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Nov 06

The Story Behind Fishers’ Hometown Heroes Program

Posted to Fishers, Indiana on November 6, 2015 at 4:12 PM by Blog Admin

When Fishers’ leaders learned of a staff member’s upcoming deployment, they began brainstorming ways to help his family during his time away. They considered several different options, from cleaning services to weekly meal rotations.

Then, someone raised a great point. Why stop with this family? How can we work together to help other local military families?

After more brainstorming, the Hometown Heroes program emerged. Through this program, Fishers DPW will provide snow removal and lawn care services for military families with one or more heads of household deployed in service to our country.

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“Our residents that serve the military sacrifice to keep our country safe, often traveling far from home,” said Mayor Scott Fadness. “Fishers DPW developed a program that marshals our community’s resources to alleviate some of the burdens that families of a deployed head of household will face.”

Just one day after the announcement, local military families have already expressed interest in the program.

The program also provides local businesses a chance to get involved and offer support to DPW as they take on extra work during the busy winter season.

“We already have two private partners eager to assist Fishers DPW in administering this program,” said DPW Director Eric Pethtel. “We all recognize the tangible hardships to the families who answer the call to serve. This is the type of program that is as rewarding to those who provide the service as much as those whom receive the services.”

Fishers military families with at least one head of household currently deployed or in a branch of U.S. armed forces are encouraged to apply online.  

Jul 10

Fishers DPW Supports Fishers Fire Department with Critical Response Team

Posted to Fishers, Indiana on July 10, 2015 at 2:26 PM by Blog Admin

Last spring Fishers DPW launched a Critical Response Team in conjunction with Fishers Fire Department to provide assistance in emergency situations. We caught up with two DPW employees Ben Black and Nigel Raimondo and Fire Captain John Mehling during a day of cross training to better understand how the two departments are working together to be even more efficient in emergency situations.

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With the help of DPW, firefighters and technicians are able to respond more quickly on the scene. Fishers DPW employees have gotten Class-A CDL licenses to drive the Fire Department’s TSU 91 truck.

“What we do is take care of this truck and all the equipment on it,” said Ben Black. “Like the torches, if they would need to cut something, we would get it up and running so that they wouldn’t have to use the manpower or take the time to get that ready.”

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In addition to assisting with the fire department’s arsenal of tools, DPW is able to provide additional resources that the fire department doesn’t always have quick access to.

“We fill the void of bigger equipment they need like backhoes and stuff like that because we can drive all that plus we have access to that on the ready for whatever they need,” said Nigel Raimondo.

Captain Mehling explained that with DPW’s help getting equipment to the scene, the fire crew regains access to at least two trained firefighters or technicians that can quickly get right to work.

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“They bring an expertise to the table that we don’t have,” said Captain Mehling. “It really adds to the dynamics of the team.”