City of Akron Breaks Ground on New Fire Station No. 12 in Wallhaven Neighborhood
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~ Today, the City of Akron held a groundbreaking celebration at the site of the future Fire Station No. 12 at 112 S. Hawkins in the Wallhaven neighborhood. Mayor Horrigan, Fire Chief Joseph Natko, Deputy Fire Chief Richard Vober, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Clarence Tucker, Ward 4 Councilman Russel C. Neal Jr., and other members of Akron City Council were in attendance along with representatives from the construction companies working on the project: Kenmore Construction and Metis Construction Services.

The new station will be 14,959 sq. ft. and cost approximately $9.5M. It is expected to open in late summer of 2024 and will have 9 beds and, at a minimum, will have a crew of 6 firefighter/medics, an Engine, and a med unit. Highlights of the new Station No. 12 include 3 full apparatus bays, living quarters for 9 firefighter/medics, equipment decontamination facilities and an air drying hose tower.

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Mayor Horrigan expressed his excitement for the entire Akron community saying "In 2018, we broke ground on fire station 2 in Middlebury which was the first new fire station in Akron in 22 years. Now, just a few short years later, we're happy to break ground on yet another new fire station making it the third one in 5 years and marking our latest investment into Akron Fire."

Fire Chief Natko noted that Station 12 has been serving the Akron community for 72 years averaging almost 3,000 calls in 2022 and that this new building will help their firefighter/medics better serve Akron while keeping their firefighters safer as they answer calls to protect residents.

The City has already begun discussions to evaluate which station will be up next for replacement following Station 12's completion late summer 2024. For further information contact Stephanie Marsh Chief Communications Officer at 330-375-2754 or via email address provided by press office

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