Archive for June 15th, 2011

New Ferrara engine for Lemont

A previous post mentioned a new Ferrara MVP pumper on order for Lemont (H-4758). Martin Nowak found the unit in production on the Ferrara website HERE. The unit will feature an Igniter chassis and have a 1,500-GPM Pump with 750 gallons of water on-board. The production shots show the cab shell has been made.

Ferrara Igniter cab shell for Lemont IL

The cab shell for Lemont's Ferrar Igniter engine has been completed. Ferrara photo


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Wheeling Local 3079 has new site

The Wheeling Firefighters IAFF local 3079 has recently created a website. Although all of the links and sections have not yet been completed, the site is live and can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Wheeling Firefighters Local 3097

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Lake Zurich chief to retire

The Daily Herald has an article from over a week ago as does the Lake County News Sun which states that Lake Zurich Fire Chief Tony Mastandrea will retire on July 15.

From the Daily Herald:

Longtime fire chief Terry Mastandrea will retire effective July 15 as the fire chief/director of emergency services for the village of Lake Zurich.

Mastandrea has served the village and the Lake Zurich Rural Fire Protection District as chief the last 21 years of a 34-year career.

From The Lake County News Sun

He took over the department when it was still small and medical service and fire service were two separate entities. He successfully combined the two and was chief of the village department and the Lake Zurich Rural Fire Protection District.

There were only four full-timers on per day in 1990 and now there are four stations covering the 25 square miles of the district that handles an average of 3,500 calls a year with a 4- to 6-minute response time. He wrote the original rules, regulations and command structure for the department.


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North Aurora updates

When a department is added to the website, we strive for accuracy in our postings. When North Aurora was posted yesterday, we had listed several units as being assigned to the annex building. Evidently, the information we had is already out of date. We are always glad to have readers provide us with pertinent information including corrections.

Such was the case when Brian Kazmierzak of the Clay Fire Territory in South Bend viewed the site and noticed a familiar unit. He sent us a note with a photo of Clay Fire Tactical Rescue 2 (T2) which bears a striking resemblance to North Aurora Technical Rescue 540.

The Clay Fire Territory acquired the unit from North Aurora in July of 2010 and since September of 2010 it responds as part of the MABAS Division 201 Tactical Rescue Team.

Clay Fire Territory Tactical Rescue Unit

Clay Fire Territory (IN) Tactical Rescue 2, formerly North Aurora Fire Protection District (IL) Technical Rescue 540.

North Aurora Fire Protection District Technical Rescue 540

Brian also informed us that Technical Rescue 544 (1997 Freightliner FLD/Fruehauf) is now in Aurora.

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