Porter Fire Chief
Jay Craig warned the community that there may be a scam afoot in Duneland
where an organization is soliciting donations under the guise of being a
volunteer fire department.
Craig said at
Tuesday’s Porter Town Council meeting that a resident contacted him after
getting rude phone calls from an organization claiming to support volunteer
Craig said he
contacted the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association to check that the
calls weren’t affiliated with them. IVFA said the calls could be a scam.
Whoever is behind it, the solicitations are not associated with the Porter
“That is not us. We
do not solicit through phone calls, emails, or anything like that,” Craig
said. “I don’t see any of that money. The Fire Department doesn’t see any of
Craig said IVFA
suggested any residents getting suspicious communications should report it
to the Indiana Attorney General’s office.
In other Fire
Department news, the Council approved entering a contract with AT&T for the
First Net program, where first responders can get special pricing on phones
that double as radios and gain access to a priority network to make
communication easier in major emergencies.
Craig said the
contract doesn’t commit the Town or the Fire Department to buying phones,
but enables individual firefighters to take advantage of the special rate
for first responders and buy the phones with their own money. In the event
of a major emergency, any Town employee who uses AT&T could also be added to
the priority network.
The Council also
approved an amendment to the 2019 salary ordinance to correct an error.
The Council passed
resolution 2019-01, which brings one of the Town’s funds into compliance
with a new state bookkeeping directive.
The MVH 203
fund--which was previously a donation line item--will now be a restricted
fund. The resolution approved the creation of a new fund, MVH 204, for
donations, and approved the transfer of remaining donation funds in MVH 203
to the new fund.