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Akron, Ohio

Mayor Horrigan Announces Plans for a New Fire Station No. 4

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New combined station will house countywide operations and City Fire Administration and facilitate economic development in Downtown and South Akron

City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt, Press Secretary
Published: 04-13-2018

Akron, Ohio, April 13, 2018 Today, Mayor Horrigan announced plans for a new Fire Station No. 4, to replace the existing station located on the corner of South Main and East Thornton Streets. The new fire station will combine normal EMS and fire suppression services with countywide operations and fire administration. 

“Station 4 is special and always has been,” Fire Chief Clarence Tucker said. “Located just south of downtown, Station 4 services the entire county and is the center of operations in critical emergency events. It is essential for the health of the community that Station 4 remains at the forefront of technology and efficiency.”

Fire Station 4, originally built in 1975, is unique among all Akron fire stations in that it houses several countywide resources including:

  • a haz-mat rig that can detect, monitor and mitigate contaminants that threaten public safety;
  • a trailer designed to respond to and treat patients in a mass casualty event; and
  • a trailer designed to manage decontamination and evacuation efforts following a biological, chemical, or nuclear attack.

Station 4 also houses one of four City ladder trucks, which responds to downtown high rises for fire or rescue services, and the City’s only bariatric unit, which assists in the emergency care and transport of severely obese patients. 

Key to the decision to rebuild Fire Station 4 was the desire to have Fire administration staff housed within this central station. “For years, Fire Command has been separated in the CitiCenter building downtown,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said.  “As we evaluated what was best for the department going forward, it was critical to reunite these functions into a fire house setting to ensure the most effective coordination and management of day-to-day operations.”  

Fire administration, which currently comprises 31 employees, will function out of the new Fire Station 4, including the Chief, Deputy Chiefs, District Chiefs, Fire Investigation, Community Services, Fire Prevention, Special Operations, EMS administration and associated personnel.

Having these employees relocate out of CitiCenter (146 S. High St.) will allow the City to sell the historic downtown building for future development.

“The CitiCenter building has served the City well, its time to consolidate offices and decrease our footprint,” Mayor Horrigan said. “The construction of a combined Station 4 will help us to reduce the cost of utilities, maintenance, and overhead, while enabling us to reuse the CitiCenter building downtown to bolster downtown development.  We are confident that we will soon be in a position to announce plans for a private developer to invest in revitalizing this historic building – so stay tuned.” 

The new Fire Station 4 will be located between St. Mary’s Church and the former Riedinger Middle School on East Thornton. The construction will be financed through a bond issued by the Development Finance Authority of Summit County, and repaid with Issue 4 funds over a period of 20 years. Construction is set to begin soon after the groundbreaking on Station No. 2 in Middlebury, and to be completed by Spring of 2020.  The timeline for construction of Station No. 12 in Northwest Akron is right on schedule to begin in early 2020.

Once the new 37,000 sq. ft. combined station is constructed, the City plans to sell the old Station 4 property to Rubber City Arches Main and Broadway (“Rubber City”), in accordance with a 2014 redevelopment agreement. 

By opening a new McDonald’s restaurant, Rubber City will be adding new jobs to the neighborhood and setting the stage for the long-term improvement of 10 prime, developable acres nearby.

“This is a win-win-win situation for Akron,” Mayor Horrigan concluded. “As we construct a new, state-of-the-art facility for our first responders and fire command staff that will serve our community for years to come, we also catalyze economic development and job creation that will generate new revenue to further support public services and improvements across the City. I’m grateful for the valuable public and private partnerships that have made this important project possible.” 

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For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary / Assistant Director of Law
166 South High Street,
Suite 200
Akron, OH 44308
Phone: 330-375-2325
E-mail: [email protected]

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