NORMAL, Ill. -- The Normal Fire Department is performing a search and rescue mission on the future of its fire stations.
In a special session Monday night, city council members were presented with an in-house evaluation of the department including proposals for new fire stations and possible renovations.
Four proposals were given which include adding a fourth station East of Veteran's parkway, relocating all the current three stations, renovating all stations, or partnering with Bloomington for a new joint fire station.
Fire Chief Mick Humer said the main concerns are improving response times to the Eastern areas of Normal and improving functionality to the older stations.
"The most expensive option is the station 4 option," said Humer, "which is hiring 15 to 18 people which is $1.5 to $1.8 million dollars every year from now until whenever. The bricks and mortar are expensive but people are the most expensive part."
Humer said there is no deadline for a decision.
The most pressing issue is renovating or relocating Station 2 which is the oldest station.