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The Indianapolis Fire Department will be holding a hiring process beginning Monday December 1st and will close on Saturday December 13th at 1300. The information is below and please read carefully, all timelines and qualifications are strictly enforced. If you have any questions please call the number below:
THE INDIANAPOLIS FIRE DEPARTMENT IS HIRING FIREFIGHTERS
REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION
Applicants must:?be at least 21 years of age and not have turned 36 of age
???have a high school diploma or GED
???have no felony convictions
???have a valid driver’s license
???be willing to reside in Marion County or a contiguous county
BENEFITS OF EMPLOYMENT
Insurance:?Life, dental and major medical plans available.
Pension:?Eligible for retirement after 20 years; eligible for benefits at age 52.
Vacation:?Paid vacation in second year of service. Kelly day every third week.
Training:?On-duty physical fitness training. 20 weeks of Fire Science and EMS
??training. State certification as an EMT.
HOW TO APPLY
Where:?IFD Headquarters, 2nd Floor, 555 N. New Jersey St.
The following went out as an IAFF Frontline News Alert. Many Departments have already gone through their procedures but all should. Even if it is only moderately likely, being unprepared could prove disastrous.
Safety Stand Down for Ebola Preparedness The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history and has spread to multiple countries in West Africa. The first confirmed case in North America was recently reported in Dallas, Texas, where the 9-1-1 system was used to treat and transport the patient to the hospital. The patient has since died. The ambulance crew - all members of Dallas, TX Local 58 - have been taken off duty with pay and are under continuous medical observation at their homes.
It is highly likely that more individuals infected with Ebola will seek assistance from emergency response personnel as the disease spreads. The IAFF is urging every affiliate to conduct a "safety stand down" with their employer and review all infectious exposure policies, procedures and guidelines. You should assess your department's preparedness for responding to and caring for patients with possible symptoms of the Ebola virus and whether you have the equipment and training needed for safely responding to worst-case scenarios in potential Ebola exposures should this virus spread in the United States and Canada. All policies, procedures and guidelines should at a minimum address the following: • Use standard precautions, including fluid resistant and or impermeable long-sleeved gowns, single or double gloves, eye protections, leg coverings, and disposable shoe covers. The IAFF recommends N95 respirators for all patients with respiratory symptoms.
• If there is a potential exposure, or the crew thinks they have been affected, DO NOT return to the firehouse. After transport, remove the unit from service while at the hospital. If an engine and EMS unit both respond, they should stay together throughout the call to keep other fire fighters from potential contamination. Exposure reporting should be activated from the hospital or while in route to the hospital with the patient.
• Establish follow-up and reporting measures after caring for a suspected or confirmed Ebola patient.
• Develop policies for monitoring and management of EMS personnel potentially exposed to Ebola. Policies should be flexible in terms of the amount of time required for monitoring and potential isolation of exposed personnel.
• Establish sick leave policies for personnel that are non-punitive, flexible and consistent with public health guidance.
• Ensure that all personnel, including staff who are not directly employed to provide patient care but provide essential daily services, are also aware of the sick leave policies.
• Ensure that fire and EMS personnel exposed to blood, bodily fluid, secretions or excretions from a patient with a suspected or confirmed Ebola virus immediately: 1) Stop working and wash the affected skin surfaces with soap and water and irrigate with a large amount of water or eyewash solution. 2) Contact an occupational health supervisor for assessment and access to post-exposure management services. 3) Receive medical evaluation and follow-up care as appropriate. Medical evaluations should include fever monitoring twice daily throughout the Ebola incubation period, which is two to 21 days..
• Establish return-to-work protocols according to EMS agency policy and discussions with local, state and federal public health authorities.
• Fire and EMS personnel who develop sudden onset of fever, intense weakness or muscle pains, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pains or any other symptoms after an unprotected exposure should NOT report to work or, if at work, immediately stop working, isolate themselves, notify their supervisor (who should notify local and state health departments as appropriate), contact an occupational health supervisor for assessment and post-exposure management service and comply with work exclusions until they are considered no longer infectious to others.
• Identify a single occupational health representative for reporting exposures.
• Fit test all personnel for use of N95 masks and provide them, as well as appropriate eye protection. The transmission of the Ebola virus occurs through direct contact with blood and bodily fluids of an infected person. It can also be transmitted through exposure to objects that are contaminated by the bodily fluids, such as needles. Healthcare workers, including fire fighters and EMS personnel, are at the highest risk of becoming sick because they are exposed daily to many patients with common symptoms of Ebola and other infectious diseases.
The IAFF stresses the importance of consistently using standard precautions during every patient encounter and having the proper training and equipment to safely respond to and care for individuals exhibiting signs of Ebola.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides important guidance documents, most notably the Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients With Known or Suspected Ebloa Virus Disease and EMS Checklist for Ebola Preparedness. For more CDC infection control guidelines, click here:
The totals for the members of Local 416 in their 2014 Fill the Boot campaign are in. Thank you to all who helped make this year a success.
2014 Fill-the-Boot totals:
IFD District raised $28,359.13 Beech Grove District raised $4,423 Pike District raised $4,500
They will also be looking for 5-7 drivers for the downtown Lock-Up on Oct 23rd. The event is at the Skyline Club, 1000-1300. The cars we will drive during the event will be donated by the local Mercedes dealership. Please contact Jimmy Hodges if you are able to help. The Lock-Up is another way to help r...aise money for the research, treatment and services that MDA provides in our area.
***Below please see a press release regarding the litigation for health insurance.
Release to Members Of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 86 and Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Local 416,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 23, 2014
The Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 86 and the Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Local 416 are pleased to have resolved a dispute with the City of Indianapolis regarding public safety employee health insurance benefits. Through significant joint effort and collaboration, both sides have been able to come together to settle this matter in the best interests of the taxpayers and the men and women who serve this great City.
The City has agreed to honor the existing collective bargaining agreements and retain the insurance plan offerings and the HMO it had previously offered its employees through 2016. Yet through a phased in approach, the City will be able to propose and implement a fair transition towards consumer driven health insurance offerings in the future.
In short, the settlement with the City provides as follows: 1. In 2015, the city would retain the Advantage HMO plan, the Advantage CDHP and the Anthem CDHP. The 2015 plans would include the following provisions: 2. All members on a consumer driven high deductible plan would pay 10% of the total cost for 2015 and the city would pay 90% 3. All members on a HMO would pay 15% of the total cost for 2015 and the city would pay 85% 4. The City will make HSA Contributions for all members on a consumer driven high deductible plan for 2015: a. Single employees on a consumer driven high deductible plan will have $1,000 placed into their account at the first of the year b. Non-single employees on a consumer driven high deductible plan will have $2,000 placed into their account at the first of the year c. Both single and non-single employees will be able to earn the remaining $250 or $500 at the first of the year through a physical with biometric screening and a health risk assessment in the prior calendar year. Member who failed to obtain a physical in the previous calendar year can receive the same benefit following such an exam in the current calendar year. 5. The city will contribute HSA funds to those police and fire pre-65 retirees on the Advantage or Anthem CDHP, as determined by the FOP and Local 416’s respective RHIF committees. 6. The City will provide onsite clinics available to members on the consumer driven high deductible plans only. 7. Any member hired/starting on or after 1/1/15 will be automatically enrolled in the Anthem consumer driven high deductible plan. 8. During 2015 as the City negotiates health insurance plan design and cost adjustments for 2016, if the HMO plan increases by more than 8.0% from the immediately preceding year (after any plan design adjustment) the City has the right to eliminate the HMO and any other fully insured plan and move to a full consumer driven high deductible plan self-funded plan design. 9. In 2016, those members on a consumer driven high deductible plan would have the premium split changed from 90% employer and 10% employee to 87% employer and 13% employee. 10. In 2016, the premium split for HMO members will remain 85% employer and 15% employee. The ability of the City, FOP 86, and Local 416 to come together and solve this disagreement, prior to extensive litigation, demonstrates what the City and our organizations can accomplish when they work together. We hope that we can all continue to build from this mutual success and work together as we continue to serve and protect the citizens of Indianapolis.
William Owensby Mike Reeves President, FOP 86 President, Professional Firefighter Local 416
***Additionally, we have requested up-to-date premium costs from the City. As you recall our previous email indicated a significant increase for HSA premiums (over 100%) in 2015, this will not be the case now. We are expecting an approximate 4%-7% increase to current premiums for 2015. As soon as we have the corrected information we will forward it out.
If you have any questions feel free to call the Hall at 262-5161
Indy Library Adds Local Firefighting Photos to Digital Collection
Harold Adkinson (1906-1944) was a life-long resident of Indianapolis and a graduate of Arsenal Technical High School. He joined the Fire Department in 1934 and was eventually assigned to Station #12 on Sherman Drive.
On December 16, 1944, Adkinson was part of a crew on a routine test run of Engine #20. The vehicle apparently slid on some ice and ran into a car, overturning the engine. Chauffeur Hubert S. Toombs died at the scene and Adkinson, who was standing on the back step of the engine, was thrown from the vehicle. He died from his injuries five days later.
Mr. Adkinson's interest in the fire department extended to amassing a sizeable collection of photographs and other documents relating to the Indianapolis Fire Department. After his death, his family donated his collection of over 900 photos to the Indiana State Library. These historic photographs, dating from 1874-1939, include images of trucks and other vehicles, fire stations, group photos, fire scenes, and daily life.
new images come from the photo collection of early 20th century
Indianapolis firefighter Harold Brown Adkinson which resides at the Indiana
State Library. The Adkinson photos have been incorporated into the Library's
digital library of over 2,100 historic firefighting images that include local
African-American firefighters and scenes from such tragic events as the
Bowen-Merrill fire of 1890, the Coliseum explosion in 1963, and the Grant
building fire in 1973. Click HERE to view more photos.
You can purchase your copy of First In Last Out - A History of Firefighting Fire in Indianapolis on-line at WFYI's website for $20 plus shipping and handling. You can also pick up a copy at the Union Hall for $20.
The phoenix is a fabled bird in ancient mythology. It is said that the bird is consumed by fire and that it then arises from its ashes renewed. The dramatic rebirth of the phoenix from its own ashes has made it a symbol of immortality and spiritual rebirth. This mythical bird is represented on each firefighter's badge and on many firefighting emblems.
The layout of the memorial plaza begins at the main doors of the firehouse. Those doors are flanked by two complete stone columns. To the left of the doors is a series of stone columns similar to those standing at the firehouse. These columns differ, however, in that they are each broken and moving in a descending spiral. On the columns are carved the names of the individuals who gave their lives in service to their community. At the apex of the spiral is a raised platform set above the surrounding plane. From this platform bursts a new column in the process of being hewn from the living stone. Near the top of the column are abstract carvings of flames that evolve into a three dimensional representation of fire. The carving then transforms into the plumage of the rising mythical bird, the phoenix.
The Plaza area is lined with a Memorial Brick Walkway where you can immortalize your family, business, organization, society, fire station, department, etc. Your commemorative brick will be engraved with your inscription for years to come. The cost is only $50 for 2-lines or $55 for 3-lines; maximum 14 characters per line. All proceeds go the Firefighters Museum & Memorial. CLICK HERE to download your order-form
In 2008, Local 416 approached the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library to ask for advice in preserving the thousands of photographs, logbooks, and other artifacts that were slowly deteriorating in the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum. A partnership was formed between the Museum, IUPUI University Library, and IMCPL, with funding from CICF to digitize these items and make them available online to the public. To see the project, click here.