History of the Fire Department

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History of the Elk Grove Village Fire Department

Since its beginning on February 21, 1960, the Elk Grove Village Fire Department has grown from an all volunteer Department to a fully paid professional Department with 94 uniformed members and 9 civilian support personnel. Prior to the formation of the Department, the Village of Elk Grove was protected by the Elk Grove Rural Fire Protection District and its services were provided through the Mount Prospect Fire Department.

The first volunteer Fire Chief was John A. Mergens. The Department was first located in an old barn located at 780 Tonne Road. It was donated by Charles (Chuck) Hodlmair, the first Village President. The Department remained at this location until December 1961, when it then moved into its first permanent station at 666 Landmeier Road. The first equipment purchased by the Department consisted of two (2) 1960 Seagrave Pumpers.

The Fire Department remained volunteer until January 1, 1966, when it hired six (6) full-time firefighters due to the Village’s growth. Volunteer and paid-on-call firefighters continued to supplement the Department into the early 1980’s, at which time a long range program was developed to provide for the projected needs of the Department in terms of staffing and station locations.
On October 7, 1969, ground was broken for the construction of the “Headquarters Station” located at 101 Biesterfield Road.

On November 22, 1969, a temporary west side station was opened at the Elk Grove Park District garage at 499 Biesterfield Road. Three firefighters assigned there each day used a mobile home as their living quarters.

On November 21, 1970, the station at 101 Biesterfield Road was opened and the temporary station was closed. In addition to the pumper apparatus and ambulance already in-service, a 1970 Mack Tractor Trailer 100-foot Aerial Ladder Truck was placed in-Service to provide improved rescue capability for the community.

A third station was opened on December 18, 1971, on Greenleaf Avenue near Busse Road which is a centralized location within the Elk Grove Village Industrial Park. A fourth station was opened in 1976 at 676 Meacham Road (just south of Biesterfield Road) to provide improved protection for the area west of the I-290 expressway.

Each of the four fire stations house a pumper apparatus. In addition, paramedic ambulances are manned the Biesterfield Road, Oakton Street, and Meacham Road stations. The on-duty Shift Commander and an aerial ladder truck are also housed at the Biesterfield Station to complete the complement of manned apparatus.