Firefighters celebrate a milestone anniversary

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The Fort Wayne Fire Department has been battling fires, responding to crashes and helping the community for the past 175 years.

The department was first started back in 1839. Now, it serves more than 250,000 people in the city.

Firefighters provide services like fire protection, haz-mat, search and rescue, EMS and extrication.

The public is invited to help celebrate the anniversary on Thursday, August 28 during the TinCaps game.

The players will wear special firefighter designed jerseys that will be up for auction to benefit the Fort Wayne Fire Museum. The first 1,000 children will receive a fire helmet. Fire Chief, Eric Lahey, will be throwing out the first pitch at 7:05 p.m. The game will be followed by fireworks. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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