Archive for March 28th, 2014

New apparatus orders for area fire departments

This from Josh Boyajian:

Orland FPD – (2) 2014 Pierce Impel pumpers with 1500/750/30, delivery in September

Mundelein – A 2014 KME Severe Service pumper with 1500/750, delivery in November

ExxonMobil Joliet – A 2014 Sutphen Tank Killer 110′ aerial on an industrial Monarch chassis with a 3,000-GPM pump, delivery in November

Channahon – A 2014 US Tanker pumper /tanker 1500/3000 on a Kenworth T800 chassis, delivery in October.

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As seen around … Chicago

This from Dennis McGuire, Jr.:

new Chicago FD ambulances

New CFD ambulances. Dennis McGuire, Jr. photo

This from Tim Olk:

fire truck used on tv show

X-Antioch FD squad re-lettered and painted as Chicago FD Squad 3 for the Chicago Fire TV show. Tim Olk photo

This from Josh Boyajian:

New Buggies are being readied for 2-2-2, Battalion 8 and Battalion 7, plus new Ambulances for 89 and 13. The light bars on the buggies have blue lights on the corners.

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Chicago working fire 3-27-14

This from Josh Boyajian:

Working fire at 5956 w. Iowa yesterday morning. Here are some of my shots.

Chicago FD Engine 117

Josh Boyajian photo

firemen at fire scene

Josh Boyajian photo

fireman using axe on a peaked roof

Josh Boyajian photo

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Koeppen appointed fire chief in Arlington Heights

This from the Village of Arlington Heights:

Ken Koeppen Appointed Arlington Heights Fire Chief

Ken Koeppen, a 34-year veteran of the fire department, has been appointed Arlington Heights Fire Chief effective immediately by Village Manager Bill Dixon. Ken Koeppen has been serving as Acting Fire Chief following the February 2014 retirement of former Chief Glenn Ericksen.

Ken Koeppen has served in several leadership roles within the department including deputy fire chief since 2005, fire commander from 1998-2005 and fire lieutenant from 1995-1998. Prior to becoming a lieutenant, Ken Koeppen served as firefighter/paramedic since joining the department in 1980.

Most recently, Ken Koeppen was honored with the Police Department’s Lifesaver Award on March 20 at the L.W. Calderwood Officer of the Year banquet. He received the award in recognition of his quick action in rendering aid to Officer Michael McEvoy who was shot in the face during a hostage situation that occurred on December 12, 2013. Koeppen was visiting family at a nearby home when he noticed flashing lights. When he ran outside to offer assistance, he saw Officer McEvoy lying unconscious on the ground.

Ken’s integrity and his leadership skills in cultivating a strong working relationship with fire department personnel as well as personnel in other village departments made him an exceptional choice as our next fire chief,” said Village Manager Bill Dixon.

Koeppen is the village’s 5th fire chief since the department changed from a volunteer department to a full-time paid fire department in 1958. During his tenure, Ken Koeppen has supervised, trained, and evaluated fire department staff, implemented and managed operational procedures of the department, overseen arson investigations, and responded to a variety of emergency and non-emergency situations including fires, medical injuries and illnesses, and hazardous material spills. Ken Koeppen, his wife and son, live in Arlington Heights. “I have established roots in this community and as fire chief I will constantly strive to provide the very best service to our residents,” said Ken Koeppen. “I am excited about the opportunity to lead our fire department and to continue to provide the level of excellence that our residents deserve.

The Arlington Heights Fire Department consists of 110 employees and provides residents and businesses with fire protection service, emergency medical services (EMS), and other rescue functions. The department consists of four divisions – Administrative, Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical, and Training.

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