Centre Township Fire Department

"Pride of the South Side" Centre Township is located on the southside of the South Bend in St. Joseph County. The Township includes mostly residential and commercial areas including a large portion of the heavily travelled US-31 corridor. Started in 1948, Centre Township provides Fire, Rescue, and BLS protection to approximately 8,000 residents. Centre Township is a combination department with 2 full-time FF's at the station supplemented by volunteers for larger incidents.


Ladder 191 - 1975 Duplex/Oshkosh/Pierce 75' Telesquirt Aerial /1996 Pierce Arrow Cab - 1250gpm/475gal
Ladder 191 was purchased from Cedar Knolls, NJ in 2002 after is had been refurbished with a new cab and larger water tank.

Ladder 191 - 1996 Pierce Arrow/1980 75' Telesquirt Rear-mount ladder- 1250gpm Waterous pump/475gal
Ladder 191 shares Centre Township Central Station at 19971 Kern Road with 9 other apparatus.

Engine 142 - 1999 Ferrara Inferno Custom Pumper - 1500gpm Waterous pump/1000gal
Engine 142 was #18 of the first 100 Inferno chassis manufactured by Ferrara in their initial production year.

Engine 142 - 1999 Ferrara Inferno Custom Pumper - 1500gpm Waterous pump/1000gal
Engine 142 is the most frequently used apparatus at Centre Township and is the first out Engine company for most incidents.

Engine 140 - 1993 KME Custom Pumper - 1500gpm/1250gal
Engine 140 is usually the first out engine for structure fires due to it's larger water capacity.

Tanker 150 - 1993 Freightliner FL70/Luverne - 500gpm/1800gal
With very limited hydrant locations within the township, every piece of apparaus carries a large amount of water.

Rescue 160 - 1993 Freightliner FL80/EVI Walk-in Heavy Rescue
Rescue 160 includes a 5-man cab and carries advanced extrication equipment for the numerous accidents CTFDresponds to along US-31.

Command 161 - 2004 Ford Excursion
This rig serves as a response vehicle and Command Post for the fire chief at larger incidents.

Brush 171 - 1971 Jeep CJ-5/FD Custom 4x4 - HP/90gal
This rig was purchased new by the department and has now served for more than 35 years!

Brush 172 - 2001 Ford F-350 Super Duty/UPF 4x4 -300gpm/400gallon skid unit

Command 180 - 1998 Chevy Suburban
This rig previously served as the department's Command vehicle. It is now used for manpower response and for pulling the light tower.

CTFD Light Tower

Utility 181 - 1989 Ford F-350 4x4 Utility Vehicle

Special thanks to FF/EMT Tony Reeves for providing Centre Township background and for his help in arranging for these pictures.