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Lake Ridge Fire Protection District news

This from Eric Haak:

Here are a couple of images of the new firehouse for the Lake Ridge Fire Protection District in Calumet Township, Indiana.

Lake Ridge Fire Protection District fire station

Eric Haak photo

Lake Ridge Fire Protection District fire station

Eric Haak photo

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Elk Grove Village Fire Department news (more)

Rendering of new fire station for Elk Grove Village IL

Excerpts from the Journal-topics.com:

Elk Grove Village is ready to start work on two new fire stations. Demolition of the existing fire station at 676 Meacham Rd. is expected to begin Monday, Feb. 19. A new Fire Station No. 10 will be built at that site. Demolition of a building on recently purchased property at 700 Fargo Ave., a site which will serve as the new firehouse for firefighters from stations at Oakton and Lively and 1655 Greenleaf Ave., is expected in late February.

Both stations are expected to break ground in late March or early April and be completed in summer 2019.   The Fargo station is expected to cost $12 million. The Meacham station is expected to cost $12 million. 

Firefighters from the Meacham station will soon move into temporary trailers on the grounds of the newly renovated west side public works facility on Biesterfield Road. Firefighters at the Oakton and Greenleaf stations will remain at those houses until the new Fargo station is completed.

At the (Jan. 23 village board meeting, trustees awarded a contract for $1,008,500 for a new Pierce aerial ladder quint. The new truck would be stationed at the Fargo firehouse.

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New fire station in Aurora (more)

This from Dave Weaver:

2/23/18 AURORA – Aurora FD Station 7 Grand Opening Open House 824 Kenilworth Pl. – Video by Dave Weaver

 

Excerpts From the City of Aurora:

The Aurora Fire Department hosted a two-day Grand Opening Celebration for its newest fire station.
 
A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Friday, February 23 at 10:30 a.m. for Fire Station 7, located at 824 Kenilworth Place. 
 
Replacing the former station that was built in 1957, the new Fire Station 7 is a state-of-the-art 1 0,325 sq. ft. facility. The Aurora Fire Department has put into service its seventh Advance Life Support paramedic unit at the new location – a first for the area.
 
The 3-bay station has such auxiliary spaces as a watch room, conference room, storage rooms, workshop and fitness area. The living areas include officers’ quarters, bunk rooms, kitchen area, dining area and day room area.
 

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New fire station in Aurora (more)

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Aurora firefighters will hold a two-day celebration starting Friday to mark the opening of the city’s new $4 million station. The city broke ground last year on the facility just west of the existing 1950s-era station in a neighborhood across from Abraham Lincoln Park. Firefighters made the move and began handling calls from Station No. 7 on Monday.

Space constraints were a major shortcoming of the 60-year-old station that wasn’t designed for modern fire apparatus. The building had room to house just one fire engine. Privacy also was an issue with one community-use bathroom and a 10-bed dormitory without any dividing walls.

By contrast, the new station has four individual bathrooms, living quarters arranged in cubicles, a workshop and a fitness area. A company officer, two paramedics, and two firefighters staff the roughly 10,500-square-foot station in 24-hour shifts.

Last summer, the city approved adding an ambulance to the station. But until the three-bay station opened, Medic 7 was running out of the central station downtown to cover the neighborhood on the city’s West Side. The city’s seventh advanced life-support ambulance has responded to more than 1,200 calls since it was put into service last July.

Firefighters will continue moving equipment into the new station over the next several days. Officials will gather for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Friday at 824 Kenilworth Place. They also will give tours of the building until 1 p.m. Guests are encouraged to RSVP by calling (630) 256-4008 or emailing fire@aurora-il.org.

Then on Saturday, the department will host a public open house from 1 to 4 p.m.

The building was designed with natural tones and materials that tie into the station’s surroundings in the neighborhood east of Aurora University.

The city plans to open bids for the demolition of the old station at the end of the month. The site of the existing building will become the parking lot for the new station. Officials hope to tear down the shuttered station before asphalt plants open at the start of April.

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Former Chicago firehouse for sale

Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale. Chicago Tribune photo

Excerpts from the ChicagoTribume.com:

2414 W. Cuyler Ave. in Chicago: $1,049,000

Listed on Nov. 3, 2017

One-of-a-kind gut-renovated 3,600-square-feet of a 1899 Chicago Firehouse in North Center by Lincoln Square and in the popular Coonley School District. This historical landmark is the only frame firehouse remaining in the city. Soaring 12-foot ceilings, wood beams, open first floor-floor plan, radiant-heated concrete floors on first floor and wood floors on second. Second floor has master suite with bay window, two bedrooms, an office/exercise room and a den. Oversized, attached two-car garage.

Agent: Sharon Gillman and Marissa Schaefer of Baird & Warner, 312-640-7010

interior of Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

Chicago Tribune photo

interior of Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

Chicago Tribune photo

interior of Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

Chicago Tribune photo

interior of Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

Chicago Tribune photo

interior of Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

Chicago Tribune photo

 

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Elk Grove Village Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the Journal-topics.com:

Renderings and preliminary floor plans for two new village fire stations, part of the village’s Elk Grove 2025 $110 million infrastructure plan, were on display at the Elk Grove Fire Department Open House Oct. 15.

Artists rendering of a rebuilt Fire Station No. 10 at 676 Meacham Rd.

A new station on property recently purchased at 700 Fargo Ave. would combine two fire stations — the larger station at 1000 Oakton St. and a smaller one-engine station at 1655 Greenleaf Ave. — into one location in the Elk Grove Business Park. Fire Chief Richard Mikel said that new station would be given the designation of Station No. 8 or 9.

The other station at 676 Meacham Rd. would be completely rebuilt on the site of the existing Fire Station No. 10 and would keep that name.

With the final design being completed with technical drawings, bids on the two projects are expected to go out in November or December for the anticipated March groundbreaking. The new stations are expected to be completed in 2019.

Rendering for a new combined Elk Grove Fire Station, either designated 8 or 9 to be built at 700 Fargo Ave.

Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson was hesitant to provide an estimate for a range in price for the two new fire stations until after bids come back from construction firms, citing volatility in the construction market.

Preliminary plans for both stations show four truck bays, training rooms and a new approach to decontamination for firefighters returning to the station after a fire, reducing the amount of contaminants, including some carcinogens tracked into both the fire stations and returning trucks. Mikel said the idea is to keep used turnout gear on one side of truck bays across from where firefighters live and work until it is cleaned. Mikel said that “dirty” side of the house also includes showers.

Station 10 would have eight bunks, a larger training room and training tower, Mikel said. Station No. 8 or 9 would have 11 bunks and a smaller training room.

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New fire station in Aurora (more)

From the Aurora FD Facebook page:

Station 7 is coming along. Mayor Irvin and Alderman Juany Garza and Wegman Construction Company hold a picture of what the new station will look like upon completion.

fire station being built

Aurora FD photo

fire station being built

Aurora FD photo

fire station being built

Aurora FD photo

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Chicago sells old firehouse (more)

Excepts from dnainfo.com:

This fall, Chicago Filmmakers will make its grand debut at the redeveloped building at 5720 N. Ridge Ave., a historical landmark built in 1928 that was sold to the group for $36,000 in 2014

The Edgewater Historical Society held tours throughout the building earlier this month to give curious neighbors a glimpse into the building recognizable to the many commuters who pass it daily.  Though built in the late 1920s, the building was actually designed to depict an even older firehouse, according to the historical society. 

Outside, work has been done to restore the extensive cream terra cotta, which includes details relating to the building’s firehouse days, as well as its deep red bricks, which once housed Truck Company No. 47 and later Engine Company 59. 

Because of its landmark status, most of its brick and terra cotta exterior was required to be maintained. But inside, the firehouse has nearly completed its transformation into the organization’s new headquarters.

Fresh coats of paint, original glazed brick, a sunlit conference room and classrooms, projection room, box office in the firehouse’s former kitchen and a theater have taken the place of rescue equipment. 

The building will accommodate screenings, events, classes and more.

An adjacent lot where a single-story home once stood will be redeveloped into a garden and green area.

Get a before and after look at the project below.

thanks Dennis

Click the link above to see the photos of the before and after

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Rockford Fire Department news

Excerpts from rrstar.com

A $1.6 million flip-flop has restored a Rockford firehouse turned vehicle repair shop back to Fire Station No. 7, and could improve response times to fire and medical emergencies.

The Rockford Fire Department facility, located at 2323 Sawyer Road on the city’s southeast side, operated as a fire station from 1978 until 1991, when the department converted it into a fire vehicle repair shop. Firefighting operations shifted to 4979 Falcon Road under an agreement with the Chicago-Rockford International Airport.

It is hoped that restoring the Sawyer Road facility as a fire station and moving the repair shop to Falcon Road will help the department reduce how long it takes firefighters to get to emergency calls. Fire Chief Derek Bergsten said that for years the Falcon Road station exceeded the departmental response time goal of having 90 percent of all response times take less than 8 minutes, 12 seconds from a resident dialing 911 to the arrival of firefighters.

Station No. 7 houses Engine Company 7, Medic 7, and a hazardous materials response team. Last year, Engine 7 responded to 1,760 calls for service and Medic 7 responded to 1,105 calls for service.

The restored station will have a workout facility for firefighters, separate washrooms and showers for men and women and a computer-training area.

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Newport Township FPD Station 2

A photo to update the site of Newport FPD Station #2 at 43120 N. Highway 41, Zion, IL

Newport FPD Station #2 at 43120 N. Highway 41 Zion IL

Newport FPD Station #2 at 43120 N. Highway 41, Zion, IL Larry Shapiro photo

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