MOUNT MORRIS, Ill. (WIFR) — A century-old car dealership turned fire station is in need of serious repairs, and the fire department needs more space to hold equipment upgrades.

Leaders say it will only happen in a new building, but Mt. Morris Fire Department Captain Mark Lewis says they need donations from residents to make it a reality… two million dollars to be exact.

“Because it’s his home. Every three days his house,” Lewis said.

Moving the building away from the street means a safer area for firefighters. Lewis says the station is habitable but not functional for additional services and quick responses.

“Having a higher cap would allow us to load the pipe after calls in the winter. Vehicle sizes have changed and they don’t fit here anymore,” Lewis said. that will benefit the community the most.

Mt. Morris Foundation Board Chair Susan Druschel says not only firefighters need repairs, but so does the community.

“I really realized that the people who work at this station are the humanitarians of this town,” Druschel said, “I’m absolutely passionate about this and if you think you can’t do this, you can’t. And we will, we will work until we do.

The new station could cost $4.5 million with the remaining $2.5 million raised through loans and grants. Authorities say the goal outside of the building itself is to avoid a tax increase.

“We’ve always been there when the community needs us, and now we’re asking for their support to get us through this,” Lewis said.

The aim is to complete the new building in two years. Anyone wishing to donate can do so by mail to the Mt. Morris Fire Foundation.

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