Chief of Planning

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Carmel Fire Department Chief of Planning

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Division Chief TBA
Phone: 317-571-2600

The Planning Section Chief - (PSC), a member of the General Staff, is responsible for the collection, evaluation, dissemination and use of information about the development of the incident and the status of resources. Information is needed to understand the current situation, predict the probable course of incident events, and prepare alternative strategies for the incident.

The Planning Section Chief coordinates special event planning as well as planning during emergency operations.

Chief Sean Sutton serves as the Planning Section Chief for the department. Chief Sutton was hired as a firefighter in 2004 and has been a career firefighter since 1996. Chief Sutton was union president for Carmel Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 4444 from 2013-2019 and served on several committees. Chief Sutton is also a member of Indiana Task Force 1 (FEMA/USAR) and serves as a Communications Specialist for the team and has been deployed to several hurricanes and disasters. Through the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC), Chief Sutton is a member of the Command Staff for the FDIC HOT days and serves as Communications Leader.

Although communications falls under the Logistics Section Chief according to the National Incident Management System (NIMS), Chief Sutton also manages all aspects of Carmel Fire Department’s communications division. This includes, but is not limited to, policy development, training, purchase and maintenance of radios and mobile data computers, liaison with emergency dispatch, CAD programming, and administration of the fire records management reporting system.

Chief Sutton is also responsible for the departments drone program. The CFD has a DJI Matrice 300, DJI Inspire 2 and Mavic 2 Pro in its fleet. The department uses drones for situational awareness during planned and unplanned events such as fires and large events in the city. The Matrice 300 has a drop system that aids in water rescue by lowering a life vest or flotation device to the victim. The department has five pilots that are trained in drone operations that is required by the FAA

PulsePoint Respond

Hamilton County and Carmel Fire Department provides PulsePoint Respond and PulsePoint AED free to citizens. PulsePoint Respond is a free app that anyone can download. Citizens, visitors and healthcare professionals can be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency. If the CPR needed event is in a public place, the app alerts trained citizens and off-duty professionals who are nearby simultaneous with the dispatch of our local paramedics and firefighters. The app also directs citizen rescuers to the exact location of the closest publicly accessible Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for an estimated 424,000 deaths each year, more than 1,000 deaths per day. The American Heart Association estimates that effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival. However, less than half of cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR or the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator). Both apps can be downloaded to your Apple or Android device.

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PulsePoint AED

PulsePoint AED is a separate app that businesses can use to upload their public access AED. The AED is added to the PulsePoint registry and then can be used as a location when someone dials 911, alerting the dispatcher to tell the called that there is an AED nearby. This is good for public buildings, community pools and fitness facilities that might have an AED nearby.


Smart 911

Smart911 is a free national service designed to help you when you call 911. Once you’ve signed up, Fire, EMS and Police will be aware of important information including medical conditions, current location and emergency contacts – that will help located and help you in an emergency. The information you submit is private and secure and only can be accessed by the 911 operator when you call 911.


Emergency Planning