New Elk Grove Village Fire Station Receives National Accolades
Fire Station 8 is the only Illinois facility to earn silver status in Firehouse Magazine’s Station Design Awards
The Elk Grove Village Fire Department and FGM Architects have earned national recognition for fire station design. Elk Grove Fire Station 8, which opened last spring, won the silver award in the category of “satellite stations” in the sixth annual Firehouse Magazine Station Design Awards, which recognize “outstanding architecture and design from fire departments nationwide.”
The new Fire Station 8 at 700 Fargo Avenue is a 21,000 square foot facility with a 4-story, 11,000 square foot training tower located within the Elk Grove Village Business Park. A slightly smaller version of the same fire station design was built at 676 S. Meacham.
The two new fire stations were constructed to allow for enhanced operational efficiency and sufficient space for future growth. In addition to designing the station for operational needs, the Fire Department and architects also implemented proactive measures to ensure the safety of personnel to combat the incidence of cancer in firefighters due to exposure to carcinogens.
The new training tower at Fire Station 8 will provide Elk Grove Village firefighters with ample opportunity to hone their fire suppression and lifesaving skills and utilize new technology such as infrared imaging cameras to locate trapped victims in rooms filled with smoke.
“It is a genuine privilege to have our facilities recognized as being among the best in the nation. Credit to this award goes to FGM Architects and to our men and women, many of whom provided input to architects as the facility was being designed,” said Elk Grove Village fire chief Richard Mikel. “We are better equipped to keep our community safe when we have top-notch facilities where we can train and operate from. We’re grateful for the recognition, but more grateful that this Village places such a priority on public safety.”
At the November 19 Village Board meeting, Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson congratulated the Elk Grove Village Fire Department, Chief Mikel and FGM Architects, which designed the facility in partnership with Village officials and staff.
“As our community continues to grow, our commitment to providing our residents and businesses with exceptional public safety services increases. We take a great deal of pride in our efforts to provide top-notch facilities to our firefighters and Paramedics,” said Mayor Johnson. “This national award is a validation of the priority we place on giving our first responders all the resources they need to keep Elk Grove Village safe.”