Archive for October 23rd, 2017

Carpentersville Fire Department news

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Grant funding has allowed Carpentersville firefighters to acquire new air packs and masks.

More than a year ago, the Carpentersville Fire Department learned it had secured funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA Assistance to Firefighters grant program to replace their old breathing apparatus, which were set to be retired next year.

Fire Chief John-Paul Schilling said at the village board meeting Tuesday that funding had been received. A total of $262,300, which included the village’s required 10 percent match, was used to purchase 36 new air packs as well as masks that contain a built-in thermal imaging camera.  

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St Charles Fire Department history

As a follow up to the previous post about the newest pumper in St Charles, here are images representing some of their past engines from various contributors.

Seagrave Anniversary Series fire engine in St Charles IL

Larry Shapiro photo

Seagrave Invader fire engine

Larry Shapiro photo

vintage Seagrave P-Series fire engine in St Charles IL

Larry Shapiro photo

St Charles FD Engine 106

Bill Friedrich photo

St Charles FD Engine 103

John Tulipano photo

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New engine for St Charles (more)

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After the St. Charles Fire Department retired Engine 102 Saturday morning, firefighters pushed its replacement into the station. The push-in ritual is traditional when new equipment is brought on board, dating back to the days of horse-drawn engines.

“This is a tradition that has been around for a long time to welcome a new fire engine into service,” Fire Chief Joseph Schelstreet said.

Current and retired firefighters participated in the event at St. Charles Fire Station No. 2, which also included a blessing from the Rev. David Peck, and the ceremonial transfer of water from the old truck to the new.

“We take a bucket of water from the old truck and transfer it into the top of the new one, which is symbolic of passing the life blood from one truck to the other,” Schelstreet said.

Peck, a former volunteer firefighter in Rochelle whose father and uncle were assistant fire chiefs in Montgomery and Aurora, respectively, said the rituals help form a bond among fire department personnel.

“This ceremony is a tradition that provides a sense of identity and roots, and that’s good,” he said. “People that grew up as firemen always felt this push-in ceremony was an honor.”

The tradition can be traced to the late 1800s, when fire departments used horse-drawn equipment and hand-drawn pumpers. Since it was difficult to get horses to push equipment backwards, firefighters would move it by hand into the storage bays.

The new engine cost more than $600,000 and was designed with input from the fire department and a number of upgrades. The engine should see about 12 years of active service, followed by another eight in reserve.

Former St. Charles Firefighter Don Frohling, a 37-year department veteran, was on hand for the event Saturday.

thanks Dan

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New tanker for Prospect Heights (more)

Photos from Larry Shapiro of the new prospect Heights Tanker 9.

2016 Freightliner M2 112 cab and chassis/Alexis 1250/3000 tanker so 2283

Prospect Heights Tanker 9

Prospect Heights Tanker 9 – 2016 Freightliner M2 112/Alexis 1250/3000 tanker so 2283. Larry Shapiro photo

Prospect Heights Tanker 9

Larry Shapiro photo

Prospect Heights Tanker 9

Larry Shapiro photo

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