1 Hurt in House FirePosted By Jason Imel on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 13:22
Fire heavily damaged a home in the 1000 block of Brookdale Drive in New Haven on Thursday.
New Haven Adams Township Fire & EMS were called to the residence about 8:20 p.m. and saw heavy smoke and flames. Firefighters had the blaze under control in 40 minutes, according to the spokesman.
Three adults and three children escaped the blaze, with an adult male transported to St. Joe Hospital. No firefighters were injured.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Training Calender UpdatedPosted By Jason Hale on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 16:31
All members, be sure to check the calender for all the updated dates of trainings for the rest of the year. Please remember that all trainings are subject to change so please check back often and see if anything has changed. If you have any other questions, please see the training officers for either fire or ems.
Winter Fire SafetyPosted By John Bennett on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 15:02
According to NFPA, between 2006 and 2010, the leading factor contributing to
home heating fires was failure to properly clean creosote, an oily deposit that
easily catches fire, from solid-fueled heating equipment such as chimneys.
- Regular cleaning and annual inspections by a professional chimney sweep will
help keep a fireplace free from obstructions and creosote.
- Among fatal home heating fires, the leading factor contributing to the
ignition of the fires was heating equipment stationed too close to flammable
- Keep all flammable materials, such as draperies, blankets, clothing,
bedding, mattresses, upholstered furniture, etc. at least three feet away from
- Use only paper or kindling wood, not a flammable liquid, to start a fire.
- Use only dry, seasoned wood in a fireplace or wood stove to avoid the
buildup of creosote. Do not use artificial logs in wood stoves.
- If using a gas fireplace, ensure the fireplace vents properly and that there
is a functioning carbon monoxide detector in the room.
- Keep fire extinguishers on hand and know how to use them.
Space heater safety
- When buying a new space heater, make sure it carries the mark of an
independent testing laboratory and is legal for use in your community.
- Use the proper grade of fuel for your liquid-fueled space heater and never
use gasoline in any heater not approved for gasoline use.
- Refuel space heaters only in a well ventilated area and when the equipment
- Plug power cords only into outlets with sufficient capacity and never into
an extension cord.
- Turn off space heaters whenever the room they are in is unoccupied.
- Turn off space heaters when you go to bed each night to avoid knocking them
over in the dark.
Holiday and Christmas Tree Fire SafetyPosted By Daniel Basting on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 19:00
Holiday Cooking Fire Safety: Turkey Fryers
delicious deep-fried turkey has quickly grown in popularity but safety experts
are concerned that backyard chefs may be sacrificing fire safety for good
homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season.
Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire. Based
on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire
Administration (USFA), an estimated 240 home fires involving Christmas trees
and another 150 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative
lighting occur each year. Together, these fires result in 21 deaths and $25.2
million in direct property damage.
a few simple fire safety tips can keep electric lights, candles, and the ever
popular Christmas tree from creating a tragedy. Learn how to prevent a fire and
what to do in case a fire starts in your home. Make sure all exits are
accessible and not blocked by decorations or trees. Help ensure that you have a
fire safe holiday season.
traditional Christmas morning scene without a beautifully decorated tree? If
your household includes a natural tree in its festivities, take to heart the
sales person’s suggestion – “Keep the tree watered.”
trees account for hundreds of fires annually. Typically, shorts in electrical
lights or open flames from candles, lighters or matches start tree fires.
Well-watered trees are not a problem. A dry and neglected tree can be.
Selecting a Tree for
fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the
needles should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be
sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on
the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long and, has
probably dried out, and is a fire hazard.
Caring for Your Tree
place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The
heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame
or sparks. Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. Do not
put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep
the tree stand filled with water at all times.
Disposing of Your
tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood-burning stove. When the tree
becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is by
taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick-up
Your Holiday Lights
holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation,
broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them
up. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory.
Not Overload Electrical Outlets
link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe.
Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into
the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires – they should not be warm
to the touch.
Do not leave holiday lights on unattended!
Only Nonflammable Decorations
decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant and placed away from heat
vents. If you are using a metallic or artificial tree, make sure it is flame
that trees and other holiday decorations do not block an exit way. In the event
of a fire, time is of the essence. A blocked entry/exit way puts you and your
family at risk.
Put Wrapping Paper in the Fireplace
paper in the fireplace can result in a very large fire, throwing off dangerous
sparks and embers that may result in a chimney fire.
Using Lit Candles
using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like
You Do Use Lit Candles
candles are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be easily
knocked down. Keep candles at least 12 inches from anything that can burn.
Never leave a room or go to bed with candles burning.
Put Lit Candles on a Tree
Do not go
near a Christmas tree with an open flame – candles, lighters or matches.
As in every season, have working smoke alarms installed
on every level of your home, test them monthly and keep them clean and equipped
with fresh batteries at all times. Know when and how to call for help. And
remember to practice your home escape plan!
Honoring Chief William F. KinseyPosted By Daniel Basting on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 21:00
William F. Kinsey, 80, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he worked as a Business Owner with B and K Insurance for 23 years. He was a member of American Legion Post 47; Masonic Lodge, Mizpah Shrine Scottish Rite; and Washington Twp FD for 8 years, St. Joe Township FD for 43 years. He was a volunteer Fire Chief for 8 years and Chief Investigator 25 years; New Haven and Adam's Township Volunteer Fire Department; and Chief Fire Investigator. He was a founder and past President for 20 years for F.A.S.T; also a member of the Indiana Arson and Crime Association; International Association of Arson Investigators; Public Relations Director; 14 years of the Indiana Volunteer Fireman's Association and Treasurer for 4 years. . He was a Korean War Army Veteran. He enjoyed spending time with his boys helping with the Boy Scouts; attending Wild Cat and St. Joe Little League games; and was an avid bowler. He also enjoyed collecting Fireman memorabilia. Surviving are his wife, Marilyn Kinsey of Fort Wayne; son, W. Peter Kinsey, and Alan (Sara) Kinsey both of Fort Wayne; ; grandsons, Ryan W. Kinsey, and Dalton T. Kinsey; step-daughters, Jan Belknap of Orlando, FL, Sandra LaGasse of Port Charlotte, FL; step-sons, Mark (Sharon) Sexton of Melbourne, FL, Scott (Nancy) Sexton of Rye, CO; and several step-grandchildren. William was preceded in death by his parents, Wilford and Adeline L. Kinsey Sr., first wife, Jean Kinsey brother, Wilford E. Kinsey Jr. Service is 2 pm, Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at D. O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 2 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at the funeral home. Burial in Concordia Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the I.V.F.W. Scholarship Fund.
William F. Kinsey
Married Jean E. (Heaston) Kinsey May 5, 1951
Sons: Peter & Alan - Grandsons Ryan & Thorn
Resident of Allen County 1932 to present
Graduated FT. Wayne Central High School 1950-4 year Honor Roll
-National Honor Society - Varsity football letterman
Serve U.S. Army 1952-54
Semi-truck driver 10 years
Entered life & health insurance sales 1959 C L U Part I & II
Owned B & K Insurance Agency 1970 - 1993
Employed by T.R. Downey Ins. As Client Support instructor 1993-2000
Volunteer Firefighter Washington Twp-1948-50 St. Joseph Twp. 1956-1999
New Haven Adams Twp. 1999- present
Fire Chief St. Joseph Twp. 8 years Chief Fire Investigator 25 years
Founder Fire & Arson Specialized Team 1978 President 1978-1999
Certified Fire Investigator I.A.A.I
Master Firefighter Certified by State of Indiana: Arson Investigation, Tactics,
Aircraft Rescue, Instructor II-III
Appointed by Governor Orr to Commission on Firefighting Personnel Standards &
Education 1984 - Served as Chairman 1984-1992
Awarded Fire Marshal's Meritorious Service Award 1986
Awarded Governor's Meritorious Service Award 1989
Firefighter Ambassador to Eastern Europe I.A.F.C. People to People delegate 1989
Firefighter of the year: Optimist Club Respect for Law 1979
American Legion Post 47 1981 & 1984
American Legion District 4 - 1984
Allen County Fighters Assoc. 1980
St. Joseph Twp. Fire Dept. 1983
Midwest Award I.V.F.A. District 4 1996
Midwest Award I.V.F.A. District 6 1999
Sherlock Award by Mutual Insurance Co.'s Assoc. 1997
President's Award I.V.F.A. 1988
F.A.S.T award 1988 & 1998
Mr. I.V.F.A. 2000
I.V.F.A. Public Relations Director 1983-1997
I.V.F.A. Secretary - Treasurer 1998-2000
I.V.F.A. Life Member
Delegate National Volunteer Fire Council 1999-2000
Coordinator N.E. Indiana Fire Services Institute
Coordinator N.E. Indiana Chapter # 14 I.A.A.I.
Alumni National Fire Academy - Member American Legion Post 47 - Masons - Shrine
1980-84 - Board of Director Fort Wayne Fire Fighters Museum
Smoke Detectors, What you should knowPosted By John Bennett on Friday, June 01, 2012 at 12:08
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Learn About Smoke Alarms
Why should I have a working smoke alarm?
A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.
What types of smoke alarms are available?
There are many different brands of smoke alarms available on the market, but they fall under two basic types: ionization and photoelectric.
It cannot be stated definitively that one is better than the other in every fire situation that could arise in a residence. Because both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting distinctly different, yet potentially fatal fires, and because no one can predict what type of fire might start in a home, the USFA recommends that every residence and place where people sleep be equipped with:
- Both ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms, OR
- dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors
In addition to the basic types of alarms, there are alarms made to meet the needs of people with hearing disabilities. These alarms may use strobe lights that flash and/or vibrate to assist in alerting those who are unable to hear standard smoke alarms when they sound.
What powers a smoke alarm?
Smoke alarms are powered by battery or they are hardwired into the home’s electrical system. If the smoke alarm is powered by battery, it runs on either a disposable 9-volt battery or a non-replaceable 10-year lithium (“long-life”) battery. A backup battery is usually present on hardwired alarms and may need to be replaced.
These batteries must be tested on a regular basis and, in most cases, should be replaced at least once each year (except for lithium batteries). See the Smoke Alarm Maintenance section for more information.
Are smoke alarms expensive?
Smoke alarms are not expensive and are worth the lives they can help save. Ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms cost between $6 and $20. Dual sensor smoke alarms cost between $24 and $40.
Some fire departments offer reduced price, or even free, smoke alarms. Contact your local fire department’s non-emergency phone number for more information.
Install smoke alarms in key areas of your home
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Many fatal fires begin late at night or early in the morning, so the U.S. Fire Administration recommends installing smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms at the proper level will provide you with the earliest warning possible. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
Some fire departments will install battery-operated smoke alarms in your home at no cost. Contact your local fire department’s non-emergency phone number for more information.
Hardwired smoke alarms should be installed by a qualified electrician.
Smoke alarm maintenance
Is your smoke alarm still working? Smoke alarms must be maintained! A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all.
A smoke alarm only works when it is properly installed and maintained. Depending on how your smoke alarm is powered (9-volt, 10-year lithium, or hardwired), you’ll have to maintain it according to manufacturer’s instructions. General guidelines for smoke alarm maintenance:
Smoke alarm powered by a 9-volt battery
- Test the alarm monthly.
- Replace the batteries at least once per year.
- The entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.
Smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium (or “long life”) battery
- Test the alarm monthly.
- Since you cannot (and should not) replace the lithium battery, the entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Smoke alarm that is hardwired into the home’s electrical system
- Test the alarm monthly.
- The backup battery should be replaced at least once per year.
- The entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.
Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking
A smoke alarm is just doing its job when it sounds while you’re cooking or taking a shower with lots of steam.
- If a smoke alarm sounds while you’re cooking or taking a shower with lots of steam, do not remove the battery. You should:
- Open a window or door and press the “hush” button,
- Wave a towel at the alarm to clear the air, or
- Move the entire alarm several feet away from the location.
Disabling a smoke alarm or removing the battery can be a deadly mistake.
State-by-State Residential Smoke Alarm Requirements
The USFA compiled state-by-state residential guidelines for smoke alarms. Families can find life-saving fire safety tips required or suggested by their very own state. The guidelines include instructions on the installation and maintenance of smoke alarms. The tips will help families do their part to protect themselves and the firefighters who protect their lives!
The “State-by-State Residential Smoke Alarm Requirements” is available for download from the Campaign Materials page and is also available on the free Toolkit disc. (English only)
NREMT- AffiliatedPosted By EMS - Board on Saturday, March 03, 2012 at 05:00
New Haven EMS is now affiliated with the National Registry of EMT's, what this means is a more effective process for recording and reporting your in-service hours.
If you are a NREMT at any level, what you will need to do is go the the NREMT web site, join as a member (FREE), very easy process, takes only a few minutes, once you have done this, let Dave Bard know, the NREMT will be sending him (as training Captain) a approval request e-mail, with this approval request, the NREMT is asking the this person a member with New Haven EMS.
Then all you do is record your training, then when it comes time to recert, you just do it on line, then Dr. Dykstra and New Haven signs your in-service for electronic, then as Batman sorry not Cartman would say "Bing Bang Boom" your done.
Paramedic Mega-Codes, April 2012Posted By EMS Board on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 05:00
Paramedic Mega-Codes will be Sunday, April 15th. Time to still be set, keep watch for a sign-up sheet to be posted at the station
February EMS TrainingPosted By EMS Board on Wednesday, February 01, 2012 at 05:00
Training dates are Monday 20th starting at 9:00am or Tuesday 21st starting at 7:00pm or Wednesday 22nd starting at 7:00pm. Topic will be AHA CPR Healthcare Provider Recert
January EMS TrainingPosted By EMS Board on Sunday, January 01, 2012 at 05:00
Training for January 2012 will be Monday 16th @ 9:00 or Tuesday 17th @19:00 or Wednesday 18th @ 19:00. All sessions will be at Base 10
Reminder: EMT-A's and Paramedic's you must submit proff of advanced skill's
Fire Fundraising CommitteePosted By 39 on Friday, October 14, 2011 at 04:00
Anyone interested in serving on the fundraising committee should contact FF Jeff Schwartz at 740-2886 or email@example.com. The committee meets next on Sunday the 23 at 1500 hours at Base 40.
EMS TrainingPosted By Captain Bard on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 04:00
Remember all EMS Volunteers, You are responsible to receive one hour of inservice a month!
EMS Board e-mail addressPosted By EMS Board on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 04:00
With the goal of open communication, the EMS Volunteer Board has created a board e-mail account. The goal of this account is to allow a more open means of communication for all parties involved. Also all official department e-mails will be sent from this account, rather than the personal accounts of board members as done in the past
The e-mail address is “firstname.lastname@example.org”
New Website for Indiana Firefighter Training SystemPosted By 39 on Tuesday, September 06, 2011 at 04:00
The Indiana Firefighter Training System has launched it's new website with a wealth of information. You can access it at www.indianafiretraining.com. If you were previously registered on the site, you will need to re-register.
Check out the District 3 thumbnail and the upcoming classes in the area. http://www.indianafiretraining.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=15&Itemid=237
NFFF Golf OutingPosted By Chief Bennett on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 04:00
Golf outing raises money for fallen firefighters' families
Money for National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Updated: Friday, 12 Aug 2011, 6:53 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 12 Aug 2011, 7:58 AM EDT
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The first fundraiser of its kind in Indiana on Friday supported the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF).
There were 34 teams for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Golf Tournament, but the day was about much more than golf.
"The reason we're doing this, the reason the foundation exists, is for the brothers from Waterloo, the brothers from Muncie and every place else. To think that it doesn't happen here, you don't have to look very far," Ed Lytal, the EMS chief for New Haven/Adams Township Fire and EMS and the golf outing organizer, said.
Thanks to Wane TV for the great coverage
Posting information to this websitePosted By 39 on Monday, August 08, 2011 at 04:00
If you have anything that you'd like to see posted to this website, i.e. events, classes, information, etc. contact FF Kevin Hubbard by phone, text, or e-mail at 260-413-1603 or email@example.com. Also, the content must be approved by the Fire Chief.
Monthly Aduit & ReviewPosted By EMS Board on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 04:00
As we all know Dr. Dykstra has a Audit & Review once every quarter, that is on the second Sunday of the month at 5:00 pm right after the general body meeting.
Now the NEW ADDED Audit & Review's
Troy Ebert has offered to do a Audit & Review on the other months that Dr. Dykstra does not do his. Troy will do the Audit & Review on the Sunday that "A" Shift works at 7:00 pm. Now some will ask what day of the month is this, it will be up you to look on the calender and see what Sunday is a "A" shift. Also some might ask what if there are two "A" shifts in a month ? Troy will do the first Sunday of the month.
So there could be up to 24 hours of Audit & Review offered every year, there should be no reason why anyone will need to go to Chief Lytal and say "I do not have enough Audit & Review hours for my certification"
This education for Audit & Review has also been given to all members of the Fire Department
Hope this is as clear as mud and not to confusing
Monthly EMS TrainingPosted By EMS Board on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 04:00
The EMS Board, Chief Lytal and Captain Bard had a meeting to attempt to form a montly training program that would allow all members the oppertunity to attend.
The outcome of the meeting was, starting August the EMS will start having training in the same format as the Fire Department. What this means is that during the third week of the month there will be offered training at 3 different days and times. Training will be offered Monday's at 9:00 am. Tuesday at 19:00 pm and Wednesday at 19:00. All 3 sessions will be the same topic, however there could be a different instructor each day, you will need to attend only ONE session, not all 3 sessions.
It will be required that ALL members attend one of these training per month. If a member is unable to attend the monthly training, they will need to let a member of the borad know in writting. All the board members have provided their e-mail addresses.
As we all know the arena of pre-hospital care is changing and growing daily, to keep New Haven as a leader in pre-hospital care, training is a key element.
An open inventation to all members of the Fire Department has been made, this will be a good way to gain in-service hours needed to keep their certifications current.
Any questions please let any member of the board know.
EMS Training OpportunitiesPosted By Captain Bard on Friday, July 22, 2011 at 04:00
Due to incresed interest in EMS Education, There will now be at least four opportunities a month to receive training. Check with your station and Officers for more information!
Open Burning RegulationsPosted By 5 on Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 04:00
OPEN BURNING REGULATIONS
The following are regulations concerning Open Burning applicable within the City limits of New Haven (Ordinance G92-22) and outside city limits (IC 13-1-1 and IC 13-7-4) known as the Indiana Air Pollution Regulations.
1. Fires celebrating authorized school pep rallies.
2. Fires celebrating scouting activities
3. Camp fires
4. Residential burning in non-combustible containers
5. Farm burning, wood products derived from farming operations
Note – clearing operations are NOT considered farm burning.
The above exceptions are subject to the following restrictions;
1. Only wood products shall be burned
2. Fires shall be attended at all times until completely extinguished
3. If a fire creates an air pollution problem (excessive smoke), a fire hazard or a nuisance, they shall be extinguished.
4. All burning shall occur during daylight hours.
5. No burning shall be conducted during unfavorable conditions such as temperature inversions, high winds, air stagnations and dry conditions.
6. Locations of burning must NOT be less than fifty (50) feet from any structure or fifteen (15) feet from any structure if an approved container is used.
7. No burning is permitted in apartment complexes or mobile home parks.
8. No burning on any commercial or industrial property.
C. Products that are illegal to burn
1. Any petroleum products
2. Any rubber products
3. Use of flammable liquids to start a fire
4. Burning of copper wire
5. During construction or demolition of structures
6. NO GARBAGE, LEAVES OR GRASS
Reminder – The City of New Haven provides leaf pick-up, so there is no need to burn leaves
1. Open burning means the combustion of any matter in the open, or in an open dump where products of combustion are emitted into the open air without passing through a stack or chimney, or combustion occurs in a device other than an approved incinerator.
2. Approved container means a container that can withstand a temperature of 1500 degrees Fahrenheit with a mesh covering with openings no larger than ¼ inches square.
Note – typical 55 gallon barrels DO NOT meet this definition.
3. Products that are to be burnt must have originated on that premises.
1. Any violation of this ordinance is subject to a fifty ($50.00) dollar fine per occurrence.
1. Enforcement of this ordinance can be carried out by the New Haven Police Department, New Haven Adams Township Fire Department, New Haven Code Enforcement Department, Allen County Health Department, Allen County Sheriff’s Department and the Director of Allen County Environmental Management.
Special Note – Be aware of your neighbors, some have breathing difficulties, some are sensitive to smoke, some have clothes hanging on the line, windows open, BE COURTEOUS AND BE RESPONSIBLE.
For more information;
New Haven Police Dept……………………..748-7080
New Haven Adams Twp. Fire Dept…………493-7500
New Haven Code Enforcement……………...748- 7060
City of New Haven Fireworks OrdinancePosted By 29 on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 04:00
In accordance with New Haven City Ordinance G-07- 04
Consumer fireworks purchased from this site may only be used, ignited or discharged on the following dates and times;
June 29, 30, July 1, 2, 3, 5,6,7,8,& 9th...between the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 2 hours after sunset;
The day before Memorial Day, Memorial Day, July 4, day before Labor Day and Labor Day between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12 midnight and December 31 and January 1 until 1:00 a.m.
Fireworks may not be discharged at Parks, Playgrounds, School Property, Church Property, Public Street, Alley, Sidewalk or Parking Lots, without the express written consent of the owner.
Violation may result in a fine not to exceed $ 500. for each separate offense.