The city is preparing to build its second largest fire station for $30 million in the West Pullman Neighbourhood.
The new building will be the second-largest fire station in the city, housing a Chicago Fire Department (CFD) District Office, an Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) radio communication tower and three ambulances.
“The men and women of the Chicago Fire Department embody the duty, dedication, and selflessness that earn them the name ‘Chicago’s Bravest,’” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. “Today’s investment in West Pullman will give our first responders the technology, tools, and space needed to keep our communities safe.”
The new 25,000 sq. ft. single-story fire station will include an indoor physical training space, full-size living quarters, and a workout facility for approximately 20 firefighters/EMTs and eight officers. The facility will also feature a state-of-the-art emergency communication hub, watchtower, open office spaces and a 4-bay apparatus room with a hose drying tower.
“I am pleased with the future addition of this ‘super’ firehouse, one of the largest neighborhood firehouse ever built in the city of Chicago”, said Fire Commissioner Richard C. Ford II. “This brand new firehouse will contain three ambulances and a state-of-the-art radio tower that will enhance communications for the South and South East sides of the city.”
The city plans to build the fire station on vacant land at 119th Street and Morgan Street, replacing the existing Engine Company 115 located at 11940 South Peoria St. The anticipated opening is summer 2020.