Lafayette Fire Department

property exchange
Courtesy Brian Gossard / Lafayette Police Department

The Lafayette Police Department is hoping the creation of a “safe swap” area will make it less dangerous for area residents looking to unload their old couches or unwanted basketball tickets. The area, located at the city’s fire station at Union and Creasy Lane, will serve as a safe zone for people to complete transactions arranged through websites such as eBay or Craigslist or through more old-school means, like newspaper classifieds.

Smoke detector program coming to Tippecanoe Co.

Oct 4, 2013

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.

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.

LFD swears in new captain

Jan 2, 2013
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.”

Lafayette welcomes a hero home

Aug 13, 2012

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