS Ambulance
Manpower:
Fire Chief William McCorkle
Asst. Fire Chief Steve Mast
Director of EMS Robert Lamprecht
Director of Fire Prevention James Jaracz
Batt. Chief Steve Hoskins
Batt. Chief Steven McKown
Batt. Chief John Cordova
Captain Robert Ellenberger
Lt. Ron Schuwchow
Lt. Thomas Castle
Lt. Fabian Martinez
Lt. Don Kepshire
Inspector Patti Brazil
Inspector Robert Ashlock
Pvt. Slonaker
Pvt. Gospodarek
Pvt. Papka
Pvt. Mosqueda
Pvt. Lavendusky
Pvt. St. Myers
Pvt. J. Taylor
Pvt. B. Taylor
Pvt. O’Kelley
Pvt. Howard
Pvt. Heggi
Pvt. Millard
Station No. 3
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ ALS Ambulance
¨ Brush Truck
¨ Boat
Manpower:
Captain Terry Norman
Lt. William Lashenik
Lt. Thomas Lashenik
Pvt. Chris Curdes
Pvt. Saitta
Pvt. Gonzalez
Pvt. Kerr
Pvt. Zamora
Pvt. Reid
Pvt. Garrett
Pvt. Magner
Pvt. Houston
Pvt. Barton
Station No. 4
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ ALS Ambulance
¨ 105’ Tower
¨ 3000gal Tanker
¨ (2) Spare ALS Ambulances
Manpower:
Captain Randy Smith
Lt. John Wall
Lt. Jack Baker
Pvt. Tod Elias
Pvt. Curdes
Pvt. Robert Scott
Pvt. John Reitz
Pvt. Louis Donsbach
Pvt. Hott
Pvt. Pouch
Pvt. Tinsley
Pvt. Wedel
Paul Polak - hired in 1976 - retired in 2005
Jaydee Hoskins (Prohosky) - hired in 1993 - retired in 2005
Hector Garcia - hired in 1996 - retired in 2005
Bob Fields - hired in 1994 - left in 2005
John Christos hired in 1995 - left in 2005
Purchased new fully equipped Rescue Pumper from American LaFrance to be housed at Station No. 4.
Fire Chief Paul Polak retired after 29 years.
Station No. 2 converted into a training and workout facility. (only for a short time! Reopened within 4 months)
Firefighting force cut by seven firefighters! Department now stands at 52 Firefighters.
Fire prevention Director and Inspector put back on turn, also added one more inspector. (Now one inspector working on each turn.)
The start of connecting all Fire Stations by a wireless computer network.
The equipment and manpower, as of 2006, was as follows:
Station No.1 – Fire Headquarters
¨ 75’ Quint
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ Batt. Chief Car
¨ ALS Ambulance
Manpower:
Fire Chief William McCorkle
Asst. Fire Chief Steve Mast
Director of EMS Robert Lamprecht
Director of Fire Prevention James Jaracz
Batt. Chief Steve Hoskins
Batt. Chief Steven McKown
Batt. Chief John Cordova
Captain Robert Ellenberger
Lt. Ron Schuwchow
Lt. Thomas Castle
Lt. Fabian Martinez
Lt. Don Kepshire
Inspector Patti Brazil
Inspector Robert Ashlock
Pvt. Slonaker
Pvt. Gospodarek
Pvt. Papka
Pvt. Mosqueda
Pvt. B. Taylor
Pvt. O’Kelley
Pvt. Howard
Pvt. Heggi
Pvt. Millard
Pvt. Reid
Pvt. Magner
Station No. 2
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ ALS Ambulance
Manpower:
Pvt. Lavendusky
Pvt. Garrett
Pvt. J. Taylor
Pvt. St. Myers
Pvt. Houston
Pvt. Barton
Station No. 3
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ Brush Truck
¨ Boat
Manpower:
Captain Terry Norman
Lt. William Lashenik
Lt. Thomas Lashenik
Pvt. Saitta
Pvt. Gonzalez
Pvt. Kerr
Pvt. Zamora
Station No. 4
¨ Rescue Pumper
¨ ALS Ambulance
¨ 105’ Tower
¨ 3000gal Tanker
¨ (2) Spare ALS Ambulances
Manpower:
Captain Randy Smith
Lt. John Wall
Lt. Jack Baker
Pvt. Tod Elias
Pvt. Curdes
Pvt. Robert Scott
Pvt. John Reitz
Pvt. Louis Donsbach
Pvt. Hott
Pvt. Pouch
Pvt. Tinsley
Pvt. Wedel
Mike Hott - hired in 1993 - retired in 2010
Mike Garrett - hired in 1999 - left in 2007
Graham Federico - hired in 2007 - left in 2008
Sandy Curry - hired in 2009 - left in 2009
Terry Norman - hired in 1978 - retired in 2007
John Cordova - hired in 1979 - retired in 2007
Ron Schwuchow - hired in 1980 - retired in 2010
Tom Lashenik - hired in 1984 - retired in 2010
Randy Smith - hired in 1988 - retired in 2009
Todd Elias - hired in 1993 - retired in 2009
Don Kepshire - hired in 1983 - retired in 2010
The Year 2011 - The year of Changes:
The year started with a new rescue truck being put into service at Station No. 1, The new truck would be called Rescue - 1. It would be staffed by a Paramedic and Firefighter, The truck would respond city wide north of 61st Av. and would provide ALS Medical Service.
Pvt. J. Papka joined the administration as an Inspector at the first of the year.
Asst. Chief Martinez resigned and was replaced by Lt.Brian Taylor as the new Asst. Chief.,
Former Fire Chief McCorkle who resigned in 2011 and was a Captain on B Turn now retired. Asst.Chief Brian Taylor replaced Bill McCorkle as Fire Chief. Lt Jim Jaracz was then promoted to Asst.Chief.
The Director of EMS, Lt. Lamprecht was reasigned to B Turn after McCorkle retired.
Robert Scott assumed the position of E.M.S. Director
A number of Firefighters announced their retirement plans:
Batt. Chief Steve Mast with 35 years
Batt. Chief Steve Hoskins with 32 years
Batt. Chief Steve McKown with 30 years
Lt. William Lashenik with 32 years
In early 2013 Asst.Chief Jim Jaracz retired and was replaced by Lt.Brian Kerr as the new Asst.Chief. Mid 2013 Fire Chief Brian Taylor retired from the Hobart Fire Dept. and went over to the Hobart Police Dept.. Asst.Chief Brian Kerr became the department's intern Fire Chief. Late 2013 intern Fire Chief Brian Kerr stepped down and returned to a turn and the Battalion Chiefs took over running the department with Battalion Chief Robert Ellenberger taking led. In 2014 Hobart Fire Dept. got a new E-One fire engine to replace Engine #4 which had gotten into an accident in late 2013. Manpower for 2014 was a total of 46 Firefighters.
Robert Ellenberger (Acting Fire Chief)
Bob Scott (EMS Director)
Jousha Magner (Fire Prevention Director)
Terry Norman (Adm.Asst.)
Steve McKown (Inspector)
Rev.Strietdemeier (Fire Dept.Chaplin)
Tom Castle (BC)
Robert Lamprecht (Cpt.)
Joe Gospodarek (Pvt.)
Robert Ashlock (Pvt.)
John Papka (Lt.)
Chris Curdes (Lt.)
Rich St.Myers (Pvt.)
Mark Reid (Pvt.)
Ray Houston (Pvt.)
Ralph Cueto (Pvt.)
Mike Haney (Pvt.)
Jason Powell (Pvt.)
Jason Dennington (Pvt.)
Frank Pukoszek (Pvt.)
Fabian Martinez (BC)
Patti Brazil (Pvt.)
Mark Slonaker (Cpt.)
Jon Gonzalez (Lt.)
Scott O'Kelley (Lt.)
Joe Lavendusky (Pvt.)
Herlindo Zamora (Pvt.)
Kevin Heggi (Pvt.)
Brian wedel (Pvt.)
Mike Stucky (Pvt.)
Lloyd Besaw (Pvt.)
Brian DeGrauwe (Pvt.)
Steve Gouwens (Pvt.)
William Samano (Pvt.)
Jack Baker (Lt.)
Luke Donsbach (Cpt.)
Jody Taylor (Pvt.)
Rod Mosqueda (Pvt.)
Brian Kerr (Lt.)
Skip Howard (Pvt.)
John Reitz (Lt.)
Dave Tinsley (Pvt.)
Shawn Millard (Pvt.)
Craig Barton (Pvt.)
Brian Snyder (Pvt.)
Tim Bennett (Pvt.)
Ron Reed Jr. (Pvt.)
Justin Fraga - hired in 2011 - left in 2013
Doug Maruszczak - hired in 2013 - left in 2013
Dan Saitta - hired in 1993 - retired in 2012
John Wall - hired in 1993 - retired in 2013
In the summer of 2014 Hobart Fire Dept. was awarded the SAFER Grant. With federal money the Hobart Fire Dept. was able to hire 6 firefighters.In the summer of 2014 retired Battalion Chief Steve McKown had became the new Fire Chief.and shortly after that Lt.Brain Kerr was promoted to Asst.Chief. Late 2014 Fire Chief Steve McKown had stepped down. Asst.Chief Brian Kerr had been promoted to Fire Chief and Lt. Jack Baker was promoted to Asst.Chief.
Brian Kerr (Fire Chief)
Jack Baker (Asst.Chief)
Bob Scott (EMS Director)
Joshua Magner (Fire Prevention Director)
Terry Norman (Adm. Asst.)
Rev. Strietelmeier (Fire Dept.Chaplin)
Tom Castle (BC)
Robert Lamprecht (Cpt.)
Joe Gospodarek (Pvt.)
Robert Ashlock (Lt.)
John Papka (Lt.)
Chris Curdes (Lt.)
Rich St.Myers (Pvt.)
Mark Reid (Pvt.)
Ray Houston (Pvt.)
Ralph Cueto (Pvt.)
Mike Haney (Pvt.)
Jason Powell (Pvt.)
Jason Dennington (Pvt.)
Lloyd Besaw (Pvt.)
Frank Pukoszek (Pvt.)
Brian DeGrauwe (Pvt.)
Matthew Barger (Pvt.)
David Hansen (Pvt.)
Fabian Martinez (BC)
Patti Brazil (Pvt.)
Jon Gonzalez (Cpt.)
Scott O'Kelley (Lt.)
Joe Lavendusky (Pvt.)
Herlindo Zamora (Pvt.)
Kevin Heggi (Pvt.)
Brian Wedel (Pvt.)
Mike Stucky (Pvt.)
Steve Gouwens (Pvt.)
William Samano (Pvt.)
Jacob Gettler (Pvt.)
Enrique Lopez (Pvt.)
Isa Esquivel (Pvt.)
Bryce Palleson (Pvt.)
Cory Federico (Pvt.)
Xavier Silva (Pvt.)
Robert Ellenberger (BC)
Mark Slonaker (Cpt.)
Luke Donsbach (Cpt.)
Jody Taylor (Pvt.)
Rod Mosqueda (Pvt.)
Skip Howard (Pvt.)
John Reitz (Lt.)
Dave Tinsley (Pvt.)
Shawn Millard (Pvt.)
Mike Pouch (Pvt.)
Craig Barton (Pvt.)
Brian Snyder (Pvt.)
Tim Bennett (Pvt.)
Ron Reed Jr. (Pvt.)
Ryan Maloney (Pvt.)
Nick Sneiderwine (Pvt.)
Joe Gospodarek - hired in 1993 - retired in 2014
Luke Donsbach - hired in 1994 - retired in 2014
Jason Powell - hired in 2010 - left in 2014
William Samano - hired in 2012 - left in 2014
2015 was a very busy year for the Hobart Fire Dept. It was our busiest year to date with 4,264 calls total. The fire department had gotten a new 75' Quint to replace a aging older quint.
Robert Ellenberger - hired in 1985 - retired in 2015
Xavier Silva - hired in 2014 - left in 2015
Jake Cuevas - hired in 2015 - left in 2015
2016 turn out to be the department's busiest year yet. Surpassing the record for 2015 with 5,322 calls total. The department had gotten a new ambulance to replace an older one. Station number Two was remodel and reopen in late 2016 with more living space. A extra bay was added for more equipment and then a community room was added in the back of the station. 2016 staffing is at 53 Firefighters, 30 of them being Paramedics,19 of them being EMTs, 3 of them being first responders along with 3 civilians working for the fire department.
Brian Kerr (Chief)
Jack Baker (Asst.Chief)
Bob Scott (EMS Director)
Joshua Magner (F.P. Director)
Terry Norman (Adm.Asst.)
Steve McKown (Inspector
Phil Topor (Inspector)
Rev. Strietelmeier (Fire Dept. Chaplin)
Tom Castle (BC)
Robert Lamprecht (Cpt.)
John Papka (Lt.)
Rich St.Myers (Lt.)
Mark Reid (Pvt.)
Ray Houston (Pvt.)
Ralph Cueto (Pvt.)
Mike Haney (Pvt.)
Jason Dennington (Pvt.)
Lloyd Besaw (Pvt.)
Frank Pukoszek (Pvt.)
Brain DeGauwe (Pvt.)
Matthew Barger (Pvt.)
David Hansen (Pvt.)
Nick Sneiderwine (Pvt.)
Ben Saylor (Pvt.)
Fabian Martinez (BC)
Patti Brazil (Pvt.)
Jon Gonzalez (Cpt.)
Scott O'Kelley (Lt.)
Joe Lavendusky (Lt.)
Herlindo Zamora (Lt.)
Kevin Heggi (Pvt.)
Brian Wedel (Pvt.)
Mike Stucky (Pvt.)
Steve Gouwens (Pvt.)
Jacob Gettler (Pvt.)
Enrique Lopez (Pvt.)
Isa Esquivel (Pvt.)
Bryce Palleson (Pvt.)
Cory Federico (Pvt.)
Richard Madsen (Pvt.)
Mark Slonaker (BC)
Jody Taylor (Pvt.)
Robert Ashlock (Lt.)
Rod Mosqueda (Pvt.)
Skip Howard (Pvt.)
John Reitz (Lt.)
Chris Curdes (Cpt.)
Dave Tinsley (Lt.)
Shawn Millard (Pvt.)
Craig Barton (Pvt.)
Brain Snyder (Pvt.)
Tim Bennett (Pvt.)
Ron Reed Jr. (Pvt.)
Ryan Maloney (Pvt.)
David Bultema (Pvt.)
Tyler Arcuri (Pvt.)
2017 is already starting to look like a busy year so far. The Hobart Fire Dept.has designated all if it's station to be a Safe Place for school age kids to come to if they are in trouble. We are also starting a D.O.S.E. program that will let firefighters help new parents with their newborns by educating them on proper ways to reduce SIDS. We are also starting a program called project Livesaver. This program will help the fire department track individuals with dementia, alzheimer or a memory disorder with a bracelet that the individuals will wear. The bracelet has a small GPS chip in it and the fire department will have equipment on hand to help find that individual.


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