According to a report from The Chicago Sun Times, the largest firehouse in the history of the city of Chicago, Illinois, has opened for service. It is also the first new multi-truck facility in decades on the city’s far south side.
The $30 million, 27,000-square-foot firehouse is located at 1024 W. 119th Street and will serve as the new headquarters for Engine Co. 115.
The opening of the station is a personal victory for Alderman Carrie Austin, who campaigned 16 years for a new firehouse.
The grand opening coincides with the retirement of Fire Commissioner Richard C. Ford II, which takes effect on Friday, April 2.
Ford noted that the single-story firehouse features a radio communications tower, which will enhance data and voice communications, greatly reducing “dead spots” that hampered operations in the past.