The Ossian Volunteer Fire Department (OFD) is a private volunteer fire corporation. Today, it provides fire protection services to the Town of Ossian and Jefferson Township, and also provides rescue services to Union Township. These services are provided through contracts between all parties.
Emergency Services Provided
- Fire Suppression
- Rescue Operations
- Ice and Water Rescue
- Emergency Medical Services (first responders)
- Hazardous Materials
- Support Services
- Mutual Aid
- Administrative Services
Current Department Staff
|Jon Sherburne||Deputy Chief|
|Jeff Miller||Captain/Fire Prevention|
|Darrell Reynolds||Safety Officer|
|Shawn Weikel||Training Officer|
|Jay Werling||Board Member|
|Chris Kuntz||Board Member|
The Ossian Fire Department has a fleet of 8 apparatus. These apparatus are purchased and maintained by the Town of Ossian and Jefferson Township. These vehicles carry a wide variety of equipment that allows the firemen to perform their duties in saving lives and property. All this equipment is purchased with taxpayer dollars and sometimes money that has been donated to the department. The apparatus the OFD has are:
This vehicle is a 2008 Custom Crimson Fire Engine on a Spartan Chassis. This was purchased by the Town of Ossian in 2008 and has the capacity to carry 1,000 gallons of water. It has a 1250 gpm Hale pump, carries 1000’ of 5” supply hose line, and is equipped with a deck gun and Class A & B foam. This vehicle also carries an extrication combination tool to perform work on accident scenes if necessary. It can transport up to six firefighters and is the main response vehicle for the Town.
This vehicle is a 1999 S&S Fire Engine on an International Chassis. This vehicle was purchased by the Town of Ossian in 1999 and was sold to Jefferson Township in 2008. It has the capacity to carry 1,000 gallons of water and has a 1250 gpm Waterous pump. It can transport up to five firefighter and is the main response vehicle for any Township fires.
This vehicle is a 2002 E-One Apparatus on a Freightliner Chassis. This vehicle was purchased by Jefferson Township in 2002 and serves both the Town and Township. This vehicle carries no water, but carries many pieces of equipment. On this vehicle is a full compliment of extrication tools that include, hydraulic spreaders, cutters, and ram extensions. This vehicle responds to all fire/rescue calls. This vehicle can transport up to five firefighters to the scene.
This vehicle is a 1994 S&S Apparatus on an International chassis. This vehicle was purchased by Jefferson Township in 1995. It holds 2,000 gallon of water and has quick dumps on the rear and both sides for easy dumping. It also carries a 2,000 gallon drop tank. The vehicle has a 1,000 gpm pump which can be a secondary pump at the scene if needed. This vehicle can transport up to two firefighters to the scene.
This vehicle is two person cab and is a 2001 Freightliner. It holds 1,500 gallons of water and also has a 2,000 gallon drop tank. 606 is equipped with a pump which is capable of pump and roll operations useful for a field fire.
Grass Rig 607
This vehicle is used for grass or field fires and is also being used for first responder calls. This truck is a 2008 Ford F-350 and was purchased by the Town of Ossian in 2008. A new skid unit was purchased in 2004. The tank holds 300 gallons of water and also has foam capabilities.
This vehicle was acquired by the Town of Ossian in 2016. It is a 2016 Chevrolet 2500HD 4 door 4×4. This vehicle is used for Special Operations such as Ice & Water Rescue and also serves as a vehicle to house our drone program, also to pull specialty trailers, such as the Water Rescue Trailer or the Wildland Gator and trailer. It can also be used to transport firefighters to the scene of an incident. It can also be used for a secondary Command Vehicle.
This John Deere Gator 4×4 was purchased by the Ossian Firemen Inc. in 2015. This vehicle was purchased for the application of being used at wildland fires and field fires and also assist as a unit to move firefighters across long distances. It is also used in looking for missing persons and hunters who have either had accidents or have lost their way in the woods. It has a skid unit with a 70 gallon water tank, and a pump that can push up to 70 gpm with straight or fog nozzle. It also has an area for a stokes basket or backboard to be placed in a rescue situation.
Command Car 610
This vehicle was purchased by the Ossian Firemen Inc. It is a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe SSV. It is used by the Chief and Deputy Chief of the Department at all fire scenes for Incident Command purposes. It is equipped with multiple 800 mghz and VHF radios to communicate with multiple agencies. It is also equipped with medical equipment, dry and water extinguishers, and other firefighting equipment. It also houses our Drone Program. It was paid for by money raised during the department’s annual pancake and sausage breakfast.