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Station 4

Station 4 is located at:
2181 Curtis Street
Chattanooga, TN  37406

In 1891, No. 4 Engine Company was formed and located at 209 East Eighth Street.  This was the first Engine Company placed into service in the Chattanooga Fire Department.  The company consisted of nine men and four horses operating a steamer and hose reel.  When East Chattanooga was annexed to the City of Chattanooga, the fire protection responsibility was assigned, at least temporarily, to No. 5 Company located on Kirby and South Orchard Knob in Highland Park and No. 8 Company located on Dodds Avenue near Main Street in Ridgedale. These locations were some distance from East Chattanooga and the residents thought this protection was insufficient. They began to exert tremendous pressure on "City Hall" to provide more adequate protection by placing a fire station in their community.  City Hall was now in the midst of the very bitter battle with the underwriters over classification.  Money had to be a decisive factor in any decision which the city fathers made and they were approaching a dilemma.

The No. 4 Station which was located at Eighth and Park in what was called the "Irish Hill" area was only about ten blocks north of No. 7 Station on Main Street near Central and only some ten blocks east of No. 3 Station on Georgia Avenue. The commissioners met with Chief Toomey and it was determined that No. 4 was vulnerable.  The city acquired the old W.W. Buster Grocery building on Dodson Avenue at Glass Street in East Chattanooga and prepared it for use as a fire station.  On April 25, 1925, No. 4 Station on Eighth and Park was closed and the new No. 4 Station on Dodson Avenue at Glass Street was opened.  The closing of the old No. 4 Station brought screams of protest from Irish Hill residents but no avail.  The old No. 4 Station was turned into a theatre.

Assigned to the East Chattanooga station was E.F. Meidling as Captain, Luther P. Huffaker as Lieutenant and W.T. Burns as engineer. Others assigned there are not known. Hydrants were not located in the area by this time and during the first year of operation the company was severely handicapped in their efforts. During their first year of operation they were subjected to the brashest of criticism by the residents of the community.  It is to their credit that they continued to perform as best they could under the conditions for they eventually won the support of the community through their efforts.  In 1955 the No. 4 station was relocated to its present location. No. 4 was replaced with a new energy efficient station on July 9, 2009.

East Chattanooga is largely a residential community with limited numbers of commercial properties.  It does include Memorial hospital, one of Chattanooga's largest medical centers.  It is bordered to the north by the North Chickamauga Creek, the east by Missionary Ridge, the south by Highland Park and the west by the DeButts railroad yard. 

Fifteen personnel on three shifts currently staff Station 4.  We operate a 2015 Smeal pumper.  It has a 1500 gpm pump and a 750 gallon water tank.

The Station Coordinator is Captain Wadie Suttles. He can be reached at wsuttles@chattanooga.gov.

Fire Administration
910 Wisdom Street (map)
Chattanooga, TN 37406
(423) 643-5600
(423) 643-5610 (fax)

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910 Wisdom Street (map)
Chattanooga, TN 37406
(423) 643-5618
(423) 643-5611 (fax)

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