Fishers fire chief elected president of Indiana State Fire Chiefs Association


Fishers Fire Chief Steven Orusa has been elected president of the Indiana State Fire Chiefs Association.

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The IFCA was created in 1926 and promotes excellence in Indiana’s fire and emergency services to improve fire prevention and protection across the state. Orusa previously served on the Association’s Executive Board as Indiana Dept. for Homeland Security liaison, PAC chairman and first vice president. He also is a past president of the Hamilton County Fire Chiefs Association.

“Our communities need us in ways they never have before,” Orusa stated. “While we serve in challenging and unprecedented times, we also have opportunities to create new partnerships and sustainability. To do so will require our resilience, perseverance and change becoming an institutional value. We’ll provide leadership and resource support to fire and emergency service leaders by leveraging the wisdom and experience of tradition with the creativity and collaboration required of the 21st century.”

Orusa has worked in law enforcement and fire service positions for 35 years. He joined the FFD. in May 2011 and has been involved with city projects, including the Stigma Free Fishers mental health initiative, transitioning the department to include emergency services, the community paramedicine program and the new Fishers Health Dept.

Prior to his position as FFD chief, Orusa was the deputy fire chief of Operations, US&R Planning section chief and Deputy Operations section chief for Super Bowl XLVI; incident commander for the Henryville tornado recovery; Technical Review consultant for NIOSH Line of Duty Death investigations; and program manager for the Indiana District-5 Type III Incident Management Team. He also was the director of the International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists Response Team and has participated in public safety and military dive operations worldwide.

Orusa also has served on nonprofit boards, including the City of Fishers Youth Mentoring Initiative, Hamilton County Humane Society, Leslie Anne Hulse Foundation (human trafficking awareness) and the International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists (IADRS) Board of Directors.

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