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2007-Present

  • August 27, 2007, manning levels are again reduced to 14. The resulting brown-out of Station 2 comes at the highest call volume to date.
  • July 3, 2008, fire erupts at the former General Industries site. This fire is quickly upgraded to a general alarm, recalling ALL Elyria Fire personnel. Every fire department in Lorain county responds to the blaze.
  • February 8, 2009, a fire caused by an arsonist tears through the tunnels beneath Lorain County Community College. A general alarm is sounded, recalling ALL Elyria Fire personnel. Damage tops 1 million dollars.
  • March 2009, a Sutphen 100’ Tower is placed into service.
  • April 11, 2009, Fire Station 4 closes for the first time due to a lack of manpower. Station 3 also closes a few days later, forcing all available units to respond from Station 1.
  • April 15, 2009, Nine firefighters are laid-off.
  • September 6, 2009, Six more firefighters are laid-off.  Over the next several months, Elyria Firefighters respond to working fires with as few as 6 personnel.
  • October 6, 2009, Elyria Fire Department watch office is no longer manned. Dispatching duties are turned over to Lorain County 911.
  • April 2010, a federal grant allows all 15 firefighters to be brought back from lay-off.
  • July 2010, the same federal grant allows the hiring of 12 additional firefighters.