Archive for October 21st, 2014

Recall directed at IHC 4800 chassis

An article at outlines a recall regarding fire trucks built on International chassis:

A company that manufactures drivetrains for International fire engines has issued a recall after Montana authorities concluded a faulty drivetrain was responsible for a fatal crash that killed six people outside Helena.

The recall notice says the driveshaft may separate and cause the axle to lock if a double Cardan joint seizes up. The recall by Navistar Inc. is for International 4800 trucks built between June 1999 and May 2002 that are equipped with Fabco TC-200 transfer cases.

A remedy for the problem is still under development, the recall notice said. Dealers will disconnect the joint and owners will be notified when a permanent solution is available.

Three Forks Fire Chief Todd Rummel was driving a 2002 International fire engine from Helena to Three Forks on U.S. Highway 12 on June 19 when the drivetrain, which powers the wheels, failed, Montana Highway Patrol investigators said in August. The failure caused one of the wheels to lock up and the fire engine veered into an oncoming pickup truck carrying a family of five, striking it head-on in a fiery collision. There were no survivors. Killed in the pickup truck were Matthew Boegli, Crystal Ross and their three young children.

The Navistar recall was issued two weeks after the highway patrol released its findings. The company found five other incidents besides the Montana crash since 2008 that prompted them to issue the recall, he said.

Boegli was found to have methamphetamine in his system at the time of the crash, according to toxicology reports. Montana authorities said the drugs did not play a role in the crash, and that Boegli had attempted to swerve from the fire engine’s path.

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Voters to select fire district

The Kane County Chronicle has an article about the ballot referendum for some residents in the Elburn Fire Protection District:

Select voters in the Elburn fire district will decide Nov. 4 whether they want to join the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District.

The upcoming ballot measure regarding fire service has turned political. The Elburn Village Board recently approved a resolution opposing the potential disconnection, and Fox River Fire Chief Greg Benson said some opponents are spreading misinformation about his district.

About 3,000 registered voters live in the proposed disconnect area, a territory roughly bound by LaFox Road to the east, Anderson Road to the west, Campton Hills Road to the south and Silver Glen Road to the north.

Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District Chief Kelly Callaghan said his agency has a proven track record of taking care of that area for both fire and EMS, and it recently opened a station in Lily Lake to better serve it. “Our department has been in existence 132 years, much more than three,” Callaghan said.

Benson said the quality of service shouldn’t be an issue because a judge determined the territory would receive comparable service from the Fox River district. In fact, he said, residents should experience shorter 911 call processing times. Currently, calls from the disconnect area are received by Kane Comm and are transferred to Tri-Com before units are dispatched, a process that can take up to four minutes, he said. Fox River calls are received and dispatched by Kane Comm, he said, a process that takes up to 21/2 minutes.

Property owners would pay less in taxes should they join the Fox River district, Benson said, noting Elburn’s tax rate is about 0.79 and Fox River’s is about 0.27. To illustrate the potential savings, the Fox River district compiled a list of addresses in the disconnect area, the taxes they paid to Elburn and the projected taxes they would pay to Fox River. According to the list, a home in the 40W000 block of Fox Creek Drive in Campton Hills paid $1,548.28 in taxes to Elburn and would pay an estimated $524.44 to Fox River – a difference of $1,023.84. On the lower end of potential savings, another home in the village might see a difference of about $350.

Should the disconnect be approved, Callaghan said the Elburn district won’t know the exact amount the district would lose in property taxes until the levy is approved. “We’re going to do everything we can not to lay off,” he said. “We still have 20,000 people in our district that we have to provide the same services for.”

Both fire districts charge EMS fees – the chiefs said it is common practice – and the rates vary by residency status and ambulance type.

Benson said his district also has been accused of charging fees for fire responses, which he said is not true. However, he said, its cost recovery ordinance gives the district the ability to charge a fee in certain circumstances, such as arsons or other illegal activities. Similarly, he said, a fee could be brought against someone who has a history of false fire alarms and refuses to fix the alarm system.

thanks Dan

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Crete orders new ambulance

This from the Fire Service, In. Facebook page:

Congratulations and thank you to Chief Lyle Bachert and the Crete Fire Department on the purchase of a new Road Rescue, Type 1 Ambulance. We appreciate the support and will post additional pictures once completed

thanks Ron


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