Lafayette Fire Department

Taylor Haggerty / WBAA News

A block of Lafayette’s South Street was closed Tuesday after a portion of the historic EM Weaver building at Five Points collapsed overnight. A contractor was brought in to stabilize the building after a segment of the outer wall fell into the street around 5 a.m.

Lafayette Fire Chief Richard Doyle says firefighters at a station across the street from the building heard the collapse.

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As weather forecasts call for more rain and warm temperatures this week, county officials have extended their warning to stay out of creeks and rivers.

Lafayette Fire Department Special Operations Chief Randy Evans says moving waterways like the Wabash and Tippecanoe Rivers and Wildcat Creek have become dangerous as the speed of their currents has increased in recent days.

He says the creeks hold more water in a confined space, and that turns them into rapids.

LPD Sets Up Property Exchange For Online Deals

Aug 21, 2015
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

Lafayette bans fireworks

Jun 22, 2012

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.

LFD conducts meth lab training

May 4, 2012

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.

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.