Battalion chief retires after 48 years

(Provided Photo/IFD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Officials say the second-longest serving firefighter in Indianapolis Fire Department history is hanging up his helmet.

IFD says Chief Dan Hansman was hired in August of 1966. Throughout his years with the department, the now 70-year-old says he’s seen it go from “adequate” to a “national leader” in training and health and safety.

In his 48 years on the force, officials say he has taken off work for surgeries, but he has never called in sick.

He retires as a battalion chief. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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