MEET THE STAFF

The Officers of the Whiteland Fire Department

 Eric Funkhouser- Chief

 

Eric has 18 years of fire service experience with the White River Township Fire Department and currently at the Bargersville Fire Department.

While at White River Township Fire Departments, Eric served as a Lieutenant from 2004 to 2006. In 2006, Eric joined the Bargerville Fire Department full time and during his tenure, has held the rank of Captain, Battalion Chief and currently holds the position of Division Chief of Training and Safety.

Eric has been married to his lovely wife, Brooke, for 16 years and they have 12 year old twin boys.

 

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Brandon Wood- Assistant Chief

 

Brandon began his fire service career in 1997 as a Cadet Firefighter. He currently serves the citizens of the Bargersville Community Fire Protection District as well as being Assistant Chief of the Whiteland Fire Department. Brandon has held many ranks in the fire service, including Fire Chief of a 35 member combination fire department. 

He has served the citizens of the State of Indiana as a Chief of Fire Training, and Division Director of Preparedness and Training, for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Brandon is passionate about Code Enforcement and Training.

Brandon has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University as well as being a graduate of the Emergency Management Institute and National Fire Academy Leadership programs in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  He also serves as an adjunct instructor and speaker for the emergency services in leadership and training design and implementation. 

 

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Jason Kephart- Captain

 

Jason has been in the fire service for 15 years. He started as a cadet and in 2005 became a firefighter with the Whiteland Fire Department.
He served in the Indiana Army National guard as a CBRN Warfare Specialist for 8 years.
From 2006 to 2010 he served the Amity Volunteer Fire Department, reaching the rank of Lieutenant/Safety Officer. From 2009 to 2011 he served as a part time firefighter with the Bargersville Fire Department. Jason is currently a full time firefighter EMT with the Harrison Township Fire Company in Columbus Indiana. He also currently serves as the house captain and safety officer for the Whiteland Fire Department.
He is a bagpiper with the Indianapolis Public Safety Pipes and Drums, as well as an honor guard member.
Jason has been married to his wife Amber since 2016 with 4 boys ages 7, two are 8, and one is 10.

 

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Bryan Brown- Fire Marshal/Captain

Bryan has been in the fire service for 18 years, starting as a cadet in 1999 with the Greenwood Fire Department and hired part time in 2004.

In 2013 he was hired full time by the Fishers Fire Department. In 2014, Bryan took a Full Time position with the Greenwood Fire Department as the Deputy Fire Marshal and currently still holds that position.

He was hired by the Whiteland Fire Department in 2017 to fill the part time FF/EMT position. He was also hired by White River Township Fire Department in 2017 for a part time FF/EMT working nights on the B-Shift.

Bryan has been married to his wife Kellie for 6 years and has a daughter Hadlie, who is a bundle of joy! 

 

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Colin Yocum- Lieutenant/EMS

 

Colin started in public safety in 2012. He started with Whiteland Fire Department in July 2013 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2016. Colin has been in charge of all EMS operations since 2014.

He works full time as an EMT for Indianapolis EMS, where he started in the inner city and now works in Franklin Township. Colin is also a part time FF/EMT at White River Township Fire Department and the Bargersville Fire Department.

He has been married to his lovely wife Katie since September 2016. They have no children yet, but they do have two dogs that sometimes are just as much of a handful.

Colin is preparing to start paramedic school in the fall of this year so that he may better serve the residents of Whiteland and surrounding cities.

 

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Erik Toler- Lieutenant/Quartermaster

Erik started his career in the fire service with the Whiteland Fire Department 2010. He has been the Quartermaster of the department since 2011. Erik was promoted to Lieutenant in 2015.

Erik has been a resident of Whiteland since 2012 and serves as a full time Dispatcher for Johnson County.

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Jordan Smithey- Lieutenant/Support Services

 

Jordan started in the fire service with the Whiteland Fire Department in July 2013. Until 2017, he helped with lawn maintenance and vehicle maintenance in any way possible. 

In 2017 he took on the role of support services and January 1, 2018 was promoted to lieutenant.

Jordan works full time in the agricultural business as a mechanic He is very passionate about keeping our apparatus up to speed for our firefighters to better serve our community.

 

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Steve Wire- Training Coordinator

 

Steve started in the fire service 1993 as a cadet with the Greenwood Fire Department. He started part time with them in 1999 and was the Cadet Advisor from 2000 to 2010.

Steve left the Greenwood Fire Department in 2012 and started part time with the White River Fire Department.

He started with the Whiteland Fire Department in 2017 before being promoted to Training Coordinator.

Steve works full time with FedEx as a delivery driver. He has twin boys, age 13 and a daughter, 3.

 

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