North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Chief Joe Leszek informed council members Monday night that an engine that was out of commission for a while is now back in the fleet.Continue reading
Shortly before 11:00 a.m. (on Monday, August 19th), the North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to a large shed fire in the 7400 South block of State Road 39.
NJ-WT FD officials stated that on arrival, the shed was almost fully engulfed and the roof collapsed shortly after they got to the scene.Continue reading
The spouses of North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Firefighters recently started an auxiliary and have already held a few successful fundraisers.Continue reading
Members of the North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department recently participated in a collaborative training session to prepare for agriculture season.
Fire Chief Joe Leszek highlighted the opportunity when town council members met last Monday.Continue reading
The light conversion project at the North Judson-Wayne Township Firestation is nearly complete.Continue reading
New signs have been installed at the North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department.Continue reading
A Starke County Community Foundation grant totaling $4,000 was recently awarded to the North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department.Continue reading
Officials at the North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department will be able to convert multiple lights over to LED without utilizing any money from their budget.Continue reading
A potential sign project at the North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department was revisited when town council members met last Monday.Continue reading
The North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department has been busy recently, according to Fire Chief Joe Leszek.Continue reading
The North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department will soon be forming a grant committee.
Fire Chief Joe Leszek told council members last week that the firefighters will be putting together a committee at their next meeting in order to have as many eyes as possible searching for available funding. Continue reading
Fire Chief Joe Leszek shared some updates about the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department when the town council met last Monday.
Chief Leszek highlighted some hose technique training that the firefighters participated in during the month of September. He explained that the techniques that were taught are ones that are frequently utilized by the Valparaiso Fire Department. Continue reading
North Judson Town Council members recently received an update about funding for the proposed purchase of some electronic signs at the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Station. Continue reading
The North Judson Fire Department plans to commemorate their old firehouse with a monument in front of the new building. At Monday night’s North Judson Town Council meeting, Fire Chief Joe Leszek explained that some material from the old firehouse was retrieved during the demolition process.
Leszek told members, “When the old firehouse was torn down, some of our members went over there and we salvaged some of the limestone and it was always our plan to build a small little memorial wall.” Continue reading
The NJSP Elementary School Bluejay Fun Fair, which was recently revived after years of not being held, was a huge success, according to the school superintendent and town officials.
Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin said a total of $4,000 was raised and while some of that money will be set aside for next year’s fun fair, a portion of it will go to new playground equipment. During Monday night’s town council meeting, Town Marshal Kelly Fisher and Fire Chief Joe Leszek talked about their experiences pitching in at the event. Continue reading
The North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department is holding a benefit breakfast for Chaplain Paul Newcomer at 7 a.m. on Saturday.
At Monday night’s town council meeting Fire Chief Joe Leszek explained that Newcomer was diagnosed with prostate cancer and recently underwent a successful surgery. They are holding this at-will donation benefit as a way to raise funds to help cover his medical expenses. Continue reading
Last week, North Judson Fire Chief Joe Leszek shared that the Fire Department will soon be attending a nearby training session.
At the most recent North Judson Town Council meeting, Leszek told members that the AMKUS and Task Force Tips Rescue Systems training center was recently installed in Valpo. Continue reading
North Judson Town council members will convene tonight at 6 p.m. to tie up any loose ends during an end-of-year session. Clerk-Treasurer Andrew Rowe will fill council members in on the town’s current financial standings and alert them of any actions that must be taken before the year’s end.
One topic up for discussion will be board appointment suggestions. Though the representatives won’t be officially decided until after the first of the year, Council President Wendy Hoppe said they will be considered during this session. Continue reading
During Monday night’s North Judson Town Council meeting, Fire Chief Joe Leszek told members that the first installment of Rich Grove Township’s call-fees has been submitted.
At the last town council meeting he explained that Rich Grove Township is on a pay-by-call basis where the Township pays $660 per call.
That agreement didn’t present much of an issue when they only had 5 calls in 2016 but this year they had a total of 46 calls, resulting in a charge of $30,360. Leszek said a check for $18,000 was recently sent from Township Trustee Deloris Locke. Locke told him that the remaining $12,360 will be paid after the first of the year. Continue reading
North Judson Fire Chief Joe Leszek presented council members with a few different ways the fire department is helping bring money into the town at Monday’s town council meeting.
Leszek shared that the fire fighters host a number of fundraisers which prove successful and added that the volunteers also go out of their way to apply for grants. They recently received $8,000 worth of grant funding
“We got a $3,000 dollar Starke County Community Foundation Grant, no match, it’s $3,000 of free money for us. We also got a $2,500 REMC Grant and then we also got a $2,500 Monsanto Grant.”
Leszek explained that the grant funds will be put toward the purchase of brush fire gear for all members and will also be spent to upgrade some leaky tanks on a couple of trucks. Continue reading