Elburn Fire District celebrates groundbreaking for new station
The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District on Monday afternoon held the groundbreaking ceremony for its new fire station, located at the northeast corner of Route 38 and First Street in Elburn. Those wielding shovels include FGM Architects of Oak Brook Jason Estes (left to right), Assistant Fire Chief Tate Haley, Fire Chief Kelly Callaghan and Board of Trustees President Thomas Reynolds. Photo by Lynn Logan
ELBURN—Kelly Callaghan, chief of the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, presided over a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday for the district’s new station, which will be built north of Route 38 and east of First Street in Elburn. Callaghan said the new station will open in August 2015.
The three-story building will be 41,930 square feet, more than twice as large as the current building on North Street. Fire officials have said the cost of the station is estimated to be between $8 million and $10 million. The cost will be fully funded by the department without any additional taxes, as the department has anticipated the need for the new station for some time.
The North Street station will be sold, and the satellite station located at 39W950 Hughes Road, immediately outside the Mill Creek subdivision, will remain at that location.
Elburn Assistant Fire Chief Tate Haley said that the construction fence for the new building will go up next week.
Haley said the first floor will house the administration, and will also serve as a “museum” where artifacts and photos of the history of the 133-year-old district will be on display for the public to view.
The basement will include a training and meeting room that will be available to the public for its use, if necessary, as well as a fitness room.
All operations, including the ambulance station, will be centralized at the new location, with everything under one roof.
The second floor will be the residence area, with a kitchen and bunks for firefighters on duty. The department currently has six full-time firefighters during the day at Station 1 on North Street. Although there are no current plans to add people, the residence area will have the potential to house up to 15 firefighters.
Barring any unforeseen problems, the new station should have full occupancy by Sept. 15, 2015, with an open house set for Fire Protection Week in October.
Haley said the new location is more centrally located, allowing the department to better serve the municipalities in the 75-square-mile district, which includes Virgil, Lily Lake, Wasco, Campton Hills and almost all of Mill Creek, in addition to the Elburn area.
Fire equipment and vehicles will exit out onto Route 38 and return on First Street.