The Perry Twp Fire Dept will be debuting our new Fire Safety Smoke House, Saturday April 13th at 11am. We will have it set up at the site of our future fire station, witch is located at 4801 Broadway ave. This site also contains the baseball fields known as Kuester Field, which we lease to West Side Independent League teams for $1.00 a year. They will be having opening day ceremonies at this time as well.
This safety house is a blow up house that is used to teach children fire safety. It allows children to be in a safe setting, using theater smoke (fog machine smoke), to give them a real world feel to exiting a smoke filled house.
Also, several of our members have built a unit used to safely dismantle METH labs. They will have this unit, the NUL Unit, on display as well. http://www.nulunit.com/
Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office News Release:
At approximately 10:00 a.m. today, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the University of Southern Indiana campus for a person found unresponsive inside a vehicle. The car was parked near the Health Professions Building on the west end of campus.
When responding deputies arrived, they found USI security personnel along with firemen from Perry Township Fire Department rendering aid to the person in the vehicle. The individual later identified as Adrien Mowery, was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner's office.
An autopsy was performed at the Vanderburgh County Coroner's Office. The nature of death was ruled to be natural (heart condition). No foul play is suspected.
Mr. Mowery was a student at USI.
Adrien J. Mowery, Age 20 of Evansville
Photo Credit: Kent Parrish
I was asked to share this thank you to the community from the Perry Township Fire Dept and I am more than glad to do it. We report a lot of bad things here on EvansvilleWatch, but in this case the good in people is highlighted! Perry Township Fire Department was dispatched to a residential house fire on Trillium Way on Wednesday afternoon, July 4th. The air temperature was 103F and the heat index was 106F at the time they were sent. When they arrived, flames were shooting from the roof of the residence. This call turned into a 3-alarm fire with multiple agencies responding to assist Perry Township firefighters. The neighborhood and community surrounding the fire scene stepped up to assist firefighters in the extreme heat and humidity. Their efforts did not go unnoticed. Here is the thank-you from Lt. Chris Gibson with Perry Township Fire Department.
A thank you to the westside community from the Perry Township Fire Department:
Perry Twp Fire Dept greatly appreciated all the help from the westside community during yesterday's fire. The community raised the bar and endured the heat to provide firefighters with water, Gatorade, chilled towels, ice and countless other things. The news reported one firefighter did go to the hospital because of heat exhaustion, but there is no telling how many others were kept out of the hospital because of the help. They gave us yet another reason to call the people of Perry Township our heroes.
The EvansvilleWatch team was invited to take a tour of the Perry Township Fire Department. We gladly accepted their invitation and visited the station on Williams Road in western Vanderburgh County on Sunday afternoon. As you know, a big part of what we do at EW is reporting local incidents as they happen, fire dispatches included. Perry Township Fire Department Lieutenant Chris Gibson is an EW fan and thought it would be a good learning experience for the EW team to see their apparatus, visit some of the crew and watch a couple demonstrations. This tour was the deluxe package and it did not disappoint at all!
The firefighters took us around each truck they have at their station, explained what each vehicle does and let us handle a lot of the equipment they use. The first thing I discovered is you must be in great shape to be a firefighter. Much of the equipment is rather heavy and combined with the bulky gear they wear...well, heavier out of shape guys like me would either get in shape fast or die. LOL
The first demonstration showed how firefighters make entry into a burning structure to rescue someone trapped inside. The firefighters showed us how much force it takes to just break into a locked structure. After entry, they crawled under the imaginary smoke or as low to the floor as possible to safely conduct the search. Once they located the dummy (victim), the 2 firefighters demonstrated how they rescue an unconscious victim and bring them to safety. They did all of this in their full turn-out gear with breathing apparatus on. By the time they were halfway done with the demo you could really hear them breathing hard and sucking in the air through the tanks on their backs. And these guys are in shape! There is a lot of honor and respect out there for firefighters already, but I guarantee you after seeing them in action, even in a demo, your respect for what they do will double. Not only is the physical aspect of the job demanding, but it is important to note the mental aspect of the profession also. We learned the training is never ending and the science of fighting fires is ever evolving with technology.
Another demonstration showed how firefighters climb onto the roof of a structure to ventilate a fire. Using a chainsaw, they make a 4' x 4' hole (2' x 2' for our demo) in the roof to give the dangerous dangerous smoke and toxic air built up inside the burning structure an opening to escape. This makes the interior environment safer for the fire crews battling the blaze and also protects them from the dangers of the dreaded backdraft.
Our group also included a few kids and the Perry Township crew took time to explain fire safety to them. Firefighters look scary and intimidating to kids in all their gear. They told them to never be afraid if they are in a fire, need rescue and see a firefighter. With the fire already scaring them, many kids attempt to hide from it. The appearance of firefighter with all this gear on can add to that fear. They taught them to come to the firefighter, put their arms out and hug them tightly for the rescue. This was very valuable lesson if, God forbid, they are ever faced with a fire in their homes.
Your family, group or organization can also get the same tour and learn the same life-saving lessons we all did. Simply contact Chris on his personal Facebook account (Christopher Gibson) and he will get you set up for the free tour. Perry Township Fire Department also offers first aid and CPR training. There is a charge for these courses, but the cost is minimal. It covers the cost of training materials only and the fire department doesn't make anything off them. If you need first aid and/or CPR training, be sure to contact Chris and the Perry Township Fire Department family. They are more than willing to help you out!
Finally, I want to thank Chris and the entire Perry Township crew for having us out to visit and for the tour. This was an experience that we will never forget. As I mentioned above, we all had a lot of respect for firefighters and all they do before the tour. After watching the demos and taking the tour, that respect has doubled. It takes hard work and constant training to be a firefighter. God bless this dedicated group of men and women. The are trained to walk into situations you and I run from.
P.S. These are only 2 of the many pictures taken from our visit. Go to the 'PICTURES' page on this site to see more!