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1 Toledo fire station open after renovation, work continues on another

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The newly-refurbished Toledo Fire Station 3 opened Monday in north Toledo.

Located at the corner of Bush and North Erie, the neighborhood fought to keep the station after structural problems emerged. Now, the station has modern updates while keeping its history alive in the original stone from the 1927 building.

The doors open to a lobby area where walk-in emergencies can be taken care of.

"We can have someone sit down and we can assess them right there – blood pressure, pulse, see what their problem is," explained Steve Stainbrook, a Toledo firefighter.

He and other firefighters have already made themselves at home in the spacious kitchen, and the old sliding pole was turned into a foot rest.

"When you have a nice station like this, it makes it easier to do that job," said Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld. "Makes it easier to come back after a tough fire, get cleaned up and get a good meal."

There are four memorials to Station 3 firefighters Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman, who died fighting a fire on Magnolia Street last January.

"We see that every time we are coming and going in the kitchen, heading for the rig," Stainbrook said. "That's a reminder for us of our brothers that paid the ultimate sacrifice."

The old, but new, station serves as a reminder that the firefighters are a vital part of the neighborhood, and forever connected to two heroes.

"I think they're looking over us," Stainbrook said.

The new station still has bullet holes in three of its windows while police continue to investigate an incident from June.

Meanwhile, construction on Fire Station 12 has started up again on Suder and Chase in north Toledo. The project was halted for several weeks when it was discovered the foundation was not stable. Fill dirt had to be removed and replaced with stable ground, which cost the city over $500,000 in addition to the multi-million dollar project. The money was taken from the city's 2014 capital improvement budget.

The 14,000-square-foot fire house will give Toledo 19 stations.

"I think these are all positive steps, not just for the department, not just for the neighborhood, but for the city as a whole," said Lt. Hertzfeld. "It shows it's a vibrant city that continues to look toward fire service, to provide fire and EMS protection."

Another positive about the project: The station will have a training tower for firefighters to use while on the job, as well as for nearby stations to use to train.

Station 12's completion date was expected to be sometime this summer, but the project is now several months behind. 

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