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Then & Now: Mansfield Fire Department: Station No. 2 in 1940

Mansfield Fire Department Twos

For most of the 20th century there was a station of the Mansfield Fire Department located on North Main Street next to the Erie RR tracks. 

Officially it was designated as Station No. 2, but most folks who were associated with MFD or city government had a simpler name for the place and the Firemen who worked there: it was known as “Twos.”

Mansfield Fire Department: Station No. 2 1902-1938

The station originally occupied a tall wooden building with a tower, but by 1939 it was rebuilt as a more modest brick structure.  This 1940 photo shows Firemen of Twos posing proudly with their new home.

Twos was located in the Flats primarily in order to serve the city’s Industrial complex when all the factories were situated around the tracks.  Anyone who worked there can tell you it was complicated getting to fires with all the trains in the way.

There is a Station No. 2 today, but it is not in this part of town anymore; and the old Twos building at 328 North Main Street is today home to Peak Power Electrical Contractors.

Then & Now: Mansfield Fire Department: Station No. 2 in 1940

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Timothy Brian McKee is a featured columnist on our site every Saturday with a column titled Native SonEvery Tuesday, he taps into his knowledge and collection of historical photos and bring us Then & Now, a brief glance at the way things were.