Of 710 total calls
last year to the Burns Harbor Fire Department, 503 were related to emergency
Effective Feb. 1,
Porter Regional Hospital took over first response in town for
advanced-life-support ambulance calls. Burns Harbor fire chief Bill Arney
said, “The ALS transition took place as smooth as possible. We still have
ALS in town.”
Arney told the Town
Council last week, “There’s still no contract. Right now we’re operating on
a gentlemen’s agreement” with Porter Hospital’s EMS. A contract is being
The Fire Department
operated its own ALS ambulance from November, 2012 to Feb. 1 on a trial
basis, but the service proved to be a financial drain on the town. Much of
the ALS cost was due to the required 24/7 paramedic staffing.
The Fire Department
kept its ALS ambulance, which firefighters now will use to provide basic
medical care; Arney said the surplus ALS equipment will be sold, preferably
to non-profit services.
The Porter Hospital
rig is operating out of the Burns Harbor fire station, so the department’s
spare 1996 ambulance has been moved out and is for sale.
Fire stats reported
In January, Arney
said the Fire Department had 36 calls spending 27 hours 36 minutes at
total calls, firefighters spent 431 hours 17 minutes at emergency scenes. In
addition to the EMS calls, firefighters responded to 73 motor vehicle
accidents and 72 times provided mutual aid to other jurisdictions, most of
them to Portage. There were 21 water rescues, eight vehicle fires, seven
structure fires and five wildland fires.
that in 2013 Monday was the busiest call-out day at 20 percent of the year’s
total calls followed by Thursday, Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and
firefighters trained a total 333 times for a combined 1,053 man hours spent
on instruction and on-duty station hours.
Police hire named
Town marshal Mike
Heckman introduced Tim Lucas, 34, who the council voted unanimously to hire
as a patrolman. Lucas currently serves as the police chief of New Chicago.
“Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Town of Burns Harbor,” he told
Lucas was welcomed
to the department, and it was noted he was one of the fastest applicants in
the physical agility portion of the testing.
that in January town police handled 220 incidents, 14 vehicle crashes, made
two misdemeanor arrests and handed out 14 verbal/written warnings.
Weibl and Jeff Freeze said bids still are being sought for a back-up
generator for the general maintenance/sanitary department building. The
Sanitary Board will cover a percentage of the cost.
Miller said specifications to upgrade the town website are being finalized
and it’s hoped they will go out for bid this month.