by Joe Murphy
Twinsburg -- The wait for residents in the city's northeast corner is over, as the city on June 23 unveiled its new satellite fire station at 2605 Glenwood Drive.
More than 250 -- including Councilors, city administrators, both current and former firefighters and the mayor -- were in attendance for the ceremonial double ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The station, which will complement the city's existing facility on Ravenna Road, is expected to assist the residents in the northeast quadrant of the city, which includes Ethans Green.
Fire Chief Richard Racine said the department's goal is to cut response times to that area from as long as seven minutes to approximately four and-a-half or five minutes. The city has been receiving automatic mutual aid from Reminderville for calls to the area, according to Racine, noting the city will no longer need that service.
The project, including the architect fees, construction costs, installation of a new traffic signal and furnishings, cost the city approximately $1.56 million, according to Finance Director JoAnne Terry. The station was designed by Akron-based TC Architects Inc., and Hummel Construction Co., of Ravenna, completed construction.
The station features four sleeping units, a kitchen and dining area, a day room and a future exercise room.
Two firefighter/medics and a lieutenant will staff each shift at the new station, Racine said, reducing the number of firefighters on each shift at the Ravenna Road station from nine to six.
Mayor Katherine Procop called the city's process of constructing a second fire station "thorough," noting the work the city put into the project "resulted in a fine facility that will serve [the city] for many years to come."
Ward 4 Representative Andrew Romito, chairman of the city's safety committee and one of the driving forces behind the station, said at the grand opening the project was the result of a survey the chief took that showed a high volume of calls in the city's northeast corner.
Racine thanked Council and his staff for the amount of work that went into the project -- a project he said began nine years ago this month.
"We wouldn't be here today if you guys didn't all work together," he said.
Racine said residents are invited to come to either station to have their blood pressure and blood sugar levels checked during normal business hours.
Although a formal ceremony took place on June 23, Racine said the station officially opened at 9:20 a.m. June 18; the department has responded to about 13 calls since then.
Approximately 25 of the department's 57 former firefighters were able to take part in the ceremonial pushing of the fire truck into the station and the "uncoupling" of a fire hose June 18, he said.
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