City of Harrison Fire Chief William Hursong oversees two fire stations and 40 men and women who are cross-trained in a variety of functions. Seventy-five percent of the staff is full-time. The Department also has a medical director and a chaplain.
Station 56 is located at 200 Harrison Avenue in the City's historic downtown district. The Department's headquarters includes living quarters, classroom, garage and offices for the administration and the fire inspector. Station 57 is located at 10250 West Road and contains similar facilities.
The Department is permitted to staff 10 people per day who respond to fire and medical emergencies within 45 square miles. Half the service area includes townships in Indiana that have contracts for fire or emergency medical services. Chief Hursong explained the coverage area is expanding north with new housing developments. The City is evaluating how to best provide coverage to the expanding community in the future.
The mission is to provide a high-level of service to all people who live, work and play in the community.
"One of the things I'm most proud of is our ISO rating," said Chief Hursong. "We've been able to maintain that at a Class 2. Class 1 is the best. The only way we're going to get there is to add another firehouse and add more people, and that's part of the future planning that we've done. Maintaining that Class 2 speaks volumes about the type of department and the level of service we provide."
Insurance Services Office (ISO) evaluates fire suppression capabilities on a scale of 1 to 10.
A video about the department, answers to frequently asked questions and more information is available on this page.