APPLETON, WI–Pierce Manufacturing Inc., announced that Finley Fire Equipment, the exclusive Pierce dealer for Ohio, Kentucky, and part of West Virginia, has secured a location for development of the company’s largest service center in Ohio. The Western Ohio Service Center is located off of I-75 at 11600 County Road 99 in Findlay, Ohio, with a planned opening in August 2019. In addition to preventive maintenance and major repair work for apparatus, including aerial platforms, the new service center will act as headquarters for a fleet of mobile service units.
Finley Fire Equipment’s Western Ohio Service Facility will provide:
- Expanded indoor areas to accommodate ladder maintenance, repair, and aerial platform work and education
- Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) trainings
- Ample storage space for apparatus parts and equipment inventory to be kept on site for quick repairs
- Hydrostatic air bottle testing to DOT standards
- Pump testing
- A specialized service to clean and decontaminate firefighter gear exposed to carcinogens and other harmful substances
- Additional mobile service vehicles and on-the-road technicians
- Conference meeting room for fire departments and technician training use
Located within easy interstate access from Toledo, Lima, Dayton, and Mansfield, the Western Ohio Service Center facility allows fire departments in the surrounding communities the ability to have apparatus inspected or repaired and put back into service quickly.
“We are eager to begin operating out of the new facility and offer expanded service support to fire departments in the region,” said John W. Finley, President and CEO, Finley Fire Equipment. “The service center is conveniently located for fire departments within an expansive geographic region and will allow us to stretch out aerial ladders for inspection, maintenance, and training, as well as offer gear testing and group and department training space.”
Finley Fire Equipment also operates service facilities in McConnelsville, Ohio, Fairport Harbor, Ohio, and Lexington, Kentucky. The centers provide preventive maintenance programs, minor repairs to total refurbishments, the largest fleet of mobile pump testers in the industry, and a growing mobile fleet of 24 service vehicles and 25 certified Pierce service technicians.
“It’s very important for fire departments to reduce the amount of time a fire apparatus is down for service, and having a center close to your department’s home helps ease that concern,” said Joshua Eberle, Fire Chief of Findlay Ohio Fire Department. “Finley Fire Equipment recognized this need with the planned opening of the Western Ohio Service Center, and departments in the surrounding regions are sure to understand and see the value Finley brings to the communities they serve.”
Gary Hickman, Fire Chief of Allen Township Fire Department agrees. “The Allen Township Fire Department currently has several engines in service and we require a trusted partnership with our service provider.” Chief Hickman added, “We look forward to the opening of Finley Fire Equipment’s new service center because not only will the location be convenient, the services offered including pump testing, hydraulic tool service, and more will be a great benefit to our department.”
Finley Fire Equipment’s service centers are supported by one of the largest and strongest teams of dedicated service and support professionals in the custom fire apparatus industry. In the future, the company hopes to expand services at the Western Ohio Service Center location to include hydro-testing of air cylinders, Scott Air-Pak testing, and Hurst repairs, as well as add outdoor water accessibility for pump testing.