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The Huntley Fire Protection District’s fifth fire station on the southeast corner of Jim Dhamer Drive and Hennig Road is expected to be operational by April 13, deputy fire chief Al Schlick said.
Schlick said the district had planned a grand opening event the same day but, because of the growing threat of the coronavirus, public entry will be postponed to a later date.
Data from a station location study requested by the district a couple years ago indicated that an additional fire station south of Sun City would have taken on about 600 of the about 5,000 calls from 2017.
Huntley Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie had said three firefighters would staff the station 24 hours a day. There are no plans to hire any new crew members but the district still would have enough staff to effectively operate all stations, he added.
The fire protection district also is awaiting the completion of about 12,000 square foot expansion and renovation to its existing facility at 11118 Main St. The additions to the East Main Street location would make it a two-story building with a training room, office space and upstairs living quarters.
It also would be designed to reduce firefighters’ exposure to carcinogenic materials after responding to a hazardous incident.
Schlick said the superintendent and project manager of this renovation said it will be finished in July. Based on that target completion date, Schlick estimated that crews would be fully moved into the building by Sept. 1.
The district’s current headquarters and Station 1 at 11808 Coral St. would be sold once the renovations are finished.
Neither project required the passage of a referendum to fund. About $14 million was saved in the past decade for various expansion projects to compensate for projected growth in Huntley's population.