Thursday, April 1, 2021

Station identification

Last week Canton Township firefighters began operating from the new Fire Station No. 2, located on Warren Road, just west of Haggerty Road. The new $6.5 million building replaces the original Station No. 2 built in the early 1970s, and will continue to serve the northeast section of Canton. The new, larger facility is expected to improve service levels in the area with the capability of housing two additional firefighters who will staff a second ambulance providing service from the new location, officials said.  Other features of the new station include a decontamination area for firefighters to wash up before entering the station after potentially harmful exposures; a turnout gear extractor to wash cancer-causing carcinogens off of gear exposed to smoke and fire; and an updated plymovent system that removes exhaust fumes from fire apparatus moving in and out of the bay. This new station also includes the first gym area dedicated to fire department staff which will allow firefighters the ability to work out on or off shift-improving their physical and mental health and well-being, officials said. The original Station #2, located on the same property, is scheduled to be demolished later this month. Fire department personnel hosted a ceremonial ribbon cutting last week for the Township Board of Trustees, and plan to host an open house to the public in the fall - pending pandemic guidelines.