The Fort Wayne Fire Department (FWFD) donated two fire engines today at 10 a.m. to two volunteer fire departments at the FWFD Administration Office, 307 East Murray Street. These departments are Hudson, Ind., Volunteer Fire Department and Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department, Columbia City, Ind. FWFD recently completed its purchase of new fire engines to replace engines that had been in service for a number of years. Representatives from both Hudson and Washington Township accepted the fire engine donations on behalf of their respective departments.
"We are glad that these engines will continue to be used in providing fire protection service to the Hudson community and those in Washington Township," said FWFD Chief Timothy Davie. "While we are using our new engines toward achieving Mayor Graham Richard's goal for Fort Wayne to be the safest city of its size in the country, these two areas are benefiting from a newer piece of equipment that will help make their communities safer," he added as he gave the keys to the new engines to the members of the Hudson and Washington Township departments that came to Fort Wayne to pick up the fire engines.
Hudson Fire Chief Bryan Warstler said, "I would like to thank the Fort Wayne Fire Department and the City of Fort Wayne for this donation. This truck is greatly appreciated. This truck may have far-reaching impact for the residents of Hudson as it may lower our ISO fire insurance rating, thereby reducing our taxpayer's costs. Closer to OSHA and NFPA standards than our 1980 truck, it improves the safety of the firemen who respond to our community. "
Washington Township Fire Chief Jeremy Hammel said, "On behalf of the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department, I want to thank the Fort Wayne Fire Department and the City of Fort Wayne for their generosity in donating this engine to our department. I would also like to personally thank Chief Tim Davie and Assistant Chief Tyrone Davie for all of their assistance during this process. The addition of this engine to our fleet will greatly improve our ability to provide adequate fire protection to our area. Due to the high cost of fire apparatus, we had not been able to purchase such an engine for our relatively small community. Now, due to the generosity of the Fort Wayne Fire Department and the City of Fort Wayne, we have finally completed this much needed improvement for our department and made Washington Township a safer place."