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The city's newest fire engine has arrived! Once fully equipped, the truck will be located at Fire Station 15 and will make 600 to 800 runs a year. The engine will be named for deceased firefighter David Hooker, Sr.
Last year marked the 200th Anniversary for the City of Evansville. This year the Evansville Fire Department is proudly celebrating 125 years of service to the community and its citizens. EFD is celebrating their anniversary by “serving” some young citizens in a different way, serving them with lunch that is.
On Wednesday March 27th, EFD provided and served lunch to the Boys & Girls Club of Evansville (BGC), located at 700 Bellemeade Avenue. Since this is Spring Break and the kids are out of school, the Boys & Girls Club is providing additional fellowship and activities for “their kids” during this time. Providing a nutritious lunch was just an obvious choice.
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An accident with injuries was reported at 10:25 a.m. today at the viaduct on Virginia St. 2 people were trapped inside the vehicle which was on its side. Evansville fire crews worked about 20 minutes to free both from the wreckage. I do not have specific information on this incident, but I do have a video from the scene to share with you. This video was posted on our Facebook page by Lajeanna Neaveill. Follow up with your favorite local media source later today for the details.
*UPDATE: Evansville Police have arrested 40 year old Donald Ray Hutchison on several charges stemming from a trailer fire at 1913 Rhode Island Dr on February 27th. Officers were at the address for a standby for property run when Hutchison set the trailer on fire. Officer Josh Doane and Officer Zach Dickason entered the burning trailer and removed Hutchison after a struggle. Hutchison was arrested and charged with Arson, Criminal Recklessness, and Resisting Law Enforcement.
*ORIGINAL POST: Two Evansville Police Officers were assaulted while trying to remove a man from his burning trailer this afternoon (Weds. 02/27). The man’s identity is not being released at this time because he has not been charged with a crime at the time of this release.
Officers were dispatched to 1913 Rhode Island to do a standby while a female removed some belongings. After the officers exited the trailer, the man locked the door.
When the officers were outside, the female told them the man had put lighter fluid on the couch and she was worried he might try to hurt himself. The officers then tried to talk to him again to make sure he was not going to harm himself. When the officers got to the front door, they saw smoke in the trailer. He would not come to the door so the officers were forced to kick the door in to get in. When the officers entered the trailer, they saw several fires in the front room. The man had gone to a back room and was found lying on the floor.
When the officers tried to remove him from the burning trailer, he began assaulting them. The officers were able to get him under control despite his resistance and the growing fire around them.
The officers were able to get him out of the trailer safely. The man was treated at the scene for injuries he received during the struggle. One of the officers was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.
Any charges will be determined pending a mental health evaluation.
SOURCE: Evansville Police Department - Nixle
OFFICER ZACH DICKASON
OFFICER JOSH DOANE
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From the Evansville Fire Department - January 8, 2013:
This morning the Evansville Fire Department responded to an apartment fire at 4985 E. Sycamore Street on Evansville’s eastside. The apartment is 1 of 4 units contained within the building. The fire damage was contained to one apartment while the apartment below had very minor water damage. The other 2 apartments in the structure had very little, if any, damage. The first fire units on scene arrived quickly and contained the fire to the utility closet. Fire Investigator Jennifer Hunt determined the fire cause to be accidental due to combustible materials being too close to the burner area of the furnace.
District Chief Greg Main called for a 2nd Alarm because it was an apartment complex. As soon as the fire was reported extinguished, the extra personnel and equipment were returned to their stations.
The couple who lived in the apartment was home at the time of the fire and got out without injury. Fairmont Apartments has offered the couple another apartment until the damage can be repaired.
Many times the community only gets to see members of Public Safety when they are responding to an emergency. The Evansville Fire Department and other Public Safety agencies want to showcase their equipment and services without the dangers and the situation of an actual emergency.
On Sunday October 21st, from noon to 4PM, many of Evansville’s Public Safety providers will have demonstrations and displays so the community can see how well these agencies are prepared when the need arises.
The Evansville Fire Department will include displays on Firefighting, Fire Prevention, Investigation, Disaster Preparedness, Vehicle Extrication, Hazmat, Dive Rescue, Rope Rescue and Confined Space Rescue.
Other agencies also participating in the Fair; Evansville Police Department, Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana State Police, EMA, AMR, Deaconess Hospital, Red Cross, Safe Kids of Vanderburgh/Warrick Counties, the Mayor’s No Meth Task Force and Ohio Valley Search and Rescue.
There will be a Kids Combat Challenge Course set up to inspire our next generation of Firefighters. Car Seat Safety and Don’t Talk/Text & Drive information will be available. Come watch Mayor Winnecke and Police Chief Bolin wash a Fire Truck to “payoff” on the 2012 Guns & Hoses wager.
Food and beverages will be served by Firefighter’s Local 357. The Fair will be at EFD’s Administration Building, 550 SE 8th Street.
Synopsis: A working fire was reported at Grandview Towers - 1000 Fulton Parkway at 5:43pm Sunday evening. A second alarm was called by the Evansville Fire Department command at 5:46pm. EFD units arriving reported heavy smoke coming from top of this multi-story residential structure. Firefighters immediately began evacuating residents, including 2 people that were trapped in an elevator between the first and second floors. Crews found the fire in a first floor apartment and told dispatch a "victim"was discovered in the bedroom of that apartment. The coroner was requested by command. Multiple residents reportedly suffered smoke inhalation and several ambulances were called to the scene. In addition, 3 wheelchair vans from Comaier Services and 6 buses from METS were sent assist transporting residents as needed.
The Red Cross was called to help those displaced by the fire and they have set up a shelter at their headquarters on Stockwell Rd. The entire building will be shut down at least for the night.
Firefighters told command the fire was knocked down at 6:03pm. Crews continued evacuating and assisting residents until about 8:30pm when command said all residents were accounted for. Animal Control and the Vanderburgh County Humane Society were called in for the residents' pets.
Update: The coroner has released the name of the person who died in this fire. The victim has been identified as 66 year-old Gwendolyn Hunt. An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.
Photos: Pictures from the fire scene have been sent to us from several of our followers. We thank you for sharing them with us. Here are a few of the photos (click photo for larger image):
Released by District Chief Dan Grimm
Public Information Officer
June 25, 2012
RE: Miller & Miller Funeral Home Fire
Fire Investigator Steve Jordan has not finished his preliminary report and says it could be up to a week but stated the fire is still “under investigation”. Jordan spent most of Sunday morning and early afternoon examining the building’s fire damage and its contents from the Saturday night blaze.
Due to public safety concerns, an emergency raze order was requested from Building Commissioner Ben Miller and the severely damaged structure was torn down Sunday afternoon.
Nine EFD fire companies, including over 30 Firefighters, responded to the commercial blaze that was dispatched at 10:22 PM late Saturday night. Firefighters were on-scene for more than 6 hours.
Picture by Mike Fetscher
Picture by Curtis McNeely