The City of Garrett Fire Department serves the Citizens of Garrett, Town of Altona, and Keyser Township. The Garrett Fire Department was established in 1879 in Garrett Indiana. The fire department operates with a staff of 32 active volunteers, 3 Pumpers, 1 Rescue, 1 Tanker, and a Grass rig. The fire department responds to approximately 300 calls per year which includes: fires, alarms, field fires, auto accidents, industrial accidents, haz-mat spills, carbon monoxide alarms and other emergency situations. The Garrett Fire Department also assists Dekalb County EMS.

The Fire Chief is elected from among the firefighters and is confirmed by the Mayor. The current Garrett Fire Chief is Chad Werkheiser.

Chad started with the Garrett Fire Department on March 5, 1997 at the age of 18.

He has served as Firefighter, Firefighter/Secretary, Rescue Captain, Captain/Training Officer, and most recently Assistant Fire Chief.

Chief Werkheiser is a lifelong resident of Garrett, graduating from Garrett High School in 1997. He is married and has two children.

He has served as Vice-President and is currently President of the DeKalb County Fire Chiefs Association.

Chad Werkheiser
Fire Chief 
City of Garrett
Fire Department
200 North Cowen St.
Garrett, IN 46738

Non-emergency calls:
Fax #: 260-357-4159