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Carmel Fire Department Chief of Operations

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Gugel, Mark

    Asst. Chief Mark Gugel
Phone: (317) 571-2600
E-Mail: mgugel@carmel.in.gov

Operations Section

Assistant Chief Mark Gugel directs the daily operations of the Carmel Fire Department. Chief Gugel is a 22-year veteran of the Carmel Fire Department. He is a paramedic and has served as a Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, and Training Chief for the department. Mark is a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame and spent his first two years of fire service with the South Bend Fire Department. Chief Gugel has the responsibility of managing 155 sworn personnel. The department divisions that Chief Gugel directs consist of the following:

  • Fire Suppression Division
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Safety and Training Division
  • Quartermaster Division
  • Planning Division

The Fire Suppression Division is responsible for providing direct services to the citizens of Carmel. Services rendered include:

  • Fire Suppression
  • Search and Rescue
  • Emergency Medical Services (Provided by Paramedics and EMTs)
  • Hazardous Materials Spill Mitigation
  • Technical Rescue Services
  • Extrication from vehicles and machinery
  • Water Rescue
  • Our Fire Suppression Division is divided into three shifts of 48 sworn personnel which operate on a 24-hour cycle. Each shift is led by a Battalion Chief and Executive Officer
A-shift B-Shift C-Shift

Capshaw, Jeff
Battalion Chief
Jeff Capshaw

Brandt, Gary
Battalion Chief
Gary Brandt

Steele, Jeff
Battalion Chief
Jeff Steele

Frenzel, Eric
Executive Officer
Eric Frenzel

Mead, Dave
Executive Officer
Dave Mead

Tierney, Scott
Executive Officer
Scott Tierney


The Fire Suppression Division Personnel operate out of six stations which are strategically located throughout the City of Carmel and Clay Township. Our apparatus include:

6 –Engines
1 – Tiller Ladder
4 – Ambulances
1 – Battalion Chief Command Vehicle
1 – Tactical Support/Hazardous Materials Response Vehicle
2 – Boats
2 – Utility Vehicles
2 – Reserve Engines
1 – Reserve Ladder
2 – Reserve Ambulances
19 – Staff Vehicles