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AFD to hold ribbon cutting for remodeled station

November 11, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
The Austintown Fire Department will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly remodeled Station 3 on Raccoon Road from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. The event will include a look at the department’s new ladder truck.

The station renovation was recently completed after a yearlong effort that was made possible through a 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus grant for $330,000. The grant required no local matching funds, thus costing Austintown taxpayers nothing.

The renovations included adding a second floor complete with sleeping quarters and showers. The addition was finished off with a new gabled roof.

As for the new truck, a 90 percent FEMA grant helped cover most of the cost of the township’s new ladder truck. The truck cost $502,000 and can perform overhead water spraying, or by moving the nozzle back, can do ladder rescues.

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Station 3 will play host to an open house with refreshments and tours.

“We will also be giving away smoke detectors to Austintown residents,” said fire Chief Andy Frost.

While Station 3 is still considered a call-out station, it is staffed round the clock by the Lane’s Ambulance Service that houses an ambulance to respond out of the station.



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