Emergencies Call 911 or 574-631-5555
100 Fire Station
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (574) 631-6200
Facsimile: (574) 631-8592
Fire Chief Bruce V Harrison
Chief Bruce Harrison joined NDFD in March of 2012. He began his fire service career with the DeKalb Fire Department in 1981 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1994 and Captain in 1998. He was named Assistant Chief in 2002, Acting Fire Chief July 31, 2008, and Fire Chief January 26, 2009. He received his paramedic training in 1983 and served for several years as a Flight Medic. Chief Harrison has completed numerous classes at the National Fire Academy including the Executive Fire Officer Program. He was among the first group of Illinois Fire Fighters who responded to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and was named Illinois Operations Officer for the third deployment to New Orleans. He has been instrumental in the formation of the Northern Illinois Communiversity Incident Management Team. He is a certified Fire Officer III and holds an Associates Degree from Kishwaukee Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Fire Administration from Grand Canyon University.
Assistant Chief Timothy Hoeppner
Assistant Chief Timothy Hoeppner started with NDFD in 1990, became captain in 1999 before being promoted to Assistant Chief in 2010. He previously was a member of the Osolo Township Fire Department in Elkhart County where he had served as firefighter since 1983 and as a volunteer for the local ambulance service. He serves as NDFD’s Chief of Operations, his certifications include SCUBA diver, Confined Space, High Angle Rope and Trench Rescue, Hazardous Materials Operations and as a Fire Inspector. In his free time, Chief Hoeppner enjoys golf, SCUBA diving, fishing and in the summer sitting by his pool.
His wife Robin works in the First Year of Studies at the University, and they are the proud parents of daughters Madison currently a junior at IUSB and Emily began college in the Fall of 2014 at the University of Notre Dame.
Assistant Chief Fire Protection, Design & Maintenance
Assistant Chief Greg Merryfield started with NDFD in February of 2015. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University’s Fire Protection & Safety Program in 1996 and serves NDFD as the Assistant Chief of Fire Protection, Design & Maintenance. He has a broad experience with fire protection systems and industrial fire protection from many of the nation’s Department of Energy and Department of Defense facilities including; the Nevada Test Site, Yucca Mountain Project, and most recently the Bluegrass Chemical Weapons Pilot Plant in Richmond, Kentucky. He started his fire service experience in the South Bend area with the local fire department Clay Township (now Clay Fire Territory) as a volunteer. Greg has two children Bear and Grace who are a great joy in his life and a Harlequin Great Dane named Bowman.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Mary Weigle is NDFD’s Coordinator of Office Services and joined the department in 2006. Prior to coming to NDFD, Mary hosted, produced and directed One Shot Challenge, an outdoor hunting television show that highlighted women and children in the shooting sport industry and promoted archery and muzzleloading. One Shot Challenge aired on the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel for six years. Mary also worked for American Greetings and Clairol as a sales and marketing representative. Some of her responsibilities with NDFD include the scheduling and billing of all fire protection work performed on campus, budget, payroll and scheduling firefighters and student EMTs for shift vacancies and other special events.
Mary graduated from John Carroll University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Business. She has two children – her son Kurt works for the Calhoun County, Michigan Sheriff’s Department and her daughter Kristina graduated from St. Mary’s College with a degree in Nursing.
Brother Francis Gorch
Brother Francis Gorch was the last firefighting Brother with NDFD. Brother Frank has been at the University for over 60 years, having initially arrived on campus in 1941 as a seminarian before returning to Notre Dame after professing in 1948. Over the years, he has served in a number of capacities by working at the bookstore, as caretaker of the cemetery and as treasurer in the Main Building. From 1963 to 1965, he was the host for University Masses. From 1965 to 1989 he managed LaFortune Student Center and at one point concurrently managed Washington Hall.
Brother Frank moved out of the firehouse in 2002 and resided at Holy Cross House. His unwavering loyalty to NDFD and his enthusiasm for protecting Our Lady’s University made him the epitome of what it means to be a Notre Dame firefighter. Brother Frank passed away on November 14, 2015.
Captain Gregory A. Dhoore
Captain Gregory Dhoore has been with NDFD since 1997. He started in the fire service in 1972 with the Clay Township Fire Department after he graduated from high school. He served as a Firefighter, Lieutenant and Shift Captain. At NDFD, Captain Dhoore’s responsibilities include being the coordinator of the Inspection Bureau, and is a member of Mabis 201 Tactical Rescue Team. Captain Dhoore holds many Indiana and National Fire Certifications.
He and his wife Gail have two children, Matthew and Kerri, and three grandchildren, Blake, Brayden, and Abigail.
Lieutenant Michael Olinger
Lieutenant Michael Olinger has been in the Fire Service since 1992. He has been with the NDFD since 1998 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2010. Prior to coming to NDFD, Lieutenant Olinger was a member and former Chief of the Cleveland Township Fire Department in nearby Elkhart County. He holds numerous State and National Fire Academy certifications including SCUBA Rescue Diver, along with Firefighter I&II and Emergency Medical Technician.
Michael married his wife Tabitha in the summer of 2012. Together they have 10 children and 3 beautiful Grandchildren. In Michael's spare time he enjoys the open road on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. In the last few years Michael and his family have enjoyed breading Golden Retrievers.
Firefighter Gordon Martinczak
Firefighter Gordon Martinczak came to NDFD in 1995 after working 20 years for the South Bend Fire Department. He has a wide spectrum of experience and training, including being a ladder truck tillerman, rescue diver, confined space technician and hazardous materials operations. Firefighter Martinczak also played Division II football at West Virginia State College. His favorite pastime involves hiking in the woods with his wife Becky and their two dogs. Becky and Gordon have three children – Kim, Kelly, and Paul.
Firefighter Kelly Newland
Firefighter Kelly Newland came to the NDFD in 2000 after 25 years of service with the Clay Township Fire Department. Kelly has been an emergency medical technician for the past 36 years and also received training in high angle rescue, confined space, water and ice rescue as well as firefighting tactics.
Kelly and his wife of 40 years Ann have two grown children – Melissa works as a pharmacist in Chapel Hill NC, and Ryan work for NDFCE. When he is not on duty, Kelly enjoys golfing, fishing and playing with his 3 (2 brindle and 1 fawn) boxers.
Captain Michael Holdeman
Captain Michael Holdeman joined NDFD as an on-call firefighter in 2000 and was hired full time in 2005 before being promoted to lieutenant in 2009 and captain in 2010. A member of the fire service since 1984, he also continues to serve his home community of Union, Michigan as chief of the Porter Township Fire Department.
Captain Holdeman has spent his entire life in the Michiana area and has an extensive background in agriculture. He holds certifications for Firefighter I&II, Hazardous Materials Operations, Rescue Diver, Techinical Rescue and Vehicle Extrication. He and his wife Vicki are the parents of eight children: Jason, Courtney, Heather, Jordan, Hillary, Heidi, Lauren and Chase and they have one grandchild, Makyah.
Lieutenant Andy Willett
Firefighter Andy Willett worked 15 years as a volunteer Firefighter for Roanake Fire Department and an EMT from 2006-2012 for Parkview Huntington EMT service before being hired as a Full time Firefigher for NDFD in 2012. Firefighter Willett holds numerous State and National Fire Academy certificates including Instructor I and Investigator I and II. He is charge of inventorying and ordering all EMS supplies for the Fire Department. Andy and his wife Brie have three children Dillon, Emilie and Olivia. They are expecting their 4th child in July 2014
Firefighter Ryan Ule started his fire service career at the age of 17 as a volunteer firefighter. At age 18 Ryan enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a firefighter where he served 9 and a half years before leaving as a Technical Sergeant in 2014. From 2010-2011 he Deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Ryan attended the Louis F. Garland DOD Fire Academy and holds numerous Department of Defense fire certifications to include Airport Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Officer I/II, Instructor I/II, and Inspector I/II. Ryan also holds many state of Indiana fire certifications to include EMT-B, Fire Officer Strategy and Tactics, Incident Safety Officer, and Apparatus Driver Operator.
Ryan and his wife Lisa have been married almost four years, and they have a daughter named Aveyah. Ryan enjoys spending his free time with his family. Ryan, Lisa, and Aveyah enjoy serving their church community, going to concerts, attending sporting events, being outdoors, canoeing, and spending time with family, friends, and their pets. Ryan and Lisa have two dogs a Yellow Lab named Hero and a Golden Pyrenees Lola.
Firefighter Damien Cruz
Firefighter Damien Cruz entered the fire service in 1992 as a volunteer with the Portage Township Fire Department (later Southwest Central Fire Territory) and served with NDFD as an on-call firefighter for 5 years before being promoted to a full time position in 2010. Firefighter Cruz holds numerous certifications and is in charge of the Departments Child Safety Seat program and CPR Instruction. Firefighter Cruz serves on several other county Fire Departments. When not working he enjoys being with his wife Cindy and their daughters Emma and Abbie. He is also an avid runner.
Captain Robert "RD" Brown
A life-long resident of South Bend, Captain R.D Brown started with NDFD in 2000. Prior to that, Captain Brown was a member of the Portage Township Fire Department on the west side of South Bend for ten years. He holds numerous state and National Fire Academy certifications including SCUBA diving, technical rescue and hazardous materials.
Captain Brown devotes most of his off time to his wife Gail and daughters Nicole and Amanda. Nicole is a 2016 graduate of St. Mary's College with a degree in Education, Amanda will be a Junior at St. Mary's in the Fall of 2016 in the School of Nursing. He also enjoys coaching sports and watching his girls participate in various sporting events.
Lieutenant John Nyerges
He and his wife Stacy have been married for 31 years, They have two grown children; Matthew who lives in Elkhart, IN and is an over the road truck driver and Lindsay who is a Special Education teacher in Indianapolis. John and Stacy live in Granger and enjoy their two Golden Retrievers Daisy Mae & Bear and two Maltese dogs Mia & Misha. They enjoy traveling to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where they stay in a cabin almost every year. John enjoys riding along with the Chicago Fire Department and going to Indianapolis to visit with his daughter.John retired from Clay Fire as a Captain with 27 years of experience. Prior to Clay Fire he was a Communications Dispatcher with the City of South Bend and Fort Wayne. John is a third generation firefighter, his Grandfather and Father served on the South Bend Fire Department. He holds many state certifications including EMT, Fire Officer II, Instructor II/III, Fire Investigator I, Safety Officer, Swift Water Technician, Hazardous Material Technician, NIMS Command, Vehicle & Machinery Rescue Technician, Fire Officer Strategy & Tactics, Blue Card Incident Commander plus many more.
Firefighter Ryan Schafer
Firefighter Ryan Schafer joined the fire service in 1986 as a member of the Lakeville, Indiana Fire Department and has served with NDFD since 1999. He is also the chief of the Madison Township Fire Department in Wyatt, Indiana and owns and operates a large grain and livestock farm. He and his wife Jennifer have two children.
Firefighter Schafer studied heavy equipment repair at Ivy Tech Community College and at NBC Technical Center in Lima, Ohio and has previously worked in the heavy equipment repair and operation, building construction and underground utilities fields. He also holds numerous fire service certifications.
Firefighter Corey Cole
Firefighter Corey Cole has been in the fire service since 2010 beginning his career as a volunteer for Baugo Fire Department in April 2010 and is currently a part-time paid Battalion Chief Firefighter/EMT-B. He became a fulltime firefighter/EMT-B for Osolo Township Fire Department for 2.5 years. He currently holds a number of State certifications including Firefighter I and II, EMT-B, and Fire Investigator. He began his career for NDFD in June of 2017.
Corey married his lovely wife Jessica in July of 2008. Together they have 2 children, Gabriel and Isabella. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports. He also enjoys building things and remodeling.
Fire Protection Technician-Firefighter Dwight Niles
Firefighter-Technician Dwight Niles joined NDFD in 2011. Prior to joining NDFD he worked in the Fire Protection Industry for 10 years. From 2008-2011 he was in charge of the Fire Protection Service and Maintenance for the University. Dwight and wife Christianna have 3 children Sarah, Jeff and Jacob and 5 grandchildren Zoie, Owen, Randi, Elizabeth, and Daniel. Dwight enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
Fire Protection Technician Rick McAllister
Technician Rick McAllister came to NDFD in 2009 after working 20 years with SimplexGrinnell. He is a 1981 graduate of Ivy Tech Community College with a degree in electronics communications. Technician McAllister and his wife Lisa have three children, Ashlee, Brandi and Cody along with six Grandchildren, Brayden, Trinity, Ava, Ashlyn, Italia and Elliana. He also enjoys photography and being with his children and grandchildren in his spare time.
Technician Nicholas Kovach came to NDFD in March of 2017 after working in the fire protection industry for 16 years with F.A.S.T. and Koorsen Fire and Security. He holds a NICET certification in Fire Alarm inspection, testing and service. Technician Kovach is a 2013 graduate of Liberty University with a Social Science degree focusing in Communication, Business, and Economics. Nicholas and his wife Lora reside in Elkhart with their daughter Lucia. He enjoys spending time with his family and reading classical literature during his spare time.