Unofficial Homepage that is...
Welcome to the one & only, as far as I know, Unofficial Russell
Fire Department Homepage. Yes, I am a member of the Russell Fire
Department & if you should hear me on the radio, I am 8013. Not
a lucky number for most, but it has brought me no bad luck as of yet.
And I have been a member for over thirteen years now.
The Russell Fire Department was conceived in 1914 and has served
the community dilligently ever since. Russell is a community which
was built on the trade of the Ohio River and has a strong history in the
Steele, Railroad, & Petroleum businesses. ARMCO Steele which
is now known as AK Steele, The C&O Railroad which is now known as CSX
Transportation, & Ashland Oil which is soon to be known as who knows
what due to the very recent merger with Marathon Oil. We'll just
have to wait & see on that one.
The City of Russell has a population of about 25,000 & runs
a thirty member plus four officers two station fire department. We
are considered combination paid/volenter department because we receive
some compensation for the drills & fire calls we respond to.
We do not officially have any full time members on the department.
That's not to say that our Chief Harry J. Thomas & Captain Bernard
King plus a handfull of the members don't put in full time devotion to
Station 1 Downtown is a two bay, double deep, drive through station
which houses; Truck 1 = A 1980 Chevrolet heavy duty package van. It carries
our Hurst tools & the power unit for it. It also carries most
of the members protective clothing as well as spare Scott air cylinders.
It carries quite a bit of other miscellaneous equipment as well.
Truck 4 = A 1993 KME Custom Cab 1000gpm pumper. Tower 2 = A 1975
refirbbed Mack 75 foot platform areial that we purchased used from FDNY.
Our Truckies ride her when the call arises.
Station 2 Kenwood is a three bay back in station which houses;
Truck 6 = A 1983 Chevrolet/FMC Conventional Cab 750gpm pumper that is our
last gasoline powered pumper. Truck 5 = A 1975 Segraves refirbbed
750gpm pumper. It will be sold in the very near future. Upon
delivery of Fire/Rescue 1 = A 1997 Pierce Custom Cab 1000gpm that is due
to be delivered the second week of June. We are really looking forward