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Rushville Fire Department

Michael J. Justice, Fire Chief
120 North Perkins St.
Rushville, IN 46173
911 to report fire

Jeremy A. Green, Deputy Fire Chief

Kyle Menkedick, Deputy EMS Chief

A message from the Fire Chief

Welcome to our Rushville Fire/Rescue Web Site.  The Rushville Fire Department dates back to 1873. We began as a bucket brigade then moved to a volunteer department and then to a full-time career department with three (3) shifts (A, B, C). We work 24 hours on duty 7am to 7 am next morning then off duty 48 hours. There are personnel on duty 24-7-365 (24 Hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year) holidays included.

We have 23 career personnel with 13 being dual-role firefighters and Basic EMT’s, 5 Firefighter/Advanced EMT’s and 3 civilian Paramedics, Fire Chief and Deputy Chief-Fire, Deputy Chief-EMS.  We also have a list of Part Time Paramedics that provide 12-hour shifts.

We provide an all-hazard response department with personnel trained in Fire Inspections, Fire Investigations, Vehicle Extrication, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Officer I and II, Rope Operations, Hazmat Awareness and Operations, Swift Water Rescue, Ice Rescue and Firefighter I and II along with all aspects of EMS.

We have a 100ft Aerial truck, 2 Engines , 3 ambulances, Water Rescue Boat and 3 support vehicles.

Many things have changed over the years, but one thing has remained constant; Our desire to be involved in our community, live in our community and serve our community.  We strive to provide the best possible services both in fire protection and emergency medical services always keeping in mind the taxpayers and their dollars. Rushville Fire works well with the outlying Volunteer Fire Departments. We help them they help us when called upon.

The City of Rushville’s ISO rating is 5 and we continue to update and maintain that rating.

It is an honor and pleasure to serve the citizens of Rushville/Rush County and if I or any member of the Rushville Fire Department and Rescue can be of assistance, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you,
Michael J. Justice
Fire Chief
Rushville Fire and Rescue Department

Mission Statement

It shall be the mission of the Rushville Fire Department to provide the residents, property owners and visitors of the City of Rushville with rapid and immediate fire protection and emergency medical services by utilizing the synergies of a combined fire and EMS department. We will continually strive to efficiently and effectively utilize our resources that best serve our community. We hold as our core values professionalism, integrity, honesty and truthfulness.

Fire Department Facts

Twenty-three personnel operate at the city’s only fire station which is located at 120 North Perkins Street. The department serves a jurisdiction of 3.09 square miles and an estimated city population of 6,341.

Fire Department Programs

The RFD provides smoke detectors to city residents when possible; however, smoke detectors are not always on hand and they are distributed on a case-by-case basis. A member of the RFD also will check and install smoke detectors upon request as well as check homes for carbon monoxide poisoning and gas leaks.

The RFD also provides a “Smoke House” at community events (i.e. Rush Fest, July 4) and hands out safety materials, not only for children but also for adults. Annually for the past 20 years, RFD staff provide fire safety coloring books to grades K-3 at all county elementary schools in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week. In addition, the RFD is always happy to provide a tour of the fire station for any interested person or group.

Ambulance Service

To improve public safety and maximize the use of city tax dollars the City of Rushville started providing an ambulance service as of January 1, 2014.  We began as a Basic Life Support then upgraded to Advanced EMT’s, then in 2018 we were awarded the contract for the Middle District of Rush County which consists of 126 square miles.  Because of that contract we again upgraded our service to a full-time Paramedic Service along with some part time paramedics.

 We continue to provide mutual aid to the North and South District of Rush County.

This service includes 3 fully equipped Paramedic ambulances, with all three carrying hydraulic rescue tools to aid in the extrication of persons injured in traffic accidents if/when needed.

The city’s ambulance service is sponsored by the IU Health/Ball Memorial Hospital and provides Basic Life Support along with Paramedic and Advanced.

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