The Beecher Fire Protection District is receiving a FEMA grant to fund the installation of a fire sprinkler system, reports The Daily Journal.
The fire station is the only station that serves the entire community and surrounding unincorporated areas of Will County, with a total service area of 54 square miles.
Built in 1983 as an “unmanned” volunteer station, the 8,500-square-foot building was converted in 2001. By 2004, the station was staffed 24 hours. The renovation project cost $4 million and increased the building to 14,400 square feet. The cost of building a new station was estimated at $9 million, according to a press release.