Wea Township Community Fire Department

"We Volunteer Because We Care"

Wea Township is located along the southside of Lafayette in Tippecanoe County. This volunteer department includes 30 personnel, a full-time chief and a county-manned EMS unit. First organized in 1969, the Township has seen their largely rural district make way to significant residential and commercial growth during the past decade. Wea Township provides Fire, Rescue, and BLS protection to nearly 10,000 residents over 28 square miles
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Wea Township Patch
Wea Township Fire Station - Wea School Road

Wea Township Fire Station - Wea School Road
The department's single station is home to the 7 apparatus

 
Engine 402 - 1999 Freightliner FL80/Darley - 1250gpm/1000gal

Engine 402 - 1999 Freightliner FL80/Darley - 1250gpm/1000gal
402 is the first-out apparatus for most calls. It's numerous equipment includes a CAFS and light tower.

 
Engine 406 - 2002 Freightliner FL80/RPI Custom - 1000gpm/1000gal with CAFS

Engine 406 - 2002 Freightliner FL80/RPI Custom - 1000gpm/1000gal with CAFS
406 is the second-out apparatus for most fire calls.

 
Engine 401 - 1969 Chevy C-650/Darley - 1000gpm/1000gal

Engine 401 - 1969 Chevy C-650/Darley - 1000gpm/1000gal
Engine 401 is now used as the third-out Engine and reserve apparatus. It is housed at the Township Trustee's office.

 
Grass 403 - 1993 Ford F-350/McGinley 4x4 - 250gpm/300gal skid unit

Grass 403 - 1993 Ford F-350/McGinley 4x4 - 250gpm/300gal skid unit
403 is responds to brush and field fires throughout the township.

 
Tanker 404 - 1988 Ford L9000/S&S - 500gpm/3000gallon

Tanker 404 - 1988 Ford L9000/S&S - 500gpm/3000gal
Since WTVFD's district is includes areas with and without hydrant coverage, Tanker 404 still stays relatively busy.

 
Rescue 405 - 2007 Freightliner M2/RPI Medium Rescue
Rescue 405 - 2007 Freightliner M2/RPI Medium Rescue
Rescue 405 is the most recent addition to Wea's fleet. This apparatus responds to extrication, rescue and fire calls. In addition to
various rescue equipment, this truck includes a cascade fill station with 6 bottles, a 9000kw command tower light and a
25kw PTO generator. The large plaque on the side dedicates this truck for Deputy Chief Steve Smith and Chief Ed Evander.
 
R405 plaque
 
 
Former Rescue 405 - 1985 Ford F-700/OB Steeper Light Rescue

Former Rescue 405 - 1985 Ford F-700/OB Steeper Light Rescue
This unique rig responded to extrication, rescue and fire calls. The large boom on the top can extend over the front bumper and
act as a hydraulic crane as needed. This rig was replaced in late 2007 with a new Walk-around Rescue.

 
Truck 407 - 2004 Ford F-350 4x4/RPI Light Rescue

Truck 407 - 2004 Ford F-350 4x4/RPI Light Rescue
Truck 407 can serve multiple functions, from medical assist, RIT manpower response or even a Command vehicle as needed.

 
Tippecanoe County EMS - 2001 AEV Traumahawk ALS Ambulance

Tippecanoe County EMS 0008 - 2005 Ford E-450/Braun ALS Ambulance
Tippecanoe County EMS provides ALS/BLS countywide with their 5 ambulances. They are based at Home Hospital,
St. Elizabeth Medical Center and Wabash Twp FD. This fifth one is assigned to cover the rapidly growing southside of the
county, including Wea Township.

 
 
memorial

During the summer of 2006, WTCFD was devastated by the loss of both their Assistant Chief and their Fire Chief.
Deputy Chief Steve Smith, a 10-year member of the department, was lost in the line of duty on June 25th when he entered a burning home to search for victims. Immediately upon entering, the floor collapsed beneath him and he became trapped in the basement. Through all of their efforts, his fellow firefighters were unable to save him. Only a few weeks later in July, Fire Chief Edward Evander lost a long battle with cancer. He had been a member of WTVFD for 36 years, the last 25 as the Chief. We would like to thank Edward's son and new Fire Chief, Chris Evander for his help in arranging for these pictures.

We dedicate this page to these brave firefighters and their families.

 
Wea Fallen FF Service 2007

Squad 407 filling in at Indianapolis Station 13 in honor of Steve Smith

Each year in Indianapolis, a special service is held to honor firefighters lost in the line of duty. The Fallen Firefighters Service
is attended by Firefighters and Emergency Personnel from around the state. During the 2007 service Wea Township personnel
attended the downtown service and spent time at IFD Station 13. Thanks to FF/EMT Patrick Harper for these pictures.
Patrick started his career at WTCFD and now serves on IFD Squad 13.

 
Truck 407 at IFD 13

Squad 407 filling in at Indianapolis Station 13 in honor of Steve Smith