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Robin Nicoson Jr.

Chief of Safety

Indianapolis Fire Department

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Indianapolis Fire Department

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Employment History

Decatur Township Fire Department

Battalion Chief


Deputy Chief, Safety and Risk Reduction

Washington Township Fire Department

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About 90 percent of the city's ... [cached]

About 90 percent of the city's vacant property fires are arsons, says Robin Nicoson, Indianapolis Fire Department's chief of safety. "Some of these vacants are totally engulfed when we get on the scene, and that's where our incident commanders need to weigh the risk and the benefit," he says. "But if there are people inside, firefighters are still doing primary searches, and it gives us a chance to get more people injured."

Once the fire department leaves the scene, the building remains life threatening, and the city could be held liable for any accidents that occur afterward, Nicoson says. For example, if children play in the structure and it collapses, the city could be sued.
If another fire erupts at the same site, the location is even more dangerous for public safety personnel. Even so, firefighters still must enter such buildings during a fire because their first mission is to rescue any occupants even though the structure may collapse. "The only things we are going to gain are injuries or death because you are going into something that's already burnt," Nicoson says.

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"It is a good case for all of us chiefs to learn from," said Robin Nicoson, chief of safety for the Indianapolis Fire Department, who has been following the Chicago case closely.

Department Staff - Decatur Township Fire Department [cached]

B-Shift Battalion Chief Robin Nicoson Robin joined the department in 2005. Chief Nicoson was first appointed to a Merit Lieutenant in 2009 and served in that position until July 9, 2015 when he was appointed to the B-Shift Battalion Chief. He also coordinates all fire related training for the department and runs as a back-up Fire Investigator. Robin currently holds State Certifications as an Emergency Medical Technician, Firefighter I/II, FOST, Instructor II/III, Safety Officer, Fire Officer I/II, Fire Investigator, Driver Operator Pumper, Vehicle and Machinery Technician, Rope Rescue Technician, Confined Space Technician, Trench Rescue Technician, Swift Water Technician, Structural Collapse Technician, Hazardous-Materials Technician, All-Hazards Planning Section Chief, and several FEMA and ICS Courses.

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