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.

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!

04/16/2020

Day 2 - Birthday Drive-By #1. Happy birthday, Jacob!

PANCAKE UPDATE: Given the current Covid-19 situation, we have postponed our annual breakfast. However, WE STILL ARE PLAN...
04/16/2020

PANCAKE UPDATE: Given the current Covid-19 situation, we have postponed our annual breakfast. However, WE STILL ARE PLANNING ON HAVING ONE! We are looking at this fall once everything has settled down. Thanks for your patience and understanding but most of all we hope everyone stays safe!

04/14/2020

WTVFD birthday drive by #2 - Happy birthday Jaxson!

04/14/2020

WTVFD birthday drive-by!

A shout out to the men & women at Porter County Central Communications (911) for telecommunicators week.
04/13/2020

A shout out to the men & women at Porter County Central Communications (911) for telecommunicators week.

The members of Washington Fire would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe Easter.
04/12/2020

The members of Washington Fire would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe Easter.

04/12/2020

The Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department understands that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, children are unable to have their friends and family over for birthday parties for health and safety reasons. We would like to try to do our part to help make birthdays special for Washington Township children in the meantime.

If you would like to request that a fire truck drive past your residence and wish your child a happy birthday on or near their birthday, please send us a private message on Facebook. We will need your child’s birthday, their name, their age, your name, address, and contact number. If your child has special needs or a disability which is not conducive to sirens, please advise us as well. Our firefighters will then attempt to drive by and wish your child a happy birthday from inside our fire trucks, following the social distancing guidelines. Please note that our visit is subject to change depending on call volume and firefighter availability. This program is available to Washington Township residents who have children in fifth grade or younger, with a birthday that falls during the COVID-19 social distancing period. We hope that this will help make this time pass a little easier!! πŸš’ πŸ”₯ πŸ‘¨β€πŸš’ πŸ’§ πŸŽ‚ 🎁

04/07/2020

Video of the Lake County Sheriff Department Aviation Unit Bambi bucket in action at today's brush fire at W US Highway 30 and S 600 W

Today at 14:26 Washington Township responded to Laporte County to assist with a brush fire at W US Highway 30 and S 600 ...
04/07/2020

Today at 14:26 Washington Township responded to Laporte County to assist with a brush fire at W US Highway 30 and S 600 W. Fire departments were assisted by Lake County Sheriff Department Aviation Unit with their Bambi bucket.

At 836 this morning Washington Fire with automatic aid from Liberty & Morgan Townships responded to a structure fire. Th...
04/03/2020

At 836 this morning Washington Fire with automatic aid from Liberty & Morgan Townships responded to a structure fire. The Fire was contained to the garage area of the structure. Thank you Porter County Central Communications (911), Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department, Morgan Township Volunteer Fire Department, Porter County Sheriff's Office, & Porter Hospital EMS.

Last night we said thank you to our firefighters and their families for serving our community another year. Thank you to...
01/12/2020

Last night we said thank you to our firefighters and their families for serving our community another year.

Thank you to Liberty Township Volunteer Fire Department for covering for us, to Casa Del Roma & Old Town Banquet Center and your excellent staff for the delicious meal, Taylor's Tins for your great work on our new shields, and Custom Challenge Coins.

Happy 2020, everyone!

01/01/2020

Happy New Year!

2020-2021 Officers

2901 Fire Chief Rob Huffstodt
2902 Assistant Chief Dwayne Tate
2903 Captain Glen White
2904 Captain Matt Preuss
2905 Captain Jim Schergen
2906 Lt. Dave Beckwith
2907 Lt. Larry Putman
2908 Lt. Matt Mettenburg
2909 Lt./Safety Jeremy Spargur

President George Schmidt
Vice President Mike Hammonds
Secretary Amy Franiak
Treasurer Jeremy Spargur

Merry Christmas everyone!
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas everyone!

11/28/2019

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours

This afternoon Washington Fire was dispatched to Old State Road 2 south of 600 North for a single vehicle crash with ent...
11/19/2019

This afternoon Washington Fire was dispatched to Old State Road 2 south of 600 North for a single vehicle crash with entrapment. One patient was transported to the hospital. Thank you Porter Regional Hospital EMS, Porter County Sheriff's Office, Porter County Central Communications (911), Sandberg's Towing & Recovery.

11/13/2019

Last night we responded to a residential fire and would like to thank Morgan and Liberty Township Fire & Porter EMS for their assistance. We would also like to thank McDonalds on La Porte Avenue for providing coffee and hot chocolate on a frigid night. It was greatly appreciated!

Congratulations to Lt. Jim Schergen and his wife Laura on their marriage! Happy to add another member to the Fire Family...
11/13/2019

Congratulations to Lt. Jim Schergen and his wife Laura on their marriage! Happy to add another member to the Fire Family! 11-12-19

Thank you to all who have served.
11/11/2019

Thank you to all who have served.

Last night Washington Township Firefighters did several live fire scenarios at the MAAC. The scenerios included a couple...
10/23/2019

Last night Washington Township Firefighters did several live fire scenarios at the MAAC. The scenerios included a couple of kitchen fires, living room fire and an upstairs bedroom fire. Preparing for the next call!

Monday night we welcomed 13 firefighters from Chile that stopped by for a tour of our station. It was interesting to com...
10/23/2019

Monday night we welcomed 13 firefighters from Chile that stopped by for a tour of our station. It was interesting to compare culture and firefighting techniques from South America.

Sparky has arrived at the fire station.
10/12/2019

Sparky has arrived at the fire station.

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380 E State Road 2
Valparaiso, IN
46383

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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.