The Brimfield community is invited to the Brimfield Fire Department from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday for an open house and grand opening celebration, showcasing additions to the fire station and a new fire truck recently purchased for the department.
The fire station is located at 1333 Tallmadge Road, adjacent to the Brimfield Town Hall. Tours of the remodeled station, a raffle, refreshments, pictures will be part of the event.
Fire Chief Robert Keller said the new Pierce rescue pumper was purchased last year, delivered in November and went into service in mid-December. It replaces a Pierce Arrow fire engine and a 1994 Ford rescue truck too small to carry rescue equipment.
Keller said the new truck has deeper compartments for more storage. The new truck was purchased with funds from the department as well as a low-interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It cost $437,654 and should last about 25 years.
"It's designed with a lot of storage," Keller said, and holds new rescue tools purchased by the department that are rated to handle the higher-strength metals being used in car manufacturing, he said. The department's new rescue tools are battery operated, as well, so firefighters don't have to keep the trucks or generators running in order to operate them.
The event also will feature an auto extrication demonstration at 1 p.m., inside the department's truck bays.
Visitors will be invited to tour the station's newly remodeled training room and kitchen and the original hose tower from the 1930s, which was uncovered during renovations. Keller said what was left of the tower in the station's attic hadn't been dismantled, "so we opened up the kitchen ceiling so you can see up into what remains."
Staff writer Rachel Hagenbaugh contributed to this story
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