West Lafayette Fire Department

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Five different fire departments responded to a multi-home fire in West Lafayette's Lindberg Village neighborhood Friday afternoon, which West Lafayette Fire Chief Tim Heath says began around 3 p.m.

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The West Lafayette budget is expected to increase by $1.7 million next year --an approximately 9 percent raise -- but city officials say that's not likely to raise property taxes.

City Clerk-Treasurer Judy Rhodes says even though the 2016 budget indicates a small increase in the city's property tax rate and a decrease in its total assessed value, it's standard practice to overestimate taxes and underestimate property values in order to give flexibility to a city's ever-changing budget.

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 Levee area of West Lafayette should see improvements to the flow of traffic for cars, bikes, and pedestrians.

Redevelopment Commission members approved a 2013 spending plan that includes funding for that project. The city’s other two tax increment financing districts also will see infrastructure improvements.

Commission President Larry Oates says extra money in the Levee TIF addresses needed changes.

WLFD purchasing more modern "Jaws of Life"

May 29, 2012

The West Lafayette Fire Department is updating the equipment it uses to cut people out of their vehicles after an accident.

Deputy Chief Tony Schutter says the current extrication tools aren’t able to cut through the new materials used to make cars.

He says purchasing more modern equipment is a matter of public safety.

The cost  is roughly $62,000.

Schutter says the department is purchasing three sets of the extrication tools, which should be delivered in four-to-six weeks.

WL breaks ground on new fire station

May 23, 2012

The West Lafayette Fire Department hopes to have a new facility up and running by the end of the year.

It broke ground Wednesday on the new 9,000-square foot Fire Station Three.

Chief Tom Heath says its amenities and location will help cut response times by as much as 45 seconds.

It will be located on Kalberer Road on land donated by the Purdue Research Foundation.

The project costs about $2.5-million.

It’s expected to be paid off in seven years.

Progress is being made on a new fire station in West Lafayette, which will become the permanent station number three.

The temporary third fire station currently operates out of a remodeled parks building at Cumberland Park. Mayor John Dennis says this fire station will stand out from others in the city.

West Lafayette’s Fire Department will continue to serve River Bend Hospital and Chemtura  Corporation.

The Board of Works agreed to contracts with the two.

But, Fire Chief Tim Heath says there is a three percent increase.

River Bend and Chemtura are the only organizations West Lafayette provides coverage to that are outside of the city limits.

The contract with the hospital is about $8,600 annually.  Chemtura pays roughly $8,400.

Both pay $250  for each fire run.

Heath says each make about one call per year.

WL Welcomes New Fire Chief

Jan 20, 2012

The City of West Lafayette introduced its new Fire Chief, Friday.

Timothy Heath is replacing Phil Drew who stepped down at the end of last year at the request of Mayor John Dennis.

He says he views the department as a family and hopes to build on that relationship, but in a different capacity.

The city held a pinning ceremony for Heath Friday, but he officially took office Thursday.

The 22-year veteran of the department previously worked as the Lieutenant of firehouse number two.