That’s the life, being a fireman. It sure beats being a ballplayer. I’d rather be a fireman.
Ted Williams -Boston Redsox
About Local 330
The local 330 is made up of over 350 Professional Firefighters serving the citizens of Akron, Ohio. The men and women of the Akron Fire Department are dedicating to saving lives and limiting property loss through aggressive firefighting tactics and life saving EMS skills.
- 13 (24 hour) staffed fire stations.
- All members trained as Paramedics or EMT-B level of care.
- Work with the community to reduce fire and life safety issues.
- Take part in daily fire tactics training and enhancing their Paramedic skills.
- Dedicated to life safety and preventing property loss.
Over a Century of Tradition
We are not makers of history. We are made by history.
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
December 11, 1839 is the first recording of an organized Fire Company in Akron, Ohio. It was named North Akron Fire Company. On February 10, 1846 it was renamed North Akron Fire Comapny Number 1.
In 1867 Akron formed it's first volunteer firefighting faction. It was named The Eagle Hose Company.
In 1899 there was a major fire at Buchtel College. The enormity of this fire led to more fire companies being formed in Akron.
In 1934 Station 11, Massillon Road, finally opens after sitting vacant since it was first built in 1929 (lack of funds).
In 1946 Station # 2 opened at the corner of E. Exchange st. and E. Market st. Dedicated in memory of P.F.C Earl A. Walker, former Akron Firefighter, who was killed fighting in France on Oct 24, 1944.
photo courtesy of -Akron Beacon Journal
In 1978 Akron trained it's first class of Paramedics. They went in to service in November 1978 using through Med Units in the beginning.