There are many reports that the roads are very slick across the entire area this morning. If you have to be out, please be very careful! Use extra caution and take your time. We don't want to meet you by accident!
By order of the County Commissioners, Ripley County has been placed under a "yellow" travel advisory. Road surface temperatures are beginning to reach a point where ice and snow will freeze and accumulate more rapidly, so please be very careful if you are out and about.
The work of a volunteer fire department isn't limited to just jumping in a truck to make emergency runs. A large amount of time is spent throughout the year making sure all of our equipment is well-maintained and ready for service when called.
This weekend, our firefighters performed annual maintenance on all of our apparatus and equipment, including oil changes and other tasks. By utilizing the mechanical talents and abilities of our members, we are able to perform much of this service in-house, which limits downtime and reduces overall costs for the department.
Water levels are up throughout the entire area with a number of roads across the region being flooded. Please use caution if you are out and about, and never attempt to proceed through flooded areas on any roadway.
Do you have Kidde fire extinguishers in your home, business, or vehicle? If so, be sure to read this important notice about a recall affecting nearly 40 MILLION fire extinguishers.
IMPORTANT RECALL NOTICE: If you own a Kidde fire extinguisher, it may need to be replaced. Please read for more information: https://www.cpsc.gov/…/Kidde-Recalls-Fire-Extinguishers-wit…
Thank you for inviting us! We hope everyone learned some important information to help keep themselves and their family safe!
Little Cherubs Preschool would like to say "Thank You" to the Napoleon Fire Department for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit and teach us about f...ire safety. It was a rainy day but the firemen worked that out so nobody got wet and was able to enjoy the day! We appreciate everything you do for us and the community each and every day!
Early this morning, our firefighters were called to a farm southwest of Napoleon for a grain dryer that was on fire. The fire in the unit was quickly knocked down with minimal damage to the surrounding structures.
Firefighters then spent about 4 hours opening up the unit to remove and extinguish burning corn. In this situation, fire personnel used a number of specialty tools and equipment to gain access to the compartments within the dryer, as well as eventually entering the unit to open up spaces from the interior. Special firefighting "foam" was also utilized, which provides better penetration of the burning grain.
Napoleon Fire and EMS personnel responded this evening to a serious farm accident that occurred south of Napoleon. Due to the nature of the injuries, the patient was airlifted from the scene. For the safety of all involved, US 421 was closed for a period of time while the helicopter operations were taking place.
In the early morning hours today, Napoleon Fire and EMS personnel were called to a motor vehicle accident involving a truck that had struck a tree along US 421 at the north edge of Napoleon.
Firefighters worked for an extended period to extricate the patient, who was then airlifted by IU Health LifeLine. Ripley County Sheriff's deputies and Osgood Fire Dept also provided assistance at the scene.
This afternoon, Napoleon firefighters joined other fire departments from across the county to conduct a large scale water supply drill and training session.
The scenario simulated the loss of the municipal water supply in conjuction with a large fire at the county courthouse in Versailles. These types of drills help all agencies determine their capabilities and limitations so that a response to an actual emergency will go smoothly and efficiently.
Napoleon firefighters just returned from checking on a car stuck in high water on county road 350W near the county line. Fortunately, no occupants were found in or around the vehicle.
Please use extreme caution while driving tonight, as there have been a number of water rescues going on throughout the county and surrounding areas. Never attempt to cross high water areas, as the road surface could be damaged or you could be swept off the road on just a few inches of water.
Today we paid our last respects, said our goodbyes, and had one final opportunity to show our great appreciation to our good friend Bill Wilson, who tragically passed away earlier this week.
Bill was currently serving on our community board of directors, and his dedication to our organization did not go unnoticed. He was always willing to lend a hand with anything we needed, and his support of our mission in the community certainly made an impact on each of us. He was a dear friend to so many in our community, and we appreciate being invited to join his family and friends in celebrating his life. We will continue to keep them all in our thoughts and prayers.
It is with extreme sadness that we share the heartbreaking news of the passing of our dear friend Bill Wilson. Bill had served in recent years on our community board of directors, and we appreciate his time spent in dedication to our organization. He will be greatly missed by all.
William Everett Wilson, 53, of Greensburg passed away on September 26, 2017. A visitation will be on Friday, September 29 from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Saturday, September, 30 at 10:30 am also at the funeral home.
This afternoon, Napoleon Fire Department volunteers responded to the report of two injured people who had fallen from a roof at a residence on Flatrock Road. Due to the nature and severity of the injuries, two helicopters were brought in to airlift the patients from the scene. Shown here is IU Health LifeLine as it departs with the second patient.