Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department

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The following article was narrated by George Schmidt the only founding member still active on this fire department with 35 years. Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department was formed in 1975 with 30 members on the roster.The first engine was leased from Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department for three years for $1.00 per year.We used one bay in the building to the east of the station(not built at this time) which is now Berkheimers.We broke ground in 1976 at 380 East State Road 2 which was donated by Indiana General and this was the start of the new station.The station was built by Chesters and the interior was completed by members of the fire department.We started parking the engine in one bay at the end of summer 1976 and the interior was completed in spring of 1977.In 1977 the members built the first 2000 gallon tanker on a used Chevy chassis and aquired a 6 x 6 military chassis for the next tanker. We also aquired from the military a brush truck that was also built by the members of the department.In 1978 the department took delivery of a new 1977 Ford pumper built by Quality Manufacturing and was in service until 2005.In 1981 we took delivery of a 1980 Chevy Mini Pumper the first truck built by Hoosier Fire in Valparaiso.In 1989 we took delivery of a new 1988 GMC pumper built by Quality.In 1991 and 1992 we added five more truck bays to the station giving us a total of seven bays.In 1999 we took delivery of two used trucks,one custom cab seven man 1988 E-One Hurricane Pumper and a 2500 gallon tanker made by Becker and these are still in service.In 2005 we took delivery of our first new custom cab engine a Toyne with a Spartan cab which is our first out engine.We purchased in 2007 a new Ford Expedition Incident Command vehicle that is driven by the chief and a Ford F550 Lifestar Rescue Airvan with a six bottle 6000 psi fill system with containment.We just took delivery in 2010 of a Kenworth/Toyne 3000 gallon tanker.We still maintain a 30 to 35 member roster and are always looking for new members.

Happy 4th of July. Stay safe and have a great day.
07/04/2020

Happy 4th of July. Stay safe and have a great day.

06/30/2020
Bartz Rd is currently closed near E 329 N  due to a fallen tree. Please be aware of your surroundings this morning and w...
06/27/2020

Bartz Rd is currently closed near E 329 N due to a fallen tree. Please be aware of your surroundings this morning and watch out for any down power lines and trees.

Tonight some of our members attended the graduation ceremony for Washington Township High School class of 2020. Congratu...
06/14/2020

Tonight some of our members attended the graduation ceremony for Washington Township High School class of 2020. Congratulations to all Washington Senators including our own Will Phillis.

This morning just after 1100am we were dispatched along with automatic aid from Liberty Township Fire to a barn fire on ...
06/13/2020

This morning just after 1100am we were dispatched along with automatic aid from Liberty Township Fire to a barn fire on Bartz Road. Immediately after dispatch a Tanker Plan 1 was requested. Thank you Porter County Central Communications (911), Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department, Morgan Township Volunteer Fire Department, Westville Fire Department, Cass Clinton Volunteer Fire Department & Porter Hospital EMS. Photos provided by Region News Source.

06/01/2020

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Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department
05/28/2020

Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department

Thank you to all of the men and women who have served. Have a good day and stay safe.
05/25/2020

Thank you to all of the men and women who have served. Have a good day and stay safe.

Thank you to everyone who followed the birthday drive-by journey. We enjoyed being part of these special occasions and b...
05/21/2020

Thank you to everyone who followed the birthday drive-by journey. We enjoyed being part of these special occasions and bringing an extra smile to birthday boys and girls when parties couldn’t take place. Here’s a look back on our adventures... πŸŽˆπŸš’πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰

05/20/2020

Final birthday drive by - Happy Birthday SAWYER! πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ

This week is National EMS week. We thank Porter Hospital EMS for their support.
05/19/2020

This week is National EMS week. We thank Porter Hospital EMS for their support.

Below are some pictures from our last 2 birthdays. Enjoy!   πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚
05/15/2020

Below are some pictures from our last 2 birthdays. Enjoy! πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚

05/14/2020

Birthday drive by - Happy birthday, Casey!
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Please join us in congratulating Probationary Firefighter, Will Phillis, on his upcoming graduation. Last fall Will comp...
05/11/2020

Please join us in congratulating Probationary Firefighter, Will Phillis, on his upcoming graduation. Last fall Will completed his Eagle Scout project at the MAAC by creating a firefighter memorial on campus. Congratulations to Will and his classmates! πŸŽ“ #SenatorStrong #allinthistogether

05/11/2020

Birthday drive by - Happy birthday, Sunny!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Thank you to our moms who encouraged and allowed our members to follow the...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Thank you to our moms who encouraged and allowed our members to follow their desire to be Firefighters.

Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department
05/07/2020

Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department

05/06/2020

Birthday drive by - Happy birthday, Emily! πŸŽ‚

Before the night ends on International Firefighter Day, this fire wife is hijacking the page to say thank you to our fir...
05/05/2020

Before the night ends on International Firefighter Day, this fire wife is hijacking the page to say thank you to our firefighting loved ones at WTVFD. We see your love for what you do, the hours you spend in training and the way you jump when the tones drop anytime of the day. You are loved, appreciated and prayed over daily. We support you! ❀️

If you travel SR 2, please see below. #Safetravels
05/05/2020

If you travel SR 2, please see below. #Safetravels

*** Update - this project is complete and the road is open again. ***

ROAD CLOSURE - SR 2 in Porter/LaPorte

SR 2 will be closed to thru traffic between US 6 and SR 49 starting on Wed, May 6. Crews will be replacing a pipe between CR N 600 E and Old State Road 2.

Local traffic should allow extra time when driving through this area and drive distraction-free through all work zones.

Thru traffic should seek an alternate route. The official detour will follow US 6 and SR 49. The road is expected to be re-opened by Friday, May 8.

05/04/2020

To all Washington Township residents, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your childrens’ birthdays over the last several weeks. On Friday, Governor Holcomb set forth a plan for Indiana residents to return to our everyday routines. With this great news comes the unfortunate but necessary announcement that as of today we are no longer able to take birthday drive by requests. Washington Fire will be honoring all requested parades we have scheduled for the rest of May. We understand that this may upset some, and for that we are sorry. Our members wanted to bring a little brightness during this dark time and see your child smile and fulfill a birthday wish. Please continue to stay safe and well as we begin to transition back to β€œnormal.”

Thank you,

Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department

πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ  Today we were able to stop by a special boy’s house and wish him a happy birthday. Mom shared that Tyler has been t...
05/03/2020

πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ Today we were able to stop by a special boy’s house and wish him a happy birthday. Mom shared that Tyler has been telling her that this was the best day of his entire life because the firemen came to wish him a happy birthday. It was our honor, Tyler! πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ πŸš’

05/02/2020

Birthday drive-by: Happy birthday, Tyler!
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04/28/2020

Birthday drive by - Happy birthday, Brooklyn!

We had the honor of helping two young men celebrate their birthdays tonight. Happy birthday Ryan and Connor! πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ
04/23/2020

We had the honor of helping two young men celebrate their birthdays tonight. Happy birthday Ryan and Connor! πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ

04/22/2020

Happy birthday ride - Happy birthday, Ryan!

04/22/2020

Happy birthday ride - Happy birthday, Connor!

Happy birthday to all of our birthday boys!  Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day. πŸŽ‚ 🎈
04/22/2020

Happy birthday to all of our birthday boys! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day. πŸŽ‚ 🎈

04/21/2020

Birthday drive-by #3. Happy birthday Logan!!

04/21/2020

Birthday drive-by #2. Happy birthday, Greyson!

04/21/2020

Birthday drive-bys β€” Happy birthday, Jack!

Thank you for joining us on our birthday visits. Here are some of the posters one of our firefighter fiancΓ©s created. Is...
04/17/2020

Thank you for joining us on our birthday visits. Here are some of the posters one of our firefighter fiancΓ©s created. Isn’t she talented? Stay tuned for future bday surprises. πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ

04/16/2020

WTVFD - Day 2 Birthday Drive-By #4. Happy birthday, Quinn!

04/16/2020

WTVFD - Day 2 Birthday Drive #3. Happy birthday, Brynlee!

04/16/2020

WTVFD Day 2 - Drive by #2. Happy birthday Emersyn!

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380 E State Road 2
Valparaiso, IN
46383

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Photo coverage of barn fire 2401 Bartz Road 6 12 2020. \
Thank you once again from our family to yours for your assistance in our time of need, it is truly appreciated!
Assistant Chief Dwayne Tate on the nozzle followed by FF Amy Franiak and FF Larry Putman at TEEX for some live Industrial FF training :)
Hello, I am interested in setting up a time on June 30 for the department to come and do a demo for kids at Summer Camp at Perpetual Motion in Valparaiso. If someone can reach out to me at 219-476-7209 that would be much appreciated!
Good evening. My name is Michelle. I'm from Tulsa Oklahoma I have a friend that has a 12 year old little boy that has down syndrome and his family is making him a blanket made up of fire department patches and I would like to know if your department would be willing to donate a patch for him. Please get back to me. Thanks so much.