It is (or was) a loaner from Pierce at Tower 5 for their unit that had mechanical problems and went back. I heard they have gotten it back from one of the Bat. Captains.
Also, new R4 is not in service yet either. They are waiting on equipment still and then it has to be sent out to Sensible Products to be fitted.
Confirmed with a paramedic that AFD does now have a GMC Sprinter Ambulance but its only used for non-emergency transport, Not sure of what this means for the future if they are ending a partnership with AMR or something like that. He told me that it is not based at any specific station.
New Station 4 open for business: Akron Fire Department New Station 4 by Raymond W, on Flickr
Bays from left to right: Hazmat, Rescue 4, Ladder 4, Medic 4, Engine 4, Commander. There are 2 bays on the right side for other leadership vehicles.
And then ran into the shift commander and old ladder 7 this evening:
Some station highlights:
Cardio health inspired fitness exercise room.
Carcinogen isolation, equipment bay being the hot zone to keep fire related contaminates away from the rest of the station.
fire administration now housed at a station after 25-27 years of being housed at Citi Center in Downtown.
The old station 4 is gone already, they tore it down in the last week.
I have also learned that they are expecting the new Ladder 4 to be in service next summer.
The Ford Transit ambulance is internally called ARV and will respond only to non-life threatening calls, Is not based at any station so it just drives around all day to reduce the need to place a regular medic unit on a non-life threatening call.