Archive for April 24th, 2010

Local production updates

CRIMSON: The Spartan Gladiator Classic/Crimson engine for Highland Park should be at the local dealership within the next two weeks. After the appication of graphics have been completed, the 1500/500/40 engine which is slated for Station 32 in the Ravinia section of town should be delivered.

The order for 30-103′ rear mount aerial ladder trucks for Chicago will be on Spartan Gladiator Classic MFD chassis with a 10″ raised extension on the sides and a notched cab to maintain a low travel height. ¬†The first chassis should be readying soon for production at Spartan. Crimson built a demo to the Chicago specifications last year and sold it as a stock truck to Jersey City, NJ which can be seen HERE. Although there have been some modifications to the final design, this is pretty close to what t he final units will look like in Chicago, including the gray ladder.

Jersey City Crimson ladder truck

photo by Ron Jeffers

HME AHRENS FOX: Oak Park has two HME Ahrens Fox custom pumpers on order. These will be on the HME 1971W cab with 400hp engines, 1500 GPM pumps and 750 gallon water tanks. The units are expected to be delivered in October of 2010.

SVI Trucks: The rescue coming for the Cherry Valley FPD should be on display at the Fire Rescue International trade show in August at McCormick Place. This is being built on a single axle Gladiator chassis with a Classic LFD cab, forward facing seating for five, and a 10″ raised roof. It will feature a 20′ walk-around body, roll-up doors, a top mounted Command Light and top of body compartments with a rear staircase for access.

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local rigs on display at FDIC

As mentioned in a post yesterday, a few local area fire departments had apparatus featured at the FDIC. These included …

Buffalo Grove

Buffalo Grove Fire Department Ferrara tower ladder

photo by Larry Shapiro

Buffalo Grove Fire Department Ferrara Igniter engine

photo by Larry Shapiro

Winfield

Winfield FPD Pierce Impel Puc pumper tanker

photo by Larry Shapiro

Winfield FPD Pierce Impel Puc pumper tanker

photo by Larry Shapiro

Oswego FPD

Oswego FPD Pierce Arrow XT 100' aluminum tower ladder

photo by Larry Shapiro

Oswego FPD Pierce Arrow XT 100' aluminum tower ladder

photo by Larry Shapiro

Oswego FPD Pierce Arrow XT 100' aluminum tower ladder

photo by Larry Shapiro

Carol Stream

Carol Stream EONE Quest HP100 tower ladder

photo by Larry Shapiro

Carol Stream EONE Quest HP100 tower ladder

photo by Larry Shapiro

Carol Stream EONE Quest HP100 tower ladder

photo by Larry Shapiro

Carol Stream EONE Quest HP100 tower ladder

photo by Larry Shapiro

Carol Stream EONE Quest HP100 tower ladder

photo by Larry Shapiro

Cicero

Cicero Fire Department HP100 EONE super tiller

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photos and some highlights from the FDIC 2010

The FDIC was located in two seperate buildings; The Indianapolis Convention Center and the Lucas Oil Stadium across the street. Most of the major apparatus vendors took space in the stadium including Pierce, EONE, Rosenbauer, KME, Sutphen, Ferrara, Seagrave, Marion, Hackney, Alexis, Fort Garry and HME. In the convention center were Spartan, Crimson, Smeal, SVI, Summit, US Tanker, Toyne, Semo, Danko, Rescue 1/PL Custom, and Custom Fire Apparatus plus Darley and Snozzle.

FDIC 2010 Lucas Oil Stadium

photo by Larry Shapiro

FDIC 2010 Lucas Oil Stadium

photo by Larry Shapiro

HME Ahrens Fox introduced a CNG powered engine on the 1871 SFO chassis with a complete vinyl graphic wrap.

HME Ahrens Fox CNG powered fire truck

photo by Larry Shapiro

HME Ahrens Fox CNG fire truck

photo by Larry Shapiro

HME Ahrens Fox CNG fire truck

photo by Larry Shapiro

There was also an interesting helicopter training prop for fire extinguishment.

fire training prop

photo by Larry Shapiro

Crimson introduced a new pumper design with a Darley pump which appears to compete with the Pierce PUC.

Crimson Transformer pumper

photo by Larry Shapiro

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