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If you’re a Purdue student living off campus, the West Lafayette Fire Department (WLFD) responds when you dial 911 for a fire or medical emergency.

Our goal is to keep you safe. So the “Keep Me In and I’ll Get You Out” fire prevention program was developed as a reminder of the importance of keeping batteries IN your smoke alarms. And that’s why free smoke alarm batteries as well as free smoke alarms are available to any off-campus student who needs them.

Feel free to stop by any of three WLFD fire stations:

  • Station 1 at 300 North Street on campus.
  • Station 2 at 531 W. Navajo St.
  • Station 3 at 1100 W. Kalberer Road.

The WLFD is led by Chief Tim Heath, Deputy Chief Tony Schutter, and Assistant Chiefs John Irr, Bob Molter and Greg Booth.

No one thinks an emergency will affect him or her. But the truth is, there have been nearly 150 fire fatalities in off-campus housing since 2000 in this country, two of which occurred here in West Lafayette. And since two-thirds of Purdue students live off campus, it’s imperative that you know about fire prevention and safety.

Staying safe starts with you. And the West Lafayette Fire Department is ready to help.


Established in 1963, the Purdue University Fire Department is uniquely trained to respond to many different types of campus emergencies. The department consists of an advanced life support (ALS) fire engine, a 102-foot aerial tower fire apparatus, two ALS ambulances, a command vehicle, several emergency response trailers and an airport response truck. Each fire department member holds a State of Indiana certification for firefighter, EMT or paramedic, airport firefighter or hazardous material technician. They also have completed other specialized training.

Purdue fire safety statistics and policies can be accessed on the Web by visiting the fire department’s home page at or by calling 765-494-6919.



Safety starts with prevention!

Yes No Does your room have a working smoke detector?
Yes No Does your building have a fire alarm system?
Yes No Does your building have fire extinguishers in place?
Yes No Does your building have an automatic sprinkler system?
Yes No Do you have two escape routes? Remember to check the windows to see if they can be opened and are not broken or painted shut.
Yes No Are the hallways and exits free from debris and furniture?
Yes No Are your emergency exits clearly marked and visible?
Yes No Are your electronic devices plugged into an approved ground fault power strip? If possible, keep electronics off the floor to avoid danger from water spills or floods.
Yes No Is your room organized to reduce chances of an electrical overload?