The largest division within the Fishers Fire Department is the Operations Division, which is responsible for emergency medical services, fire suppression, mitigation of disasters, and rescue activities. Highly specialized units within this division include the Hazardous Materials Response Team, Dive Rescue Team, and Technical Rescue Team.
The Operations Division is comprised of three shifts, or battalions. Each shift is led by a battalion chief who oversees approximately 38 firefighters for each 24-hour shift rotation. battalion chiefs manage all emergency and administrative activities of shift personnel.
Fishers firefighters do much more than fight fires. They provide a wide variety of services within our community such as:
- Emergency medical services, including advanced life support
- Perform non-emergency calls for service
- Fire prevention and investigation
- Fire suppression and rescue services
- Urban search and rescue
- Water rescue and recovery
- Confined space and technical rescue
- Public education
Since the early 1990s, the Fishers Fire Department has provided subsurface water rescue and recovery along with swift water rescue, flood response, ice rescue, and boat operations to the citizens and visitors of the Fishers community.
Our response area covers more than 300 neighborhood and golf course ponds, a recreational lake that covers 62 acres, and Geist Reservoir, covering 1,800 acres and about 16 miles of shoreline. Geist is consistently one of the top five busiest lakes in the state and home to several thousand boaters. In navigable rivers, we cover approximately 9 ½ miles between two rivers that are frequented by kayakers, anglers, and small craft boaters.
Our team includes 24 divers, 18 swift-water techs, and approximately 60 personnel who are trained to the NFPA operations and/or technicians level in all aspects of water rescue.
Rescue Task Force
Special rescue services include rope, confined space, trench collapse, and structural collapse rescue. There are only eight trained and equipped special rescue teams in the state of Indiana, with the closest special rescue team to Fishers 40 minutes away. Delivering these services requires 20 to 30 highly trained personnel and specialized equipment, making around the clock service delivery extremely difficult for one department.
In order to provide these services effectively and responsibly, the Fishers Fire Department has partnered with other fire departments in Hamilton County, forming one rescue team known as the Hamilton County Technical Rescue Team (HCTRT).
Partnering allows municipalities to share personnel and equipment assets which results in fiscal responsibility without duplication of resources for training and response.
Providing and maintaining special rescue service training and response encompasses resources not normally carried by a fire department. Fishers Departments of Public Works, Waste Water Treatment, and Development provide equipment, facilities, and industry knowledge to help support rescue services. Examples of this help include sites and props for training, back-hoes, vacuum trucks, compressors, and engineers.
Local industry leaders have assisted the Fishers Rescue Task Force by providing donations, training props, sites, and equipment to help maintain a high level of preparedness. Partnerships with Builders Concrete, Bowen Engineering, Sunbelt Rentals, and Irving Materials are long standing.