The story of Vermilion Fire Department Chief “Dad” Tischer

By Rich Tarrant I have often thought of making a list of persons that in my view were the “Most Influential Vermilionites of the 20th Century”. It’s a novel idea but, in truth, there are so many persons from which to choose the task is practically, and realistically speaking, impossible. For instance, a list mightContinue reading “The story of Vermilion Fire Department Chief “Dad” Tischer”

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Police tracking breakin suspects; building permit fees, stormwater discussed

By Karen Cornelius Fire chief’s report: The Health and Safety Committee met on Monday night, June 11. Vermilion fire chief Chris Stempowski reported 16 incidents in May with a total of 78 so far this year. He said flat roof repairs on fire station #1 will start Wednesday, June 13, with a dumpster in back.Continue reading “Police tracking breakin suspects; building permit fees, stormwater discussed”

City moves forward with new fire station to replace fire station #1

By Karen Cornelius The Health and Safety Committee heard a report from fire chief Chris Stempowski concerning the need for a new fire station to replace station #1 on Ohio Street which has run out of space. After discussion, the committee passed a motion to go out for qualifications to find a criteria architect forContinue reading “City moves forward with new fire station to replace fire station #1”

Courageous first responders rescue car crash driver from cliffside

By Karen Cornelius On Thursday, October 19, at 11:15 p.m. the Vermilion Police Department received multiple calls concerning a single vehicle traffic crash in the 2300 block of Vermilion Road. It was reported the car had gone off the westside of the road and over the cliff that drops to the Vermilion River Valley. DispatchContinue reading “Courageous first responders rescue car crash driver from cliffside”

Firefighters host Fire Prevention Week

To celebrate Fire Prevention Week coming up from October 8-14, the Vermilion Fire Department will host an open house at both fire stations, #1 on Ohio Street and fire station #2 on Overlook on Sunday, October 8, from 1-4 p.m. There will be an opportunity to meet the firefighters, see all the trucks and equipment,Continue reading “Firefighters host Fire Prevention Week”

Fire chief addresses concerns on hydrants, water usage and safety

By Karen Cornelius   The Health and Safety Committee met on Monday, May 8, and asked Vermilion fire chief Chris Stempowski some questions about non-working fire hydrants and community safety. The issue of water usage also came up due to city council’s discussions on water leaks and water billing. The bottom line to all theContinue reading “Fire chief addresses concerns on hydrants, water usage and safety”

An apartment fire was contained

By Karen Cornelius Vermilion Fire Chief Chris Stempowski reported details of an apartment fire to the Health and Safety Committee of city council on Monday, April 10. He said the fire started in an apartment at 325 Nantucket on Friday, March 31, around 5:30 p.m. Fortunately, everyone involved was safe and the fire was knockedContinue reading “An apartment fire was contained”