By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Dundee firefighters enjoying new quarters

“It's very exciting," he said. "We are very blessed to have such a fantastic station to work out of.”

The station fell behind schedule over the winter and spring, partly because of adverse weather and partly because of delay in obtaining structurally insulated panels for the walls. As a result, a projected spring completion never materializes.

The department was finally able to move in July 21. By the end of its first week, it had answered six calls from its new quarters.

The new station replaces one that was built in 1935. It had undergone three additions over the years, but had nonetheless grown increasingly cramped and decrepit.

The new station, Stock said, is intended to be equally long-lived.

“We designed this station for a minimum of 75 years,” he said. “After seeing it, and being in here for a little bit, it will go way beyond that.”

The new building covers 17,622 square feet, up from 7,500. It includes sleeping quarters, living space, offices, a special training tower, and a large classroom that can double as community meeting space.

“In the old building, the same places the guys would prepare food was the same place they needed to clean equipment," Stock said. "Now things have their own spaces.

“The training room was also our office. It was our training room, our living room, our radio room and our standby room. We have all those individual spaces now, and room to grow.”

The living quarters also allow the department to house fire science interns, he said.

Stock said the department hopes to begin offering public first aid and CPR classes. In addition, he said, it could provide space for use as an emergency shelter, as it features a generator capable of providing backup power.

The three-story tower will be used to train firefighters in rescuing people from upper stories via a ladder, maneuvering fire hoses up ladders, rappelling down from heights and dealing with other advanced training situations. In addition, Stock said, the upper two stories can be closed off and filled with smoke.

The next stage of the project will be demolishing the old fire station and replacing it with a landscaped parking lot. Currently, Stock said, firefighters are having to park on neighboring property.

The department fields three fire engines, two brush rigs, a water tender and a rescue rig, staffed by four paid firefighters and 19 volunteers. There is enough bay space to add an additional piece of equipment in the future, as the department grows.

The department plans to hold an open house in early September.


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