Shipshewana Fire Chief Update May 2020

Chad Miller

From the Desk of Fire Chief

Chad Miller, Fire Chief
Shipshewana Fire Department


Members of the Fire Department met with representatives of US Tank to finalize the specifications of the departments new 4,000 gallon tanker on March 25th .  This meeting was very intense with it lasting a total of 8 hours.  This is a normal meeting that takes place when purchasing a new custom built apparatus for the Fire Department.  If all goes according to schedule we should see the completed truck sometime in December of 2020.

The Patriot Series Elliptical Tanker, with its polypropylene elliptical tank and stainless steel wrap, offers a lower center of gravity for easier and safer handling in suburban and rural areas. The exclusive twin or dual overflows and containment baffles provide superior strength that exceeds NFPA and DOT requirements. The full containment baffling and vents also provide superior fill and dump performance.

Stainless Steel dump configuration options include side to rear in manual, electric or air-operated. Patriot elliptical tankers come standard with all the safety, performance and durability features departments require from a mobile water source. Our Tankers also deliver enhanced vehicle stability to improve safety and efficiencies.

April Activity

The month of April was one of the slowest months that the Fire Department has seen in sometime.  We responded to 23 total calls with the breakdown of those calls as follows:

9- Medical calls

8- Calls canceled

2-  Structure fires

1- Grass fire

1- Hazardous materials spill

1- Carbon monoxide call

1- False fire alarm