Koontz Lake Volunteer Fire Department

Station 13 - The Fighting 13's

Koontz Lake is located 25 miles southwest of South Bend in the far northeast corner Starke County. First organized in 1947, this all-volunteer department includes 25 members who respond 250 runs each year. KLFD provides Fire, Rescue and Medical First Responder protection to 36 square miles and 3200 residents of Koontz Lake and Oregon Township. During the summer vacation season, their population grows to 5,000.

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Koontz Lake Fire Station – State Road 23 at E. Seneca Lane
This firehouse was built in 1967 with a small annex across the street.

Engine 13 - 2017 Spartan/Toyne (TID) - 1500gpm/1000gal/25gal A foam
Engine 13 is first-due for fires and accident calls. This apparatus carries a combi tool as a backup to the rescue as well as EMS gear in the cab. E-13 was the first brand new rig purchased by the department since 2005.

Engine 13 - 2017 Spartan/Toyne (TID) - 1500gpm/1000gal/25gal A foam


Engine 13-2 - 1995 KME Excel Pumper (#2704) 1250gpm/1000gal


Engine 13-2 - 1995 KME Excel Pumper (#2704) 1250gpm/1000gal


Rescue 71 - 1993 E-One Cyclone II (#12677)
This apparatus was purchased from Avoca, Pennsylvania in 2006. R-71 carries Amkus extrication tools, a cascade system and Ice Rescue equipment. Additional Dive Rescue resources are provided by the Starke County Dive Team out of Bass Lake with assistance from the Indiana DNR.

Rescue 71 - 1993 E-One Cyclone II (#12677)


Tanker 13-3 - 2001 Freightliner FL80/KME (#4741) – 500gpm/1800gal


Brush 13 - 2006 Ford F-350/S&S – 400gpm/300gal/20F
Brush 13 is first-due for all brush and field fires and also carries medical equipment.

Brush 13-4 - 1969 International Harvester/Howe (#12915) - 200gpm/250gal


Brush 13-6 - 1951 Dodge M-37/1998 FD – 150gpm/200gal


Squad 13 - 1998 Chevy Suburban Utility
This apparatus was purchased by the department in 2013.

Special thanks to FF's Jenny and Marty Einspahr for their help in arrangine the apparatus for these pictures. Thanks also to Chief Randy Collins for providing history and information on Koontz Lake FD!