Akron Fire

Seluryar

Firefighter
Does station 4 have a replacement Ladder 4?

The below shot was from the day after Thanksgiving last month and Today saw a similar truck on an incident scene where ladder 4 was called in, but didnt see the traditional L4 Sutphen Midmount truck. Notice how the truck in the photo has a 4 on the front door.

Also, any news on E3's replacement? Fix the old engine or buy a new one?
 

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MATT3045

Lieutenant
The Sutphen is down for maintenance, that is a spare rig. Not sure on 3's, but heard insurance replacement is being sought
 

MATT3045

Lieutenant
From what I was told, the new rescue is ordered, ladder 7 is due for replacement within near future. Another engine will also be purchased. And, the station replacements will happen. Also talks of bringing back the 4th battalion captain.
 

Seluryar

Firefighter
AKRON, Ohio - As new income tax dollars begin to slowly roll in, the Akron Fire Department is working toward securing the equipment necessary to keep firefighters and the public safe.

Akron voters passed Issue 4 in November, levying an additional .25 percent income tax to improve roads and support police and fire services. The tax, which took effect Jan. 1., will bring in $13 million, or or 11 months' worth of taxes, in its first year. Going forward, the tax will generate an estimated $16 million over a full year.

"It's not instantaneously in your pocket," said Chief Clarence Tucker. "We're being very cautious to make sure we don't spend more than we have. We're doing exactly what we promised our taxpayers we would do."

Fire Station 2

The city expects to break ground this year to replace Akron Fire Station #2 in theMiddlebury neighborhood. The current station is so old the floors must be supported from the basement to hold the weight of the fire trucks.

The fire department is working with city engineers in the selection of architects specializing ni designing fires stations to it ensure the new station will meet the city's needs, Tucker said. No estimates on cost to build the new station are available yet.

The station will remain in the same location and the department plans to preserve the boy-and-girl-under-the-umbrella fountain known as "The Babies," which is more than a century old.

Ladder truck

The department's Engine #7 has the most miles and will be replaced at a cost of about $900,000, Tucker said. A plan is in the works for how the 75-foot ladder truck should be designed and built, which takes more than a year.

"You don't just order a new truck like a new vehicle," he said. " They're built to your specifications to meet the needs of your city."

As far as replacing old trucks, up next will be Akron's a 100-foot-platform truck, used to fight larger fires. Plans will be developed next year for the new roughly $1 million platform tuck, which will likely be delivered in 2020.
More stuff like replacing other types of equipment is mentioned in the above full article: http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2018/02/akron_fire_department_moving_f.html
 

Seluryar

Firefighter
A render of the proposed Station 2 replacement has been released and some details they want to fit in can be found here: http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2018/03/akron_to_break_ground_on_new_4.html

New fire station features include:

Three full apparatus bays
A 500-square-foot Akron Police Department satellite office
Living quarters for six firefighter/paramedics
A training room with a triage station to assist emergency walk-in patients
Equipment decontamination facilities
An air drying hose tower
 

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Seluryar

Firefighter
Looks like they are starting planning on replacing Station 4 which will in the future house fire command and other offices which will move the department out of CitiCenter on High St.

http://www.cleveland.com/akron/index.ssf/2018/04/city_of_akron_unveils_plans_fo.html

The new Fire Station 4 will be located on East Thornton Street between St. Mary's Church and the former Riedinger Middle School.
 

MATT3045

Lieutenant
Article is slightly misleading, from what I heard the McDonalds group is paying for most or all of it. This should not involve levy money.
 

MATT3045

Lieutenant
New Rescue 4 is on Finley Fire's website as delivered, not sure if it has made it to the shops yet or not. The new rescue is white with a red stripe, whole new paint scheme. Station 4 is making progress, there are already blocks laid in place last time I drove by.
 

Seluryar

Firefighter
MATT3045 said:
New Rescue 4 is on Finley Fire's website as delivered, not sure if it has made it to the shops yet or not. The new rescue is white with a red stripe, whole new paint scheme. Station 4 is making progress, there are already blocks laid in place last time I drove by.
Are there renders of what the new station will look like online? All I am finding when searching Akron Station 4 is Station 2 images on google.

Any word on what they will do with the old Rescue 4?

Perhaps the future of AFD is white body with red stripe?
 

doomonyou

Firefighter
Yeah seen the rescue in Finley's FB page. The color is a turn for Akron.

I'd be interested in why they went back to such a small truck?
 

MATT3045

Lieutenant
They had the big rescue because it was hazmat and rescue, then they were given the county hazmat 3826 to use for hazmat. R4 just became a rescue, just extrication. And, the outlying ladders also have some extrication equipment. The truck does not go out that often. The change in paint scheme was a cost factor, and from what I was told we may be seeing white with red stripes for a while in future orders.
As far as the new sta 4, I have seen drawings at one point, can't remember if they were emailed or text to me or if they were online.
 

doomonyou

Firefighter
Not arguing with you brother.
Seriously the city passed a public safety levy for fire and police, building millions of dollars in stations. Bought ladders and engines over the last few years. But they can't afford a red 4door pickup with pretty much a utility box on the back?
I grew up in Akron and moved and worked in a depressed city FD. Akron has no money issues compared to where I worked.
 

Seluryar

Firefighter
I came across a city council page saying they approved the purchase of a brush truck from Boston Heights last summer. Is this truck in service and what station do they keep it at? Anyone hwere have any photos of it?

Link to council page about it but info is very lacking: http://www.akroncitycouncil.org/news-commentaries/new-security-system-and-fire-truck-make-akron-safer/
 

MATT3045

Lieutenant
The truck is in service, kept at Station 11. Pump was removed and it now is a tow vehicle for county water rescue trailer.
 

Seluryar

Firefighter
There is a fire event at my apartment building right now and E3 is here according to Pulsepoint. From my vantage point 12 floors up, through my binoculars, I can see that it is the original E3(markings on one of the rear panel doors) and is now all LED emergency lighting, E3 used to have a strobe bar, halogen flashers on the front and halogen rotators on the back. Perhaps It now has chevrons on the rear?

For those who dont remember, E3 was involved in a fatal car crash last year and has been sent for refurbishment.

Any word on if the new station 4 will have an open house when it is completed?
 
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