Knox Fire Department Offers Educational Outreach, Smoke Detector Help for Fire Prevention Month


The City of Knox is recognizing Fire Prevention Month. Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston discussed some of the planned activities with the city council Tuesday. “The fire department will start having classes with Little Lambs and Head Start on Wednesday and at the elementary school with the children on Thursday,” he said. “And I think it’s important to teach our kids, ‘Don’t play with fire.'”

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Red Cross to Serve Meals in Starke, Pulaski Counties Saturday and Sunday

Red Cross volunteers will be serving meals in Starke and Pulaski counties Saturday and Sunday. Lunch will be available at the Monterey Fire Station from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST. Dinner will be served there from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Meals will also be served at the Winamac Fire Station from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. EST for lunch and 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. for dinner.

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Knox City Council Votes to Increase Volunteer Fire Department Pay


During the Knox City Council meeting last night, members considered a change to the Fire Protection Agreement between the City and the Knox-Center Township Volunteer Fire Department.

As things were, volunteer firefighters would receive $10 per call, regardless of the time spent at a location. Mayor Dennis Estok said that whether they’re there for five minutes or five hours and they would still only receive $10. After attending a meeting recently Mayor Estok saw a need for an adjustment. Continue reading

Knox Doesn’t Qualify for Grant for Fire Station Expansion

The City of Knox did not qualify for a grant to make improvements to the south side fire station based on results of a recently completed income survey. Firefighters and city officials went door-to-door for several weeks to gather data from residents. Mayor Dennis Estok notes data from Center and part of Jackson Townships was also included since the fire department serves those areas. Continue reading