(JUDAH) – Marshall Township Volunteer Fire Department has installed a new fire chief. Jason Lewis, who has 29 years experience as a firefighter and more than 20 years as a career firefighter will lead the department.
Firefighters are currently working to get things back in working order as the department will be replacing two fire apparatus for safety reasons. The department will also be making sure the department other equipment will pass routine inspections. This equipment includes fire hoses and pump testing on its fire apparatus.
Marshall Township Fire Department responds to more than 300-350 calls a year, which averages to at least one call a day. Most of those calls are for medical emergencies. The department has seven active members.
During the Judah Festival, they encourage residents to stop by their booth and say hello. Anyone interested in being a member can find out the department process for applying and training requirements needed to become a firefighter. If you have a skill or other resource that will be beneficial to the department they will gladly accept your assistance.
The Marshall Township Fire Department and Marshall Township Trustee and Board met to outline the needs of the department. Township officials consider the fire department a top priority.
“We had a meeting and the township has worked well with us. Our relationship is very good and will be working together to get things back in order,” said Jason Lewis, Fire Chief Marshall Township.
“We have a core of hardworking firefighters who have been at the fire station almost every day working on the fire station. Working on trucks and Steve Louden have worked every day getting our paperwork and reports to the state completed, ” Lewis added.
“We want to thank the neighboring fire departments, Oolitic, Perry, Pleasant Run and Bedford Fire Department for helping us out,” Lewis continued.
The Marshall Township is supported by the Township Firefighting Fund as well as Fire Cumulative Fire and Equipment fund. The department is accepting donations at 75 Fire Barn Lane, Bedford, Indiana. The donations will help with some current and future projects that are underway.
A new brush rig will arrive at the department in time for the Judah Parade on Saturday.