Engine Company 18

1360 South Blue Island


Mayor Richard M. Daley cut the ribbon on August 2, 2008 for the new Engine Company 18 firehouse, a new facility that will provide the latest in firefighting technology and communication for residents in the neighborhoods of University Village, Pilsen, Little Italy, the Near West Side and the South Loop.

A 16,000 square foot, 1-story masonry Fire Station based on the Prototype Design. Lessons Learned from previous Engine Company projects have been incorporated into the design. The project includes surface parking for 32 vehicles and is situated on 1.52 acres. It replaces the existing Engine Company 18 located at 1123 West Roosevelt Road which was built in 1873.

The facility features oversized doors to accommodate today’s larger emergency vehicles, a circular driveway for safer and faster ingress and egress of the facility, a state-of-the-art emergency communication system, a state-of-the-art watch tower, firefighter and officer quarters, bathroom and locker-room facilities for men and women, and a workout facility.

LEED Features: This Project will include a solar thermal domestic water heating system and will achieve LEED “Silver” Certification.