All Candidates for Village Trustee Speak Out, Urge Caution
Glenview, Illinois: The union representing firefighters and paramedics in Glenview is teaming up with the public to stop the closing of Fire Station 13 at Lake and Wagner in Glenview. Residents and businesses have placed over 700 signs on their properties supporting the “Save Fire Station 13” cause. Hundreds more signs have been ordered.
Jesse Gallagher, leader of the Glenview Firefighters Local said, “We’re the ones out there saving lives in this village and we insist this shortsighted decision is dangerous because it will impact public safety. Response times will be longer.” Gallagher added, “The Village hired a consultant to advise them, and then ignored their own consultants, who recommended against the closure of Station 13.”
The Village of Glenview hired public safety consultant Fitch & Associates, who made over a dozen recommendations in their study. None of those recommendations mentioned closing Fire Station 13 or any other facility.
Both slates of candidates for village trustee have spoken out against the move by the board. The Glenview Next Party said, “The residents on the east side of the Village now have cause to worry about how quick a response they will get in an emergency.” The Unite Glenview Party candidates urged, “The decision to advance the proposal that could close Fire Station 13 needs to be subjected to a further, more robust community outreach.”
“Many of the citizens we’re meeting are sick of being ignored by the village board and the village manager’s office,” said Gallagher.
Patterson said a study found Fire Station 13 and its single engine are active about 30 minutes during a 24-hour shift – one of the slower stations in town. Firefighters there will be moved to other stations. “This isn’t about as much as saving money as it is reallocating; reassigning our resources,” Patterson said.
But that study also found that closing Station 13 comes with a savings of $1.25 million for the village. Patterson said he does not believe it will be that high. “Once again, I would come back to, safety is our first concern,” Patterson said.
On Tuesday night during a virtual meeting, village trustees faced more backlash on their decision to close the doors on Station 13 for good – with one remark that the decision would cost lives.
There is an upcoming election in Glenview, and new trustees are expected to be elected. There are calls locally, at least among some, to pause the decision to close the firehouse until the new administration takes over. The village president doesn’t agree with that.