Fire Department

The Ogden Dunes Volunteer Fire Department was formed in 19XX Chartered from the Indiana Volunteer Fireman’s Association (IVFA) in 1955. The Ogden Dunes Volunteer Fire Department (ODVFD) is located in Porter County, Indiana. We protect 1.46 square miles (3.8 km2), of which 0.74 square miles (1.9 km2) (or 50.68%) is land and 0.72 square miles (1.9 km2) (or 49.32%) is water. ODVFD-MalteseCross.png

Our coverage area is primarily rural residential and the Ogden Dunes Beach of Lake Michigan, therefore we only average approximately XX runs per year.  The all-volunteer department provides Fire, Rescue, and BLS non-transport protection to over 1,200 residents. Included in these responses are fires, vehicle accidents, weather spotting, and public assistance calls. Even though we are a small department with a low run volume we strive to provide our residents with the same level of emergency services that a larger department would provide.

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Ogden Dunes Fire Station - 111 Hillcrest Road

History

The Ogden Dunes Volunteer Fire Department, established in 1948, provides fire protection with professionally trained resident volunteers and modern fire-fighting equipment. Fire hydrants connected to the water system are liberally located throughout the town.

Personnel

The Ogden Dunes Volunteer Fire Department averages between 30-50 members. Not all members actively fight fire, but all are involved in various aspects of the department.

Fire Chief

Assistant Chiefs

    • Laurence Bornstein **
    • David Zakutansky ***

Captains

    • Luke Brennan **
    • Adam Friday **
    • John Joppek 
    • George Nickos **

Lieutenants

    • Michael McIntire **
    • John Olsen
    • Christopher Tanis **

Firefighters

    • Nathan Ball **
    • Deborah Dixon ***
    • Jodie Friday **
    • Philip Grenchik ***
    • David Hiduke
    • Rex Hood
    • Werner Horvath
    • Elaine Joppek **
    • Karel Kearl **
    • Melissa Kurtz **
    • Charles Litzkow **
    • Michael Mayer ***
    • Daniel McCune **
    • Debra Mohr ****
    • Patrick Nickos **
    • Michael Shendrick Jr
    • Charles Stormer
    • Michael Tallian *
    • John Wirth **
    • Joseph Wray **

Firefighter Recruits

    • Rich Bartok
    • Smith Brandon
    • John Hill
    • Chris Ton
    • Kyle Vottero

Associate Members

    • Christopher Farabaugh
    • Nathan Gagliardi
    • Joseph Paunicka
    • Michael Shendrick Sr.
    • Bert Tanis
    • Thomas Tittle

Medical ID
* Paramedic
** Emergency Medical Technician
*** Medical First Responder
**** Registered Nurse

Apparatus

  • Engine 1511 - 2003 Kenworth/Pierce Pumper - 1500gpm/800gal
  • Engine 1512 - 1996 International/Alexis Pumper - 1250gpm/1000gal
  • Wildland 1575 - 1993 Hummer/AMG - 150gpm/500gal
  • Marine 1555 - Yamaha Wave Runner
  • Utility 1550 - 2007 Rhino 660 - 25gal

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Engine 1511 - 2003 Kenworth/Pierce Pumper - 1500gpm/800gal

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Engine 1512 - 1996 International/Alexis Pumper - 1250gpm/1000gal

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Engine 1512 - 1996 International/Alexis Pumper - 1250gpm/1000gal

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Wildland 1575 - 1993 Hummer/AMG - 150gpm/500gal

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Marine 1555 - Yamaha Wave Runner

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Utility 1550 - 2007 Rhino 660 - 25gal

Annual Response Statistics

Annual Response Statistics go here.

Radio Communication

Ogden Dunes Volunteer Fire Department ground communications:

  • FCC Call Sign: WQGN794
  • Frequency: 157.65000 MHz
  • PL/CTCSS: 114.8

Porter County Fire Dispatch:

  • FCC Call Sign: WNVJ853
  • Frequency: 154.3100 MHz
  • PL/CTCSS: 114.8

Porter County EMS Dispatch:

  • FCC Call Sign: KKU309
  • Frequency: 155.2350 MHz
  • PL/CTCSS: 110.9

Portage Fire Dispatch:

  • FCC Call Sign: KGW668
  • Frequency: 154.2200 MHz
  • PL/CTCSS: 114.8

Become a Volunteer Firefighter

The Ogden Dunes Volunteer Fire Department consists of volunteer personnel that respond to emergencies and work hard to prevent emergencies before they happen through fire prevention education. Few jobs offer you the chance to save a life, but as a volunteer firefighter, you could be called upon to do so at a moment's notice.

The men and women that make up our Department share a common interest - the desire to help others in need.

But, to be a good firefighter, you will need more than just a desire to help people. You will also need courage, dedication, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn new skills and face new challenges.

Our volunteers care for all lives! Take the step and join now. YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter please download the volunteer application at the bottom of the page. Once you have completed the application please return the paperwork to the Firehouse located at Ogden Dunes.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • You must be 18 years of age and live in Ogden Dunes, IN
  • Must have a valid Indiana Driver's License
  • Must have valid Auto Insurance
  • Must pass a background investigation
  • Must complete training classes
  • Must be in good physical condition

Contact Information

Ogden Dunes Volunteer Fire Department
111 Hillcrest Road
Ogden Dunes, IN 46368

Phone: 219.763.1008
Fax: 219.764.2741
Dispatch: 219.477.3170
Emergency: 911

Email: fire.department@ogdendunes.in.gov

Training

We are always looking for volunteers to assist the all volunteer fire department of Ogden Dunes. Please join us at the Firehouse every Thursday at 7:00pm for Volunteer Training.