Archive for May 12th, 2017

St Charles Fire Department news

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The St Charles Fire Department is very excited to put a new fire engine into service at Station 3. The fire engine is the first of three to be purchased over the next three years. It took a committee of 8 fire officers and firefighters over two years to spec and design the engine that was built by Pierce Manufacturing. It took 10 months to build the engine that has many of the same safety features as a new car including front and side airbags in the cab, ABS brakes, traction control, roll stability control, independent front suspension, and an air ride rear suspension. It has a 750-gallon water tank, pumps 1,500 gallons of water per minute, has 40 gallons of foam, and carries three different size ladders. 

The services that the fire department provides have changed significantly over the last 20 years. The engine has become a multi-purpose vehicle capable of mitigating a variety of emergencies besides fires. Engines are staffed with paramedics and their needed medical equipment, rescue tools, water rescue gear, power saws, and large fans to exhaust smoke and toxic gases. 

Each engine has a service life of 20 years and the fire department allocates money every year into an apparatus replacement fund for the service life of each vehicle in order to pay for its replacement in full at the time of purchase. 

About the Traditional Fire Service “Push-In Ceremony”

The Push-In Ceremony is a tradition that dates back to the late 1800s when fire departments used hand-drawn pumpers and horse-drawn equipment. Upon returning to the station after a fire call, the horses could not easily back the equipment into the station, so they were disconnected from the fire equipment and firefighters would push the equipment back in to the bay themselves.

thanks Dan

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Calumet City Fire Department history

This from Wayne Stuart:

The Calumet City Fire Department operated this 1969 Mack / Pierce Snorkel, it ran as Truck 307 replacing the 1937 ALF quad. It was in service until well into the the 90’s. It had a 75′ Snorkel with a 1000 GPM pump. It was quartered  at the public works garage until 1972 when Station 2 was opened.

Wayne Stuart Photo

The Calumet City Fire Department operated this 1969 Mack / Pierce Snorkel, it ran as Truck 307 replacing the 1937 ALF quad. It was in service until well into the the 90's. It had a 75' Snorkel with a 1000 GPM pump

Wayne Stuart Photo

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2017 annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Medal of Honor awards ceremony

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Tuesday morning, firefighters from across the state came together to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Governor Bruce Rauner honored fallen firefighters at the annual Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Medal of Honor awards ceremony.

The invocation was held earlier outside the capitol followed by a processional to the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

The following was sent by Gov.Bruce Rauner’s office in regards to Tuesday’s ceremony:

“Every day, our firefighters put their lives on the line to protect our families,” Governor Rauner said. “Today we honor and remember the sacrifice of two hero firefighters who paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe. Our firefighters are true public servants, and like all our first responders, are among the best and most honorable men and women in our state. “

Governor Rauner and Illinois State Fire Marshal Matt Perez joined firefighters from across Illinois to honor firefighters for their service. The memorial honored Captain Eric Kohlbauer of Freeport and Firefighter and Paramedic Kenneth Harris of Oak Park who both lost their lives during or as a result of their service. State Fire Marshal Perez awarded their loved ones with the Duty Death Gold Badge for their service.

“Our firefighters are the best of the best who serve with courage and bravery,” said State Fire Marshal Perez. “Today we recognize those who went above and beyond the call of duty of service. They are heroes who performed lifesaving measures in the face of tremendous danger. We honor our fallen comrades who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect their fellow firefighters and Illinoisans. We will never forget their bravery and legacy.”

The Illinois Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Fire Fighting Medal of Honor Awards recognize outstanding firefighters for acts of courage, bravery and heroism. This year, the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office awarded 36 firefighters and units for their acts.


New engine for Marengo FPD

From the Pierce Flickr page:

Pierce Marengo Fire Protection Dist, IL 30462

new fire engine for the Marengo FPD in Illinois

Pierce composite

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