Marion Township Fire Department Ready to Help Disabled and Elderly

(MITCHELL) – During this unprecedented time with the COVID-19 pandemic, Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department members understand that the lockdown is hard on everyone but it’s especially hard on a specific portion of our population.

One of the Marion Twp. vehicles

If an elderly or disabled person is in need of food, medication, or other vitally important items, they can call the Lawrence County COVID-19 hotline at 812-545-0008.

The caller will pass along their information to Lawrence County EMA who will coordinate with Marion VFD to get the items to them.

“Deliveries will be made in a fire department vehicle and volunteers will have an identification tag with their picture and information on it so that they can be positively identified,” says Marion VFD Chief Paul Gillespie. “Please have the firefighters show their ID with their picture before opening your door. This will assure residents it is not a scammer showing up at their door. “

Firefighters will not enter your homes unless there is a medical emergency.

Firefighters will be handling the items wearing medical gloves throughout pick up to delivery to keep human contact to a minimum. This will ensure the safety of firefighters and citizens.

Needed items will be left on the doorstep and the firefighters will alert the occupant of the delivery and step away from the door.

“During this difficult time we will do what we can when we can, where we can and for however long we can to ensure the safety of our citizens in need,” said Gillespie.