CUYAHOGA FALLS — The city’s new Fire Station 3 is now up and running.

The new facility, the second largest of the city’s five fire stations, became operational June 25. Due to the current pandemic, an open house for the community will be planned for a later date, according to information from the city.

"We are proud to reopen Fire Station 3 and serve our citizens from this location," said Fire Chief Fred Jackson. "It was a long year of rebuilding, with a tremendous amount of effort, from all involved to bring the station to what it now is. A strong team made it all possible, and it would not be there without each and every one. The department thanks Mayor [Don] Walters, his administrative team, and city employees, members of council, members of the fire department, and every citizen who stood with us while rebuilding a neighborhood fire station."

The city broke ground on the new $4.5 million Station 3, at 1601 Portage Trail, in April 2019, with Lakeland Construction in Painesville handling the project. The new station is 14,250 square feet, nearly three times the size of the former Station 3, and has six bays.

There are many features in the new fire station, Jackson said, including separate sleeping areas for each firefighter/paramedic, a classroom capable of training the on-duty shift, and WiFi. The largest truck can drive through the bay without backing up, and fire gear is stored in a separate, negative pressure room. In all, the station has one tower style ladder truck, one engine, two ambulances, and one command vehicle.

"The new fire station has HVAC systems that are completely separate from the fire bays, the classroom and common areas, and living areas," Jackson said. "The separate HVAC systems are increased safety measures to separate people from the equipment and contaminants of fire."

The old, 5,030-square-foot Station 3 that was located at the same site was demolished before work began on the new facility. The former Station 3 was built in the 1950s and had served the city for approximately 70 years, Jackson said. 

"The firefighters previously working at Station 3 had be relocated to Station 1 during construction," Jackson said. "They were returned to Station 3."

Jackson said he anticipated many decades of service from the new station.

"Fire stations are designed to serve a minimum of 50 years," he said.

The city has five fire stations. Fire Station 1 is at 1924 Front St. The other stations are located at 2121 High St.; 3089 Northampton Road; and 3497 Wyoga Lake Road.

Gannett reporter April Helms can be reached at ahelms@recordpub.com.