Richland Township Volunteer Fire Department

Richland Township is located 45 miles Northeast of Indianapolis along IN-9 just north of Anderson in Madison County. Established in 1970, RTVFD includes 57 members (including 12 cadets) that respond to 400 runs each year. RTVFD provides Fire, Rescue and BLS protection to nearly 5,100 residents and 27.7 square miles in their rural and suburban district.

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Engine 48 - 2009 Sutphen Shield Series Pumper (#HS-4696) - 1500gpm/1000gal
As is obivous by it's missing graphics, this truck was so new it wasn't yet in service in this photo from October 2009. Richland Township's sharp new engine will respond first-due for structure fires and replaces the Spartan/S&S below. Engine 48 was the second of two consecutive production trucks for neighboring departments. Nearby Alexandria's Engine 3 was a similarly configured pumper and was also delivered in October 2009 carrying serial # (HS-4595).

Engine 48 - 2009 Sutphen Shield Series Pumper (#HS-4696) - 1500gpm/1000gal
It's equipment includes a 10kw generator and combi-tools. However, it's most unique feature is a built-in Sno-Cone Machine (shown below) for creating shaved ice for firefighter rehab.


We always like to see new and different features on apparatus. However, this is the first Sno Cone machine we've ever encountered on a fire truck!

Engine 40 - 1999 Freightliner FL80/S&S Tanker - 1250gpm/3300gal


Engine 40 - 1999 Freightliner FL80/S&S Tanker - 1250gpm/3300gal
E-40 responds 2nd-out on all structure fires and accident calls. Due to it's uncommon top-mount pump panel, this rig is one of thelargest in the state. However, thanks to it's rear-wheel steer it still moves easily around the rural roads in Richland's protection area.

Former Engine 48 - 1994 Spartan/S&S Pumper - 1250gpm/1250gal
E-48 served as RTVFD's frontline engine for the past 15 years. It was replaced in November 2009 with the Sutphen above. In early 2010, it was sold to nearby Edgewood where it will be repainted and return to frontline service.

Former Engine 48 - 1994 Spartan/S&S Pumper - 1250gpm/1250gal


Tanker 44 - 2003 Peterbilt/S&S - 500gpm/3000gal


Tanker 44 - 2003 Peterbilt/S&S - 500gpm/3000gal


Tactical Rescue 49 - 1999 Freightliner FL80/1991 S&S walk-around Medium Rescue
T-49 carries the deparment's Hurst extrication tools and is equipped with a light tower for night incidents.

Tactical Rescue 49 - 1999 Freightliner FL80/1991 S&S walk-around Medium Rescue


Grass 47 - 2005 Ford F550/Weis - 750gpm/500gal/100gal Foam
This former demo truck was purchased in 2006 and is the only red apparatus in the fleet.

Ambulance 46 - 2004 Ford E-450/Braun


Ambulance 45 - 2005 Ford E-450/2006 Braun


Decon 40/Hazmat Trailers
RTVFD is part of the Madison County Haz-Mat response team. These two trailers can be utilized county-wide forincidents requiring decontamination.

Former Tanker 47 - 1972 AMC 6x6/FD - 500gpm/700gal
Tanker 47 was one of several former Department of Natural Resources tankers that have been loaned by the state to various volunteer fires departments around Indiana. It has since been retired from active fire service.