Fire chiefs update Elburn on new station

By on March 22, 2014

ELBURN—Elburn Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan and Assistant Chief of Fire Operations Tate Haley attended the Village Board meeting on Monday to update the board on plans and progress regarding the new fire building.

The Elburn and Countryside Fire District will build a new main fire station on the corner of Route 38 and N. First St. The three-story building will be 40,000 square feet, giving the district the room it needs for updated equipment and staffing levels.

There will be six full-time staff on duty on site during the daytime hours.

The new location will also give the fire station good access in all directions. The main discharge of emergency vehicles will be from the Route 38 exit, with the secondary discharge on First Street. There will be signs alerting motorists of the emergency egress.

Bids for the construction will go out next week, and the district hopes to break ground in May.

The building will maximize the space and should adequately accommodate current and future growth, Tate explained.

The cost of the project will be between $8 and $10 million, and the district already has the necessary funding.

The Elburn & Countryside Fire Protection District’s service area, which spans 75 square miles, includes the village of Elburn, Lily Lake, Virgil, Campton Hills and Mill Creek subdivisions. The boundary on the north is Ramm Road and the southern boundary is Scott Road, with the eastern and western boundaries fluctuating.

The current main station is located at 210 E. North Street, with a satellite station located at 39W950 Hughes Road, immediately outside the Mill Creek subdivision.