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  • Posey County residents asked to report storm damage to Indiana 211 - July 10, 2024
    Indiana 211 accepting damage reports for July 9 severe storms in Posey County

    Residents of Posey County are asked to contact Indiana 211 by calling 866-211-9966 to report severe storm damage from July 9, 2024.

    To help establish a comprehensive assessment of damage, residents can call 866-211-9966 or visit the Indiana 211 website. Collecting assessments via this process will help IDHS determine damage estimates and develop the next course of action in the disaster recovery process.

    Currently, only residents in Posey County should utilize Indiana 211 for July 9, 2024, damage reports. Other counties should reach out to their local emergency manager.

    Agricultural damage should be reported to the Purdue Extension.

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    Media Contact:
    IDHS Office of Public Affairs
    pio@dhs.in.gov
    317-234-6713

  • Gov. Holcomb, IDHS announce 2nd round of firefighter training locations - June 18, 2024

    Partner Press Release

    The Hub-and-Spoke training initiative has funded nine locations from the $17.7 million allocated by Gov. Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda

    WABASH—Governor Eric J. Holcomb today joined the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to announce the continued expansion of state-sponsored firefighter training locations designed to eliminate “training deserts” across Indiana.

    During a dedication ceremony of a newly built training site in Wabash, Gov. Holcomb also announced the next five locations set to receive training towers equipped with live-burn capabilities. Those next sites include Washington Township (Daviess County), Chrisney (Spencer County), Hartford City (Blackford County), Rushville (Rush County) and Paoli (Orange County).

    “Every Hoosier community relies on and deserves a strong public safety presence,” Gov. Holcomb said. “For years, gaps have challenged and stretched Indiana’s fire service across the state. Now, with this new program, we have the opportunity to properly support all those firefighters who sacrifice so much for each and every one of us every day.”

    Wabash is one of four Phase I locations announced in 2023 as the result of $17.7 million in state funding approved by the Indiana General Assembly. The other Phase I locations included Corydon, Linton and Rensselaer, all of which will be fully operational this summer. $10 million of those funds were earmarked for new personal protection equipment for volunteer firefighters, leaving $7.7 million for training site construction.

    In total, the Hub-and-Spoke training initiative has funded nine training locations, all managed by the central location at the Indiana Fire and Public Safety Academy in Plainfield.

    “What we’re doing has never been done in the state of Indiana,” said Indiana Fire Marshal Steve Jones. “The majority of Indiana fire departments are made up of volunteers who are unable to travel far to receive the proper training. This plan tells them we care about the quality of training available to them, and we’re committed to making it more accessible.”

    In addition to training, many volunteer departments have been receiving personal protective equipment in recent weeks, sometimes replacing gear that was handed down from another department and could be more than a decade old. The $10 million investment will fund 940 complete PPE sets for 66 departments across Indiana.

    Following the construction of the nine designated training locations, Jones and the Indiana Fire and Public Safety Academy will evaluate any remaining funding for opportunities to expand existing training sites and leverage those resources for even more training access.

    More information about the Hub-and-Spoke initiative can be found on the IDHS website.

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    Media Contact:
    Erin Murphy
    Office of Governor Eric J. Holcomb
    emurphy2@gov.in.gov
    317-618-7635

Press Release Spotlight

New IDHS structure elevates EMS to division

IDHS has designated EMS as one of the five core divisions of the agency. For more than a decade, EMS has existed as a section under Fire and Building Services, administered by the Indiana State Fire Marshal. Learn more in the Sept. 13 press release below.

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Press Release Spotlight

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New IDHS Structure Elevates EMS to Division

IDHS has designated EMS as one of the five core divisions of the agency. For more than a decade, EMS has existed as a section under Fire and Building Services, administered by the Indiana State Fire Marshal. Learn more in the Sept. 13 press release below.

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