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City’s Largest Firehouse Opens Its Doors

Chicago city officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on a Far South Side firehouse designated as Engine Company 115. Located at 1024 W. 119th St., the structure is the largest firehouse ever constructed in the city proper at 27,000 square feet.
The firehouse was designed by the Public Building Commission in consultation with the Chicago Fire Department and the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

“Throughout its construction, this project served as an important economic booster to the 34th Ward and West Pullman community,” said Ald. Carrie Austin.

The new firehouse is strategically located to allow for rapid response to both I-94 and I-57 Interstate highways as needed, while serving its primary function of providing enhanced coverage of the far South Side, which hasn’t seen a new multi-apparatus firehouse in decades. Engine Company 115 also has a radio communications tower that will enhance data and voice communications.


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