How much do you know about the local volunteer fire department that serves you?
Local fire departments usually aren't top of mind, unless you're a volunteer firefighter. But yet they're there when you need them. Do you know who serves your area, or how volunteer fire departments are organized.
There's a simple way to find out on the Web. Visit the official site for the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association. Once there, there's lots of helpful information, including a locator for volunteer fire departments in your county.
For example, suppose you live in Greene County. Click on it and you'll find 13 volunteer fire departments in the County. Click on one and you'll see its location and the area it serves.
Indiana is organized into 25 districts. If you live in St. Joseph or Elkhart County, you're in District 4. If you click on District 4, 27 fire departments come up. From Baugo Township to Bristol Fire Department, each of these serves an area within one of the two counties.
If you click on photo gallery at the site, you can see pictures of events, such as fish fries or other events, posted by local fire departments. For example, the Sandborn volunteer fire department currently has a number of photos in the photo gallery showing people involved in events that are connected to the fire department.
Since fire departments are regulated under Indiana law, there's a section on legislative action. During the session you can watch action on bills related to volunteer fire departments.
Under Frank O'Bannon's administration a few years ago, the law was updated concerning blue lights. Who can display a blue light and who can't is highly regulated under the law. It's a protection both for volunteer fire department and for the public, so the public knows who they can trust. There are stiff penalties for violating the law and displaying a blue light if you're not authorized to do so.