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Green celebrates the opening of Fire Station No. 3

Brian Lisik
Suburbanite correspondent
The city of Green held a ribbon cutting celebration for the new Fire Station No. 3 on Sept. 2. The station is on the corner of Mayfair and Raber roads.

GREEN Against the backdrop of the city’s newest fire station, Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer called public safety the most important service government can provide.

“Station No. 3 helps to complete that mission of safety and security,” Neugebauer said. “It will provide quicker response not only to the populous northeast quadrant (of the city), but to our entire city.”

Neugebauer’s remarks came before he, along with city and fire department officials, took part in a fire service “ribbon cutting” tradition of uncoupling of a fire hose Sept. 2.

Neugebauer thanked several key people in the planning and eventually construction of the station, which the Green Fire Department began making runs out of in late August.

“Projects like Fire Station No. 3 take years to the plan, design, and build; a successful project like this takes the efforts and skills of so many people working together for a common goal,” Neugebauer said before thanking the citizens of Green; Green City Council; Planning Director Wayne Wiethe; project architect Chas Schreckenberger and his team at Prime AE; construction manager Brady Oakes and his team at Infinity Construction; the Green Fire Department and the Station 3 Steering Committee of Lieutenants Brad Hemphill, Jason Wells, Michael Mohr, and Jaimy Garrett, Capt. Josh Compton, and Firemedic Aaron Baker; and Fire Chief Jeff Funai for his “thoughtful, patient, and gentle guidance through the entire process.”

“Jeff, it took us four years of discussions, meetings, negotiations, and occasionally, frustrations, but look at what we have accomplished,” Neugebauer said.

Funai reiterated the mayor’s comments that the mission of the fire division is “to save lives.”

“It’s as simple as that,” Funai said. “No matter the cost or the conditions, our goal is to save lives and this station is going to be a cornerstone in that mission. As the Mayor said, it is well positioned in the northeast quadrant of our City to improve response times and the increased staffing just multiplies our efforts.”

Construction on the city’s third fire station began in June 2019 and cost $4.4 million. The 3795 Mayfair Road location of the new station, at the corner of Mayfair and Raber roads, was selected due to its high population density and proximity to the Interstate 77 corridor and Massillon Road – one of Green’s primary retail, industrial and business areas.

The 11,548 square foot building can house up to six vehicles and a training tower and integrated confined space training areas – allowing the station to be a fire training facility for internal and regional training sessions.

Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer speaks at the ribbon cutting for Green Fire Station No. 3 on Sept. 2.