Rushville Republican

October 10, 2012

Chief offers Council the “hot seat”

Fire prevention week is Oct. 7 to 13

Melissa Conrad
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Rushville Fire Chief Chuck Jenkins invited members of the Rushville Common Council to attend “Fire Ops 101” Oct. 20 to experience hands-on fire fighting and rescue operations under controlled supervision of Rushville’s professional firefighters.

The local firefighters union is providing this workshop at the training facility on Smiley Avenue to give elected officials a better understanding of live fire training available at the new facility.

Chief Jenkins offered Council members the “hot seat” to experience a fire situation first-hand. Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 7 to 13. The week in which Oct. 9 falls is traditionally observed as National Fire Prevention Week because that date marks the anniversary of the “Great Chicago Fire” in 1871.

Indiana fire departments responded to more than 5,500 home fires last year. This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Two Ways Out.” Hoosiers should have two escape routes from every room in their house.  Residents who have planned and practiced a home escape plan are more likely to survive a fire, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Both the Rushville Fire Department and the Rushville Police Department received a $1,000 donation from Trane. The RFD money will be used for fire prevention materials.

Mayor Pavey thanked Sandy Fussner for her efforts leading up to and during RushFest, which he called a huge success. Pavey also thanked the RFD for their work in putting together a nice car show; the Police Department for their success during the Rotary Club’s 5K; thanked Brian Conner for helping with the clean-up; and thanked Carole Yeend and Joyce Miller for their help at RushFest.

Pavey continued by thanking the Board of Works, Council, the Redevelopment Commission, and ECDC for attending the recent tour of INTAT.

Pavey reported he is meeting regarding the possibility of leasing a portion of the fiber with the goal of connecting all city buildings to fiber as an efficiency and cost-saving measure.

He announced plans to meet approximately every six months to discuss the budget “wish list” with the city, county, Chamber, ECDC, and the Heart of Rushville so that all are informed.

It was also reported that the ECDC is considering expanding their executive board.

Councilman Brian Sheehan said that there were approximately 1,500 votes on the painted lions contest with the winner announced during RushFest. The winner was Caviness Law Office with 417 votes. Second place went to Superb Smiles. The artist winner was Sammy Maple.

Sheehan said participation was great.

Council President Bob Bridges said he has been looking into redistricting. The last time the districts were revised was in 2002. Bridges passed out a list of the precincts and the number of voters in each precinct. He said District 2 is by far the largest with 7 percent more than either Districts 1 or 3.

Animal warden Cara Moran thanked everyone for their assistance at RushFest and said 13 animals were adopted from the Rushville Animal Shelter.

Moran also discussed an Animal Shelter policy against flipping animals with the Board of Public Works and Safety.

Moran said there was an animal adopted from the shelter and then advertised for sale on the internet for $150.

Moran and the city attorney have been reviewing ordinances from Carmel and are working to tweak the ordinance for local adoption. Pavey said we do not want our shelter to become a pass through. It was also noted that the Rushville Animal Shelter has the lowest adoption fees among any of the area shelters.

The council budget workshop is scheduled for Oct. 10 as work continues on the 2013 City budget.  

Mayor Pavey also reported that Councilman Berkemeier is working with Kate Singleton from Area Plan on a possible building code for the city. Berkemeier will bring his findings to the Council and discussed the difficulties in enforcement given current staffing.



Melissa Conrad, 765-932-2222. ext. 107.



Fire Escape Planning

When it comes to escaping fires, time is the biggest enemy and every second counts. It is important to have fire escape plans and to regularly practice those plans to help you get out of your home quickly.

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries, while heating equipment and smoking are the leading causes of home fire deaths.

Tips for Escape Planning

For more information on re safety, visit the IDHS website: www.in.gov/dhs

Designated Meeting Area

l Practice escaping from every room in the house, both during the day and at night.

l Every room should have two ways out.

l With windows and doors equipped with security bars, make sure that everyone knows, understands, and has practiced how to quickly remove the bars.

l Designate a meeting place outside away from the home (for example a front-yard tree or a sidewalk.) Take attendance and designate one person to phone the fire department by cell phone or a neighbor’s phone.

l Make sure everyone knows when and how to call emergency telephone numbers.

l Remember to escape first, and then call the fire department. Do not try to save property; the most important thing is to get out safely!