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North Park Fire Protection District news

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North Park Fire Protection District officially broke ground Monday on its new fire station located at 1011 Harlem Road in Machesney Park.

The new building is expected to be finished in a year, will be 20,000 square feet, have private bunk rooms for the firefighters, larger classrooms, and will allow for more community involvement during fire events. 

Officials say it will replace three existing buildings which all date back to the 1950?s and 60?s. The new facility will be less expensive to operate, have more space for fire equipment, and will allow for a faster response time to the community.

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Rockford Fire Department news

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The City of Rockford is considering a plan to build a $10 million fire station on the “Miracle Mile,” at the site of the former Magna grocery store on E. State Street.

Under the proposed plan, the Rockford Fire Department Station 10, at 3407 Rural Street, would be relocated to a newly constructed State Street station.

The Magna shopping center, formerly at 3915 E. State Street, also once housed an Osco Drug and Jewel, sat vacant for nearly two decades.

The city seized the building in 2020 and it was demolished later that year. A condemned strip mall next to the former grocer was also demolished in 2020.

The empty lot, next to the Don Carter Lanes bowling alley, has hosted multiple car shows over the years and was used as a pop-up drive-in theater.

However, the fire department says the site is in need of redevelopment, which would include improvements to Keith Creek, currently channeled under the parking lot.

The current Rural Street station is in need of maintenance and repairs, which have been put on pause since the idea of relocating to E. State Street was floated in 2020.

The fire department added that its location in a residential neighborhood slows its response time.

Planning for the new fire station would begin if the project is approved at Monday night’s city council meeting, and would utilize American Rescue Plan spending funds and TIF funds for improvement to the site outside of the new fire station.

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Urbana Fire Department news

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — The Urbana City Council has approved $1.5 million for building two new fire stations.

A grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity gave a total of $2 million to the city for community development, affordable housing, violence prevention, and administrative costs. The fire department said the Philo Road and North Lincoln Avenue stations are long overdue for upgrades, but using the money for the stations wasn’t a unanimous decision from the city council.

Some city council members were opposed to giving such a large sum of that money to the department, saying that the spirit of the DCEO grant was intended for economic opportunities in these low-income neighborhoods and not for the government buildings of these neighborhoods.

One new station will be built across the street from the current Philo Road location. The other will be between Goodwin and Bradley Avenues. The Philo Road station has not been remodeled since it was built in the 1970s.

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New fire station in Channahon

This from Jim Skrabel:

Channahon’s new fire station 2 construction is well under way after a several month delay due to vandalism. The address of the new station will be 23370 S. Thomas Dillon Drive.; #ChannahonFD; #firestation;

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Decatur Fire Department news

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The Decatur Fire Department cut the ribbon on a new fire house. Station seven is on chestnut avenue south of Lake Decatur on Route 36.

The station is the third new house to open in the city, and it will be the last the city builds for the time being.

The new station will not be coming with new equipment or trucks. The department will be relocating equipment to the new facility.

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Itasca Fire Protection District news

From Itasca Fire Protection District on Facebook:

Station 67 (Itasca Station #2) is up and running!
We will be sharing space on the grounds of Itasca Public Works which is located north of the train tracks. There is an engine (E67) and an ambulance (M67) stationed there. The crew is utilizing an RV for the temporary space the firefighters occupy. This will be in place until a permanent station is built and in service.; #ItascaFPD;

Itasca FPD photo; #ItascaFPD;

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thanks Daniel

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Dekalb Fire Department news

From City of DeKalb, Illinois on Facebook:

DeKalb will move forward with planning the construction of a fourth fire station to lower response times in the southwest part of the city. The council Monday supported a plan for a fourth station on city-owned property at the north end of the Schnucks subdivision along South Malta Road. The land has been envisioned for a fire station since the 1990s.
The new station will cover the south quadrant of the city, which includes a large area where response times for fire and emergency medical service calls exceed the four-minute standard set by the National Fire Protection Agency and Insurance Service Office.
Fire Chief Mike Thomas said the response time to reach Devonaire Farms, which is located in the southwest quadrant, is six and a half minutes from Station 3, seven minutes from Station 2 and eight and a half minutes from Station 1. The new station will provide emergency services to the growing industrial area along Gurler Road. 
Nine firefighter/paramedics would initially staff the new station. The additional personnel will help the fire department address its growing call volume, which has risen 33 percent since 2017 to more than 7,400 calls, including a 28.5 percent increase in two or more calls happening simultaneously.
The approximately $4 million capital cost would be funded through a general obligation bond. This is recommended over the use of reserve funds, in part, because the city is earning five percent interest on its reserves, which is higher than the expected true interest costs on the bonds of around 3.8 percent. Additionally, the city’s General Fund will be able to assume the bond costs, and the General Fund and Ground Emergency Medical Transportation Fund will be able to carry the staffing costs.
Under the construction timeline, the fourth station will be designed this year, built in 2024 and have a move-in date in January 2025.
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As seen around … Peoria

This from Michael Maida:

There have been several postings on the website recently regarding the Peoria FD. I had an opportunity to go to there recently and was able to see some of what has been talked about.  I stopped by Peoria Fire stations 3, 11, and 15.  Station 3 is home to Engine 3 and Truck 3.  Station 11 is home to Engine 11 and Rescue 1.  Engine 11 and Rescue 1 are jump companies as are Engine 3 and Truck 3.   They have a mixed fleet of KME, Pierce, and E-One.  Engine 11 is back in service in that neighborhood after 20 years.
Mike Maida; #FireTruck; #PeoriaFD; #MicaelMaida; #FireTruck;

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Of interest … Chicago Fire Department

From Douglas Duncan; #ChicagoFD; #Douglas Duncan; #firetrucks; #firegihters; #firestation;

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New fire station in Highland Park

This from Dan McInerney:

Here are some pics of the soon to be completed Highland Park Station 32, home of Engine/Ambulance 32 in the Ravinia neighborhood of Highland Park.; #HighlandParkFD; #firestation; #Ravinia; #DanMcInerney;

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Dan McInerney photo; #HighlandParkFD; #firestation; #Ravinia; #DanMcInerney;

Dan McInerney photo; #HighlandParkFD; #firestation; #Ravinia; #DanMcInerney;

Dan McInerney photo; #HighlandParkFD; #firestation; #Ravinia; #DanMcInerney;

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