East Chicago Fire Department

Station 1 - Headquarters

The City of East Chicago is located just 21 miles southeast of Chicago along Lake Michigan. It includes a mix of residential, commercial and industrial properties. East Chicago is home to Inland Steel, one of the largest steel production facilities in the US. It is also home to one of the largest BP oil refineries in the country. East Chicago's career department includes more than 100 firefighters that respond to Fire, Hazmat and Tactical Rescue and EMS from 4 stations. East Chicago protects more than 35,000 residents over 18 square miles.

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East Chicago Central Fire Station - 3901 Indianapolis Boulevard
Station 1 serves as ECFD Headquarters and is the city's largest station. This firehouse is home to Engine 1, Truck 2, Squad 2, the Assistant Chief truck, two reserve ambulances, the Air/Light trailer and various special operations administration vehicles.

Engine 2511 – 2016 Pierce Saber FR Pumper (#29848TR-02) – 1500gpm/500gal


Engine 2511 – 2016 Pierce Saber FR Pumper (#29848TR-02) – 1500gpm/500gal


Engine 2511 – 2016 Pierce Saber FR Pumper (#29848TR-02) – 1500gpm/500gal


Reserve Engine 2515 - 1998 Pierce Saber Pumper (#228-01) - 1250gpm/750gal
This apparatus previously served as Engine 4 and is now the primary reserve at ECFD. It has an exact twin (former E3) that serves as a second reserve (E-2518) and is also housed at Station 1.

Truck 2521 – 2016 Pierce Arrow XT 100ft Aerial Tower (#29862) – 2000gpm/300gal


Truck 2521 – 2016 Pierce Arrow XT 100ft Aerial Tower (#29862) – 2000gpm/300gal


Truck 2521 – 2016 Pierce Arrow XT 100ft Aerial Tower (#29862) – 2000gpm/300gal


Rescue 2531 - 2003 American LaFrance Eagle Heavy Rescue
Rescue 1 responds to extrications and technical rescues throughout the city. This sharp rig is an enormous rolling tool box. It is stocked with all of the equipment necessary for quick action, regardless of the type of Rescue call. This apparatus is scheduled to be replaced in 2018 with a slightly smaller, single-axle, Pierce Heavy Rescue.

Rescue 2531 - 2003 American LaFrance Eagle Heavy Rescue
At the suggestion of their Captain and Assistant.Chief, three round logos on Rescue 1's side doors reflect the old mascots andlogos of the three East Chicago High Schools that have now merged into one. Rescue 1 is staffed by two proud crew members on each shift that are specially trained in Tactical Rescue and Hazardous Materials response.




Battalion Chief/Shift Commander 2509 - GMC


Assistant Chief 2501 - Chevy Impala


Deputy Chief 2502 - Ford Explorer


Fire Chief 2501 - Ford Explorer

Special Thanks to Chief Gomez and the great crews from Station 1 for their assistance in arranging the apparatus for these pictures. Not yet pictured: Reserve Engine (former E-2) - 1998 Pierce Saber Custom Pumper - 1250gpm Waterous Pump/750gal