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MEDIA ADVISORY: Grand opening celebration of Franklin Fire Station 8 in Westhaven Community to Take Place Saturday, September 10 at 10 a.m.

Post Date:09/08/2016 9:30 AM

Station 8 WesthavenFranklin, TN - The public is invited to help celebrate the opening of Franklin Fire Station 8 in the Westhaven community on Saturday, September 10.  Located at 200 Front Street, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.   It will include a “hose-cutting” ceremony for the new station and a “wetdown” ceremony for the station’s new apparatus, Ladder 8.   Children and adults may help wash Ladder 8, “push” it into the bay, and place it into service.   Station tours, refreshments and plastic fire hats for children will be available.  Activities will be preceded by a moment of silence for Franklin Firefighter-Paramedic Dimitris “JD” Fotopoulos, who passed away over Labor Day weekend. 

  • DATE - Saturday, September 10, 2016
  • TIME - 10 a.m. – noon
  • PLACE - Franklin Fire Station 8, Westhaven, 200 Front Street


Franklin Fire Station 8 in the Westhaven community officially opened for business on August 22, 2016.  Located at the corner of Front Street and Whitman Road, the $3.8 million station shortens response times to the western areas of Franklin and provides back-up to downtown Station 1.  Designed by the Renaissance Group, the main level of the facility is 11,369 square feet and the mezzanine area provides an additional 1,443 square feet.  The building features three apparatus bays, living and sleeping quarters, a gathering space, a kitchen and eating area, underground utilities and landscaping.  Franklin-based Southeast Contractors, LLC was the general contractor.  The land for the building site was donated by Southern Land, the developer.


  • 2015 Sutphen SA75 Quint Aerial ladder
  • Cost $790,576.55 per truck
  • Camera mounted at the top of the 75’ ladder.
  • Digital, wireless intercom system which allows firefighters on the ground to talk to a firefighter at the top of the ladder.  Features hands-free operation for the firefighter on the ladder. 
  • SmartDock SCBA air pack holder built into the seats.  The inertia-controlled brackets securely retain the SCBA while in motion and allow the SCBA to be removed when stationary.
  • Medical glove holders built into door pockets.
  • Rear cab mounted transverse compartment – allows firefighters to easily access a shelf containing tools (spine boards, stokes baskets, pike poles, hooligan tools and more) they use on a daily basis from both sides of the truck.
  • Rear and side back-up cameras.
  • FRC brand lights.
  • PowerArc lighting – High-intensity LED emergency and scene lighting.
  • Increased storage, including a larger inside storage cabinet for Advanced Life Support medical equipment and medications that need to be climate-controlled.
  • Built-in firefighting foam system for fighting most fires. 
  • Carries 500 gallons of water.
  • Firefighting pump can flow 2,000 gallons of water per minute.
  • Traditional bell mounted on the front bumper.  

Ladder 5 and Ladder 8The truck was showcased, along with Ladder 5, during a special edition of Franklin Heat, a 30-minute original Franklin Fire Department program that features Engineer Wylie Jones and Firefighter Jeff Boggs.  Produced by Franklin TV, the episode follows Jones and Boggs as they travel to Ohio to see how Sutphen builds their fire trucks, something this family-owned business has been doing since 1890.  They also learn about the inspection process that must be completed before the trucks are ready to roll and check out some exciting new features of the apparatus.  To watch now follow this link:



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