Archive for December 20th, 2019

Rolling Meadows Fire Department news (more)

Rolling Meadows FD Station 15

Rolling Meadows FD photo

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Rolling Meadows firefighters on Tuesday spent their last day at Fire Station 15 on Meadow Drive before moving into their new station at 3201 Algonquin Rd. Wednesday (Dec. 18).

“This station was built in the early to mid ‘50s and has served the community since then, about 65 years,” said a Facebook post from the Rolling Meadows Fire Dept. “Tens of thousands of emergency calls have had equipment respond from this firehouse. We wish her well, but can’t be certain of her future.”

The city council approved plans to build two new fire stations for $13 million last September after years of discussion. In addition to the $5.8 million Fire Station 15, Fire Station 16 is expected to be relocated from Plum Grove Road to a new building on Hicks Road.

According to Fire Chief Terry Valentino, moving to the new locations will allow firefighters to reach residents anywhere in the city within four to six minutes. He said service was not expected to be interrupted due to the move, and that Palatine and Schaumburg fire departments agreed to cover any calls during the switch.

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Former Stone Park fire engine for sale

Found at

2008 E-ONE PUMPER RESCUE #71696 $165,000.00

  • 39,000 miles
  • E-One Quest rescue pumper
  • 5-man cab
  • 4 SCBA seats
  • Detroit series 60 engine
  • Allison Transmission
  • Polished aluminum rims
  • E-Q2B siren
  • Hale 1500-GPM pump
  • Elkhart Stinger Deck gun
  • 500-gallon Poly tank
  • OAL 31’
  • OAH 9’8”
former Stone Park fire engine for sale photo

former Stone Park fire engine for sale photo

thanks Danny

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New use for old Chicago firehouse

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Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and Delta Institute asked neighbors more than two years ago what kind of development they wanted in their neighborhood as they mapped empty lots, vacant buildings and brownfield sites across Little Village. When it came to an abandoned fire station at 2358 S. Whipple St., neighbors saw potential, reimagining it as a commercial kitchen that would empower the bustling street vendors on the city’s Southwest Side.

Now, that vision could become a reality. The commercial kitchen project is among six proposals vying for the Pritzker Traubert Foundation’s $10 million Chicago Prize. The grant aims to bring private capital to the city’s South and West sides.  Last week, the foundation narrowed the field of finalists from 80 applicants down to six.

As one of the six finalists, Little Village Environmental Organization, a 25-year-old group fighting for environmental justice in the neighborhood, and Delta Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit that collaborates to solve complex environmental challenges, will receive a $100,000 grant to fine-tune their pitch over four to six months, developing a business proposal that will be presented to the Chicago Prize committee. That committee will determine a winner of the prize in spring 2020.

As part of the plan, the fire station would be transformed into a community hub equipped with a commercial kitchen, food cart storage, and maintenance space. It would also have a small storefront for vendors to sell their products and have community space to host entrepreneurial and educational workshops. Mushrooms, micro-greens and other produce would be farmed in the building’s basement, too.

For years, residents have pushed the city to consider development that would put La Villita residents first, rather than develop logistic centers and warehouses that have inundated the neighborhood with diesel traffic and more pollution.

Although 60 percent of the city’s street-based food vendors come from Little Village and the neighborhood boasts some of the city’s best Mexican restaurants, there are no commercial kitchens in the neighborhood. The nearest is in North Lawndale, which is difficult for some people to get to from Little Village.

In addition to redeveloping the building, the groups also plans to build a food-cart cooperative led by the workers themselves. The aim is to create a closed-loop food economy for the neighborhood.

thanks Dennis

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New engine for Mount Prospect

From the Pierce website:

Delivery Date: December 17, 2019
Job Number: 33597

BODY Pumper
ENGINE Detroit Diesel DD13
FRONT SUSPENSION TAK-4® Independent Front Suspension
PUMP Pierce PUC™ Midship
PUMP GPM 1500 gpm
TANK Water
TANK SIZE 750 gallons
Pierce Dash CF PUC fire engine

Pierce composite

thanks Al, Martin, and Ron

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