Welcome to Marion Township Fire Department Inc.
So long September, Good bye Persimmon festival. The food was amazing! Hello October, and hello Halloween!
A few PSA's to pass out for the upcoming month;
1) If you are going to burn brush please call 812-275-3316 Option #1 and inform them.
This keeps us from showing up and bothering you while you're doing yard work
2) October begins the fire season for us.
Historically more structure fires happen between October and March of the following year. As people fire up the wood stoves (Please get the flue checked first), turn on the furnace for the first time (Please get it checked too), use alternate heating (kerosene, LP etc), place heat lamps in with small animals. A lot of various reasons for the dramatic increase as fall and winter sets in. Please be safe, have whatever heating source you are using serviced and checked prior to using it.
3) Children will be running around at the end of the month PLEASE keep a watchful eye on the streets as you are driving around on Halloween. We have had enough tragedy in our communities in September.
With that, the holiday season, fall and winter there is a dramatic increase in depression and suicide. Please check on your loved ones, friends and family. See how they are doing. Not a "Hey, how you doing?" but a real one on one conversation with them to let them know you are there, you care and you will do whatever needed to help. If you are reading this, which I don't think many do, and you are in a bad place and need help do me a favor and tell somebody. Contact us, we will get you the help you need. It's not weak to ask for help when you need it. If you don't want anybody local to help call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Please, get the help you need.
Everybody take care of one another.
Paul D. Gillespie
Marion Twp. Fire Dept.