History of Auburn Volunteer Fire Department
- 1977 The department's first rescue squad was purchased later
this year. Although used, and very basic, it was an important step
forward to insure the protection of township residents. Planning the
new station kept the members busy in between the other events.
- 1978 The new fire station was constructed. Members and other
volunteers did most of the interior work on the station in order to
keep the cost to a minimum. It was late in the year before the
department was able to move in.
- 1979 Finishing up the interior of the station was an ongoing
project over the year. With the increased space available, the
department bought an old van to use as an equipment vehicle. This
year also marked the formation of the Troy Township Fire Department.
- 1980 Work on outfitting the equipment van and the large tanker
continued. A demonstrator model rescue squad was purchased to
replace the original unit. Spring of this year saw the start of
another Auburn Fire tradition, the annual pancake breakfast.
- 1981 Training and fundraisers were the order of the year again.
Both the equipment van and the large tanker were ready for use early
in the year.
- 1982 This year saw on Auburn's worst fires when Sundance Party
Center burned. It was a busy year, learning the disaster plan for
the Perry Nuclear Power Plant, planning a replacement for the old
tanker and obtaining a decommissioned pumper from the Munson Fire
Department for parts.
- 1983 The members were glad to see the purchase of individual
assigned personal protective clothing made this year. Most of the
active personnel received their own boots, helmet and turnout coat.
The new tanker was placed into service and a chassis was purchased
to place the Munson fire truck body on.
- 1984 The department was moving forward again. In addition to
joining the newly formed Geauga/Portage Water Shuttle Association, a
new engine was ordered to replace the 1956 unit. This year also saw
the start of the program to install draft hydrants in various
areas of the township to insure an adequate water supply.
- 1985 Basic and advance fire classes were held again this year,
and the arrival of the new engine required members to become
familiar with the latest advancements in firefighting technology.
- 1986 The first group of emergency call alerting pagers was
purchased this year. The advantage of these over the early radio
receivers was their portability. Members were able to receive a call
even when away from their home.
- 1987 Communication improvements were on the agenda. The phone
monitor system was upgraded and expanded which allowed more
personnel to share the workload of receiving and dispatching
- 1988 Last years efforts on the communications system coincided
with the start-up of the county's new 800-megahertz radio system for
use by public safety forces.
- 1989 Firefighter safety was center stage this year with the
purchase of turnout pants to complete the members' personal
protective clothing ensemble. Also, automatic altering devices to
help locate a downed firefighter were added to the breathing air
- 1990 The main project for the year was writing the
specifications for a new rescue squad. The squad was placed into
service before the end of the year.
- 1991 The department's radio system was improved with the
construction of antenna tower near the fire station. New state
regulations governing firefighter training pushed the members to
meet the enhanced standards. Late in the year, it became necessary
to purchase a used rescue squad to replace the 1981 unit.
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