In This Department
The highly-trained, dedicated members of the West Lafayette Fire Department work around the clock to keep us safe, providing fire and first responder (basic) medical response to citizens within the city limits. The WLFD responds to over 2,500 incidents each year.
The West Lafayette Fire Department operates from three stations. Fire Station No. 1 is located at 300 North Street, near the Purdue University campus, and was built in 1917, making it one of Indiana's oldest active fire stations. Fire Station No. 1 formerly housed City Hall and other city offices and is one of a few stations in Indiana with a fire pole. Fire Station No. 2 is at 531 W. Navajo Street, and Fire Station No. 3 is located at 1100 W. Kalberer Road.
The WLFD has several fire apparatus: a 95-foot aerial platform, three pumper/heavy rescue trucks, one mini-pumper/rescue truck, and a utility RTV-1 provided by a grant from Firehouse Subs. The RTV-1 is primarily used to fight wild land fires on the city's 22 miles of trails. WLFD also provides EMS at city festivals and other public relation events with RTV-1. The Chief, Deputy Chief, and Assistant Chief each has a Tahoe in which to respond.
Tim Heath is Fire Chief for the West Lafayette Fire Department. Chief Heath began his career in the fire service in 1985 as an airman in the United States Air Force. He came to the City of West Lafayette in February of 1990 as a Firefighter. The departmental staff also includes Deputy Chief Tony Schutter. Deputy Chief Schutter has been in the fire service since 1989 and with the City of West Lafayette since 1995. Assistant Chiefs Edward Spitznagle (A-shift), Jeff Holder (B-shift), and Bob Molter(C-shift); Fire Inspector/Investigator Jodie Imel; six captains; three lieutenants, and 27 firefighters for a total of 48 sworn personnel. They report to one of three rotating shifts (A, B, C), working 24-hour shifts when on duty.
WLFD MISSION STATEMENT
"To protect our community's people, property, and environment through intervention, prevention, and education, ensuring West Lafayette is always a safe and great place to work, live, and play."