Whiting Fire Department
The Whiting Fire Department is committed to meeting the needs of our community and delivering the highest level of life and property protection. We will achieve this by providing uncompromised customer service in an atmosphere that encourages innovation and professional development.
The Whiting Fire Department is committed to
providing superior levels of quality service that exceed
the public's expectations for timely and effective
delivery of fire prevention, fire control, emergency
medical treatment, and public education.
Quality will be evaluated on how well we maintain
excellence in customer satisfaction, meet the need of
our people, achieve organization goals, and create a
service climate that would continuously reinforce and
promote excellence in all line and support functions.
Being a professional on the Whiting Fire Department
means doing the "whole job." Doing the "whole job"
includes focusing on the extra interpersonal dimensions
and sensitivities of empathy, concern, care and
Gus Danielides - Fire Chief
Paul Kuss - EMS Coordinator
1916 Schrage Avenue
Whiting, Indiana 46394
The chief administrator and the person responsible for
the day to day operations of our fire department and ambulance service is Gus
Danielides, Fire Chief;
Whiting Fire Department; 1916 Schrage Avenue; Whiting,
IN. 46394, phone 219 659 1069.
The department is regulated by the Whiting Fire
Department Merit commission that meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Meetings
are held at the Whiting Fire Department. The merit commission is expressly
established for the purpose of promulgating rules and regulations for hiring,
promoting and disciplining members of the fire department. The members that
presently serve on the board are Tom Michniewicz and Debra Gazda.
The department consists of 16 members: 1 Fire Chief,
2 Captains, 3 Lieutenants,
5 Engineers, 4 pipe men, and EMS coordinator, Paul Kuss. It is staffed by 3 shifts with each shift working 24 hours on duty and 48 hours off duty.
The department also utilizes On Call personnel during
periods of short staffing. Most of the members of the department have been certified by the state in one or more of the following:
First Class Firefighter
Second Class Firefighter
Fire Officer 1
The Fire apparatus consists of:
2004 Chevy Tahoe Emergency Operations Vehicle
2003 Pierce Aerial Platform
1988 FMC Pumper
2003 Ford Ambulance
2010 Chevy Ambulance
1989 Chevy Support Vehicle
St. Catherine Hospital is our supervising Hospital and has been certified as a Supervising Hospital by the State of Indiana Emergency Medical Services Commission. Initial training is received at The Methodist Hospital, a state certified training institution.
EMS ambulances and response vehicles are certified by the State of Indiana EMS commission:
Our newest ambulance is a 2010 Chevy 4500
Duramax by Excellance Inc. Type III and carries all the
required medical supplies and equipment and has been assigned the numbers of 0420 by the Indiana EMS Commission. The second ambulance is a 1999 E450 Superduty by Excellance
Inc. Type III ambulance and it also carries all the
required medical supplies and equipment and has been
assigned the numbers of 0231 by the Indiana EMS Commission (Note: Type 3 means that it has a pass-thru between the driver's area and the patient compartment.). A FMC Fire engine pumper manufactured in 1988
and a 2004 Chevy Tahoe Emergency Operations vehicle are certified non-transport EMS vehicle and carries basic supplies including an automatic defibrillator.
The area normally covered by our ambulance and
fire service is approximately 3.7 square miles. The city
of Whiting is bounded by the city of Hammond on the west
side, Lake Michigan on the north side, and the city of
East Chicago on the south and east side. The City of
Whiting has a mutual aid agreement with 23 cities in
Lake County, Indiana. These mutual aid ambulance services can be called to assist our ambulance and fire service should the need arise.
The Whiting Fire Department is staffed by three
shifts. All Firefighters are EMT’s and are dedicated to
be available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
While on duty at the station, Firefighters are
continuing their education in all areas of EMS and
Firematic Incidents. All Firefighters are trained in CPR
and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
All ambulance reports are reviewed using our audit and
The reviews are performed by EMT’s working on the
following shift who were not involved in the initial
EMTs on duty are required to participate in the audit
and review process.
These EMT’s check the report with the aid of a
check list to ensure that the report writer followed all
proper EMS protocols
and fully completed all sections required in the report. Any discovered
inconsistencies or omissions are directly reviewed by
our EMS training
officer who then discusses these errors with the EMT who
wrote the report. Any issues identified as general in
nature are cause for that issue to be a subject of the
next scheduled EMT in-service training.
Fire and ambulance report data is sent to the State of
Indiana EMS Commission and the State Fire Marshal office
on a monthly basis.
EMS continuing education procedures:
The person responsible for our in-service training is Paul Kuss. Mr. Kuss is a state certified EMT primary instructor and is affiliated with the Methodist Hospital of Gary, Indiana. The schedule of EMT in-service is posted at the Whiting Fire Department. The schedule is posted at the beginning of the year for the entire year and lists dates, topics and the nature of the class. Firefighter, EMTs work once every three days, consequently the same class is presented three days in succession to enable all to attend while on duty. Other EMTs in the area are encouraged to attend these sessions.
and maintenance procedures:
The City of
Whiting Fire Department
personnel perform daily function checks of first
The assigned driver uses a check sheet to safety
check the vehicle and the assigned patient attendant
checks and inventories the medical equipment at the
beginning of each shift and after each use.
Assigned duties include simple preventative
maintenance and small repairs such as light bulb
replacement. Additional maintenance and repair is performed by
the City Mechanic.
Specialized repair and maintenance is contracted
out to one of two fire equipment repair shops which
employ IAE and ESV certified mechanics.
Safety Day – Every year in mid-June the Whiting Fire
Department and Whiting Police Department host Safety
Day. This event is open to the Public and is a great way
to educate adults and children on safety with
demonstrations of different aspects of the Fire and
Fire Prevention Week – Every year in early October the
Whiting Fire Department and Nathan Hale School organize
tours of the fire station for children in Pre-k thru
First Grade. Every year the NFPA (National Fire
Protection Association) focuses on a specific campaign
so children can learn different aspects of fire safety.
For more information on these events, please contact the
Whiting Fire Department at 219-659-1069.