Archive for January, 2021

New engine for Lemont FPD (more)

This from Bill Schreiber:

Update on the Lemont FPD rescue pumper chassis

fire engine being built for the Lemont FPD

Rosenbauer photo

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Bloomington FIre Department history … 1928 Ahrens-Fox N-S-4

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former Bloomington IL Fire Department 1928 Ahrens Fox fire engine

Betsy Hansen photo

Bob McMahon, a retired University of Southern Maine economics professor living in the Villages, Fla., talks about his 1928 Ahrens-Fox N-S-4 fire truck.

former Bloomington IL Fire Department 1928 Ahrens Fox fire engine

Betsy Hansen photo

When my wife, Linda, and I retired some years ago, we joined the volunteer fire department in Pownal, Maine. That’s when I got into old firetrucks. I have always loved mechanical things. At one time, I owned a 65-foot steam tugboat. I collected old sawmill machinery for a while, and my wife and I once had five firetrucks. The 1928 Ahrens-Fox, built in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the last of those, and the best.  

I got this one in 2004. Andy Swift, who owns Firefly Restoration in Maine does museum-quality firetruck restorations. I dealt with him on another truck, and one day he called me and said, “I got this truck you should have.” He specializes in Ahrens-Fox trucks, and for some reason he did not want to tackle this project. The truck was missing a lot of parts and it wasn’t running. I bought it, poked at it for a while, and when we moved to Florida, I had it shipped here so I could continue working on it.

Over the years, some 30 different people helped me restore this truck. It is not terribly expensive entertainment because I did most of the work myself, and I can eventually sell it. Today, it runs beautifully and it pumps water. It is an amazing machine. There are really two kinds of old firetrucks, the kind that carry a lot of water because they were intended for rural areas where there were no hydrants, and trucks used in cities and towns that could connect to hydrants. This one is a city truck. It has a four-piston pump cast out of bronze—a beautiful casting—and it was built to pump a thousand gallons a minute.

Ahrens-Fox also built their own engines. This one has a 998 cubic inch six-cylinder, with pistons as big as coffee cans. The engine has huge torque, but I think the truck only gets about 4 miles per gallon.

I was able to ascertain that this was originally owned by the fire department in Bloomington, IL who had it for 30 years. I have driven it in parades, and twice it won the Best In Show award at the Florida Antique Bucket Brigade firetruck. 

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New tower ladder for Buffalo Grove (more)

From the Fire Service, Inc. Facebook page:

Chief Mike Baker of the Buffalo Grove Fire Department talks about their new E-ONE HP 100 quint platform and how it will help serve their community in this episode of Truck Talk. Features include 100′ platform, 300-gallon tank, 2000-gpm pump, EMS cabinet, slide out trays and V-MUX multiplex monitor system. #EONEstrength#firetruck#aerials#HP100


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York Center FPD squad for sale

Found at

2005 Pierce Arrow XT Heavy Rescue for sale

York Center FPD photo

2005 Pierce Arrow XT Heavy Rescue – $60,000  
  • Stock#: 14436
  • 2005
  • Pierce
  • Arrow XT Pierce Chassis
  • Custom
  • Length: 35′ 7″
  • Truck Height: 10′ 8″
  • Wheelbase: 217″
  • Seating for 6; 4 SCBA seats
  • Mileage: 152,497
  • Engine Hours: 7,068
  • Detroit Series 60 425 HP Diesel Engine

thanks Daniel

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New pumper tanker for Sycamore FPD (more)

From Bill Schreiber:

Update on the Sycamore FD pumper/tender chassis

fire engine being built for the Sycamore FPD

Rosenbauer photo

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Illinois Fire Service news

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To help ensure safe working conditions for firefighters, state Rep. Katie Stuart is highlighting the availability of new training materials for fire departments, including a comprehensive safety and health compliance guide from the Illinois Department of Labor. 

The Illinois Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health (IL-OSHA) recently issued an Occupational Safety and Health Compliance Guide for Fire Departments, which covers the fire department inspection process, training requirements, frequently asked questions and realistic best practices to enhance firefighter safety. There is also a three-part video series available on IDOL’s YouTube channel designed to accompany the guide.

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New ambulance for Loves Park FD

From the Foster Coach Sales website:

Ford Type 3 Horton ambulance

Foster Coach Sales photosFoster C

thanks Martin

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Working fire in Stickney, 1-24-21

This from Chi-Town Fire Photos:

1/24/21 – Around 6am this morning, Stickney Engine 1203 arrived to find a 1.5-sty, single-family house with smoke showing at 4225 Wenonah Avenue. 1203 lead out a 1.75” pre-connect and had a fire on the first floor. The crew made a quick knock of the fire, with no extension to the rest of the house.
Companies on the Still:
Stickney 1203, 1210, 1215
Central Stickney 906
Forest View 812
Lyons 1301, 1311
Berwyn 906
pre dawn fire in Stickney IL

Chi-Town Fire Photos

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New Engine for the Lisle-Woodridge FPD (more)


Pierce Enforcer fire engine

Pierce composite

  • Job Number: 35073
  • Chassis: Enforcer
  • Body: Pumper
  • Actual Overall Height: 9? 11?
  • Engine: Cummins L9
  • Horsepower: 400 hp
  • Front Suspension: leaf
  • Rear Suspension: spring
  • Electrical System: Command Zone™
  • Pump: Hale midship
  • Pump GPM: 1,500-gpm
  • Tank: water
  • Tank Size: 750 gallons

thanks Daniel

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New engine for Lisle-Woodridge FPD

This from Kevin Griffen:

In this video you can see Lisle Woodridge new Engine 54 a couple times 

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