Station 21 "Tremont / Fireboat" (In the fourth Battalion)
Station Number 2 was built on Champlain St. between Seneca and Ontario St (Ontario and W3rd St.) at the alley called Diebolt Place. Then on August 29,1924 the station was moved to 317 Huron Rd. Huron and E 4th because of the construction of the Terminal Tower Complex. 317 Huron Rd. was demolished in 1954 for the construction of I-77 freeway. Engine 2 was then moved to Station 21 to share quarters with the fireboat (Engine Co 21). Engine 2 is the oldest continuous service company in the department without changes.
Station 21: 1801 Carter Ave.
Station 21 was established December 1894 on the West Side of the Cuyahoga River. Then in 1923, 1801 Carter Rd. was built near Scranton Ave. It was home to Fireboat J.H.Farley. at the time. Station 21 is now home to the Fireboat
Anthony J. Celebrezze. The first fireboat in Cleveland was launched on August 4th 1886, This boat was named the J.L. Weatherley. Cleveland has had 6 fireboats:
J. L. Weatherley 1886-1894
John H. Farley 1894-1938
George A. Wallace 1916-1936
Mavret H. 1946- 1963 [No name given to this boat by the CFD; this was its' pre-WWII name]
The Clevelander 1954-1974
Anthony J. Celebrezze 1961-Present
Note: The correct spelling is "J.L. Weatherley" [e between ly] per U. S. Coast Guard register; and as spelled in "Wheels
Rolling" on sign above pilot house.
Also we had two fireboats named Clevelander, but one was "THE Clevelander" [1954-1974] and the earlier fireboat
was just "Clevelander" [1894-1916]
The fireboat is a powerful firefighting tool with 6 deck guns and a 6000 gallon per minute capacity. The Fireboat can also be used as portable fire hydrant. It can pump water directly from the river or lake to ground based apparatus if water mains are out for some reason. This is important in case of disaster. Fire boats in New York after September 11th 2001, and in San Francisco after Earthquakes have used fireboats to pump water as needed.
E21, the only fireboat for the Cleveland waterways, constantly falls victim to being "browned out" (closed)
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