Fire Chief’s Corner
Welcome to the official website of the South Haven Fire Department. As you browse the site I would like to make sure that you check out the personnel page. This is where you can see the names, experience levels and time in the fire service of the firefighters and medics that protect this great community. Also check out the fire prevention page. The information provided is the same information provided in the Fire Prevention Week in October. This will give you, the parents, some information to talk with your kids about when they come home. Just last year we had a 5 year old boy who, because of the training provided annually, was able to hear the smoke detector, understand what it meant and wake his parents who had slept through the alarm. In this case, the fire department responded and found a fire in the attic of the home which was extinguished with minimal damage to the home. This smoke detector happened to be installed as part of the Fire Prevention Grant of 2006 with provided a smoke detector for every home in unincorporated Portage Township. This young man received an award from the fire department for his attentiveness and quick thinking. He was also given a Letter of Commendation from Congressman Visclosky and a flag flown over the Capitol.
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. Our department is very fortunate in many ways. The first reason is that unlike many volunteer departments across the area and even the nation, we have some of the most state of the art equipment in the field. Our EMS has cardiac monitors that are able to do things like 12 lead EKGs as well as pulse oximetry, automatic blood pressure cuffs, and entidal CO2 detection. They also have things like Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and one of the most progressive and aggressive Advanced Life Support protocols in the area through St. Mary’s Medical Center in Hobart. Lastly we have three ambulances, the oldest being a 2002 Ford AEV. The latest addition is a 2009 Medtec on an International chassis.
On the firefighting side, we have our International Safety Instruments (ISI) self contained breathing apparatus that are as state of the art as they come. The SCBA transmits signals back to a computer in the Command vehicle giving us information like ambient temperature in the fire, how much air the firefighter has left, and what type of alarm the firefighter is in. The main feature is a recall through the SCBA. We have the ability to send a recall alert to the firefighters to evacuate an area getting them out of potential harm. The fire apparatus in this station are some of the newest in the area. In 2007 we took delivery of a 2007 Ford F-250 which was set up as a fast response vehicle capable of responding to EMS calls to assist the medics, as well as respond to many types of fires. In 2008 we took delivery of a 2008 Peterbilt (Midwest Fire) tanker. This vehicle had a fire pump rated at 750 gallons per minute as well as a water tank that carries 3000 gallons of water. This vehicle can be used as a backup engine when needed but is primarily used to shuttle water to areas where fire hydrants are not present.
Most of the things listed above are purchased through the tax money distributed to us through the Portage Twp Trustee’s Office and FEMA grants. Now, as most of you know, every governmental entity across the state has seen budget cuts. This is true for the South Haven Fire Department as well. The donations that we received from our community have helped to lessen effects of the cuts. Through our chili and spaghetti dinners, Fire Fest, the Firefighter’s Ball and this fund drive letter is our way of attempting to offset these cuts. Your past donations have outfitted firefighters with turnout gear, replaced the 20 year old pump on our brush truck/squad, and have also assisted in purchasing the 2007 Ford F-250 Squad.
I would like to thank all of you for your past contributions and support. Please help us to continue to bring in and keep up some of the most state of the art equipment to make the firefighters and this community safe.
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. Please read through this pamphlet and see all the things we have been doing as well as a couple of things coming in the near future.
In closing, I would just like to thank everyone for the support of these firefighter and medics. They have all invested many hours to the department and community each year to train and make sure the apparatus leave the station when the tones sound to provide the highest level of care possible. If you have an interest in becoming a member of the department please let us know. We are always looking for emergency personnel as well as individuals that may not want to fight fires or respond to medical emergencies. If you have the time to help we will find a spot for you.
William Lundy II