Koontz Lake Volunteer Fire Department

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.

Rescue 71 - 1993 E-One Cyclone II (#12677)
This apparatus was purchased from Avoca, Pennsylvania in 2006. R-71 carries Amkus extrication tools, 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)


Engine 13-1 - 1995 KME Excel Pumper (#2704) 1250gpm/1000gal
Engine 1 is first-due for fires and accident calls. It also carries medical equipment.

Engine 13-1 - 1995 KME Excel Pumper (#2704) 1250gpm/1000gal


Engine 13-2 - 1978 International Fleetstar/Howe (#15572A) 1000gpm/1250gal
Engine 2 responds as the second-due engine or tanker and also serves as the primary mutual aid apparatus.

Engine 13-2 - 1978 International Fleetstar/Howe (#15572A) 1000gpm/1250gal


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 - 1992 Chevy Suburban Medical Quick Response Vehicle

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!