Churubusco/Smith Township Fire Department

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The town of Churubusco is located 12 miles northwest of Fort Wayne at the intersection of US-33 and IN-205 in northeastern Whitley County. The 30 members of this all-volunteer department have provided Fire, Rescue & BLS non-transport protection to the residents of Smith Township Whitley County, the Town of Churubusco, the southern half of Green Township in Noble County and the western half of Eel River Township in Allen County since 1867. Because of our unique location, our department cover about 100 square miles. ALS Service is provided by Whitley County EMS which houses Medic 21 in our station as well.

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Smith Township Fire Station - 214 N. Line Rd. – Churubusco
Built in 2013, this firehouse is home to all seven frontline apparatus as well as a Parkview EMS Ambulance.

Engine 201 - 2003 Pierce Enforcer Pumper (#14404) - 1500gpm/1000gal/20A/20B
Engine 201 is the first out apparatus for all fire runs in the Town and first out for all Motor Vehicle Accidents. The equipment list for this apparatus includes a 10kw hydraulic generator, a 3000 Watt light tower, 2 sets of Holmatro extrication tools, an on-board Class A and B Husky Foam System and an Argus 3 Thermal Imaging Camera. Pump 201 is also the first Custom Cab apparatus purchased by the department.

Engine 201 - 2003 Pierce Enforcer Pumper (#14404) - 1500gpm/1000gal/20A/20B


Engine 203 - 1991 International 2674/S&S Pumper/Tanker - 1500gpm/3000gal
One of the larger non-aerial trucks in Northeast Indiana, Engine 203 comes in at about 38' long. It is first out for all fires in the non-hydranted areas of Smith Township.

Engine 203 - 1991 International 2674/S&S Pumper/Tanker - 1500gpm/3000gal


Tanker 204 - 1997 International 4900/1998 Semo Tanker (J-2725) - 1000gpm/2500gal
While it runs primarily as a water supply tanker, Tanker 204 can also serve as a second pump at rural fire scenes. It is second-outfor all fires in the non-hydranted areas.

Tanker 204 - 1997 International 4900/1998 Semo Tanker (J-2725) - 1000gpm/2500gal


Grass 206 - 1995 Ford F-350/FD 4x4 Custom Grass Rig - 250gpm/250gal UPF skid unit


Grass 206 - 1995 Ford F-350/FD 4x4 Custom Grass Rig - 250gpm/250gal UPF skid unit


Truck 207 - 1991 Pierce Arrow 75ft Aerial Ladder (E-6734) - 1500gpm/500gal
This apparatus was purchased in late 2018 from Washington Township in Allen County (where it had a blue stripe).

Truck 207 - 1991 Pierce Arrow 75ft Aerial Ladder (E-6734) - 1500gpm/500gal


Rescue 208 - 2009 Chevrolet C5500/Life Star (#RS-135) - Medium Rescue
Rescue 208 responds to all vehicle accidents, industrial accidents, water rescues, Haz-Mat incidents and fire calls. The cab can seat 4 personnel and also has a medical compartment it the rear of the cab. The equipment list for this apparatus includes a 15 kW Hydraulic Generator, a 6000 watt light tower, Holmatro hydraulic extrication tools, a 6,000psi cascade system with a two-bottle fill station, a 9,000lb portable winch that can be used off any side of the apparatus and additional smaller equipment.

Rescue 208 - 2009 Chevrolet C5500/Life Star (#RS-135) - Medium Rescue


Grass 209 - 2006 Ford F-350 Super Duty/FD Custom - 250gpm/250gal UPF skid unit


Grass 209 - 2006 Ford F-350 Super Duty/FD Custom - 250gpm/250gal UPF skid unit
Grass 209 is the first out apparatus for brush, grass, field and vehicle fires within the district. It is also first out for all First Responder runs as it carries a BLS Med-Bag and AED.

Smith Township Fire Station - 214 N. Line Rd. – Churubusco

Special thanks to Chief Roger Bennett for providing complete background infomation and apparatus history. Also, thanks to FF Chris Tomlinson for all of the great apparatus pictures shown above.