Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department

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.

The road is open.
06/27/2019

The road is open.

The Silhavy/LaPorte intersection has reopened to traffic. This short-term closure has allowed construction of the roundabout to progress to the next stage. THANK YOU for your patience.

For everyoneโ€™s information.
06/20/2019

For everyoneโ€™s information.

To maintain the construction schedule for the Silhavy/LaPorte roundabout and ensure safety for motorists and construction crews, the Silhavy/LaPorte intersection will be temporarily CLOSED from 12 a.m. on Monday, June 24 through 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26. Detours will be posted, and surrounding businesses will remain open.
The new roundabout will be substantially complete by the end of 2019. To learn more about how to drive a roundabout, visit http://ci.valparaiso.in.us/1244/How-to-Drive-a-2-Lane-Roundabout

Congratulations to the Washington Township Senators Baseball Team on winning semi-state this afternoon!  Good luck at St...
06/09/2019

Congratulations to the Washington Township Senators Baseball Team on winning semi-state this afternoon! Good luck at State!!!

Washington Twp Fire Dept will be hosting an Emergency Medical Responder Course. Starts June 18th, we still have a few sp...
06/07/2019

Washington Twp Fire Dept will be hosting an Emergency Medical Responder Course. Starts June 18th, we still have a few spots left. Contact Allison ASAP if you are interested or have questions.

Welcome to the WTVFD family! Congratulations Firefighter Mike Roesch and his wife Lindsey. Wyatt James Roesch was born y...
06/06/2019

Welcome to the WTVFD family! Congratulations Firefighter Mike Roesch and his wife Lindsey. Wyatt James Roesch was born yesterday afternoon, 6.6 lbs and approx. 20โ€.
I think his brother Jack is happy too!

Congratulations to Washington Township's two newest Firefighters. Firefighters Kristen Settele and Mike Roesch completed...
05/08/2019

Congratulations to Washington Township's two newest Firefighters. Firefighters Kristen Settele and Mike Roesch completed their probationary status! They are both graduates of the District 1 Fire Academy at The MAAC and have proved to be a great firefighters on the department during their probation. We're glad to have them on our team!

Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department's cover photo
05/08/2019

Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department's cover photo

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05/05/2019

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March was a busy training month for Washington Twp. Firefighters. Last month our firefighters trained on roadway safety,...
04/05/2019

March was a busy training month for Washington Twp. Firefighters. Last month our firefighters trained on roadway safety, live fire brush truck scenarios, vehicle extrication, apparatus driver operator. Then last week 5 of our members traveled the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg Maryland and trained with other firefighters from Indiana, Florida and Maine. Preparing for the next call!

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03/19/2019

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Last night Washington Twp. Firefighters and a few friends from Westville Fire attended a Modern Fire Behavior class at t...
02/27/2019

Last night Washington Twp. Firefighters and a few friends from Westville Fire attended a Modern Fire Behavior class at the MAAC. District 1 Instructor Matt Kodicek started off with a classroom session on Fire Behavior, Flow Paths, Flashover and Basement Fires. Then we went outside and did some demos using the Max Fire Box and a Basement Fire Prop. In addition to learning about Fire Behavior students got to learn some more about Ventilation and Thermal Imaging Cameras. Thanks again to Matt Kodicek, District 1 Training and the MAAC for helping us "Prepare for the Next Call"!

Welcome to the WTVFD family Dean Lawence Mettenburg. Dean is the son of Firefighter's Alyssa and Matt Mettenburg.Congrat...
02/02/2019

Welcome to the WTVFD family Dean Lawence Mettenburg. Dean is the son of Firefighter's Alyssa and Matt Mettenburg.

Congratulations to Alyssa and Matt on your new addition! We think Dean is PERFECT!

Are you prepared for tomorrowโ€™s frigid temperatures?  Below is a list of warming shelters available in Porter County sho...
01/30/2019

Are you prepared for tomorrowโ€™s frigid temperatures? Below is a list of warming shelters available in Porter County should someone experience an emergency and be without appropriate heat.

Please remember, if using space heaters... plug into the wall directly and not a power strip. And NEVER use your oven to warm your home!

Stay warm and safe, Washington Township!

St. Joseph County Department of Health
01/26/2019

St. Joseph County Department of Health

As we will experience extremely cold temperatures over the next ten days, it is important to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. If you suspect someone has either condition, get them medical attention as soon as possible. For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/staysafe/index.html

Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department's cover photo
01/24/2019

Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department's cover photo

01/22/2019
Porter County Sheriff's Office

Porter County Sheriff's Office

Just a heads up if you're going to be leaving the house or heading to work, the roads are beginning to ice over. Some schools have already issued an early release for their students. Please use caution in your travels this afternoon and into the evening! #SlowandSteady

Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department
01/19/2019

Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department

Last night we had the opportunity to celebrate our members at our annual Christmas party.  We use this time to enjoy our...
01/12/2019

Last night we had the opportunity to celebrate our members at our annual Christmas party. We use this time to enjoy our fire family, both past and present, and provide special recognition to members with an award ceremony. Recognition was given to the following members for outstanding achievement in 2018:

Picture 1: Top Training hours
Firefighter Mike Garus
Firefighter Amy Franiak
Lieutenant Jim Schergen
Captain Matt Preuss
Firefighter Paul Ritchey
Lieutenant Larry Putman
Asssitant Chief Dwayne Tate
Probationary Firefighter Kristen Settele
Not pictured: Probationary Firefighter Mike Roesch

Picture 2: Top Call Percentage
Firefighter Paul Ritchey
Firefighter Alyssa Mettenburg
Captain Glen White
Firefighter George Schmidt
Chief Robert Huffstodt

Picture 3: 5 years of service
Lieutenant Jim Schergen

Picture 4: 10 years of service
Captain Matt Preuss
Captain Kelly Bogan
Firefighter Jamalyn Bogan
Firefighter Amy Franiak

Picture 5: 15 years of service:
Captain Gregory Adair
Firefighter Mike Hammonds

Picture 6: 25 years of service
Firefighter Mike Garus

Pictures 7/8: Firefighter of the Year and Member is the Year
Firefighter Paul Ritchey

Picture 9: Recognized for outstanding grant writing
Firefighter Jamalyn Bogan

We would love to extend a thank you to our board members, retired members, and the significant others of our members that attended in our celebration. An additional thank you to Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department for providing coverage of our territory during our event.

And last, but certainly not least... on behalf of all of our members... we would like to recognize Chief Rob Huffstodt and Assistant Chief Tate for their outstanding leadership and dedication to our department.

We look forward to a safe and happy 2019!

Have a safe and Merry Christmas! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ
12/25/2018

Have a safe and Merry Christmas! ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ

Thank you, Georgia Pacific! #georgiapacific #bucketbrigade #wtvfd #keepingfirefighterssafe https://www.nwitimes.com/news...
12/17/2018
Washington Township fire department receives $2,500 Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade grant

Thank you, Georgia Pacific! #georgiapacific #bucketbrigade #wtvfd #keepingfirefighterssafe

https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/washington-township-fire-department-receives-georgia-pacific-bucket-brigade-grant/article_67a99b10-014f-5816-ab42-aef8cece7add.html?mode=nowapp

The Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department is one of 43 fire departments awarded Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade grants this year. The department will receive $2,500 to help fund equipment needs, specifically

Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department's cover photo
12/09/2018

Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department's cover photo

Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department
12/08/2018

Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department

Another cold night and our Firefighters were out touring a new home under construction as part of our "Building Construc...
11/28/2018

Another cold night and our Firefighters were out touring a new home under construction as part of our "Building Construction" class. Understanding old and new construction methods for our safety. Thank you to Brandi and Dave for showing us your home and sharing your knowledge. Preparing for the next call!

From our family to yours, have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.
11/22/2018

From our family to yours, have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.

Even 22 Degrees and a little snow doesn't keep these guys and gals from training. Tonight we did our annual HazMat Refre...
11/14/2018

Even 22 Degrees and a little snow doesn't keep these guys and gals from training. Tonight we did our annual HazMat Refresher that included a classroom session on response to Flammable Liquid and Gas Emergencies, Patient Care in HazMat Emergencies and Air Monitoring, followed by some live fire scenerios. Thanks again to the MAAC Foundation for your continued support to our training mission "Preparing for the next call"!

Congratulations to Washington Township Firefighters Kristen Settele and Mike Roesch for graduating from the 2018 Indiana...
11/10/2018

Congratulations to Washington Township Firefighters Kristen Settele and Mike Roesch for graduating from the 2018 Indiana District 1 Fire Academy along with the rest of their Academy Class. Thank you for your commitment to the fire service and our community. "Preparing for the next call!"

Andrew Benson from Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity stopped down tonight and presented us with a check from money raised  durin...
11/07/2018

Andrew Benson from Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity stopped down tonight and presented us with a check from money raised during their "Firefighter Challenge." Thank you Pi Kappa Alpha for your continued support!

October was a busy training month for Washington Twp Firefighters. We did two evenings of Auto and School Bus extricatio...
11/03/2018

October was a busy training month for Washington Twp Firefighters. We did two evenings of Auto and School Bus extrication. Last Tuesday we trained on apparatus orientation, driving and pumping. Preparing for the next call!

๐Ÿ‘ป๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ‘ปHalloween 2018: Here's a look at trick-or-treat hours and other Halloween-centric events happening around the Region...
10/30/2018
Halloween 2018: Here's a look at trick-or-treat hours and other Halloween-centric events happening around the Region

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Halloween 2018: Here's a look at trick-or-treat hours and other Halloween-centric events happening around the Region https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/halloween-here-s-a-look-at-trick-or-treat-hours/collection_08bb78d7-f3be-5143-92c1-175127ba771a.html

Hard to believe Halloween is nearly here! But before the fun begins, check out this list of trick-or-treat hours and other fun Halloween-themed events happening in Northwest Indiana and Illinois.

Itโ€™s time for our safety fair! Come visit Sparky, General Insurance Services, Porter EMS, Indiana Dunes National Lakesho...
10/13/2018

Itโ€™s time for our safety fair! Come visit Sparky, General Insurance Services, Porter EMS, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Porter County Sheriff's Office K9s and of course your firefighters at WTVFD! Moon's Kettle Corn is here too serving up delicious snacks!

Welcome to the WTVFD family Amelia Rae Adair!  Amelia was born September 21st and is the daughter of Firefighter Krista ...
09/25/2018

Welcome to the WTVFD family Amelia Rae Adair! Amelia was born September 21st and is the daughter of Firefighter Krista Adair and Captain Greg Adair.

Congratulations to Krista and Greg on your new addition! We think Amelia is PERFECT!

Every September Washington Twp Firefighters travel to O'Hare Airport to do our annual ARFF refresher. Yesterday our memb...
09/21/2018

Every September Washington Twp Firefighters travel to O'Hare Airport to do our annual ARFF refresher. Yesterday our members got to participate in several scenarios to keep their skills sharp. Preparing for the next call!

UCAN - University of Chicago Aeromedical Network Flight Nurse Teri Campbell is our guest today discussing landing zone s...
08/29/2018

UCAN - University of Chicago Aeromedical Network Flight Nurse Teri Campbell is our guest today discussing landing zone safety and utilization. Members of WTVFD, Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department, Lakes of the Four Seasons Volunteer Fire Force, Westville Fire Department, Cass Clinton Volunteer Fire Department, & Beverly Shores Fire were all included in her audience. Special thanks to Teri educating us! ๐Ÿš๐Ÿš๐Ÿš’๐Ÿš’

07/30/2018
Boone Grove Fire Department

Update on our brother from BGFD. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts. โค๏ธ๐Ÿš’โค๏ธ

Dear fellow firefighters and friends of BGFD:

As many of you are aware, there was an accident that occurred on Friday July 27th at the Porter County Fair involving one of our dedicated firefighters during the grand stand event. We would like to update you on his condition. He is home from the hospital and resting well. He did suffer a concussion and some facial swelling but he and his family are in good spirits. We will be withholding his name and respecting his privacy. We would like you to continue to keep him and his family in your thought and prayers. Thank you from his BGFD family.

-BGFD President Erik Palleson

โค๏ธ๐Ÿš’โค๏ธWe would like to thank our community for the inquiries and well-wishes that have been sent our way. The firefighter...
07/28/2018

โค๏ธ๐Ÿš’โค๏ธWe would like to thank our community for the inquiries and well-wishes that have been sent our way. The firefighter that was injured in the grandstand last night is not a member of WTVFD, but is our brother from a neighboring department. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and we will be happy to pass along the support youโ€™ve shown. Further details and information will be provided as soon as we are able. โค๏ธ๐Ÿš’โค๏ธ

Thanks to the generosity of FM Global and their commitment to public safety, WTVFD was awarded a grant for Sparky The Fi...
07/23/2018

Thanks to the generosity of FM Global and their commitment to public safety, WTVFD was awarded a grant for Sparky The Fire Dog to aide us in our fire prevention education efforts! Additional thanks are in order to Erik Larsen and the team at Robotronics, as they made it possible for Sparky to attend the Porter County Fair! As you can see, heโ€™s already having fun meeting new friends! Make sure to find him and say hello! #sparkythefiredog #nfpa #fmglobal #fireprevention #portercountyfair #robotronics

06/30/2018
Porter County Public Library System

Unable to stay cool in your home? PCPLS branches are designated cooling centers.

Heat indexes today are expected to remain in triple digits...remain hydrated and limit outdoor activities.
As always, stay safe Washington Township!

Our branches are designated cooling centers throughout the weekend. Want to beat the heat? Stop in anytime to cool off, enjoy our free WiFi or internet computers, or enjoy a good book, magazine, or newspaper (or two)... they're on the house! ๐ŸŒž

Last night Washington Twp Firefighters trained on Search and Rescue techniques. Teaching our members different ways of d...
06/28/2018

Last night Washington Twp Firefighters trained on Search and Rescue techniques. Teaching our members different ways of doing a quick successful search and getting victims removed fast. Thank you to Engineer Matt Preuss, Lt. Dave Beckwith and Lt. Jim Schergen for their leadership! Preparing for the next call!!!

06/27/2018
Porter County Sheriff's Office

Fireworks time is among us. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the ordinance in unincorporated Porter County. If you do need to report a violation, please do so on the non-emergency line at 219-477-3170 as to not tie up 911 lines for life-threatening emergencies.

If you do wish to enjoy fireworks, we encourage you to do so in a safe manner and be mindful of your neighbors that may work odd hours, military veterans and pet owners.

Stay safe Washington Township! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Fireworks season is upon us again! We have been asked to post our fireworks ordinance (pertaining to the unincorporated areas of Porter County only) and times that consumer fireworks may be used. So here it is!
County Fireworks Ordinance 07-09:
-Between the hours of 5:00pm and two (2) hours after sunset (Chicago area sunsets are at approximately 8:30pm) on June 29-30, July 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
-Between the hours of 10am and 12am on July 4th
-Between the hours of 10am on December 31 and 1am on January 1
During these dates and times, Officers will NOT be dispatched unless: there is injury, property damage, the fireworks are being set off in a reckless/dangerous manner, fireworks being thrown from a moving vehicle; dispatch as a suspicious vehicle complaint.
Remember to check with the city you live in for their local city ordinance, as they may differ.
We encourage everyone to have a safe and fun summer!

Can we find your home in an emergency? No? We have reflective road signs available! Seconds count in an emergency!
06/25/2018

Can we find your home in an emergency? No? We have reflective road signs available! Seconds count in an emergency!

Thanks to the thoughtfulness of one of our local farmers, WTVFD has been awarded a $2,500 donation through the Monsanto ...
06/23/2018

Thanks to the thoughtfulness of one of our local farmers, WTVFD has been awarded a $2,500 donation through the Monsanto Funds America's Farmers Grow Communities! These funds will be used to stock our Chiefโ€™s vehicle with an AED and Emergency medical response equipment, helping to ensure the tools we need to help you are immediately available.

As a strictly volunteer agency, we are always grateful for awards and donations that provide us the best tools to serve our community. Thank you to our friend and local farmer Dennis Werner for the nomination that provided us this opportunity!

Tuesdays training "Drafting and Hose Deployment" even a hot and humid night doesn't keep these guys and gals from "Prepa...
06/15/2018

Tuesdays training "Drafting and Hose Deployment" even a hot and humid night doesn't keep these guys and gals from "Preparing for the next call"!

Congratulations to Washington Township's four newest Firefighters. Firefighter Casey Zippel, EMT/Firefighter Hannah Cove...
06/11/2018

Congratulations to Washington Township's four newest Firefighters. Firefighter Casey Zippel, EMT/Firefighter Hannah Covert, EMT/Firefighter Alyssa Mettenburg and Paramedic/Firefighter Matt Mettenburg completed their probationary status! They are all graduates of the District 1 Fire Academy at The MAAC and have proved to be a great firefighters on the department during their probation. We're glad to have them on our team!

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