Cleveland Firefighters To Host Open Houses On May 17

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

Cleveland firefighters will welcome the public to visit the city’s fire stations on May 17 for an open house.

The third annual open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is an opportunity for the public to learn more about the front-line defenders against fire, medical, hazardous material contamination and other emergencies including water rescue and vehicle extrication. 

Station One is at 555 South Ocoee St. It was dedicated in 1978 and houses the administrative offices as well as fire suppression units.

Station Two, at 505 Paul Huff Parkway, was built in 2000 to cover the heavily commercial area of Paul Huff Parkway. It is home to Engine Company E2 and Reserve Aerial Snorkel 1.

Station Three, at 2000 APD-40, was built in 1988 to quickly access all areas connected to APD-40. It is home to Engine Company E3. 

Station Four, at 2850 Keith St., was originally built in 1969 and expanded in 1976. It is the city’s oldest station and home to Engine Company E4 and Ladder Company L4.

Station Five, at 2595 Freewill Road, was built in 2007 and is the city’s newest station. It is home to Engine Company E5 and Hazmat Response Unit HM1.

Cleveland Fire Department Chief Steve Haun said all five stations will be open for visitation. 

“Saturday is an opportunity for city residents to familiarize themselves with firefighters and the equipment they use,” he said.

Each station will present a different display. For example, Station One will display the command vehicle and Station Four will demonstrate vehicle extractions. Station Five will display the smoke house that is popular with children. The mock-up of a house fills up with harmless vapors while its inhabitants find their way outside to safety.


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