Archive for March 20th, 2021

Rockford fire chief accepts position in Colorado

Excerpts from the

Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten accepted the position of chief for the Poudre Fire Authority in Fort Collins, Colorado. His last day with the Rockford Fire Department will be May 7. The Rockford Board of Fire and Police Commissioners will now begin searching for  someone to succeed him.

After joining the Rockford Fire Department in March 1994, Bergsten was named chief in 2008. A successful track record and a willingness to pilot new programs earned Bergsten recognition as the 2020 Illinois Fire Chief of the Year.

Among the new programs Bergsten oversaw were the implementation of a mobile integrated health program; expansion of a certified fire vehicle repair shop operated by the department; a program that allows Rockford fire personnel to transport patients experiencing a mental health issue to a specialized facility instead of an emergency room; and providing Naloxone kits and training to the families of those who have overdosed.

He will be asked to establish some of those programs at the Colorado department which he said, like Rockford, is high-performing and accredited.

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Where are they now … Buffalo Grove

From Dennis Maag:

St. Marys, KS – Ladder 37
1991 Emergency One Hush #8893 1000-GPM (American)/500/75′
6V92/Allison Automatic
Ex-Buffalo Grove, IL
former Buffalo Grove FD quint

Dennis Maag photo

And from our archives:

1991 E-ONE Hush 75' quint

Larry Shapiro photo

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Waukegan Fire Department apparatus

This from Larry Shapiro:

Waukegan firefighters were extremely outgoing and provided the opportunity to update photos of several Waukegan FD units after the dedication of the new Rosenbauer Panther 6×6 ARFF.

#larryshapiro 2020 Seagrave Marauder 95' Aerialscope

Larry Shapiro photo

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New ambulance for Lake Forest


2020  Ford F550 4×4/ARV Type I custom ambulance

Congratulations to Lake Forest Fire Department on the purchase of your 2020 Type I Ford Custom Ambulance.  Thank you for choosing to work with American Response Vehicles and our Staff. This Custom AEV ambulance hosts a series of custom features designed not only to provide a higher level of patient care, but provider safety.

American Rescue Vehicles Type 1 ambulance

ARV photo

thanks Keith

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