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The Rushville Fire Department is a career fire and EMS department. The RFD is made up of 15 career firefighters; all but one are Certified Basic Emergency Medical Technicians.


Rushville Fire Department


Chuck Jenkins, Fire Chief
120 North Perkins St.
Rushville, IN 46173
911 to report fire


Assistant Chief Wayne Munson


A message from the Fire Chief

Welcome and thank you for visiting our Web site. The Rushville Fire Department dates back to 1873. We began as a bucket brigade then moved to a volunteer department and now to a full career department with three shifts (A, B and C).

We have a total of 15 personnel with 12 acting as EMT-Basic and two Advanced EMTs. We provide an all-hazard response department with personnel trained in Fire Inspections, Fire Investigation, Vehicle Extrication, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Officer I and II, Rope Operations, Hazmat Awareness and Operations, Swift Water Rescue and Firefighter I and II.

Many things have changed over the years at the Rushville Fire Department, but one thing has remained constant: our desire to be involved in our community, live in our community and serve our community. We strive to provide the best possible service both in fire protection and emergency medical services, always keep in mind the taxpayers and their dollars. It is an honor and pleasure to serve the citizens of Rushville and if I or any member of the RFD can be of assistance please feel free to contact us.

Thank you, and be safe,

Chuck Jenkins
Fire Chief
Rushville Fire Department


Mission Statement

It shall be the mission of the Rushville Fire Department to provide the residents, property owners and visitors of the City of Rushville with rapid and immediate fire protection and emergency medical services by utilizing the synergies of a combined fire and EMS department. We will continually strive to efficiently and effectively utilize our resources that best serve our community. We hold as our core values professionalism, integrity, honesty and truthfulness.


Fire Department Facts

Fifteen personnel operate at the city’s station, located on North Perkins Street in Rushville. The department serves a jurisdiction of 3.09 square miles and an estimated city/township population of more than 6,341 and a county population of approximately 17,392.



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Fire Department Programs

The RFD provides smoke detectors to city residents when possible; however, smoke detectors are not always on hand and they are distributed on a case-by-case basis. A member of the RFD also will check and install smoke detectors upon request as well as check homes for carbon monoxide poisoning and gas leaks.

The RFD also provides a “Smoke House” at community events (i.e. Rush Fest, July 4) and hands out safety materials, not only for children but also for adults. Annually for the past 20 years, RFD staff provide fire safety coloring books to grades K-3 at all county elementary schools in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week. In addition, the RFD is always happy to provide a tour of the fire station for any interested person or group.


Ambulance Service

To improve public safety and maximize the use of city tax dollars the City of Rushville started providing an ambulance service as of Jan. 1, 2014.

Operated out of the Rushville Fire Department and utilizing the trained professionals already on staff at the RFD, the city’s ambulance service provides coverage within city limits and mutual aid to other ambulance service providers, as needed, throughout Rush County.

This service includes two fully equipped ambulances, one of which also carries hydraulic rescue tools to aid in the extrication of persons injured in traffic accidents if/when needed.

The city’s ambulance service is sponsored by IU Health/Ball Memorial Hospital and provides Basic Life Support care. When enough personnel have been certified, Advanced Life Support will be provided.

This emergency service is dispatched via a call to 911.


Helpful Links:

·         Sparky the Fire Dog – Kids’ Page

·         USFA Kids’ Page

·         Danger Rangers

·         KIDDE Safety Education

·         I’m SAFE!

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