Akron: West Akron group looking to 'adopt' Fire Station No. 12

11:01 PM, Mar 21, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON -- A group of people in West Akron are hoping they can help fix up the fire house.

Akron's Fire Station No. 12, built in 1951, is on the city's list to be replaced.

The station's crumbling floors weren't built to handle heavy fire engines of today. Metal scaffolding supports the floor of the engine ambulance bay. Some of Akron's other fire stations have the same issue.

While capital budget funds are available, it will likely take years to redo. In the meantime, the residents are adopting it, helping to shore the place up.

The community met Thursday to discuss ideas what can be done with donations of money, food and some other items.

Councilwoman Marilyn Keith is coordinating the efforts of community with the needs presented by the men and Fire Chief Robert Ross.

"This would not be, an issue the fire department would look at, and say, 'Oh, let's remodel the kitchen,' because they are going to be rebuilding it. But it may be a possibility, that we could get used cabinets, that are just beautiful and in wonderful condition, that are much better than what they have," she said.

She's working to create the fire station's wish list, including new carpeting, paint, some furniture items and outdoor landscaping.

Bob Stevens got Councilman Marilyn Keith involved after he visited the firehouse to thank them for saving his life. He was concerned about the conditions the three firefighters on shift at any one time, have to live in during their 24-hour shifts.

Stevens told the group he had a heart attack, and the firemen from Station No. 12 got him to the hospital just in time.

Keith urges people who want to help to contact adoptfirestation12@gmail.com or 330-867-8287. She stressed that the department is a working station, and no one is to just drop by to deliver items or volunteer.


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