Winamac Fire Department Explores Aerial Truck Purchase

The Winamac Volunteer Fire Department is exploring the purchase of an aerial truck. Fire Chief Brian Guzman told the town council Monday the recent downtown fire brought the need to the forefront.

“From the time you call one in, it’s you know a good 20 minutes to get here,” Guzman said. “Knox is usually our first one. Reason being, that is they know their stuff, they work with us well. We can tell them where to go, they know the hydrants, whatever. Bass Lake was the other one.”

Guzman says Bass Lake’s aerial truck has a platform, which would serve Winamac well, as it would give firefighters a place to stand.

Winamac Council President Tommy Murray asked if the existing fire station can accommodate an aerial truck. Guzman says that should not be a problem.

Guzman says realistically they’re looking at a three to five-year timeline to acquire an aerial truck due to the cost.