Archive for December 12th, 2014

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Winnetka buys new engine

The Chicago Tribune has this article:

The Winnetka Village Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of a $568,722 fire engine, and an appreciative local resident stepped up and offered to pay for the new vehicle’s bell.

Winnetka Fire Chief Alan Berkowsky said the purchase of a 2015 pumper fire engine from the village’s sole bidder, Smeal Fire Apparatus Company, is needed to maintain a reliable fleet, as the fire department is retiring a fire engine purchased in 1996.

The village will save roughly $17,000 by using Smeal’s pre-payment option, Berkowsky said, and the fire engine’s price is also less than the $615,000 the fire department had budgeted for the purchase.

The new fire engine will be rotated with a fire engine the department purchased in 2000, while officials hope to sell the 1996 vehicle for roughly $30,000, Berkowsky said.

Stepping up following the council’s unanimous approval of the purchase of the fire engine, Winnetka resident John Roberts expressed his gratitude to the fire department, which he said recently assisted his family during an emergency at their home.¬†“I’d like to provide a bell in honor of the Winnetka firefighters from the past present and future,” Roberts said. “We had an occasion for the fire department to visit, and they were overwhelmingly professional and courteous, and showed kindness and empathy,” said Roberts, who did not specify the amount of his donation, nor the cost of the fire bell.

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New engine for Pingree Grove FPD

Production photos from the Ferrara website of a new engine being built for the Pingree Grove FPD

H-5608 Pingree Grove, IL

Type: Custom Rescue Pumper
Chassis: Cinder custom chassis
Body: Stainless Steel
Pump: Waterous CSU 1250-2000 GPM
Tank: 750 gallon water

fire truck being built

Ferrara Cinder cab and chassis for the Pingree Grove FPD. Ferrara photo

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