Rochester Fire Department

Engines & Snorkel

The Town of Rochester, IN is located at the crossroads of U.S. 31 & S.R's 14 & 25 in central Fulton County. The Rochester Fire Dept. was established on January 1st, 1888. RFD is a combination department with 8 paid full time firefighters, supplemented by 30 volunteers who run an average of 400 calls per year. RFD provides Fire, Rescue & Medical First Responder protection to 10,000 residents living in the Town of Rochester, Rochester Township, most of Richland Tonship and half of Newcastle Township, an area totaling 110 square miles.

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Rochester Fire Station - S.R. 14 & Elizabeth Street.
This state-of-the-art facility was completed beside the Fulton County Airport and dedicated on September 11th, 2008. It is home to all of RFD's apparatus and serves as department headquarters. In the Summer of 2010 this station will become home to one crew and ambulance from Fulton County EMS who currently have a ALS unit at Woodlawn Hospital.

Engine 1 - 2009 Spartan/Seagrave Pumper - 1500gpm/1000gal/10gal A foam
This sharp engine replaced an older apparatus shown at the bottom of this page. E-1 runs first out on all fire calls at RFD.

Engine 1 - 2009 Spartan/Seagrave Pumper - 1500gpm/1000gal/10gal A foam


Engine 4 - 1991 KME Renegade (#1047) - 1250gpm/1000gal/10gal A foam


Engine 4 - 1991 KME Renegade (#1047) - 1250gpm/1000gal/10gal A foam
With the delivery of Engine 1, this venerable engine sees little calls and was placed into reserve status.

Engine 2 - 1971 American LaFrance Pioneer/1982 FTI - 1000gpm/750gal
This engine is in reserve status and can be seen in various parades during the Summer and Fall. I was purchased from a department in Michigan in 1987.

Engine 2 - 1971 American LaFrance Pioneer/1982 FTI - 1000gpm/750gal


Snorkel 91 - 1973 Duplex/Oshkosh/Pierce/1991 RPI 85' Snorkel - 1250gpm/250gal
This unique apparatus began its career with the Castleton VFD in Indianapolis and served there until 1991. It then served the Fishers Fire Department until 1997, when it was purchased by Rochester. It is shown here with Fishers unique striping scheme and Town logo still on the door.

Snorkel 91 - 1973 Duplex/Oshkosh/Pierce/1991 RPI 85' Snorkel - 1250gpm/250gal


Former Engine 1 - 1996 Ford CF/1978 American LaFrance/2003 Barry & Sons - 1000gpm/750gal
This unique re-chassistruck was one of the few Ford CF chassis used for fire apparatus in Indiana.

Original Rochester Fire Station - East 7th & Main
This firehouse was built in the 1910's and served as the department's headquarters until 2008.

Special thanks to all the members at Rochester Fire Dept. for their help in arranging these apparatus for pictures and giving department background and history.