The South Bend Fire Department exists to provide our community with the highest quality emergency services protecting life and property through education, response, and dynamic outreach.
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The objective of the South Bend Fire Department is to provide rapid and efficient response to emergency medical incidents, fires, hazardous materials incidents, and complex rescue situations in order to safeguard the life and property of our citizens. This requires planning and development of response capabilities to ensure that future needs and the efficiency of operations are addressed.
Public education and prevention services are provided to ensure citizen safety before an incident occurs. This is the safest and most cost-effective method for providing public safety.
The South Bend Fire Department endeavors to give the best emergency medical care available backed by evidence-based medical practices which give citizens the best chance for positive outcomes and continued quality of life.
Providing the members of the South Bend Fire Department with the latest and best available equipment and training to perform their duties gives them the tools to affect the best possible outcomes when emergencies occur.
The South Bend Fire Department is dedicated to providing expert-level service with an all-hazards approach to public safety.
South Bend Fire Department Administrative Offices and EMS Billing Office hours:
- Monday- Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Since the early origins of the City, the South Bend Fire Department has held a reputation as one of the finest Departments in the Midwest. The area’s first organized fire protection entity commenced operations on January 29, 1853, twelve years before the incorporation of the city. The group consisted of unpaid volunteers in two companies. The Department grew to include three engines, three hose companies, and one hook and ladder and bucket company by 1868, and in 1887 became a full-time paid fire department.
The Department continued to expand as South Bend grew. By 1919, the department included sixty-seven men in twelve companies.
The Department presently employees 251 full-time Firefighters in four divisions, and services a population of approximately 101,000. The department’s function has changed from exclusively fighting fires, to an all-hazards emergency response service. Examples of functions provided by the South Bend Fire Department are fire suppression, Emergency Medical Services, water rescue, Hazardous Materials emergency response, technical rescue and other emergency responses.
The South Bend Fire Department recognizes the efforts in past firefighters by establishing a memorial. Below are firefighters that have dedicated their lives to making the City of South Bend a safer place for all.
- Private Richard “Doc” Brekrus (1990)
- Captain Tony Csenar
- Captain Stanley J. Jackowiak
- Bradley Jordon (1994)
- Battalion Chief Carl A. Williamson
- Captain Tom Jozwiak
- Captain Steve Sheets (2001)
- Captain Bruce Taylor (2002)
- Battalion Chief James Cole (2003)
- Captain Paul Belmarez (2005)
- Firefighter Fred Gunther (2012)
- Battalion Chief Kevin Kolber (2017)
- Firefighter First Class Joshua Comeau (2019)
- Captain David “Dutch” Koehler (2019)
The South Bend Fire Department is comprised of 11 Fire Stations and provides staffing for several specialized areas. Other areas include NeoNatal Transport Unit with Memorial Hospital and Critical Care Transport with St. Joseph Hospital.
1222 S. Michigan St.
402 Martin Luther King Drive
1805 McKinley Ave.
220 N. Olive St.
2221 Prairie Ave.
4302 W. Western Ave.
1616 Portage Ave.
2402 Twyckenham Dr.
2108 Mishawaka Ave.
5303 York Rd.
3505 N. Bendix Dr.
Administrative Office hours are 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
Fire Chief: Todd Skwarcan
Assistant Chief of Services:
Assistant Chief of Operations: Mike Damiano
Assistant Chief of Emergency Medical Services: Andrew Myer
Assistant Chief of Instruction/Training: John Corthier
Fire Marshal: Federico Rodriguez
Battalion Chief (A-Shift): Chris Baker
Battalion Chief (A-Shift): Mike Szucs
Battalion Chief (B-Shift): Bob Means
Battalion Chief (B-Shift): Mike Lagodney
Battalion Chief (C-Shift): Carl Buchanon
Battalion Chief (C-Shift): Brian Koloszar