Union Township Volunteer Fire Department

Base 800

The small town of Coesse is located 20 miles west of Fort Wayne along US-30 in eastern Whitley County. The 30 members of this all-volunteer department provide Fire, Rescue & BLS non-transport protection to 1,200 residents and 36 square miles. ALS service is provided county-wide by Whitley County EMS .

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Union Township Fire Station - Base 800 - Coesse, IN
In 2015, the station started a major change in the layout of the trucks. With the purchase of the 42ft long ladder truck, and bay depth of only 39 feet, changing the overhead door placements was required. The cheapest option was to move the overhead doors to the west wall and install two new 16X12 1/2 foot doors. The wall between the 1989 and 1964 sections was then removed and a new header installed. This made room to park the two tankers behind the two front trucks, making double depth bays. The seven overhead doors on the north side were covered over with a leanto using the concrete apron as the floor (you can see the old doors on the right wall). The grass rigs are now double-stacked in this bay. The area behind them is being converted to a gear room and offices. The eastern two bays of the 1964 building are being turned into a kitchen and meeting room area. All of the interior building renovations are being done by department members. Nice work!

Engine 801 - 2006 Spartan Gladiator/2007 Ferrara Invader (H-3404) Rescue Pumper - 1750gpm/800gal
Engine 801 is the first due apparatus for all fire runs at UTVFD. This rig also carries the department's third set of extrication tools and serves as the backup Rescue.

Engine 801 - 2006 Spartan Gladiator/2007 Ferrara Invader (H-3404) Rescue Pumper - 1750gpm/800gal


Tanker 803 - 2011 Ferarra Igniter (H-4751) - 1500gpm/3000gal
This rig was designed with a short cab with seating for 4 to keep the length down. 803 is equipped with a 3500 gallon dump tank. and has storage in the front bumper for a full hydrant bag. The truck carries 200ft of 2 1/2" hose and a 25ft section of 5". 803 is equipped with the department's first roto-ray. The slogan "Size Matters" was placed above the windshield, as this rig replaced a small, 1973 tanker.

Tanker 803 - 2011 Ferarra Igniter (H-4751) - 1500gpm/3000gal


Tanker 804 - 1999 American LaFrance Eagle (F61682)/Semo (J-3687) - 1250gpm/3500gal
Tanker 804 - 1999 American LaFrance Eagle (F61682)/Semo (J-3687) - 1250gpm/3500gal This apparatus was one of six that were in service in Tarrant county TX. It was purchased in 2014. TK-804 carries a 3500 gallon dump tank, 5 cross lays (including a 25ft pre-connected section of 5"). This one has "Size Matters Too" above the windshield, as it replaced the other smaller tanker. These two additions greatly improved/increased the dept's water supply capabilities. The 1984 tanker was also sold to a farmer, but the chassis is now a dump truck down near Rushville.

Tanker 804 - 1999 American LaFrance Eagle (F61682)/Semo (J-3687) - 1250gpm/3500gal


Ladder 807 - 2013/2014 HME Ahrens Fox 109' R&K Aerial (#22423) - 2000gpm/500gal/25A foam
This former demo truck was purchased in 2015 and sent back to HME for modifications to equip it as a rescue unit. 807 carries two full sets of Hurst tools, including 4 reels and 2 power units. It has a 4-bottle cascade system, with the fill bottles stored in the torque box (that's different!), a 10kw generator and 143ft of ground ladders. The "proudly serving" signs on either side are custom made to hide the hard sleeves and have scene lights mounted on them. 807 says "Reach Matters" above the windshield, continuing the "Matters" theme all rigs since 2011 carry.

Ladder 807 - 2013/2014 HME Ahrens Fox 109' R&K Aerial (#22423) - 2000gpm/500gal/25A foam


Squad 806 - 2005 Ford F-350/Firehouse Concepts Grass Rig - 250gpm/225gal UPF skid unit
This truck attacks with an Elkhart Sidewinder front bumper nozzle which allows most fires to be fought from inside it's air- conditioned cab. 806 also serves as the first-out apparatus for medical calls and is BLS non-transport certified.

Squad 806 - 2005 Ford F-350/Firehouse Concepts Grass Rig - 250gpm/225gal UPF skid unit


Utility 809 "Lucky" - 1976 Chevy/FD Custom 4x4 - 500gpm/133gal tank
This former grass rig is now primarily used as a utility vehicle. The "Lucky" on the windshield is in honor of the dept's former safety officer (and jokester) who passed away in Dec 2014 at the age of 26.

Union Township Fire Station - Base 800 - Coesse, IN
The left four bays were originally built in 1963. The building was then expanded in 1993 to include 3 larger bays for their growing fleet of apparatus. This firehouse underwent major renovations with the arrival of three larger apparatus. Their bay doors now face west instead of north (in this 2007 photo).

Special thanks to Chief Brian Potts and FF/Engineer Tom Boardman for their help in arranging these pictures!