Rochester Fire Department

Apparatus - Part 1

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
E-1 responds first-out on all fire calls at RFD.

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


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


Rescue 3 - 2013 Spartan Metrostar/Marion - 21 gal Burner CAFS
R3 carries a full set of Lancier extrication tools, airbags, struts, rope and water rescue gear. This rig is equipped with top-side coffin compartments, a WillBurt Nightscan light tower, a 12kw generator and a 12,000lb winch in the front bumper.

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


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


Brush 5 - 2015 Ford F350/Danko - 250gpm/250gal/12gal foam


Tower 6 - 2001 American LaFrance Eagle (J38710)/LTI 93ft Aerial Tower - 2000gpm/200gal
This apparatus originally served the Wayne Township FD in Indianapolis as Ladder 84. It was purchased by Rochester in 2013. If you look closely at the left side of the grill, you can still see the hole caused by a bullet fired at the WTFD firehouse that penetrated the bay door and struck the truck!

Tower 6 - 2001 American LaFrance Eagle (J38710)/LTI 93ft Aerial Tower - 2000gpm/200gal


Brush 7 - 2012 Chevy K3500HD/Craigs Welding (Menton IN) - 250gpm/250gal


Brush 7 - 2012 Chevy K3500HD/Craigs Welding (Menton IN) - 250gpm/250gal

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.