The City of Chicago Heights recently acquired a strategic parcel of land just north of the Chicago Heights Fire Department Station No. 3 in an intergovernmental agreement with Prairie State College. The space might be useful for developing future training facilities, according to Chicago Heights Fire Chief Jamie Angell.
In return, PSC is requesting the city continue to support the school's firefighter training academy, according to the City of Chicago Heights website. Chicago Heights already uses Station No. 2 at State and 16th Street to help train PSC firefighter students.
“The conditions are already met,” Chief Angell said. “We will continue to partner with Prairie State and make sure we train our upcoming firefighters and paramedics the correct way.”
The newly acquired land extends 300 feet north of Station No. 3, and 295 feet east of Coolidge Street.
“Since we started serving Olympia Fields, our fire department response nucleus has basically changed more to the center of town now,” Angell said. “Currently, our training site is on the east side, so it makes more sense for it to be moved to Fire Station No. 3. For future training, maybe we can develop that land back there and make another small training area.”
You can read more about it on the City of Chicago Heights website.