CALUMET CITY | The City Council approved hireing a firm to help them with construction of a facility near the Illinois/Indiana border for fire departments to use for training.
Aldermen voted 7-0 to hire Professional Building Services of Palos Heights, to oversee the design and construction of a facility to be built on vacant land on State Street between State Line and Wentworth avenues. The land was once occupied by taverns.
Fire Chief William Galgan said officials hope the facility can be built and operating some time during 2014.
He said Calumet City’s Fire Department would use the facility to run drills for its own training, and also would allow fire departments in surrounding communities such as Burnham, Dolton and South Holland to train there as well.
“It will allow us to simulate different kinds of fires,” Galgan said. “It will improve our training on how to deal with emergency situations.”
Fire Department officials have talked about buidling a training facility for several years.
The proposed facility will be “state-of-the-art,” Galgan said.
Calumet City will pay for the training facility with money from a court settlement related to a lawsuit concerning entertainment taxes, Galgan said.