Firefighters celebrate a milestone anniversary

Fort Wayne Fire Department first started in 1839.

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.

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