Annual Chili Supper & Open House

March 20th, 2021, 6:00 PM

Stop by and have some home cooked chili and other good food and desserts. Meet the firefighters, see our fire station and equipment, while socializing with other citizens from the community. Get valuable information about fire safety and how to help your fire department serve you better. This is a free-will donation event.

52nd Annual Bean Dinner Festival

October 1st thru 3rd, 2021

Each year (forgetting 2020 like we all want to) the Annual Bean Dinner Festival is held the first weekend in October right on the streets of beautiful Cataract, IN.  This will be the second year we are officially opening on Friday afternoon, we will be serving beans from 4-8 PM as well as a food stands and also go hunting for a great buy from the many vendors. This fundraiser allows our fire department to stay in operation for another year. Help us by coming out and enjoying your weekend with us.

Come enjoy some of the 800 pounds of Beans 'n Ham with cornbread Friday 4-8, Saturday and Sunday 10:30-6.

With over 120 vendors including crafts, tools, antiques, food and many other festival finds, the Cataract Volunteer Fire Department Annual Bean Dinner Festival has something for everyone!

Booth spaces fill up quickly, so why not reserve yours now while you're thinking of it! Have 10,000 people look at your items for sale or a great way to advertise your business. Only $20 for one 12'w x 10'd space, $15 for the 2nd, and $12 for additional spaces. Electric available for a small additional charge. Download our Vendor Application for more info and send it to us with your payment. Contact Don @ 765-795-4022 or [email protected] for more info. We accept check, cash, money order, or you can pay by credit card through PayPal using the link below (add $1 per space for PayPal). Please help us by spreading the word about our festival to anyone that might be interested in setting up or attending. 

Dive Rescue Team

We are continuing to build our dive team. We have 4 members (so far) ERDI and open water dive certified, plus surface support members, and are working on obtaining additional communications capability but we cannot afford the rest of the equipment needed. We felt the need was great to start this team with the Indiana DNR the only divers available to us, considering they often have an extended response time. Donations will be used to buy dive equipment We cover Cataract Falls State Rec Area and part of the 1200 acre Cagles Mill (Cataract) Lake. Unfortunately in the last few years, several people have drown at the falls. We need to have faster access to these deep water areas. We will assist surrounding fire departments and IDNR on dive responses once our team is operational. Being a small, all volunteer fire department with limited funding, having spent $30,000 for training and basic gear so far, we need your help to go further. Any donation helps and is greatly appreciated. Please share this fundraiser ( with others even if you cannot give a donation. Thank you from the members of CVFD and the dive team.

Reflective Address Sign

Seconds count in emergencies. Reflective address signs save time when emergency crews are responding to your house. These reflective address signs are made of heavy aluminum with a green reflective background and large white reflective numbers. They can be seen from great distances at night, and are the easiest house numbers for emergency crews to spot. If your number is written or in stick on letters, especially when it is on the front and not both sides of the box, requires us to slow down at each residence to make sure we are not passing your house. Please mount the sign on your mailbox or post at the end of your driveway. Make sure it is visible from both directions and above weeds and winter snow so we can find you fast. If you need assistance purchasing or mounting your sign we will be glad to help. We have forms at the fire station or you can stop at the Owen County EMS and pick up a form. $15 is a very cheap investment for your safety. We will install for free!

Knox Box

You are probably wondering "What is a Knox Box?" A Knox Box, officially the KNOX-BOX Rapid Entry System, is a small, wall mounted safe that holds building keys for firefighters and EMS to retrieve in emergencies. Our fire department has the master key to all the boxes in our response area, so that we can quickly enter a building without having to force entry or wait for a key holder to arrive. The box costs less than your insurance deductible if we would have no choice but to break a window or door to make entry into your house. It also allows us to leave your residence safe and secure when we leave, especially for accidental alarms when you are not at home.These are a very good idea for any with a security system, driveway gate, weekend home, or someone that may have a medical emergency while at home and is unable to make it to unlock their door. We will install it for free. They cost around $160 for a home box. Visit knoxhomebox or or contact us for more information. Help us help you!

Indiana Homeland Security Foundation

Did you know there is a way to show your support for Fire, EMS, and Police personnel throughout Indiana? The Indiana BMV offers a license plate called the "Secure Indiana" plate. Not only will public safety know you support them when they see it on your vehicle, they also receive funds and support through the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation. That's right, the proceeds from the sale of these plates are given to the Foundation which in turn give grants to help fund critical needs in local departments throughout Indiana. For more info visit

Owen County Community Foundation

You can help our department and other charitable causes by making a contribution to the Owen County Community Foundation to the Cataract Fund or the Fire & Emergency Fund. This can even be set up in your will to have a lasting legacy to help others. All contributions are tax deductible and your money will allow us and other county fire departments to receive grants every year instead of a one time purchase. Make your donation keep giving forever. Check out the foundation at

South Central Indiana REMC Operation Roundup

An easy and low cost way to help us and other good causes in our local community is to elect to participate in the Operation Roundup program if you are a member of the SCI REMC out of Martinsville. They round up your electric bill to the next whole dollar amount. Ex $89.56--> $90.00. This small contribution adds up and we can apply for grants to help our department purchase needed emergency equipment to help serve you better. It averages only $6 per year. Here is a link to their website to enroll or call them at 1-800-264-7362.


Like everyone, a small rural fire department has needed items to allow us to help our community better. If you're wanting to make a donation or memorial that will give back to the community, why not consider donating or sponsoring the following items for your Cataract fire department? All donations are federal and state tax deductible!

1. Dive team equipment. We need dive computers, additional communications equipment and more training to outfit our new dive team. Any donation would be greatly appreciated. It will cost us around $5,000. 

2. We need junk cars and trucks to use for automobile extrication practice. If you have an old one, running, crashed, even just the shell we would be glad to pick it up from you and you get to take the donation off of your taxes.

3. A thermal imaging camera. They are needed to find hot spots, people inside burning buildings and even for locating missing people outside, especially at night. It allows you to see in complete darkness or thick black smoke. $6000 is more than we can afford to spend for one of these invaluable tools. We would use it on every fire run.

Monetary Donations

Many have asked for an easy way to donate to your Cataract Volunteer Fire Department. Donations can now be made online, even with a credit card, through PayPal. So no matter the reason that you've decided to make a donation, we've made it easier for you. Just click on the button and you will be taken to PayPal. We will send you a receipt of donation letter if you need one to make your donation tax deductible. You can of course drop off a donation or mail it to us at 9582 Hi Ridge Trl, Spencer, IN 47460. Thanks for your consideration!