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Firefighter Tim Griffin of the Carmel Fire Department is at the fire station to lead us through his rock workout. He demonstrates some exercises using rocks he found outside.

Multimillion-dollar budget to improve public safety in Carmel, Indiana

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — Mayor Jim Brainard is proposing more than $30 million for the fire department and more than $25 million for police in the proposed budget plan for the year of 2020.

The fire department’s annual budget is normally just below 30 million dollars.

The money will be used to hire 15 more firefighters, pay salaries for current employees, continue to maintain equipment and six existing fire stations across the city.

Fire Chief David Haboush said public safety should meet with the demand of the area’s growing population.

“As the population within Carmel has doubled and tripled over the years, so has the number of responses that we have had,” Haboush said.

The Carmel Fire Department will buy another 100-foot ladder truck. The additional 15 firefighters will help staff it.

“This truck is very versatile in our community because it is an articulating vehicle in the middle and it can navigate alley ways and tight turns within the community,” the fire chief said.

It will provide more space to store equipment, improve car rescues and help decrease response times.

Firefighter Greg Webb told News 8, “It will help us out tremendously because, right now, if we get a working fire, we have to call for another agency to send us another ladder truck because our standard is to have two ladder trucks on every working resident’s fire.”

Webb said they call fire departments in Fishers, Westfield or Indianapolis for help.

The proposed city budget for 2020 plans to give more than $25 million to the police department. The department is looking for three additional officers.

The budget increases will come without a tax increase for residents, officials said.

“This is a proactive approach to us being able to provide better services within our community,” Haboush said.

The Carmel City Council has until Nov. 1 to approve the proposed budget.

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (WISH) – Twenty-four kids decided to spend their summer day inside a classroom Wednesday for the Safe Sitter Program at the Brownsburg Fire Department.

The program is aimed at keeping kids safe when they are babysitting younger children at home.

“I have a toddler at home, like my brother and I love babysitting for him while my mom is gone,” said participant Ava Bulleraick.

“My mom signed me up,” added Gareth Delp. “I mean, I didn’t really know that safe sitters really existed that much before.”

The kids range in age from 11-13 years old. They were taught how to change a diaper, use first aid and how to stop a baby or child from choking. They also learned how to call 911 if there’s an emergency and behavioral management skills to help them deal with infants, toddlers and children.

Each student will walk away with a Safe Sitter certificate at the end of the program.

“They all have different experiences they can learn from each other because some of them have been staying at home by themselves maybe for a little while already and some haven’t,” said program instructor Tanya Shelburen. “We kind of take it back to the parents to decide what they’re really ready for.”

The class allows kids to overcome a few challenges and teaches them to make smart and safe decisions while home alone with younger children.

“They’ve usually made some friends in the class and they’re pretty excited. many of them want to make a little money babysitting and they know that they need to know the right skills so that they can do that successfully,” Shelburen said.

Click here to sign your child up for the next Safe Sitter Program available.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — It’s a tradition to go out with a loud bang on July 4, but not everyone is accustomed to continued fireworks once the big night is over.

“In the neighborhood, (there are) a couple fireworks that go off several times in the evening that are very large, and they almost sound like an artillery piece going off, and they do sort of rattle the windows,” said Carmel resident Kevin Patterson.

“I’m at the end of the cul-de-sac, but, by golly, we got neighbors out there that are setting off these things that are like motor shells,” she said. “They shake and rattle the windows and that’s crazy, and it’s all hours of the night,” said Indianapolis resident Cathy Demooyer.

Indiana law allows fireworks to go off from June 29 to July 9. It’s been in place for sometime now, but not everyone is in favor of it.

“When it’s random for people like me and people who have also served, we don’t know and it scares us, so we’re leaping for cover. We’re like, ‘Is that a gunshot? Is that a bomb? Is that an explosion? What do I need to do next to be safe?’” Demooyer said.

When people can put off fireworks depends on where they live. State law does not allow fireworks to go off in the middle of a street or an apartment complex. It’s also advised to ask for permission if your home is part of a homeowners association.

Carmel police said they’ve gotten at least seven calls of noise complaints since the Fourth of July and recommend people showing common courtesy to their neighbors if choose to use fireworks.

“Maybe a child that has noise issues and you want to make sure that you’re cognizant of your neighbors and find out if maybe they do have that problem, try to move them outside that area,” said Tim Griffin, firefighter with the Carmel Fire Department.