Southwest Fire District

Base 50 - Station 1 - Waynesdale

SWFD protects the southwest corner of Allen County immediately south of Fort Wayne. Formed in 1986, this combination department includes 50 volunteers, 13 full-time and 20 part-time firefighters. SWFD provides Fire, Tactical Rescue and BLS protection to 80 square miles and approximately 25,000 residents within the district.

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Base 50 - Southwest Fire District Station 1 - 7001 Old Trail Road (Waynedale Area)
This building is the original Wayne Township firehouse. The original Wayne Twp FD was formed in 1941 and also covered Aboite Twp until 1983, when Aboite Township VFD formed. The left side rear section of this firehouse (can't see here) was built in 1941. The front left was added in 1946 and the large, right-side bays were added in the early 1970's. Base 50 is staffed by two members 24/7 with a third FF on M-F from 7am-4pm. Much of the area originally covered by the Wayne Twp FD is actually now inside FW city limits and this station is actually located completely within the Fort Wayne city limits (protected by FWFD). So yes, there was an occasion where there was a fire just a few houses down and all the SWFD crew could do was go outside and watch. Base 50 is currently home to Engine 51, Emergency 55, Squad 56, Truck 57, Grass 59 and Boat 50.

Engine 51 - 1997 Spartan Gladiator/Marion (#57614) – 1500gpm/500gal
This apparatus was purchased from Palmyra, New Jersey in 2015. E-51 carries a full set of battery-powered Hurst tools, airbags, struts and cribbing. It also has a 12,000lb front-mounted winch and a 10kw generator. This apparatus now serves as the primary extrication vehicle throughout the district. In honor of Engine 51 from Emergency!, department members chose to change the lettering on the door from their normal scheme.

Engine 51 - 1997 Spartan Gladiator/Marion (#57614) – 1500gpm/500gal


Emergency 55 - 2017 Ford E450/Emergency Mobile Tech Inc (RE209) remount/2011 Wheeled Coach (303209)
Due to a blown motor in the original 2009 chassis, SWFT decided to remount on a new chassis instead of replacing the motor. This rif is almost completely identical to the former unit.

Emergency 55 - 2017 Ford E450/Emergency Mobile Tech Inc (RE209) remount/2011 Wheeled Coach (303209)


Squad 56 - 2016 Chevy K2500HD
This apparatus is used for medical assist calls and transporting additional manpower to scenes.

Ladder 57 - 1997 Pierce Quantum 75ft Aerial (#EA-777) – 1500gpm/750gal


Ladder 57 - 1997 Pierce Quantum 75ft Aerial (#EA-777) – 1500gpm/750gal


Ladder 57 - 1997 Pierce Quantum 75ft Aerial (#EA-777) – 1500gpm/750gal
Located in the central location of Waynesdale, Ladder 57 responds as the primary Aerial Truck throughout the Southwest Fire District.

Grass 59 - 1995 AM General Hummer/1996 Fire Attacker – 300gpm/300gal
59 is the first-due apparatus for brush, grass and field fires within the district.

Grass 59 - 1995 AM General Hummer/1996 Fire Attacker – 300gpm/300gal with Boat 50 - Achilles inflatable
With it's offroad capabilities, Brush 59 is used to pull the department's boat for top water and dive rescue incidents.

Antique Pump 51 - 1977 Ward LaFrance Ambassador (#80-1515)/1990 RPI Pumper - 1500gpm/1000gal
After its first career in Allen County, This apparatus spent time in Advance, IN from 2000-2011 as their primary response Engine 51. Upon its retirement, E51 was purchased by a local farmer. It was recently purchased from that farmer by a Southwest Fire District board member who rode it back when it was new. It is now back home at SWFD and is usually stored at Base 50 where it serves as a parade piece.

Antique Pump 51 - 1977 Ward LaFrance Ambassador (#80-1515)/1990 RPI Pumper - 1500gpm/1000gal

Special Thanks to FF Jason Giszewski for his assistance in arranging the apparatus for these pictures!