Serving you for 65 years

Concord Township Fire Department has been serving the unincorporated areas of Concord Township, Elkhart County, Indiana since 1952.

Our department is a combination department consisting of full-time paid staff, part-time employees, and volunteers. We have approximately fifty members, two fully manned stations, and 10 apparatus and vehicles.

Our department was originally organized as an all volunteer service in 1952 in response to a large commercial fire in Dunlap. The department was organized as a not-for-profit corporation and continued to operate that way for 53 years. The department continually grew and transitioned over time and in 2005, the department became an entity of Concord Township government.

Today, we are an advanced life support (EMT-Paramedic) provider with three manned ambulances. We provide emergency medical service to all of the unincorporated area of Concord Township and to surrounding townships by contract or mutual aid agreements. Our members are fully trained and certified vehicle rescue technicians. We operate a heavy rescue that is primarily equipped for vehicle extrication due to the highways in our service area.

We respond to approximately 1,500 calls per year that include emergency medical, rescue, and fire calls. Our members train a minimum of three nights a month to maintain their skills and efficiency.

The Staff

Marty Gerring

Administrative Assistant

Marty Gerring joined the Concord Township Fire Department’s Station 1 as Administrative Assistant in January, 2018.  A native and lifelong resident of Elkhart, Marty brings with her extensive office skills from her experience in both the public and the private sector.  She and husband, Kim, reside in Concord Township

Richard Rochford

Fire Chief

Chief Rochford was appointed in January 2017 to lead the Concord Township Fire Department.  He is responsible for overall strategic leadership to ensure the department is well positioned to provide the best service to the citizens and visitors of the community. To accomplish this, the Chief leads 12 full-time, 13 part-time and 8 volunteer members assigned to providing a broad range of fire and emergency services to the community.

He has been in the fire service of over 40 years in both a volunteer and career capacity. He comes to this department with extensive knowledge and experience to provide protection to the community and surrounding mutual-aid counties.

Chief Rochford has spent a considerable portion of his career focused on improving health and safety within the fire service community. Through his work with the Firefighters Cancer Foundation (FCF), he has brought increased concerns on the overall health/safety to the department. His participation in this organization led to the educational development of training programs to educate firefighters on cancer and best practices towards the prevention of such illnesses.

Chief Rochford educational background included certifications in Incident Management, Incident Safety/Investigations, Fire Behavior, EMS just to name a few. He holds both an Associates of Applied Sciences (AAS) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from Columbia Southern University.

rrochford@concordtwpfire.com

Ron Singleton

Deputy Chief | Operations Division

Chief Singleton has served the citizens of Concord Township since 2011. Chief Singleton started his career with Concord Township Fire Department as a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT, became a Part-time Firefighter/EMT and was promoted to a Full-Time Member. In 2016 Chief Singleton was promoted to LT. of A shift assigned to Station 2, In January of 2017 Chief Singleton was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Training. As of March 2017, Chief =Singleton was moved to his current position as Deputy Chief of Operations and Fire Suppression. Chief Singleton is a Retired Member of the US Army where he earned numerous awards to include Combat Infantry Badge. Chief Singleton has a long history of service involved in Public Safety starting in 1993 as a Firefighter. Chief Singleton holds certifications as an Instructor and Investigator for the Concord Township Fire Department. Chief Singleton is married to his Wife Lori Singleton and they both live and work within Concord Township and their children attend the local.

rsingleton@concordtwpfire.com

Phil Sumpter

Deputy Chief | Training Division

Chief Sumpter is a Paramedic, Investigator, Fire Inspector, and also a Firefighter Instructor. He also does the scheduling for the part time members. He has been with Concord since 2011 and is currently assigned to Station 1 on B-shift. He has been in emergency services for a total of 14 years. Lives in Nappanee with his wife Brittany and his step daughter Ellie.

psumpter@concordtwpfire.com

Shawn Miller

Deputy Fire Chief of EMS | Volunteer Division

Shawn Miller is a current licensed Paramedic / Fire Fighter, TCCC instructor and Owner/instructor of The Moulage Medic, He has a combined 20 years of experience in Emergency Medical Services and training. Shawn started out serving as a Combat Medical specialist in the U.S. Army from 1990-1999, then took a break from EMS for a few years until September 11, 2001, return to the Medical Services as a National Registry Paramedic and began working in extended ambulance transport, 911 system as a paramedic/firefighter and as an expanded scope Paramedic in a level 2 trauma emergency department. Shawn’s passion for training caused him to start a business call The Moulage Medic. I found there was this void between book work and practical hands-on training that just didn’t fit for all students, but when you put hyper-realistic traumatic injuries and stress in a scenario, the students got it. Current Owner operator of The Moulage Medic and NAEMT authorize training site for all TCCC courses, American Heart CPR / AED / First aid instructor. Shawn in addition to his experience holds certification in hazmat, NIMS, pediatrics, advance medical and ACLS.

Bryan Jaenichen

Deputy Fire Chief | Volunteer Division

Joined department in 2003, over the years I have taken many classes and held several different leadership positions. Today as a Deputy Chief, my primary responsibilities is to assist in decisions that impact the entire department, bring new ideas to the department, and to manage the volunteer Firefighters. I couldn’t think of anything better to do to help myself, my fellow Firefighters, and the Community.

Bjaenichen@concordtwpfire.com

Fire Station 1

Fire Station 2

Concord Township Fire Department

Station 1

23625 Co. Rd. 18 Elkhart, IN

(574) 875-9644

 

Station 2

26061 Co. Rd. 26 Elkhart, IN

(574) 875-5920

 

Station 1

 

23625 Co. Rd. 18 Elkhart, IN

(574) 875-9644

 

Station 2

 

26061 Co. Rd. 26 Elkhart, IN

(574) 875-5920