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Winter 2009: PUFD Captain Retires

MinniearAfter 27 years of service with Purdue University Fire Department, Captain Lynn Minniear hung his fire helmet and retired his two bugles.

After serving in the U.S. Marine Corp, Lynn joined the Purdue University Fire Department on September 1, 1981. Since then, he has served and rendered aid to many within the Purdue Community and has also helped orientate many new firefighters to the fire service and Purdue campus. Lynn was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2004.

We wish Lynn Minniear and his family well and the very best to all of his new endeavors.

September 22, 2008: Purdue Fire's New Command Vehicle

Command 14In July of 2008, Purdue University Fire Department put into service a new Ford Expedition. This new vehicle, Command-14, will serve as the designated incident command post during an emergency situation.

In the event of an emergency in your building, the building deputy or other personnel with information pertaining to the emergency, should report to the Fire Officer-In-Charge at this vehicle.

Please remember to never crowd any emergency worker, fire apparatus or emergency vehicle during an incident. It is also important to always move away from the building and stand at a safe distance from the building and emergency vehicles.

The Purdue University Fire Department is proud of its newest arrival and is sure it will be a true asset to the fire department and the Purdue community it serves.


July 7, 2008: Purdue University Fire Department Honors Two Citizens for Saving a Life

newsOn June 12, 2008, a 67-year old man playing in the Senior Games at Purdue's Recreational Sports Center, collapsed due to sudden cardiac arrest.

Two volunteers with Area IV Agency, the sponsor of the Senior Games, were able to help. They quickly alerted 911 and utilized their nursing backgrounds to begin CPR, saving the man's life.

Catherine Gaylor and Traci Goudy were honored July 7, 2008 at the Purdue University Fire Station with a Life Safety Award. Their instrumental and quick-thinking efforts allowed this man to have a second chance. Current statistics show that 94 percent of victims that go into sudden cardiac arrest have a less than 6 percent survival rate.

The Purdue University Fire Department also responded quickly to continue advanced life support efforts at the scene with a defibrillator, advance airway management, and cardiac drug therapy protocols.

Congratulations to all involved.


May 5, 2008: Two New Purdue Firefighters Hired

fireOn May 5, 2008, two new firefighters started with Purdue University Fire Department.

Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Randle and Firefighter/Paramedic Joseph Bucinski were sworn in by Environmental Health & Public Safety Senior Director Carol Shelby.





Spring 2008: Purdue Fire Department Steps Up Fire Prevention

GuerraWith national numbers of campus related fires on the rise, Purdue University Fire Department adds another layer of safety for the Purdue Community it serves. Fire Chief Kevin Ply, has expanded the Fire Department with a full-time Fire Prevention Specialist - Lieutenant. John A. Guerra as accepted this new role. John has been serving the Purdue Community as a Purdue Firefighter seen 1996. His new position will focus on educating the diverse groups of student, faculty and staff members on fire prevention and safety, fire extinguisher training, first -aid safety, facilitate the CPR/ AED program, scheduling fire drills and working closely with Radiological & Environmental Management to conduct life safety inspections.

John Guerra's fire service knowledge, experience and certifications as a Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Instructor II/III, CPR/ AED / First-aid Instructor & Community Safety Educator; will help mold a diverse and informational program geared around the needs for the student, staff and campus life. Guerra states, "It is important that we, as a community, look at fire prevention and safety with an open mind." "These life saving skills and daily practices of prevention and safety, will exceed, well into your lives & endeavors beyond Purdue University ."

Please contact Lt. John Guerra, for scheduling, information or related questions at the Purdue University Fire Department. 49-46919. Let us wish John Guerra well in his new position.


October 15, 2007: Three new firefighters hired and started in their new position:

In the photo below from left to right: Purdue University Fire Chief Kevin Ply, New Firefighters Shane Jones, Joshus Jenkins, Corey Matricia, Sr Director Environmental Health and Public Safety Carol Shelby, interim vice president for physical facilities Joe Mikesell.

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August 23, 2007: Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Ply Named Chief of Purdue Fire Department

PlyIn his 19th year with the Purdue University Fire Department, Kevin has nearly 25 years of experience in the fire service. He is a fire instructor and an emergency medical technician (EMT). Kevin has completed numerous fire training programs across the country including those at the National Fire Academy, the Nevada Test site, and Texas A&M. He is the President of the Tippecanoe County Fire Chiefs Association and is a board member of the Tippecanoe County Fire Association.