The fund’s purpose is to raise money to install wireless fire detection systems inside two dozen or so unprotected buildings in the city’s historic downtown shopping area to reduce the widespread damage by optimizing the Hudson Fire Department’s response time for the preservation of historic buildings susceptible to fire by the installation of fire prevention system.

Fire Chief Jerry Varnes is helping lead the effort to put a $350,000, state-of-the-art system into the buildings on North Main Street between Park Lane and Owen Brown Street. He said there are about 60 to 70 businesses in these buildings, which are more than 100 years old.

Hudson needs to avoid what happened in historic downtown Garrettsville in 2014, when a fire destroyed many businesses in that area, Varnes said. The fire “devastated that entire section of their downtown and they’re still recovering more than five years later.”

The North Main Street Fire Detection System Committee has been formed to collect donations for the project. Hudson Community Foundation will collect and process donations. Other local organizations that are in support of the project: Hudson Heritage Association, Rotary Club of Hudson, Rotary Club of Hudson Clocktower and Hudson Kiwanis.

Structures in red have no fire protectionMap


Protect historic North Main Street for future generations!

Please help by making a gift to the Historic Hudson Fire Detection System Fund. Your gift is fully tax deductible.   Find the fund under the "Fund Name" drop-down menu: 

Or mail to Hudson Community Foundation PO Box 944, Hudson, and Ohio 44236 6 for the benefit of the Historic Hudson Fire Detection System Fund

For tax purposes, Hudson Community Foundation, tax ID 34-1935499, is a public charity
under Internal Revenue Code sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1).

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