Archive for March 26th, 2020

New quint for the Carpentersville Fire Department

More information on the quint that the Carpentersville FD is buying

comparison bids for new Carpentersville fire truck

pricing for new Pierce Impel PUC Ascendant 107' quint


purchase authorization for new Pierce Impel PUC Ascendant 107' quint

thanks Ron

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19

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The New Haven Fire Department has purchased an AeroClave device, a fogging system that disinfects on contact. It takes about three minutes for the machine to disinfect an ambulance.

“We are using it for firefighters or medics that go into a building of potential exposure. When they come out, we can actually decontaminate the firefighters gear and spray the firefighter right down on scene,” said Mark Vendetto, Assistant Chief Operations.

He said, “we had two incidences where firefighters reported that they might be potentially exposed. We had those firefighters tested and while they were being tested, we went to the stations where they were assigned and fogged every square inch of that station. It will fill every nook and cranny in the room entirely. It fills the room with the chemical from the ceiling to the floor, covering every crack and crevice in the room.”

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Fire service news – Coronavirus COVID-19

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Businesses across the area are reprogramming their machines to make personal protective equipment (PPE) for first responders police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, and medical professionals. They’re doing what they can to help as COVID-19 eats up resources across the country. .

The machines at Bridgewater Studio are now programed to cut out protective face shields used by emergency personnel and medical professionals. It’s another layer of protection at a time when PPE is in high demand. They hope to make about 6,000 face shields a day. The Cicero Fire Department already ordered about 1,200 of them. Cicero police will also use them.

Tapster Robotics in Oak Park is 3D printing bands that can be used for similar shields. They plan to print about 50 per day, and get them to hospitals or medical professionals who need more equipment.

Cicero’s fire chief said the shields were very affordable. Bridgewater said they’re charging just the manufacturing costs, plus the money needed to keep the lights on and keep their workers’ health insurance.

As for Tapster’s operation, they said the parts will be donated, because their manufacturing cost is very minimal.

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Homer Township FPD history

This from Mike Summa for #TBT:

For TBT- Homer Twp. Tanker 817, a 1950’s IHC R/ ?.  Sorry, no specs.  Photo taken at the IHC plant in Melrose Park.
Mike Summa
Homer Township FPD history

Mike Summa photo

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