||21st Annual Firefighters Bluefest
||The funds raised from our annual blues fest, serve as the primary funding for two programs of critical importance here in Michiana.The first being our Survive Alive Houses. These are modular homes that have been retro-fitted with the latest technology to simulate a house fire and several other hazardous circumstances, such as tornadic winds and even electrical shortages. These movable class rooms are taken to schools, churches, and events all throughout our community. They are designed to be fully interactive and kid friendly. We use these to teach children what to do, and how to react when seconds count. This program is built into the curriculum of many of our local school districts, and has been experienced by tens of thousands of children since its inception, helping us to prevent untold injury and even death. We are also the driving force behind the Hoosier Burn Camp. Operating since 1997, this is a place for children who have been affected by the tragedies of fire. It's a safe place where these kids can put aside their physical and emotional scars, and just be kids. It's staffed by firefighters (current and retired), highly trained staff to help them deal with their injuries whether it's physical or emotional, and even former attendees. The camp operates year round, and is always provided to the families at ZERO cost.