MTFD Support Services is a vital part of the department. Based on the "Ladies Auxillary" of the past, these dedicated people provide drinks and food to the firefighters at scenes and training, assist with organizing special events like parades and fundraisers. If you are interested in serving your community through the fire department, but not interested in fighting fires, this may be for you. Contact MTFD Headquarters (812-294-1738)
On April 1, 2015 at approximately 2:20 in the afternoon MTVFD was dispatched to a brush fire in the 2500 block of Speith Rd. Within five minutes of the dispatch Chief Jared Phillips (201) arrived on scene to find a large brush fire in a thick wooded area. Chief Phillips immediately dispatched Sellersburg Fire Dept. and Charlestown Fire Dept. for mutual aid to assist with the fire. Engine 21 arrived on scene and set up water supply in a nearby lake, which would provide water for the entire operation. Sellersburg arrived and stretched 1000 feet of five inch hose to fill brush trucks and ATVs closer to the fire. Firefighters from the three departments stretched approximately 1000 feet of one inch attack line and were able to stop rapid wind driven advancement of the fire before it got to the thickest of the woods. The fire attack was hindered by the thickness of the brush due to the debris from the devastating March 2, 2012 tornado. After roughly five hours at approximately 7:51 in the evening, with a great effort from all departments, the fire was out and all units were able to return to quarters. The fire had consumed approximately 5 acres of land. MTVFD would like to thank the men and women of Sellersburg and Charlestown Fire Departments for their response and assistance with this fire.
Story: D. Brishaber
Pictures: J. Phillips