Dayton Dedicates Station
One hour and thirty-two minutes after the City of Dayton, Ohio, and its Fire Department had activated its new No. 18 Fire Station, the company rolled on its first alarm. Consequently, when the Station was formally dedicated with fitting ceremonies that same evening, run No. 1 was already on the record.
Acceptance and dedication took place on Monday, August 28, and was participated in by all the City’s officials and many citizens. The new Station, located on the Eastern city limits at 207 S. Smithville Rd., overlooks most of the city and protects a fast expanding mercantile district. The permanent active equipment consists of a Seagrave 65 ft. aerial ladder truck equipped with 200 gallon booster and a Seagrave 750 GPM pumper with 100 gallon booster tank. In conformance with Dayton’s practice, both units have two-way FM radios. The apparatus quarters is also designed to house reserve apparatus which had previously crowded other fire stations. At present there are three pumpers and a ladder truck stationed in reserve.
The new house, which cost $150,000 and was financed by the ten-year capital improvement program bonds voted by the people in 1945, is one story and constructed of steel, concrete and tile. Walls throughout are tile from ceiling to floor. Double overhead automatic doors provide exits from the apparatus floor for four front line pieces of equipment. Living quarters, indirectly illuminated, are floored with rubber tile. A well ventilated dormitory, Captain’s room, office, recreation area, kitchen, shower and locker facilities provide comfortable quarters for the twenty men assigned.
The station’s modern kitchen would be the envy of many a housewife. The heating system is three-fold, consisting of blowers, radiators and radiant pipes, all gas fired. The radiant heat serves the office, dormitory and Captain’s room. The alarm system, as in all Dayton stations, is a combination of public address, Gamewell and telephone. All other fire department essentials such as electric hose dryer, inside gas pumps, air compressor, battery charger, and movable hose rack are incorporated in the complete furnishings.
The Chief of the Dayton Fire Department, Joseph A. Kirby, and the Architect of the new Station, Emory J. Ohler, together with City Manager and Safety Director, Russell E. McClure, and Mayor Louis W. Lohrey, were speakers at the dedication ceremony. Following this occasion, the doors of the new house were thrown open and for a week the citizens of the City had opportunity to inspect and exult over this newest addition to their popular fire department.
Incidentally, an attractive little brochure, containing a history of the Dayton Fire Department as well as description of the new Station was distributed during the festivities.