Lafayette Fire Department

General News
5:33 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Smoke detector program coming to Tippecanoe Co.

Officials from fire departments throughout Tippecanoe County are teaming up to offer free smoke detectors to residents in need. The Historic Five Points Fire Museum also is involved in the project, with financial support coming from North Central Health Services.

Lafayette Fire Inspector Patrick Grimes says the grant totals more than $24,000. He says many homes in Tippecanoe County can benefit from multiple fire safety improvements.

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2:00 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Firefighter, EMT training program coming to Jeff H.S.

The Lafayette School Corporation and the city’s fire department are partnering on a firefighter and EMT training program for high school juniors and seniors.

Students taking part would spend half their school day learning the necessary skills for such a career. Fire Chief Richard Doyle says a similar curriculum is offered at other Indiana high schools.

He says Ivy Tech is part of the effort too, allowing students to earn dual credits.

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General News
11:36 am
Wed January 2, 2013

LFD swears in new captain

Lafayette Fire Chief Richard Doyle (right) fastens the captain's badge and pins on the uniform of Joseph Barker during a ceremony.
Credit Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

Lafayette’s newest fire department captain has some experience coming into the position.

Joseph Barker was sworn-in Wednesday as captain of Fire Station Two. The 22 year veteran of the department says he’s glad to return to its management ranks.

“I’m very anxious and looking forward to starting at my new position at (Station) Two. I’m staying on the C-Shift, so I know all the guys that are down there – a great group of guys.”

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General News
5:43 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Lafayette welcomes a hero home

Matt Bowman and Lafayette Fire Chief Richard Doyle tour Bowman's new home.

Habitat for Humanity is constructing a home in a Lafayette subdivision.

The new tenant is a local war hero and his family.

As, WBAA’s Sam Klemet reports, the house is being built to honor a Marine who proved willing to sacrifice his life for his country.

Matt Bowman is already swirling around ideas for how he wants his new home to look

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General News
8:26 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Lafayette bans fireworks

The arid conditions are forcing a ban on fireworks in Lafayette.

The Fire Department is forbidding their use as part of the city’s burn ban.

Officials say the move is necessary to reduce the likelihood of grass and brush fires.

The ban is in effect through Thursday, June 28th, but if the dry conditions remain, it may be extended.

Officials say if it does go longer, residents should attend public fireworks displays and avoid personal use around the Fourth of July holiday.

General News
10:44 am
Fri May 4, 2012

LFD conducts meth lab training

The Assistant Chief of the Lafayette Fire Department says the use of meth continues to be a growing problem in the area.

Mike Blann says the dangers of the drug aren’t limited to those who use it because the chemicals used to make meth are toxic.

Blann says an exercise today at the Lafayette Fire Department’s Training Center was designed to give emergency responders tools to safely investigate and clean up these sites.

Several agencies participated in the training, including the District 4 Hazardous Materials team and the Indiana State Police.

General News
6:13 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Korean Companies Working With Purdue to Fight Fires

DRB's fire fighting robot

A pair of Korean companies is showing what their technology can do to help local firefighters.

HoyaRobot and DRB have built robots used to fight fires.

HoyaRobot’s device is a small one that uses a camera to help find people trapped in a burning building.  DRB’s is designed to go into a blaze and spray water to reduce the risk for firefighters.

Lafayette Fire Chief Richard Doyle says the technology has great potential for the department in the future, particularly to fight larger fires.

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General News
3:32 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Brother N Others fire investigation

A fire that destroyed a bar on the north side of Lafayette does not seem to be intentionally set.

Although, officials say it’s still early in the investigation of the blaze at Brothers N Others on Sagamore Parkway North.

The fire department responded to the call around 2:30 a.m. Friday. The business was closed at the time and no injuries were reported.

A fire destroyed a nearby bar in September, 2010, as well. However, officials believe the fire at Cox’s Pub was intentionally set.

1:10 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Doyle Tapped as Lafayette Fire Chief

Fire Chief Richard Doyle sworn in by Mayor Tony Roswarski

Lafayette’s interim fire chief is taking over permanently.

The city announced Richard Doyle as the department’s new leader.

Five candidates were up for the position, but Mayor Tony Roswarski says Doyle’s experience set him apart.

Doyle has served in the department for nearly three decades.

He says the foundation of the Department is sound, but he hopes to enhance its presence and involvement.

He worked as the interim chief after Jim Morrow was demoted to lieutenant last month. 

8:53 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Lafayette's new fire chief to be announced Jan. 3

Two and a half weeks after announcing a change in leadership at the Lafayette Fire Department, Mayor Tony Roswarski is set to hire a new chief.

A news release from the mayor's office states Roswarski finished interviewing candidates for the position and will review resumes over the weekend.

He's expected to notify the top finalist Monday and have that person sworn in Tuesday immediately following the Board of Works meeting.

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