Squad 14 is the primary response apparatus out of Station 14, at 13960 Jackson Road. Like it’s twin at Station 13, it carries a full complement of fire and rescue equipment. Squad 14 is manned 24/7. It was built in 2018 at Sutphen.
Engine 14 is a 2013 Sutphen, and serves as the ready reserve to stand in for whenever Squad 13 or Squad 14 are out for service or maintenance. It carries most of the same equipment as a Squad, and is assigned to Station 14.
Tanker 14 is a 2007 Freightliner/ S&S 3,000 gallon tanker, that was just been moved from Station 13 to replace the new Tanker 13. These Tankers carry large amounts of water to feed the fire pumpers in areas without fire hydrants.
Tactical Support Unit 14 (TSU 14) serves multiple roles. It is equipped with about 1500 feet of large-diameter water supply hose, for fires at buildings down long drives , or in areas which will not support the size and weight of full-sized pumpers. TSU 14 also tows Boat 14, which is a smaller inflatable craft, for water rescue use in smaller bodies of water, like retention ponds, where a larger boat could not be carried in. The TSU also carries a complement of ice rescue equipment.
Battalion 5 carries the on-duty shift supervisor. He is the senior officer on each 24-hour shift, and oversees the more serious calls for emergencies.
Utility 14 is equipped with a snowplow and pickup bed for utility duties at Station 14. It is a 1998 Chevrolet.
Brush 14 is a 1996 Ford F-350 4×4 fire pumper for fires off-road in farm fields, woods, and brushlands. It allows fire crews to work far beyond the reach of the fire hoses on the full-sized pumpers, and in places a regular fire truck couldn’t fit.
Squad 13 is the primary response apparatus from Station 13 on McKinley. It is a fully equipped fire pumper, carrying fire hoses and water. It also carries a complete complement of rescue tools, emergency lighting, and some hazardous materials equipment. It is a 2015 Sutphen, built-in Columbus, OH. It has a twin 2018 model at Station 14.
The Gator is pressed into service at large crowd events, and for situations where the crew needs long off-road access.
Medic 13 is our department paramedic ambulance. It is manned 24/7 and responds throughout the district. It is one of 13 ambulances spread throughout the county each day in the cities of South Bend and Mishawaka, and Clay and Penn townships. It is stationed at Penn Station at 12661 McKinley. Each paramedic ambulance in the county assists neighboring ambulance districts when the home ambulance is on another call. Medic 13 responds to about 2,000 incidents per year.
Boat 13 responds to emergencies on the four miles of the St. Joseph River covered by Penn Township. It is a 2001 Connector boat.
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