Deputy volunteeer firefighters were on the job this morning with their newly donated fire truck at a blaze in a rural area near the town of Deputy. (Courier staff photo by Trenton Scroggins/tscroggins@madisoncourier.com)
Deputy volunteeer firefighters were on the job this morning with their newly donated fire truck at a blaze in a rural area near the town of Deputy. (Courier staff photo by Trenton Scroggins/tscroggins@madisoncourier.com)
Early this morning, the Deputy Volunteer Fire Department was on the job putting out a fire at a home in a rural area near Deputy — despite having lost the company’s firehouse and most of its equipment in a fire less than a month ago.

In the interim, a week before Christmas Deputy’s firefighters got an early present when the German Township Fire Department of Indiana’s Vanderburgh County donated its 1979 rescue engine to Deputy’s rebuilding. Deputy’s firefighters immediately drove to the area near Evansville to bring back the retired-but-well-kept-truck. This morning was the truck’s “Maiden Voyage,” as Deputy Fire Chief Mike Hazelwood called it.

The company was able to save its brush truck in the Dec. 17 fire at its house. But firefighters were overcome by the smoke filling the garage and could not get to their firefighting gear in the garage as well as the company’s other three vehicles: a pumper and two tankers. The structural interior equipment and 16 sets of gear for firefighters were lost.

That didn’t stop the fire company this morning when it rushed to the early-morning call, where it was joined by the Hanover, Kent and Montgomery-Johnson fire companies as well as the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and King’s Daughters Hospital emergency responders.

Fire Chief Hazelwood said Deputy has been making a list of what the company needs to replace and expects to have that list soon.

Meantime, they have firefighting duties to take care of.



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