"Grand Central Station"
The firehouse at 1183 Eagle Ave was constructed in 2011. This firehouse is nicknamed "Grand Central Station" because it is on the corner of Eagle Ave and Central Ave, and this firehouse is in the center of the city. "Grand Central" has not been officially named headquarters, however it is home to the offices of the Chief of the Department, Assistant Chief, the new Jakeland Fire Dept. Communications Center and it is where the tour commander is positioned. Engine 6, Truck 2 and Rescue 1 are stationed here.
Engine Company 6 "The Busiest"
Engine Company 6 was established on November 16, 1983. Engine 6 has responded to incidents all across the city. The most famous incident Engine 6 has operated at was when they were stationed in Chinatown at the 7 Alarm 9th Ave Fire (2/11/1985). They currently operate a 2015 Spartan ERV Gladiator. This is Engine Company 6's fourth engine. Engine 6 is equipped with a 2,000 GPM pump, a 750 gallon water tank and two 50 gallon foam tanks for class A and B foam. The equipment carried on board Engine 6 is the standard engine company equipment (axes, halligans, nozzles, supply hose, attack hoses, etc). Engine 6 was the busiest engine in 2011 and 2014.
Tower Ladder Company 2 "The Ring of Fire!"
Tower Ladder 2 was originally established on November 16, 1983. In 2007 Tower Ladder 2 was disbanded because of budget cuts. Due to an increased number of fires that took place in Midtown Jakeland, Tower Ladder 2 was re-established on November 16, 2009. Tower Ladder 2 currently operates a 2015 Pierce Quantum equipped with a 95' tower ladder. This is the fifth ladder to see service as Tower Ladder 2. One member of Tower Ladder Company 2 has made the supreme sacrifice on 4/6/2011 during the General Alarm Jakeland Clipper Public House Fire. Tower Ladder 2 was the busiest ladder in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
The Reserve Engine is a 1983 Mack CF equipped with a 1,250 GPM pump and a 500 gallon tank. This engine first saw action as Engine 4 from 1983 - 1991. During it's service as Engine 4, it was the busiest engine in 1983, 1984 and 1985. In 1991 it was reassigned to Engine 8 where it was the busiest engine again in 1992. In 1998 when Engine 8 was disbanded, the Mack engine was retired. In 2012, the Ex Chiefs of the J.L.F.D. Association saved the Mack engine by raising money to refurbish the "Old War Stallion". After being refurbished, the engine was placed in reserve status in 2013, just in time for Jakeland FD's 30th Birthday! This Mack is only used when a front line engine is out of service.
The Reserve Ladder is a 1996 Simon Duplex/LTI equipped with a 102' ladder, a 1,500 GPM pump and a 250 gallon tank. This ladder saw action as Truck 4 from 1996 - 2007. It was the busiest ladder in 1996. After being replaced, Truck 4 was sold to the Middleton, NJ Fire Dept where it served as Truck 332 from 2007 - 2013. After being replaced again by a new ladder, the Ex Chiefs of the J.L.F.D. Association raised funds to purchase the ladder. The City of Jakeland then agreed to have the ladder refurbished and placed back in service as a reserve ladder. The Reserve Ladder is only used when a front line ladder is out of service.
These are the apparatus used by Engine 6 and Tower Ladder 2 through the years.
TOWER LADDER 2