Merrillville
Volunteer Fire Department
Station 1

The Town of Merrillville is located 36 miles southeast of Chicago in central Lake County along US-30. Ross Township Fire Service, Inc. was formed to unify and consolidate three separate Volunteer Fire Companies to protect the Town and Township. These three companies make up the largest fully-volunteer fire department in Indiana.Merrillville VFD provides Fire, Rescue and Hazmat protection to the Town of Merrillville and all of unincorporated Ross Township, including 35,000 residents and approximately 38 square miles.

Merrillville Fire Station - 18 West 73rd Avenue
Merrillville Fire Station - 18 West 73rd Avenue
Merrillville's current station was built in 1981. Originally founded in 1958 as the Merrillville VFD, this station is home to five
frontline apparatus. Merrillville's Hazardous Materials Team is located behind the station in a separate building.
 
Engine 1 - 1994 Pierce Dash Pumper - 1500gpm/1000gal
Engine 1 - 1994 Pierce Dash Pumper - 1500gpm/1000gal
Engine 1 is first due for Fire and Rescue including the busy US-30/I-65 interrchange. E-1 includes Hurst extrication
equipment and a thermal imaging camera among its many tools.
 
Engine 1 - 1994 Pierce Dash Pumper - 1500gpm/1000gal
Engine 1 - 1994 Pierce Dash Pumper - 1500gpm/1000gal
 
Reserve Engine 2 - 1981 Mack CF Pumper - 1000gpm/750gal
Reserve Engine 2 - 1981 Mack CF Pumper - 1000gpm/750gal
 
Truck 1 - 1993 KME Aerialcat - 102' Rear-mount Platform - 2000gpm/150gal
Truck 1 - 1993 KME Aerialcat - 102' Rear-mount Platform - 2000gpm/150gal
Truck 1 is the tallest Aerial device among the departments protecting Merrillville
 
Truck 1 - 1993 KME Aerialcat - 102' Rear-mount Platform - 2000gpm/150gal
Truck 1 - 1993 KME Aerialcat - 102' Rear-mount Platform - 2000gpm/150gal
 
Rescue 1 - 1991 Kenworth T1000/Saulsbury Walk-in Heavy Rescue
Rescue 1 - 1991 Kenworth T1000/Saulsbury Walk-in Heavy Rescue
Rescue 1 responds to all tactical rescues and advanced extrications. It's equipment includes a 15Kw Generator, 8--bottle
Cascade System, Gas & Electric Extrication Tools, a Plasma Cutter and Air Bags for vehicle and structure stabilization.
It is the only apparatus in the department with it's unique Metallic Crimson color.
 
Rescue 1 - 1991 Kenworth T1000/Saulsbury Walk-in Heavy Rescue
Rescue 1 - 1991 Kenworth T1000/Saulsbury Walk-in Heavy Rescue
Due to it's top-mounted exhaust stack, Rescue 1 requires a unique setup to keep fumes out of the firehouse. As the rig is
backed in, it must line up with these flexible channels that run the length of the bay and remove exhaust fumes through hoses
and fans connected in the back. Ironically, this system was discontinued in 2007 after it was determined that the narrowed
exhaust tips restricted the exhaust flow and created engine issues.
 
Rescue 1 - 1991 Kenworth T1000/Saulsbury Walk-in Heavy Rescue
Rescue 1 - 1991 Kenworth T1000/Saulsbury Walk-in Heavy Rescue
 
Squad 1 - 2003 Ford E-350/Omaha - 250gpm/200gal
Squad 1 - 2003 Ford E-350/Omaha - 250gpm/200gal
 
Squad 1 - 2003 Ford E-350/Omaha - 250gpm/200gal
Squad 1 - 2003 Ford E-350/Omaha - 250gpm/200gal
Squad 1 serves as the department's Grass Rig. It can also be used to respond additional volunteers to an ongoing incident.
 
ALS Medic 3 - 2003 Ford E-450/Braun
Former ALS Medic 3 - 2003 Ford E-450/Braun
Until 2008, three nearly identical ambulances responded to BLS and ALS calls throughout Merrillville. While this service was always separate from the fire department, it was completely discontinued in 2008 and EMS was contracted out to Prompt
Ambulance Service.
 
Special thanks to Firefighters Billy Thomas & Aric Kaminsky for their assistance in arranging the apparatus for these
pictures and for providing department background and history.


Merrillville Volunteer Fire Department