The Bremen Fire Department is committed to serving the Town of Bremen, Indiana, and German Township of Marshall County, Indiana, by protecting life, property, and the environment.

Responsible for 63 square miles of fire protection, the department continually improves the quality of service by being well-equipped, using the latest available technology, and by highly-trained and motivated personel.

From fire suppression to our emphasis on fire prevention and Safety education, the department has always worked diligently to meet the changing needs of our community. The department holds an annual fire prevention class for school children, day cares, adults, and senior citizens.

The Town of Bremen maintains a Class-4 (Class 4Y in Township) fire insurance rating (also known as the Public Protection Classification), which is determined by a survey conducted by the Insurance Service Office (ISO). The survey includes 3 critical areas: (1) fire alarm handling, which includes the 911 telephone system and dispatch capabilities; (2) available water supply for fire protection and; (3) staffing and firefighting equipment maintained by the fire department.

The fire department is funded by the Town of Bremen, German Township Trustee, and an Advisory Board, along with donations from the Bremen Volunteer Fireman's Association, Inc., and from members of the community.

Call to Duty
If anyone has an interest in joining the Bremen Volunteer Fire Department Call 574-546-3660, send an email to or stop by the fire department for more information.

It's Your Fire Department
It cost a great deal to add to or replace aging equipment and to continue to provide the training that keeps us ready when you need us. Donations help the department provide the best service possible.

You Can Mail Your Donation To Bremen Volunteer Fireman's Association, Inc. PO Box 364 Bremen, Indiana 46506 574-546-3660

Bremen's Firemans Festival

Featuring Luehrs Ideal Rides

2017 Raffle Winners

1st place Kyle Rupert - 2017 Harley Davidson Road King

2nd place Matt Wheeler - 2017 Custom Golf Cart

3rd place Mark Sahlhoff - a pair of Tao Tao Scooters

4th place Michael Pennington - $200 Bellman BP Gas Card

2017 Firemen's 5 Winners

Top 10 Males
1. Skyler Mikesell
2. Timothy Murry
3. Andy Herbert
4. Jordan Annis
5. Camden Lindsey
6. Ed McCollum
7. Russell Reichard
8. Jack Mcintire
9. Jason Cornman
10. Keith Orbin

Top 10 Females
1. Katie House
2. Elaine Schmeltz
3. Karen Nagel
4. Anna Gilsinger
5. Baylee Mcintire
6. Tara Vermillion
7. Kristi Bashman
8. Adriana Stiles
9. Mary Rossi
10. Erin Yeager

Bremen Firemen’s 5 Gear Run First Place Traveling Trophy Axe
1. Bill Mitschelen – Nappanee Fire Department

2017 Car & Truck
Show Winners

Best of Show – Howie Boardman 1951 3100 Truck

Firemen’s Choice – Shannon & Becky Pohl 1969 Super Bee

Best Paint – Al Coffel 1967 Camaro

Best Interior – Al Menting 1946 Ford Coup

Best Engine – Dave Henry 1932 Ford 3 Window Coupe

Best Custom – David Yoder 1967 Shelby Mustang

People’s Choice – David Honry 1965 Ford Cobra

2017 Parade Winners

Firemen's Choice – Liberty Township Fire Department

Best in Show – St. Joe County 4H Fair

Farm & Field Antique – Basley Farms

Farm & Field 1971 - Current Randy Glingle 1971 John Deere 4320

Farm & Field Commercial - Schrock Farms

Auto/Truck Antique – Interra Credit Union

Auto/Truck 1981 - Current – Carlos Nieves

Auto/Truck Classic – VW 1978 Beetle (Stephanie Thomas)

Twirlers 1st Place - Zodiac Parade Corps

Twirlers 2nd Place - Daphne's Dolls

Twirlers 3rd Place – Expressions Elite

Marching Band 1st Place - Falcon Pride - John Glen High School

Marching Band 2nd Place - New Prairie Marching Band

Marching Band 3rd Place – Bremen Emerald Alliance

Float 1st Place - St. Joe County 4H Fair

Float 2nd Place – Grandma & Grandpa

Float 3rd Place – Penn Jr. Leadership 20th Anniversary

2017 Arm Wrestling Winners

0-50 lbs. – 1st place Payton Ballinger
2nd place Jake Rodriquez

51-75 lbs. – 1st place Brock Gest
2nd place Joseph Davis

76-100 lbs. – 1st place Austin Gest

101-Over lbs. – 1st place Jack Martin
2nd place Shaydon Smith

0-50 lbs. – 1st place Payton Rodriguez

51-75 lbs. – 1st place Ashlyn Greer
2nd place Taylor Rodriguez

76-100 lbs. – 1st place Skylar Greer
2nd place Annika Greer

101-Over lbs. – 1st place Shannen Smith
2nd place Lily Knepp

0-143 lbs. – 1st place April Thomas

144-Over lbs. – 1st place Amanda Allen

Men Right Arm
0-165 lbs. – 1st place Trey Johnson
2nd place James Runyan

166-187 lbs. – 1st place Brandon Stevens
2nd place Arlan Greer

188-220 lbs. – 1st place Denny Elliot
2nd place Kris Gest

221-Over lbs. – 1st place Ferris Durik
2nd place Seth Wright

Men Left Arm
0-165 lbs. – 1st place James Runyan
2nd place Rex Stiles

166-187 lbs. – 1st place Arlan Greer
2nd place Brandon Stevens

188-220 lbs. – 1st place Denny Elliot
2nd place Eric Sims

221-Over lbs. – 1st place Ferris Durik
2nd place Seth Wright

Our Crew


Matt Neher (1992) - Fire Chief
Denny Hill (1974) - Assistant Fire Chief
Larry Capron (1980) - Captain
Brian Adams (1991) - Captain & Training Officer
Eric Thornton (1998) - Captain & Training Officer
Mike Czajkowski (2007) - Captain & Training Officer
Greg Welborn (2009) - Captain & Training Officer
Scott Holderman (1993) - Safety Officer
Jay Stoneburner (1984) - Safety Officer


Tony Farrer (1977) - Firefighter
Tim Kulczar (1985) - Firefighter
Matt Mikel (1985) - Firefighter
Brad Kile (1987) - Firefighter
Terry Britton (1991) - Firefighter
Drex Gall (1998) - Firefighter
Mike Shumaker (1998) - Firefighter
Tony Shumaker (1999) - Firefighter
Corey Kline (2002) - Firefighter
Brandon Bules (2009) - Firefighter
Dan Ringer (2010) - Firefighter
Jonathon Adams (2012) - Firefighter
Brad Thornton (2013) - Firefighter/Chaplain
Blake Reed (2013) -Firefighter
Matt Ringer (2014)- Firefighter
Adam Seifer (2014)- Firefighter
Collin Snyder (2014)- Firefighter
Nate Lockwood (2014) - Firefighter
Eric Ringer (2014) - Firefighter

Auxiliary Firefighters

Kent Koontz (1966) - Auxiliary Firefighter
Jay Stouder (1979) - Auxiliary Firefighter
Jason Ringer (2013) - Auxiliary Firefighter
Austin Adams (2014) - Auxiliary Firefighter
Craig Allen (2014) - Auxiliary Firefighter
Brad Lacher (2014) - Auxiliary Firefighter
Nick Bonebrake (2015) - Auxiliary Firefighter
Jeff Lanning (2016) - Auxiliary Firefighter

5th Annual Bremen's Fireman's 5. Coming in 2018.

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Saftey Tips

Did You Know

  1. 83 percent of all civilian fire deaths occurred in residences.
  2. Fire kills more Americans than all natural disasters combined.
  3. More fire victims die from smoke than flames.
  4. Smoke can overwhelm a child or adult in minutes.


  1. Never "Barbecue" or grill indoors on a smoker or barbecue grill. These devices are intended for outdoor use only.
  2. Keep your grill at least 30 feet from any structures — for residents of apartments, condominiums and townhouses, it's the law. For the rest of us, it's just an excellent idea.
  3. Don't leave food unattended on the stove.
  4. Keep dangling clothing away from burners.
  5. Turn handles on pots and pans so that they can't be knocked off the stove accidently.
  6. Keep appliances clean and free of grease and crumbs.
  7. Make sure your stove is turned off and small appliances unplugged before leaving the house or going to bed.


  1. Replace frayed or cracked electrical wiring.
  2. Don't run electric power cords under rugs.
  3. Plug electric space heaters directly into the wall socket, not into extension cords.
  4. Place heaters where they will not be knocked over easily.
  5. Unplug heaters when they are not being used.
  6. Do not use heaters to dry clothing or other items.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors

  1. If you burn anything in your house, such as wood, natural gas, propane, kerosene, or coal, install a Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector. This device can warn you of potentially deadly CO gas before the concentration reaches the harmful level.
  2. Learn the warning signs of CO poisoning: redness of the skin, headaches, dizziness, nausea, weakness, loss of muscle control, chest tightness, heart fluttering, sleepiness, confusion, vomiting or diarrhea. If more than one person in the household is sick, and they feel better after being away from the house for a while, CO poisoning should be suspected. If you suspect CO poisoning, get out of the house and call the fire department.

General Fire
Safety Tips

  1. Keep a fire extinguisher in your home and car, and read the directions.
  2. Dial 911 before attempting to attack the fire yourself, no matter how small the fire seems.
  3. Remember that lives are much more valuable than property. If you're out of the building, STAY OUT!
  4. Don't smoke in bed.
  5. Don't leave your cigarettes or other lit smoking materials unattended.
  6. Keep ashtrays away from curtains, upholstered furniture, and other combustibles.
  7. Always look for the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM) labels when purchasing appliances, storage containers or electrical accessories.
  8. Remember that smoke, heat and toxic gases from fires can kill you long before flames get to your part of the structure.
  9. KEEP LOW when evacuating.

Storage Area

  1. Make sure that storage areas are free from excess clutter.It adds to the fire load, and can impede your evacuation as well as our attack in case of an emergency incident.
  2. Make sure that flammable materials are stored in proper containers, well away from sources of heat or ignition.
  3. Don't store gasoline in your house.

Alternative Heating

  1. Make sure your fireplace or woodburning stove is clean and in good repair before using it.
  2. Keep all combustible materials well away from the heat.
  3. Make sure you use the proper fuel for your heating device.
  4. DON'T use gasoline in a kerosene heater.
  5. DON'T burn coal in a device meant to burn wood.
  6. Portable kerosene heaters are illegal in residences in PG county, and are generally not recommended anywhere.

Safety Tips
Regarding Children

  1. Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  2. Teach your children never to play with matches, lighters, or fireworks.
  3. Teach your children how to call 911, as well as their address and telephone number.
  4. Teach your children the "Stop, Drop, and Roll" method to extinguish flames on themselves.
  5. Visit Sparky the Fire Dog for FUN & GAMES while teaching your children fire Safety.

Safety Tips for Travelering & Vechles

  1. Take a smoke detector with you, in case your hotel/motel room doesn't have one installed.
  2. Take a moment to note the evacuation route(s) and instructions before you settle in for the night.
  3. Don't fill your portable gasoline cans in your vehicle — remove the can from the vehicle.
  4. When transporting portable gasoline cans, ensure that the container:
    • is not left in the vehicle for longer than absolutely necessary, especially on a warm or sunny day.
    • is approved for gasoline storage.
    • is sealed tightly.
  5. If you smell gasoline or suspect a gasoline leak, don't operate the car until the leak is repaired.
  6. If you smell smoke or see flames, pull over well off the traveled roadway as soon as safely possible to do so. Don't attempt to drive any further.

Smoke Detectors

  1. Consider installing both a photo-electric and ionization smoke detector in your house. While photo-electric detectors may react quicker than ionization detectors, the photo-electric detectors may not detect the black smoke generatedby synthetic materials as quickly as the white smoke generated by natural materials.
  2. Check your smoke detectors monthly, and replace the batteries in them in the spring and fall when you adjust your clocks.
  3. Install at least one smoke detector on each floor of your house, away from air vents, and at least six inches away from walls and corners.
  4. Install smoke detectors near bedrooms.
  5. If there are any smokers in the house, install a smoke detector in their bedroom.
  6. If your smoke detector sounds while you are in bed, DON'T SIT UP! Roll out of bed, and stay low to the floor — remember that the heat and toxic gases are up higher.