Our mission is : to provide our citizens with the highest level of protection from fire and disaster with professionalism and effectiveness. To provide the safest methods for our personnel by providing adequate equipment, training, and procedures. To safeguard the general economy and protect our community and always be prepared to handle any emergency. To educate our citizens to become a fire safe community. To make every effort prevent fires and disasters from occurring.
Our coverage area includes the City of New Haven, all unincorporated Adams Township and a contract area with a large portion of adjoining Jefferson Township. The total population served is approximately 30,000 residents. We have over 600 industrial and commercial business, 17 schools, two large railroad systems, numerous chemical distribution facilities. In addition we have 12 miles of the Maumee river, over 20 miles of Interstate I-469 as well as U.S. Highways 24 and 30 and State Road 14 that go thru our coverage area. We are located immediately east of the City of Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana. We have approximately 45 square miles of coverage area.
New Haven Adams Township Fire & EMS
We are a combination type fire and EMS department that includes nineteen (19) career staff and 80 part-time and volunteer staff. We have three (3) fire stations with a total of 21 pieces of equipment. As our name indicates, our department was consolidated from two departments in 1990, one being the City of New Haven with two fire stations, and the other being Adams Township also with two fire stations. Two stations were closed and one central station was built. This consolidation allowed us the opportunity to improve our services to the community. In 2003 with the support of the local community and the City we took a huge step in service and became and ALS Paramedic Service. The EMS Services we provide are ALS Transport Ambulance Service, with 3 ambulances and 1 ALS non-transport vehicle that are centrally located at our central fire station. All of the Career Staff are cross-trained in Fire & EMS and are considered dual-role. The 19 member career staff has 9 personnel that are certified to the ALS level of Paramedic. Our responses for EMS calls for service have exceeded 1800 consistently over the last few years.
We are a combination type fire and EMS department that includes nineteen (19) full time firefighters/medics and over 80 part time & Volunteer firefighters/medics. We have three (3) fire stations with a total of 21 pieces of equipment. In 1990 our department was consolidated from two departments, one being the City of New Haven with two fire stations, and the other being Adams Township also with two fire stations. Two stations were closed and one central station was built. A Governing Body was formed based on assessed valuation of the two entities. Governing Body members include the City of New Haven Mayor, two City Council Members, Adams Township Trustee, and one Advisory Board Member.
We currently maintain a ISO Insurance rating of Class 3. All firefighters are trained based on NFPA standards and all are currently certified by the State of Indiana. We are certified as a non transport EMS provider by the State EMS Commission in which a majority of our fire trucks carry defibulators.
Fire Chief Joshua Hale has been a member of the department since 2001. In 2001 Chief Hale began as a Volunteer Firefighter serving the community. Joshua has held several positions within the fire Department including the Volunteer Board of Directors, Lieutenant, Training Captain, and Explorer Post Advisor. Joshua was hired in 2006 as a career firefighter. Joshua was very instrumental in bringing recruit Firefighter training through IDHS District 3 to the New Haven-Adams Township Fire Department, where Joshua successfully led 3 recruit classes. Chief Hale was appointed Fire Chief in August of 2016.
Volunteer Assistant Fire Chiefs serve each of the three stations. They are as follows:
- The South Station located at 4625 E. Paulding Road is served by Garry Marquardt, Assistant Chief
- The North Station located at 420 Broadway is served by Tom Vachon, Assistant Chief.
- The Central Station is located at 910 Hartzell Road and is served by David Sztuk, Assistant Chief.
Each Shift has 6 Career Staff on Duty at all times. The career staff members make a 2-person Paramedic Ambulance Crew, and a 4-person Engine Crew. Each Shift has a District Chief who is responsible for all daily operations and and EMS Captain to oversee daily operations.
- A-Shift District Chief Troy Bennigan and Vacant EMS Captain
- B-Shift District Chief Carl Bradtmueller and EMS Captain Bruce Robinson
- C-Shift District Chief Mark Hoeppner and EMS Captain Curt Chivers
Division Chief of EMS Bob Atkinson has been a firefighter/EMT since 1995 and was certified as an NREMT-P in 1998. He was appointed to the position of EMS Director in February 2016, with a department re-structuring and re-organization in January of 2018 Bob became the Division Chief of EMS. The Division Chief of EMS, is currently a part-time position within the Department.
Captain Bruce Robinson has been in EMS for more than 30 years and is the training officer. Bruce is an NREMT-P, PI and also has been responsible for placing defibrillators on the fire equipment for the New Haven/Adams Township Fire Department. Captain Curt Chivers has been with New Haven EMS for over 25 years; Curt is responsible for all EMS supplies and EMS vehicle maintenance.
FIre/EMS has a full-time administrative assistant, Shawna Gunder who's primary responsibiliy is assiting the Fire Chief and EMS Division Chief, but also maintains the EMS Subscription Program. Shawna is also responsible for the coordination of all Fire Prevention duties and responsibilities. Shawna is very instrumental in the day-to-day administrative and operational flow of Fire/EMS.