|The newest addition to the ACFD|
In January 2008 with the purchase of former Murphysboro Engine 8, the ACFD had outgrown it's two-bay fire station. Construction began on an additional three-bay engine house at 614 Illinois Avenue. It was constructed on property which had previously been home to an abandoned house.
The structure is a post-frame building. Chris Will Construction was contracted to set the poles and trusses. Brian has completed the rest of the building with the help of friends and family. Progress on the building has been slow, but is continuing.
| This is the way the property looked in January of 1998 . The
abandoned house was removed by the city later this year.
|This is the way the site looked as Stanton Excavation began to
|This is the view captured by Google just prior to construction
|This is day one of construction||Chris Will Construction gets equipment and materials ready to begin
|The poles for the west wall are set.||We are preparing to set the 1st truss in place.|
| The 1st truss is being lifted into place as Brian waits on top of the
|Brian guides the 1st truss into place.|
|This is where construction ended after day 2. Several days of rain
halt construction for a week.
|Engine 8 makes a quick stop to check out it's new home. You can
see the humidity in the air on this sticky July evening.
|After several delays (one of which was Brian falling from the roof)
three of the walls and the roof have been completed. Construction
is begining on the front wall.
|Brian added to the "collection" with the purchase of this Kioti tractor
to assist with the many tasks of building the structure.
|Work slowly continues on the front wall. Engine 8 has moved in
because it's temporary home in Murphysboro Station II was taken
over by the Div 45 MABAS Decon unit.
|Ronnie and Ashley pose for a picture in the bucket truck while
working on the front wall.
|Another picture of Ronnie and Ashley in the bucket truck. Younger
sister Madison is with Grandpa in the foreground.
|The brick work has started on the front wall as the three ACFD
trucks pose for a picture in November.
|Brian makes progress on the brickwork on a chilly fall day in
| Good progress was made by early evening as can be seen in this
On May 8, 2009, Southern Illinois was affected by a derecho which
|Workers from Blue Valley Public Safety in Kansas City, Mo work to
load two sirens as Ron watches on in December of 2010. The
STL siren (originally from Topeka, KS) will have the motor removed
to repair a siren for the City of Murphysboro. The remaining shell
will be installed at ACFD Station II.
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