The Union Volunteer Fire Department has added two new fire trucks -- a 78-foot aerial quint and three-thousand gallon tanker-pumper. Fire Chief Tim Beach says the new ladder truck will help them reach rooftops in Shorewood Forest, where several homes are at least two-stories tall. Both will be parked at Station 2, which is just a little north of US 30 on County Road 600 West. Beach says having the tanker there will let the department quickly get three-thousand gallons of water to Union Township south of US 30, where a lot of areas don't have fire hydrants. [Photos/Provided]
Beach, who previously served as fire chief for Union Township in Porter County, was recently reappointed to that post by the Union Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors, replacing Jaime Garcia, who is no longer with the department. Beach, a 19-year member of the department, has also served as an Ogden Dunes police officer for the past eight years.